Printing tips for instant downloads

This page should answer most questions. If not, Feel free to ask :-)

 

SOME BASICS

Colors can vary from computer screen to computer screen, but usually they're pretty accurate. When it comes to print, colors look slightly differently when printed as opposed to how they look on a computer screen. This is because computer screens have a light shining behind them, causing colors to appear brighter/lighter. Print shops and online printing services usually provide a digital (sometimes printed) proof before going ahead with the print job This way, you get a preview of what the actual print will look like.

When selecting your paper, you should think about a couple things: do you want thicker (aka heavier weight) or thinner card stock? Do you want the paper to be high gloss, matte or somewhere in between like a satin? Personally... if I'm going to frame it with glass, I go for a thicker, matte card stock. If I were do use a frame without glass, I'd go for a satin. To each their own, though! That's the fun about being able to choose ;-)


PRINT AT HOME

After you hit file, print... open up your page setup and make sure the image is scaled at 100% and centered in the middle of the page. Check the page orientation to make sure the image is printing horizontally or vertically. It can't hurt to check the number of copies you're printing either ;-)  Some printers have folding trays on the side which allows for card stock with larger dimensions. The downside to printing at home is that home printing will usually produce the lowest quality out of all the options on this page. You're likely better off doing it through a place with more advanced equipment. But hey, if you want it try it at home first, go for it!


Print at a sHOP

There are a lot of places you can do in-store printing such as Staples, OfficeMax, Costco and Fedex Kinkos. Some may have options to upload your image online and pick it up in-store. Make sure to visit their website first. When you go to the store, make sure you bring a USB drive containing your download files.  The store may ask you if you want to cut your own and that's up to you. Usually they do it for a small fee. The nice thing about this option is that it's pretty affordable and you get face-to-face support with an actual person.


online printing

Online is easily a crowd favorite and I've had a bunch of stuff printed online from invitations to business cards and I've been happy. for the most part. The one downside is not being able to touch the card stock before hand. But really, that's often not a big deal. This option is affordable and you don't even have to leave the house or turn on your printer. Not too shabby! Here are a few options: Shutterfly, Vistaprint, Snapfish, Mpix and CanvasPeople.


Each of my instant downloads include five (5) 300dpi high resolution JPG files:

  • A 2x3 ratio file for printing: 4x6", 6x9", 8x12", 10x15", 11x17", 12x18", 16x24"
  • A 3x4 ratio file for printing: 6x8", 9x12", 12x16", 18x24"
  • A 4x5 ratio file for printing: 4x5", 8x10", 16x20"
  • An international paper size file for printing: 5"x7", A5, A4, A3, A2
  • A file for printing: 8.5x11”

File Measurement Info:

  • 2x3 Ratio File - 16x24"  (40.64 x 60.96 cm)
  • 3x4 Ratio File - 18x24"  (45.72 x 60.96 cm)
  • 4x5 Ratio File - 18x22.5" (45.72 x 57.15 cm)
  • International Paper Size - 16.96x24" (43.1 x 60.96 cm)

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