Happy August Everyone!!

Yep, its coming a time for back to school and back to business, etc. So that means a lot of printing! Schedules, planners, and a multitude of printable stuff.

There are some companies out there that create printable designs, especially for printing at home to save you money for your special event or for your business. Typically, your printer would be an inkjet, these 5 tips for printing at home will save you some time for your printing project, save you some moolah and also save you some headaches!

  1. If you are going to print at home, keep your design as minimal as possible with few colors. This will cut down on your ink cost. Also, remember that the colors on your screen could be different when printing. If you find your colors are way off, you may need to calibrate your screen. You can search on your computer for screen calibration settings which is pretty easy if you follow all the prompts.
  2. Run a test print on your printer before you make a full run. You want to make sure your print does not bleed or smudge from your finger touch. If anything, check your printer settings for the best print on specialty paper.
  3. Test your cardstock or paper on your printer. Typically, inkjet printers do not pull heavy cardstock very well. So make sure your paper is at least 60-80 lbs cardstock. Anything heavier may bring problems when the printer roll is trying to pull your cardstock.
  4. Instead of printing just one design (invitation, cards, etc.) on one paper, depending on the size your artwork, you can place 2 on one page (8.5 x 11 in) for invitations and 3 on one page for RSVPs, 10 on one page for business cards, etc. This cuts down on the amount of paper and ink you will use.
  5. If you have a laser printer, test your paper on the printer first before running a full print. Why? Certain papers, especially heavy cardstock, tends to warp or buckle the paper due to the heat. Text weight papers are usually fine; however, if you have a cardstock paper that is #90 or above, test your paper to make sure it doesn’t wobble or jam up in your printer.

When in doubt of all of these precautions, make Kinkos (FedEx), Staples, OfficeMax or your local printer your best friend. 🙂 Just download a high quality (300 dpi) PDF or high quality file of your design with crop marks and bleed settings included and carry it to your friendly neighborhood printer. Also, ask your printer to do a test run of your work with the paper you want to use just to make sure their printers can handle your paper as well.

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