Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tips & Tricks for Fantastic-Looking Printables

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We get a lot of emails asking about printing, so we’ve decided to share all of our secrets with you.

QUESTION: How do I get my printer color to match what I see on the computer screen? Do I need a special printer or ink?

ANSWER: NO!

You don’t need a special printer, and a lot of the issue probably has to do with the type of paper you’re printing ON. For example, cardstock is a heavier weight, so there is more ink saturation, which makes the colors deeper. Different types of printing paper will give you a variety of results, so we most emphatically suggest:

CALIBRATING YOUR COMPUTER & PRINTER!

Using the software that came with your printer, follow the manufacturer directions for calibrating your printer. There will also probably be a note from the company telling you the best type of paper to use for optimal results.

If you don’t want to mess with all that, send out your printables to the local print shop. There, they can manually calibrate everything for you, per your request. And get to know the employees at the print shop… just like you have a favorite checker at the grocery store, you’ll have a favorite at the print shop worker too.

1 comment:

  1. Paper makes a world of difference for me! Try the brochure paper (HP and Epson make some, and Staples and Office Depot have their own brands), make sure it is matte for best results (at least for me). The 48# works well as card stock for making cards. You can also use matte photo paper, look out for sales. Staples usually has their Photo Supreme on sale for $2 for 50 sheets (after Easy Rebate) every few months. It is double-sided and works great in my Canon printer.

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