Tips for printing at a Copy Shop
If you don’t think your home printer is up to the task of printing out your files, you can personalize the pages you need, save them to a flash drive and take them to your local copy shop for printing.
I recommend printing your templates at the following Print/Copy shops:
- Staples (except Canada – see below)
- Office Max
- Office Depot
- Insource (in Canada)
- Officeworks (in Australia)
The following places WILL NOT be able to print your templates:
- Photo shops/photo labs such as Walmart, Walgreens, Costco, Target, CVS, Tesco etc – my templates are not JPG or photo files and cannot be printed as a photo.
- Online photo/print shops such as Overnight Prints, Vistaprint, Snapfish, Mpix, Shutterfly etc
- Staples in Canada – seem to have difficulties printing
- Fedex/Kinkos – customers seem to have a lot of difficulties printing at Fedex/Kinkos.
- Any professional printer that cannot print files with security settings on them or require bleeds etc on artwork.
Tips for printing at home
For best results when printing at home follow these guidelines:
- Choose a heavyweight Matte Photo Paper for best results & vibrant colors.
- If your budget does not allow for photo paper, choose bright white Cardstock.
- Print from Adobe Reader only (other PDF readers will often print out with weird colors!).
- Check the level of ink in your cartridges (a simple step but one that many people forget!)
- Select “Actual Size” under the Page Handling & Size option (this is the same as “None” under the Page Scaling option in earlier versions of Adobe Reader) unless you specifically want to print out items smaller. If you do wish to print smaller/larger you can adjust the Custom Scale setting to suit.
- Select the best quality printing option from your Print Setup Dialog Box.
- Select the “Letter/A4 – Borderless” option under your Page Settings Dialog Box – this will help print any full page designs right to the edge of the page.
- If your colors do not print out as you were expecting, try selecting the “Print as Image” checkbox (found by clicking on the Advanced button – see a screenshot here for help). Selecting this can help with color correction on some printers.
The color that you see on your computer screen varies greatly from monitor to monitor. As such, there may be color variations from what you see on your screen to the printed product. Print quality and color also varies depending on which printer you use, the type of paper and printer settings.