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 MY TEMPLATES AT THE FOLLOWING PRINT/COPY SHOPS:
- 1. Staples
- 2. Office Max
- 3. Office Depot
- 4. Insource (in Canada)
- 5. UPS (in Canada)
- 6. Officeworks (in Australia)
Do not use the online uploaders of these copy shops – they don’t work with editable files. Please take your file on a flash/USB drive (or email it) directly to your local copy shop.
THE FOLLOWING PLACES WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PRINT MY TEMPLATES:
- 1. 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.
- 2. Online photo print shops such as Overnight Prints, Vistaprint, Snapfish, Mpix, Shutterfly etc
- 3. Any printer that does not use Adobe Reader to print.
HOW TO SEND OUT JUST A SINGLE PAGE FOR PRINTING:
If you would like to send just a single page out for printing, and not the whole collection, simply download the “ZIP File of Individual pages”. This is the last download link that you receive when purchasing a full collection.
Once you have downloaded that file, you will need to unzip it. See here for more info on how to unzip files: www.wikihow.com/Unzip-a-File.
Once unzipped, you will see all the pages of your collection saved as individual files. You can then personalize/edit and send out for printing just the pages you need.
Tips for printing at home
For best results when printing at home follow these guidelines:
- 1. Choose a heavyweight Matte Photo Paper for best results & vibrant colors. If your budget does not allow for photo paper, choose bright white Cardstock. 110lb (or 300gsm) Cardstock works well for most designs.
- 2. Print from Adobe Reader only (other PDF readers will often print out with weird colors or alignment!).
- 3. Check the level of ink in your cartridges (a simple step but one that many people forget!)
- 4. 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.
- 5. Select the best quality printing option from your Print Setup Dialog Box.
- 6. 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.
- 7. 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.