Printing Guide and Tips
We have two file formats – JPG and PDF
JPG – or JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group). Preferred for most images. It is the most common photo file format. JPEG is also the best format if you want to post your digital files/images( i.e. invitations, announcements) on your social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc..). Sometimes the quality is compromised with this format due to file compression.
PDF (Portable Document Format). Preferred for most files. It captures formatting information from a variety of desktop publishing applications, making it possible to send formatted documents and have them appear on the recipient’s monitor or printer as they were intended. However, some special font file/design is not being translated properly with pdf so it gets cut off.
Sizes/Envelopes: The size of your print depends on where you want to display or how you use it.
5×7 – Use A7 size envelopes. Best for small prints
4×6 – Use A6 envelopes. Useful for small signs/prints such as cards and table reminders.
8×10: A letter size. Most common. Can be used for Table and Wall Display
11×14: For small posters and wall displays
16×20, 20×30, 24×36: For big posters and wall art How to Display your Prints: It depends on your purpose. Here are options:
- Frame: Perfect for small signs and big signs alike but usually use for small sign display on a table.
- Easel: Use mainly for poster boards and big signs;
Where to Print
- Home Color Printers: Most convenient since all you need to do after downloading is clicking the “print button”. Here’s the caveat: Be sure you are familiar with your printer and that it can produce good quality prints. Some home printers tend to distort the quality of images and colors.
- Office Supply Stores: This is what I highly recommend. The best way is to save your files on a USB/ Flash drive and take it to your local printer. You get to choose your paper plus you don’t have to worry about the technicalities of printing. You can leave the hard work to them. And if there’s any issues, they can give professional advice and recommendations rather than trying to figure it all out yourself. Some options are: Office Depot, Walmart, Fedex Kinkos, Costco, Office Max etc). Note: Some are more expensive than others so it is better to call ahead before you go- to save time and money.
- Online Printers/Photo Labs: Mpix.com, Shutterfly, Vistaprint.com, Mpix.com, Bayphoto etc. – These printers offer several options for printing and offer good quality prints. On a side note: Some of them have minimum order quantity and very specific file requirements.
For checklist and to do list: Standard office Paper, Linen textured Paper.
For small signs- It is best to print them on premium heavy weight(100lb) white cardstock( matted or glossy); matted is the most common.
Big Signs- poster boards or mounted photo unless you desire to put it in a big frame.
Where to buy display frames or easel: Frames are widely available in several stores but if you want artsy or specific frame design: check out craft stores such as hobby lobby, Michaels, Joann, AC Moore etc. (don’t forget to utilize coupons if they have). Easel- you can find them on stores that carry painting materials, it is also available in many craft stores.