You are free to print as many copies as you need and can print from home or send to an online/local print shop. Ink colors can vary greatly depending on the printer used, and may appear different from what you see on screen. For that reason, I cannot guarantee that your printer will deliver true-to color results.
I recommend using medium to heavy cardstock, which you can find online or at local office supply or craft shop. We purchase most of our cardstock and envelopes from Paper and More and love their products, prices, and customer service.
Side Note: Please be sure to specify that you DO NOT want the files scaled to fit, unless you don’t mind if the files are scaled down about a quarter of an inch. I have found that some local print shops do this unless you specify otherwise.
Plan to print professionally? Read this first!
If you are printing from home, the computer that has the fonts installed, or editing the PNG templates, then you can ignore this section.
The fonts included in some of my DIY templates cannot be embedded into the PDF documents, which means the computer you print from will need to have these fonts installed in order for them to show up correctly.
Basically, all this means is that if you plan to take the files to a professional print shop they will not have these fonts installed on their computers, and the templates will not print correctly. Don’t worry though because there’s an easy way to save or convert the files so that they will show up and print just as you have them set up.
First off, if you are using Adobe Acrobat Pro then all you have to do is go to File –> Export to –> Image. From there you will want to select “JPG” and check the “settings” button before saving to make sure you have the quality set to Maximum and the Resolution to 300/pixels/inch. You can also make these setting changes under “Preferences”.
However, if you’re using a FREE version of Adobe Reader to edit your templates, then you will need to do the following to ensure the files are print-ready:
Making your Template Print-Ready on a PC
The easiest way to make your PDF print-ready on a PC is to install the program “CutePDF” as this will allow you to “Print as a PDF” from your printer settings screen. This will convert your file into a flat PDF that is no longer editable. You will know it worked when you open your file back up and can no longer make edits. For this reason you may want to save this as a different name then the editable version.
Click here to download CutePDF for free.
You can click on the free download on the top right side of your screen and can ignore the additional download links for the converter or Ghostscript because the main download (Ver. 3.1) will prompt you during install if you want to install these items (which you will want to do). However, you will want to say no to the first two pop-ups during install asking if you want to install additional apps.
Making your Template Print-Ready on a Mac
Mac Option 1:
The easiest way to make your PDF print-ready on a Mac is to “Print as a PDF” from your printer settings screen. This will convert your file into a flat PDF that is no longer editable. You will know it worked when you open your file back up and can no longer make edits. For this reason you may want to save this as a different name then the editable version.
Mac Option 2:
Another way to save the file is using the Mac Application, Preview.
After you have saved the templates with your personalized information you will want to open the PDF documents in the application “Preview”.
From there go to FILE -> Export and then select JPG as the format. Make sure the Quality is set to “highest” and change the Resolution to “300” pixels/inch. You can then send the converted JPG files to the print shop and they will print as you see them on your computer.
This may seem confusing, but it’s actually easier than it sounds. However, if you have any questions about this feel free to email me.
Printing Chalkboard Templates:
Due to the amount of ink used on chalkboard templates, it’s not recommended you print from home. However, you can send it to an online printer or local print shop like staples, Office Max, Kinko’s, etc. and can print as many copies as you like. You are essentially printing the black ink onto white cardstock so the white text is not white ink, but the white cardstock showing through the black ink. For example, if you use ivory cardstock then the text would be ivory, if you use kraft cardstock then the text would be the kraft color, etc.
Most print shops don’t have the capability to print white ink and those that do are usually more expensive. So you basically can’t print on colored cardstock and expect the text to be white.
If you are taking your files to a professional printer you may want to ask them first how they want the files set up for double-sided printing before you edit the templates.
I would definitely recommend test printing the templates before printing an entire batch. In fact, I would even test print the file BEFORE you add your customized text to it. This way you can decide before hand if it will be easier to print with the 2 per page template, or directly on the exact paper size. In my experience, printing on the exact paper size is easier. You can cut your cardstock to size or can purchase it pre-cut in the size you need.
If you are printing using the 2 per page template, keep in mind that paper can sometimes shift in the printer and this can cause them to be slightly off. So unless you have a double-sided printer or your test prints turn out perfect, printing on the exact cardstock size will likely be an easier option.