January 25, 2008

Letterpress Imprintables : Printing Tips for Home Printer

The menus above were created by running letterpress imprintables through an ink jet printer

On a budget but still want to incorporate letterpress into your wedding stationery? Imprintable flats can be personalized to create all kinds of invitations and tabletop stationery, including save-the-dates, rehearsal dinner invitations, menus, and more!

Most stationery stores offer in-house printing for the imprintable products that they sell, but you can also run them through your home printer. Every ink jet and laser printer has it's own quirks, but here are some universal set-up and printing tips that will help the finished product look it's best:

• When setting up your document template, make sure that the document (or artboard) dimensions are the same as your card and that the orientation (landscape vs. portrait) is correct.

• When selecting print preferences from your printer driver, make sure that the print media size is the same as your card, that the scale is set to 100%, and that the borderless printing option (if your printer has one) is selected.

• If your printer has any special settings for print media, select "matte card stock" and always make sure the print quality is set to "best".

• Before printing on the actual cards, test your layout and alignment on some scrap paper that has been cut to the same size as your imprintables.

• Print in small batches, keeping an eye on the printer to make sure that the printer's rollers are picking up the cards consistently and running them straight through without shifting the alignment.

• To prevent smudges, be sure to give the ink ample time to dry before handling the printed cards.