HOW TO PERSONALIZE YOUR TEMPLATES
STEP ONE: Download the files to your computer. Do not start editing in your web browser. Click the button on the top right corner of the screen to download. This will save the file onto your computer.
STEP TWO: Install and open Adobe Acrobat Reader. This is a free program that you may already have on your computer. If not, it's available here. Please choose the first option (not Adobe Acrobat Pro).
STEP THREE: Open Adobe Reader and from the menu select File > Open and select your file. When opened you will see areas with blue highlighting, this indicates the areas that can be personalized. The boxes containing the text cannot be moved. Please note that the blue highlighting will not print.
STEP FOUR: Personalize! Select the text you want to change and begin typing new text. To open up the text properties box press "ctrl + e" (Windows) or "cmd + e" (Mac). This will give you options to change the font, size, colour and more. If you find you need more or less space between lines of text you can adjust the line spacing by highlighting the desired text and in the text properties box choose "More..." Then click the paragraph tab, choose line spacing then under Exactly enter an amount. If it won’t let you enter an amount, it is most likely because your text has exceeded the area.
STEP FIVE: Save and print your file. Saving and renaming it as a new file is recommended so that you will still have the original in case you need it. You can edit, save and print your template as many times as you need.
PRINTING YOUR FILES AT HOME
If you have a colour printer at home this is a great option that will save you money and produce great results
(depending on the quality of your printer). We recommend doing a test print to see if you're happy with the results. Most of our files are set up to print on standard 8.5" x 11" letter-sized sheets which is ideal for printing at home. You will however need to trim them yourself once they're printed.1. CHOOSE YOUR PAPER
This will depend on what you're printing. For anything that needs a heavier weighted paper like invitations, tags and game cards we recommend a bright white matte card stock
(110 lb or more). For creating stickers or labels you can use letter-sized sticker project paper
or regular matte paper
if you plan on using an adhesive like a glue stick. For prints you plan on framing, a regular bright white paper will suit. Make sure you choose paper or card stock that is suited for your printer: ink jet or laser. 2. PRINT FROM ADOBE ACROBAT READER if you're printing one of our editable files. To do this, please open Adobe Reader and go to File > Print. Please note that the blue highlighting you see on screen when editing will not print. It is only there to show you the editable areas.3. ADJUST YOUR PRINT SETTINGS
Once you select print, a print dialogue box will open up and there are some important settings here.
- For best quality, please deselect the "save ink/toner" box and the "print in grayscale" box.
- Choose which pages you'd like to print. If you'd only like to print certain pages you can type in which ones you would like separated by commas (1,3,5) or (1-4,6).
- Please always print at 100% (actual size), all of our files are designed with printer settings in mind and do not need to be "Fit" to the page or shrunk.
PRINT AT A LOCAL/ONLINE PRINT SHOP
There are lots of great sites offering online printing, but before you choose where to print you'll first need to convert your editable PDFs to a flattened PDF or JPG file (if your file is not editable you can skip this step).
CONVERT TO JPG: Upload your file for free here and follow the steps on the screen to receive your JPG file. To email or text your invitations, please edit the "EMAIL" file provided in Adobe Reader, save and upload to the link above.
CONVERT TO PDF: Please open your file in Adobe and go to File > Print. In the print dialogue box choose "Adobe PDF" instead of your printer. Hit print and another box will appear on screen (or in your taskbar) asking you where you'd like to save your file. Make your selection and save. This will give you a high quality, flattened PDF file you can load onto any website for online printing.
WHERE TO PRINT
Most Affordable DIY Option:
An easy and affordable alternative if your home printer isn’t up to the job is to use the document printing services
offered by Staples
or Office Depot
. This will give you high quality prints on letter-sized paper that you can then trim and assemble at home. Make sure you choose the correct type of paper to print on and don’t choose “fit to page”. This is especially great for printing our games, banners, tags, treat bag toppers, cupcake toppers and more!Non-DIY Printing Options:
If you’re looking to receive pre-cut and assembled products such as invitations, labels, stickers, thank you cards and signs then we recommend the sites below. When choosing paper we always recommend matte over glossy for our products.
** Please note that some of these printing options are affiliate links which means that at no cost to you, we will receive compensation should you decide to use their services.**
HOW TO TRIM YOUR FILES
Your files are printed now it’s time to trim them! All of our templates include crop marks (also known as trim marks) to help you trim your stationery to the correct size. We recommend you use either an X-ACTO knife with a cutting mat or a paper trimmer. You can use scissors but they will not give you the best result and will be more time consuming.
X-ACTO KNIFE METHOD
For this method you will need an X-Acto knife, ruler and cutting mat. Please make sure your blade is sharp and a ruler with a non-slip grip on the bottom is recommended. The cutting mat is to protect your surface area.
Place your stationery on the cutting surface. Line up a ruler with each set of crop marks and slide the knife along the edge of the ruler to make your cuts. Watch that your fingers don’t go over the edge of the ruler! DO NOT cut to the edge of the paper so you can keep all the crop marks in place until all cuts have been made.
PAPER TRIMMER METHOD
A side blade paper trimmer is recommended. You will need to line your crop marks up in the cutting area of your trimmer. Slide the blade from one crop mark to the next without going to the edge of the paper. This will keep all the crop marks in place until all cuts have been made.