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
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
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.
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.
Welcome signs: (sized 16” x 20” and larger):
Foam boards from Vistaprint (for easels) choose size and upload your design.
Posters from Vistaprint (to frame): choose size and paper then upload your design.
- Invitations: (sized 5” x 7”): Staples, Office Depot, Shutterfly
- Signs: (sized 5” x 7” and 8” x 10”): Shutterfly choose paper finish and size (we recommend the matte finish).
- Thank you cards: Vistaprint size 4.2” x 5.5” (standard or premium matte)
HOW TO TRIM YOUR FILES
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.