I was just asked by a fellow designer who wants to sells printable party invitations through her etsy store and wants to know how to create an editable downloadable printable pdf file that works with invitations and other instant downloads .
I created this simple screencast for her maybe it is of use for someone else out there also looking for a similar solution.
I have used Adobe Acrobat X pro Writer
Let me know if you need help somewhere!
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Keen on finding a way to save some graphic design time ? and batch process some Pngs into JPGs . I am mostly working in Photoshop and i like to keep my images quality closest possible to the original file . For this i use Photoshop Actions to create short cuts to accomplish a job where a batch processing might be required to handle images. (more…)
How to print business cards at home?
Make sure that your business card is set up in an aligned space within A4 Size sheet that fits your printer. In one single A4 Sheet you can print 8 – 10 Business Card. The Standard Size Business Cards is 3.5″ x 2.0″ . Read on I will explain in detail about how many cards, what type of paper and best practices for printing business cards at home.
I recommend this printer , it works very well for home printing at home and these papers for printing at home .
How can i make business Cards at home?
I often get this question asked whenever I design business card for a small business who are in need of a quick printing of their newly designed business cards. Often the printing companies that offer business card services refuse to print in small quantities. So this leaves you with the question how to print them at home using your own printer.
Sometimes you do not even have a budget to have them printed so below are some of my best tips for printing at home.
1- How to Create a printable pdf file for business cards?
You can design your own business cards in the software of your choice maybe word , powerpoint, Photoshop or Canva . Save it is a high resolution JPG file that you can later embed into a single A4 Sheet in 8-10 numbers.
I prefer to use canva, they already have tons of designs that you can choose from and design your own business cards. You can get Canva for free with 30 days pro account and create and print your cards.
But if this is your own design then you might want to download and use this simple template that I have created. Just place your design within the marked positions and print!
2- How you can save some inks on printing?
You are printing 100 – 300 cards at home , which is a pretty graceful number for starters . Begin by designing a cards that ismaximum three colors .
I printed my business cards at home for the newly set up business of party invites and printable Print Me a Party.
The design was kept simple to give it a crafty feel with just a few colors. Sticking to just the basic colors , i used type writer font for the details of the design .
Few colors means less ink!
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PS : Do mention “I am printing at home” so we can design the best option for you.
3-ChooseThe Right Printer Settings
Before you hit a printing command make sure the correct paper is chosen . This also saves some inks.If you are using regular text weight copy paper, do make the following printer adjustments:
Under ”Quality & Media” in Adobe Reader®’s print window, set your printer to ”high” quality & choose “plain
if you are using photo paper thats Matt then under ”Quality & Media” in Adobe Reader®’s print window, set your printer to ”standard” quality & choose “matte photo paper”.
4- Keep it simple
Do not go over board by showing off all your creative skills and designing a very textured and dark design . Keep it simple and think wisely while designing the amount of inks it will call for.
A good designer is the one who can design right product for right circumstances. And there are many designers or ones who do not have enough printing experience , hence resulting in more printing costs for you.
5 – Use textured paper instead
Simplify the design but use a textured paper instead . A simple texture on the paper effects the final result .
6 – Use colored paper.
Experiment with a few prints by printing just a single card on colored papers . Expect to have the final result different as it appears on screen as if you are printing red over yellow it will be printed as orange.
Have you printed at home? What advice you can give ? Any tips of printing that others can benefit from?
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I often receive this question so that how to convert the photoshop brushes to Paint Shop Pro brushes , though i am Completely a Photoshop person and do not ever use Paint shop Pro , but since most of the users who download brushes from my shop do use Paint shop Pro and ask this question….. here is how it is done
1. Start Paint Shop Pro
2. Go to File -> Open and browse to the folder where the .png files are
3. Paint Shop Pro can not handle brushes bigger than 999px and in older versions 600px you’ll have to go to resize the image to make a copatable brush for this go to Image->Resize the bigger side will be reduced to minimum 999px
4. Go to File->Export->Custom Brush
5. name it , and hit OK
6. In “Edit Paths” make sure you export the brush into your default Paint Shop Pro brush folder.
7. The new brush is available to play around with!
And Voila! Here they are! Your brand new Photoshop Brushes are now in Paint Shop Pro.
The brushes that i offer through my store do come with PNG files to make it easier for you to use either as a digital stamp OR convert it to your own brush set for your software of use.
rounded frames in photoshop tutorial
This tutorial will Show you how to use decorative overlays on your photographs.
Learning level – Beginner
I am using Floral Decorative overlay frames with slightly rounded off edges .(I’m using Adobe Photshop Creative Suite 3 *PSCS4* in this tutorial, but you can achieve this same thing in any Photo Editing program that supports PNG files. i.e. Photoshop Elements, etc.)
1. Go to: FILE>OPEN> & find your photo.
1. Go to: FILE>OPEN>and open up any of the frames that you would like to use as an overlay , here i browsed and opened up a frame from the calender photoshop brushes set (remember? facebook fans received it for free? still free to download through the store)
When you have opened the png You will see some Grey and white boxes behind around the frames don’t be alarmed since it is a png file this area means it is transparent.
i chose to use this frame go ahead right click and save it to your disk if you want.
3. With your Move Tool, drag & drop your photo ON TOP of the black PNG file. Your Layer Palette will look like this.
4. Go to: LAYER>CREATE CLIPPING MASK.
5- And your image will create a clipping mask showing off the image something like this!
6- Save it as a jpg , post it to your blog or any other project you are doing. you can play more with it further to create some background color for it. but that’s totally upto you!
Here the jpg saved preview
Find out more photoshop brushes , frames and overlays , digital backgrounds , textured papers at the aivault store. Keen on learning more check out more tutorials on this site
Frankly speaking i never did explore the power of point , except for creating once in a while backgrounds for presentations for my work . Which in fact is fun and quite rewarding . But using it as a drawing tool? never quite thought of it until Tom Kuhlmann created a similar power point tutorial version of one of my previously written tutorial How to create an envelope icon with a satin Feel
This is how my version’s outcome looked like and below is Tom’s Version created entirely in PowerPoint
Tom also shares a video and step by step tutorial on his site Go take a look![/private]
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