I share a lot of free printables on my blogs, and, in the past, have also sold my work via Etsy, and I’m pretty sure I’ve been asked every question possible on how to best print and hang printable art. While it may sound as easy as pressing the “print” button on your computer, there’s actually a lot that can go wrong, and a few things you can do to make sure everything goes right and you get the highest quality print possible.
In today’s post, I’m going to share what I’ve learned through the years on how to best print printables! Read through the post, and leave a comment if you have a question I didn’t answer. Let’s get started…
Saving and Resizing Printable Files. So you’ve purchased a printable (or found a free printable that you love), and are ready to print. First things first, save the file to your computer (you may even want a folder specifically for printables) and make sure you know what size the printable is meant to be printed in. Almost all of my printables are sized at 8×10, but 8.5×11 is another popular, readily available size.
If you need to resize your printable, you can do so in your favorite editing program. For a lot of printables (especially free ones), the resolution may not be high enough to resize larger, only smaller. For example, you may be able to resize an 8.5×11 printable into 8×10, but probably won’t be able to size up to a 16×20.
So, for example, in Photoshop Elements, if I want to resize this printable (you can find this nautical printable here, if you like it, too), open it up, and go to Image –> Resize –> Image Size. Simply change the width and height in the Document Size box, and hit ok.
If you’re purchasing a printable, it never hurts to ask the seller to resize for you. They may do it for you, especially if you want to resize smaller. If you want to resize larger, they’ll probably charge an additional fee to do so.
Printing Out Your Printables. I get asked this question more than any other, and my best advice is to send your printable to a professional printing service to get the best quality. Most printables, especially those with a large, colorful image or colored background, use a lot of ink, so it may even save you money to get them professionally printed.
Glossy photo paper works great, and is readily available. You can easily upload and print at places like Walgreens and CVS, or places like Snapfish that print and deliver to you.
Printing Printables with Gold Foil. Gold foil is very on-trend; many printables are available with foil-like features and text nowadays (like the sunflower initial printables below). I often get asked how to best print printables so that the foil is real foil, and the easy answer is….it can’t be done. When you print a printable with the gold foil effect, the finished print will have the color of the foil, but it will not be actual foil. If you have your heart set on true gold foil, there are plenty of Etsy sellers that sell prints with that feature.
Framing Your Printables. Lastly, I often get asked about what frames I use for the art around my home–this set of 7 solid wood frames is my go-to; you can see them in action in this gallery wall post! Next time I need to purchase frames, I may consider this set–11 pieces for under $30 (plus free shipping). Basically, I love frames that are white, flat, and matted. Simple, in my opinion, is best, and really shows off your art to it’s best advantage.
Now that you know all about how to print printables, let me share some of my favorite resources for free printable art! I’ve been creating printable art for years now, and have compiled some of my favorites…
You can also head to burlap+blue’s homepage to search for printables by category (including initial, home decor, seasonal, and printables just for kids!)
This blog, of course, has free printables for all holidays and seasons, just navigate on the top menu, or input your search term for plenty of free printable art.
Thanks for reading all about how to print printables! What did I miss? Leave a comment and I’ll get back to you! Have a fantastic day!