How to DIY – Digital Download Art:
- Make the Purchase from my Etsy shop: aliciaheymanstudio.etsy.com
- Download the files immediately from Etsy or
from your confirmation email
Save the jpg & PDF files to a local folder – easier to find than just letting it go to your Downloads folder
What do you get with a download purchase?
Well, actually it’s several image downloads.
You can either grab the files off Etsy immediately after your purchase goes through, or grab them from the purchase confirmation email you receive.
- You get several files with the one purchase.
Each file is formatted to fit a standard print size ratio. Also included is an instruction PDF.
- You can print the files at home, or…
- ….Copy the files to a USB thumb drive and take them to your local digital printshop. Staples, Costco, or many other stores offer digital printing on demand at very reasonable prices. Click here for more information and instuctions,
- or, use an on-line print service.
OK, you downloaded the files. Which file should you use?
There’s a size chart on the instructions PDF that comes with your purchase but you can click the chart on this page to view/download it right now.
Work backwards. If you are going to frame it with a mat, choose the size image that fits your mat opening, not the frame size. Mat borders are usually 2-3″ (5.08 – 7.62 cm) but that’s up to you. You might opt to print small and use a wide mat to emphasize the art.
How to Print your new artwork?
Option 1: Have it printed by a local or online digital printshop.
- Copy the files to a USB thumb drive and take it to a local digital print shop. – Staples, Costco, or any large office supply store that has a digital printing/copy center.
- Select a heavy weight, premium, matte finish or luster finish paper (check out their samples to decide). I suggest not using a gloss paper. The paper selection makes a huge difference in print quality.
Option 2: Print it yourself!
If you are confident about using your own printer and are familiar with its high quality print settings, you can print the image files yourself at the smaller sizes. Test and experiment!
Open (or import, or insert) the file using graphic capable software.
If you don’t have Adobe Photoshop or Indesign, you can use Microsoft Office software. See the Step-by-Step instructions on this page.
- What Paper to use? For best results use a heavy weight, matte finish photo or brochure paper.
Gloss paper usually adds too much reflection under glass. Photo paper has a coating that creates a rich, even ink coating! A standard paper will absorb too much ink and your print will look washed out or grainy.Some photo paper can be printed both sides but some is one sided. Be sure you print on correct side. Put a mark on some plain paper and run it through your printer to see which side the printer prints on. I like to use the rear tray on my printer. It works better with heavy paper and it’s easier to tell which side its printing on.
- Be sure your ink or toner cartridges are not low.
- Experiment with your printer’s custom print settings and do several test runs if necessary. Hint: Once you get the print setting right for the paper, save your print setting named with the paper type/brand.
- I like to feed the paper one page at a time and using the rear loading tray makes that easier (if your printer has one). Some papers and label stock recommends using the rear loader.
If you have questions or would like to get my input on printing or framing, please don’t hesitate to contact me.