Post # 1
Did you print at home? I talked to a guy at Kinko’s yesterday and he asked me what kind of paper I wanted it on and I said shimmery paper and he said they couldn’t do it. I would have to print at home or go to a printing press place. I’d rather print at home if that’s the case because the other option sounds expensive. If you printed at home, how was the quality? Right now when I print, some of the wording looks pixelated and I don’t like it 🙁
Post # 3
i printed at home..had the saame kinkos problem.. r u using an inkjet or laser? inkjet turned out really nice.
Post # 4
If the wording looks pixelated, it’s probably low resolution and even Kinkos can’t fix that. Look at your file dimensions and pixels-per-inch. You should change the resolution or enlarging your type. If you print at home, I’d suggest spraying the paper with fixative spray after you print so that the print doesn’t smudge or flake. If you need a place to print them I’d suggest catprint.com. That’s what I used after I had so many issues printing stuff at home. They do custom sizes and had many different paper types to choose from – canvas, cotton, linen, etc.
Post # 5
We have a printer that we use for my FI’s small business, and he’s always done a great job for them on all kinds of things at really reasonable prices. Look around and visit the printers in your area, some of them may be easier on the wallet than you expect.
Post # 6
@FutureMrsPitch: I printed at home. I have a few printers and the vellum was giving me fits…turns out my cheapest printer was the one that would print on vellum, go figure! Kinkos/Staples were NO help, and I even tried a blueprint company and pro printers and no one would print them because either they weren’t 8.5×11″ or because of the different cardstock/paper/vellum. Quality was perfect.
For my inserts I used Cards & Pockets, they pro print–you give them a PDF sized to what you want and they print whatever you need. I bought my pocketfolds and paper from them anyway. I didn’t feel like cutting down all those sets of 5 inserts into sized from 3.5×6.5 to 3.5×3.5 with my paper cutter, this way I saved the hassle and all the edges were perfect. My printers won’t print on small paper like 3.5″x3.5″.
Post # 7
if you haven’t already bought the paper you want to print on, I printed all my invitation inserts online at catprint.com. they have shimmery paper and can print any size you want. if your pictures are pixelated from low resolution, they can’t help with that. they were really affordable, and super easy to work with. plus the paper is really nice and the end product looks professional!
Post # 8
For shimmery paper, you need to print using a laser printer. It won’t work on inkjet (most color home printers), that kind or paper won’t absorb the ink ant it will smudge badly. Also you have to be careful because some printers might not be able to print on thicker paper. That may be why the Kinkos guys said they couldn’t do it. Best way would be to order one or two sheets of several papers you like, and try it to make sure that the printer doesn’t eat it, then print the rest (that’s what I did)
Another reason for pixellation, apart from your files’ resolution could be that you’re printing on the “fast” setting on your printer. There should be a setting for higher quality, or “fine” or something like that, which is slower but has more points of ink per inch.
Post # 9
My advice: for the time, tears, money, and peace of mind, skip designing and printing them yourselves and go with a pre-made design in Vistaprint, 123print, or Weddingpaperdivas.
Post # 10
I have a friend who owns a copy and print shop, so he offered to print my save the dates and invitations for free, if I supplied him with the card stock. That said, there are places that can do the printing for you. My friend used Vistaprint.com, and her invitations turned out beautifully.
My sister printed hers on her computer at home…and it worked great. Just be sure that you use a card stock that isn’t too thick…otherwise it won’t go through the printer.
Post # 11
- Wedding: August 2013 - An amazing non-profit retreat
My fiance and I used kits from Michaels. I got frustrated with formatting, so I did the wording and he did the formatting (it was a pain!) and we did the printing/organizing together. Just our little HP printer did a great job!
About the pixelating– make sure your ink is fresh.
Post # 12
@FutureMrsPitch: We have the paper and are taking it to Office Max to print out.
Post # 13
- Wedding: July 2012 - Muckenthaler Cultural Center
We printed at a local shop! $250 for 200 invites, thank yous, envelopes, rsvps, and info card