(Closed) Home printing invites.. need help!

posted 8 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
514 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

The only thing I could think that may help is if you need a new ink cartridge but colors will always look different on screen and in print. Perhaps she can save it at a higher resolution but I don’t know if that will make any difference.

Post # 4
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Try going into your printer settings. Your printer may be set to print in draft form to save ink. There should be a higher quality setting in the preferences. Also, if you print it out as a photo or a brochure, the print quality should be better.

Post # 5
5657 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

Is your friend designing the invites using CMYK color?

Post # 6
1326 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

Ink jets don’t print as vibrant as what you see on screen. This is also true pretty much for all printing, although something commercially printed could be brighter depending on the ink used. Has your friend printed it out on her printer?

The easiest way for her to fix it is to get a physical sample of the color you want (fabric swatch or something), try different colors on her or your printer (whoever is going to print it), and change the color value until it matches the swatch. It could be as easy as taking any black out of the color value she is using.

Post # 7
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Check your color printer settings. You can usually toggle between “draft” mode (less ink used) and high quality mode (more ink used & more vibrant colors).

Also, printing on thicker paper/card stock may help but be careful not to jam the printer.

Post # 8
275 posts
Helper bee

This is often a problem when printers and monitors are not calibrated.  My suggestion would be to print out a Pantone set (like these images here) on YOUR printer (or whichever one you choose) on the paper you plan to use.  (The paper type does make a bit of a difference on how the colors appear.)  Then use this to pick the colors you want – your friend should be able to switch the colors of your invitation designs to match the Pantone numbers listed below the colors you have chosen on the chart.  Then, when you print the colors should be correct, even if it doesn’t look right on the screen.  Does that make sense?

Post # 11
1068 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I think that it’s really hard to print something from your home printer if there is a lot of colors (think about all the ink! Yikes!). We also have a PDF of our invites (full color invites) and we used Catprint to print them. You can actually request a hard-copy proof of your order before they print the rest for you. You can also request through their website a Wedding Samples packet so you can see the different paper and how it prints (fully color samples too!). Overall, it’s pretty economical – the RSVP were about $17 and the full invite was about $35. You probably would spend more on ink alone if you were doing it yourself.

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