How To Print Etsy Digital Downloads
About The Files from The Magic Crayons
All individual print downloads from The Magic Crayons Gift Store and Etsy Store come with SEVEN high-resolution professional image files at 300-dpi, zipped and ready for printing in the following sizes
1x1 ratio file for printing small to large square prints
2x3 Ratio file for printing - 4"x6", 6"x9", 8"x12", 10"x15", 12"x18", 16"x24", 20"x30", 24”x36”, 60x90cm
3x4 Ratio file for printing - 6"x8", 9"x12", 12"x16", 18"x24”, 45x60cm
4x5 Ratio file for printing - 4"x5", 8"x10", 16"x20", 40x50cm
5x7 Ratio file for printing - 5"x7", 50x70cm
11x14 File for printing - 11"x14"
59.4cm x 84.1cm Metric ratio file for printing A6, A5, A4, A3, A2, A1
Recommended Paper Type
Using heavyweight photo paper (200-350 gsm) or cardstock paper for home printing offers several advantages:
- High-quality prints: These papers are designed to absorb ink well, resulting in sharp and vibrant images with high resolution
- Durable and long-lasting: The weight and thickness of the paper make it more resistant to wear and tear, making the prints more durable and long-lasting.
- Professional look and feel: The matte finish provides a professional and polished look to the prints, similar to those produced in a commercial print shop.
- Versatility: Heavyweight matte photo paper and cardstock paper are suitable for a wide range of printing projects, from family photos to business cards, invitations, and art prints.
- Wide compatibility: Most home printers are compatible with heavyweight matte photo paper and cardstock paper, making it easy to create high-quality prints without the need for specialized equipment or software.
Home Printing Paper
Budget optionHP Premium (Amazon #Ad)
HP Premium Plus Photo Paper, 4x6, 300 gsm, 100 sheets - around $20
Mid-range optionCanon Paper (Amazon #Ad)
Canon Photo Paper Plus, 8.5x11, 300 gsm, 50 sheets - around $35
High-end optionEpson Ultra (Amazon #Ad)
Epson Ultra Premium Presentation Paper Matte, 8.5x11, 325 gsm, 50 sheets - around $50
Luxury optionHahnemühle (Amazon #Ad)
Hahnemühle Photo Rag, 8.5x11, 308 gsm, 25 sheets - around $75
The following printers have the capability to handle thicker paper types, including heavyweight matte photo paper and cardstock paper, and produce high-quality prints. The Canon PIXMA TS9521C and Epson Expression Photo HD XP-15000 are both designed specifically for photo printing, while the HP Envy 6055 and Brother MFC-J805DW are more versatile all-in-one printers.
Please note that printer companies add small improvements to their printers every year so the model number listed below do update over time.
Budget optionHP Envy (Amazon #Ad)
HP Envy 6055 - around $129.99
Mid-range optionBrother (Amazon #Ad)
Brother MFC-J805DW - around $179.99
High-end optionCanon PIXMA (Amazon #Ad)
Canon PIXMA TS9521C - around $249.99
Luxury optionEpson Expression (Amazon #Ad)
Epson Expression Photo HD XP-15000 - around $349.99
Local Print Shop vs Printing at Home
Using a local printing shop has several advantages over buying a printer, including:
Cost savings: While buying a printer may seem like a one-time expense, the cost of ink, toner, and maintenance can quickly add up. A local printing shop allows you to pay only for the prints you need, saving you money in the long run.
High-quality prints: Local printing shops typically have professional-grade printers and use high-quality paper, resulting in better print quality than many home printers can achieve.
Time savings: When using a local printing shop, you don't have to spend time setting up and troubleshooting a printer. Plus, you can often get prints done quickly, sometimes even on the same day.
Customization options: Local printing shops can often provide customization options that are not available with home printers, such as different paper types, finishes, and sizes.
Expertise: Printing shop staff are usually experts in their field and can provide advice on design, layout, and printing options to help you achieve the best results.
Wooden framesWooden Frames (Amazon #Ad)
Wooden frames are a classic choice and come in a range of styles, from traditional to modern. They are durable and can add warmth and texture to a space.
Metal framesMetal frames (Amazon #Ad)
Metal frames offer a sleek and modern look that can complement contemporary decor. They are also durable and come in a variety of finishes, such as brushed nickel or black matte.
Acrylic framesAcrylic frames (Amazon #Ad)
Acrylic frames are a great option for a minimalist or modern aesthetic. They are lightweight, shatterproof, and come in clear or frosted finishes.
Gallery framesGallery frames (Amazon #Ad)
Gallery frames are ideal for creating a unified look for a collection of photos or artwork. They come in a range of sizes and colors and can be hung in groups for a cohesive display. They are perfect for creating a statement piece in a living room or hallway.
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