Print ready art tutorial

Skulleigh asked me how i get my art ready to send off (via e-mail) to my printer. Even though i’m not the greatest at technical writing and explanations i will give it a go….just for you Skulleigh and anyone else who may have been curious!

First of all i scan in my image into my photoshop program at 300 dpi. Then i crop it to the size i want.  Now since i want to be able to have it fit in a 4 1/4 x 5 1/4 inch envelope i make my image 4 x 5 however the original is 8 x 10 so that it can be reduced  to a 4 x 5 size.  The reason for this is if you print it on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper you always have 1/8 of an inch which gets cut off all around the edges. So whenever i do anything (including my prints) i make them 8 x 10. Because i’m pretty dyslexic it took me a LONG time to wrap my head around it :). 

I created this word on a separate piece of paper, scanned it in and then with my magic wand tool and some fancy footwork (you’ll have to google this) i elimated the background and pulled it over onto the image of my angel and positioned it just so!

Looking good but it’s still not a card is it?

The next thing i did was clip a rose from a duplicate of the image so i could use it on the back of my card.  Then i opened a new page 5 x 8, dragged in my angel image and then added the tiny rose.  Under the rose i typed in my website address – flattened everything.  Now ordinarily i would put two up on a page but lately my printer has been printing cards on a larger sheet of paper so i just send this copy to them and have them arrange it on their page as best they can.  In the old days i used to receive the printed pages as is and then i would cut and score them myself.  I was terrible at cutting so now i have the printer cut and score the cards for me.

This is where the fun starts…….now you get to glitter your cards and mail them to your friends and family – if you want you can embellish the envelopes like i did on yesterday’s post.

Check out this wonderful  interview with Jennifer Lee at Louise Gale’s blog .  Jennifer Lee has a book coming out in mid- february called The Right Brain Business Plan: A Creative Visual Map for Success. I believe my business plan project will be appearing in Jennifer’s book.

7 Comments on Print ready art tutorial

  1. dianne
    December 15, 2010 at 2:05 pm (9 years ago)

    wow, this is really helpful stuff as i’ve been trying to figure out how to use some of my artwork in cards. i’m familiar wiith the magic wand too but is there truly such a thing as fancy footwork in Photoshop? (i use PaintShop Pro X3)

    oh and i have to tell you – came across several copies of your Bliss book today at the 1/2 price bookstore. in the children’s arts & crafts section – LOL!! i did not point out the error . . . believing that “a little child shall lead them”! but i had to tell you and i got such a kick out of that. how appropriate in their error! now if we could only redirect our inner child to the children’s section!

    thanks again for the helpful printing tips. and i should really consider using a printer for some stuff.

    • admin
      December 15, 2010 at 6:26 pm (9 years ago)

      Oh good! I was just kidding about the fancy footwork……i just didn’t want to explain step by step how i did it :).
      Too funny about Journal Bliss being in the 1/2 price kids section…………I think it appeals to kids of all ages…….3 to 99 🙂

      I think using a priter is a good idea Dianne……….it is very expensive using your own printers ink…….at least for mine it is plus the quality is not nearly as good!

      Love, Violette

  2. Skulleigh
    December 15, 2010 at 9:10 pm (9 years ago)

    Violette, thank you so much for putting this together! I is much less complicated than I thought it would be! I am definitely going to have to have some things printed! Now to find a good printer in my area. 🙂

    Thanks again!

    • admin
      December 16, 2010 at 9:28 am (9 years ago)

      You’re welcome Leigh! It really isn’t that difficult to find a printer – as long as you send high resolution files you’ll be fine. Why not ask some of your friends who are artists in your area who they use? Many of my artist friends are now using my printer because i recommended them.

      Love, violette

  3. Barb
    December 16, 2010 at 5:14 am (9 years ago)

    First, your cards are beautiful…I always love seeing any of your artwork; it inspires me beyond belief, Violette! Second, thanks for the rundown on how you create your cards. I have some pieces I’d really love to make card sets out of…and now I know how I can do it on my laser printer at home (and not have to order them from somewhere else.) Thanks!
    Peace & Love,

    • admin
      December 16, 2010 at 9:26 am (9 years ago)

      thank you Barb! You’re most welcome for the tutorial. How lovely to have a laser printer…..i’m sure your cards will turn out beautifully and look very professional. Many of the artists who sell prints and cards on etsy have their own laser printers that they use.

      Have fun with it.
      Love, violette

  4. Jean Combs
    December 29, 2010 at 12:12 pm (9 years ago)

    Violette, thank you so much for putting this together! I is much less complicated than I thought it would be! I am definitely going to have to have some things printed! Now to find a good printer in my area. 🙂 Thanks again!


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