Printing your Printables – Inkjet vs Laser Printing {Tutorial}

The number one question I get asked by my customers is:

How should  I print these?  

This is a pretty loaded questions because as many of you know, there are many different ways to print printables.  You can easily upload your 5×7 jpg to any photo lab and have them print it for you.  This is probably the easiest method but also the one that might not give you the results you’re hoping for.

In my opinion, the best quality is going to come from either your home printer or sending the files to your local copy center.   The deciding factor here should be how dark do I want the colors?   Your standard ink jet printer is going to print a lot lighter than a professional grade laser printer.   One is not better or worse than the other as far as color goes – it’s really a personal preference.  We’ll talk about paper selection which is also a factor when printing in the coming weeks.

You can see in the photos below the difference between my home ink jet (which is a good one) and the professional printing done on a laser printer.   The one on the right/top is the ink jet (wrapped around the crayola markers) and the one that is still waiting to be cut is from the laser printer.  Not a horrible difference but in person, there’s a big difference in the vibrancy of the blues.

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You can download the wraps here.  The pennants can be downloaded in the next couple of days.

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