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How to Print a Printable

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The question I get most from readers is always about how to download and print a printable. I've had this question pop up for years and I usually reply to an email or comment with lots of specifics. I thought I'd go ahead and create a complete post (including a video tutorial) to make this a bit easier. I've even included tips on how to print a printable using a local professional print shop, too. Check it all out below.
Printing a Printable
Whether you're using a Mac or PC, I have you covered in the printing department. I get countless emails asking about the best way to download and print printables. We're chatting about all of the best tips and tricks for getting these lovelies off of your computer and framed on your wall. Hope you enjoy the complete, step-by-step video and photo tutorials below. 


What is a Printable?

Let's go a little Vince Lombardi and go back to basics for a moment. What is a printable? That term is a bit vague, isn't it? In this particular context and day and age, a printable is a piece of art or similar that you can download from a blog or website and use for decor, gifts, correspondence, organizational purposes, and more. Printables vary in size and type. Here on I Should Be Mopping the Floor, you'll find the following types of printables for you to download and use for your personal use:
  • 8x10" framable art prints
  • 5x7" framable art prints
  • 4x6" framable art prints
  • postcards
  • banners (using individual printed pennants)
  • greeting cards (print, trim, fold, and send!)
    • Be sure to check out my greeting card blog, Print Pretty Cards, too. I have loads of free printable cards over there.
  • gift tags
  • coloring pages
  • organizational lists
  • and more!
Printing Greeting Cards

How to Print a Printable

I created the following video tutorial to give you more of a visual for downloading and printing printables. It covers the process on both a Mac or a PC.  






Downloading Printables

If you don't care to watch the video, here is the method to download printables here on I Should Be Mopping the Floor, and then print them, too. I've tried to make it as simple as possible to download from our site. I even include alternate download links on most of our freebies, as well.
I Should Be Mopping the Floor Printables
  • Start by clicking on the Free Printables and Fonts tab or the Premium Printables tab.
  • Then, select the type of printable you're looking for. On the Premium Printables page, you can just directly select the set you're looking for.
  • Once you get to your category page, choose your printable and click on it.
What is a Printable?
  • We're still working to update all of our free printables to look like the above one (there are thousands of them, so it takes a bit). But, hopefully you'll see something like the above on your printable page. (UPDATE: I now include Google Drive download links, as well.)
  • Decide which format and size is best for your needs, then select it (pictured above).
  • You can also choose to download via the Dropbox link at the bottom of all of the selections (pictured above). Or, again, the new Google Drive option.
Using Printables
  • If you go the traditional (non-Dropbox) route for downloading our printables, you'll then be taken directly to the download page. Click the 'Download' button on the top right hand corner of the page. Your download will immediately begin.
  • Once your download is complete, simple click on the actual download to open it. Then print in the manner you normally print on your computer (or upload to a local printer shop).
Downloading Printables
  • If you choose our alternate Dropbox link, you'll be taken to the above Showcase on Dropbox. Simply choose your format and size and click to start downloading. 
  • Once your download is finished, click on your actual download to open it. Then print in the manner you normally print on your computer (or upload the printable to a local printer shop).

Paper for Printing Printables

 Paper for Printable Printing

  • As I explained in the video, I prefer to print most of my at-home items onto white card stock. It's easy to grab here on Amazon Prime for the best price around.
  • Printing on white cardstock means you'll get the best possible outcome. If you use plain, thin printer paper, chances are that when your print is framed, whatever is behind it in the frame (often a cardboard backing) will show through and give your printable a tinge of that color throughout.
  • Also be sure to use cardstock on all of our greeting card printables, banner printablesgift tag printables, and printable labels, as well. If you use regular paper, the paper tends to curl up on the edges.
  • I also explained that I enjoy using printable sticker paper from time to time. It makes it easy to turn almost any printable into a sticker. Grab sticker paper here on Amazon.


The Best Printers for At-Home Printing

  • My printer isn't a fancy one, but it works great for my needs (and y'all, all I do is print printables). I use an HP Deskjet 3755 (grab it here on Amazon for less than $50). I am enrolled in the HP Ink Club, so I never buy ink, either...they just send it to me when my printer lets them know it's low. This isn't a sponsored post, either...I just really like this service. 
  • If you're looking for something a bit more heavy duty, I also use this HP LaserJet Pro. It's a bit pricier, but it does a nice job.

How to Print at Home

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14 comments:

  1. This is such a great tutorial! You explained the downloading process so well--and I loved the video! What is your favorite frame for printables? Thank you so much for this--I cannot wait to get started!

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    1. Thank you so much, Gina! So happy it helped. The Knoppang frame from IKEA is one of my faves. I also find great ones at Ross and Burlington (I tend to use a few, so I have an assortment). Let me know if you have any other questions. So happy you stopped by. xoxo

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  2. I do not have winzip. How do I open the download

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  3. I printed out the bucket with lavendar, selected 8x10 PDF and it printed a 7 1/4 by 9" picture.
    I don't know what happened, can you help? It was done on cardstock too.
    Thanks, Linda

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    1. Hi Linda-- It sounds like you may have printed the JPEG? Often computers have settings that will automatically change the sizes. If you can't figure out how to change your settings, try printing the PDF version, instead. Hope this helps. xoxo

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  4. I printed the bucket of lavender and the picture printed to the size 7 1/4 x 9". Instead of 8x10. Not sure why it is being cut off. I tried to put it in a 8x10 frame and it didn't fit!
    Need help!

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    1. Hi Linda! Forgive me for responding so late! I will take a look at this and try to see what the problem is! Thank you for bringing it to my attention!

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  5. How do you work with and print the fonts after you download them onto your computer?

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    1. The possibilities are endless! Take a look at the video above for lots of helpful tips and tricks! Thank you bunches for stopping by! <3

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  6. Thanks to YOU last week I downloaded some B E A U T I F U L fonts. Just now I am trying to use the one that has letters inside a black heart and aaagghhhhh my PRINTER is not printing the font. It is indeed on my hard drive and shows up as a choice in my word processing. I am semi-distraught (it is only a font). Daaaag, my others printed fine. Now I am wondering how many of the dozen or so that I took time to download are not compatible.

    Please tell me there is SOMEthing I can do or did not do. My printer is not overly old nor overly cheap. I too am using HP. It is the Officejet 5255.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks.

    Lyric

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  7. I just noticed the comment above mine. Perhaps my answer is there. I will look. I can only imagine how annoying it is for you when we ask redundant questions.

    Well, now I have another exucuse for thanking you for the beauty that you share with others (me). I adore seeing your emails and thank you for it in these days we are living.

    L

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