You can go through all the work of designing something beautiful, but when it’s time to print, how can you be sure the print execution matches the beauty of the design? I’ve gotten a few requests on what the step by steps of design to print are once the design is finished, so I’m here to give answers! In this video, I describe 3 options for taking your design from the computer and placing it into your hands as a finished, fully imagined piece. Below the video, I’ve listed all of the resources mentioned in the tutorial for your convenience + confidence in making the right decisions for your specific project ๐Ÿ™‚

How to Take Your Design to Print Resources:

Option 1: Printing at Home

Get paper from:
envelopes.com (+ envelopes, too!)
Paper Source
Michael’s

Here’s the screenshot of where to select crop marks when making a pdf

You can see how to manually add score marks in this video if what you’re making needs to be folded (do not make manual crop marks for yours like what’s seen in this video! The setup for creating this greeting card is different than yours should be if you’re creating your own invite – follow instructions on setting up an invite here)

Option 2: Using an Online Printer

Online printers I trust in order of lowest cost to highest
OvernightPrints
Uprinting
Moo

Brick + Mortar Printers

– find one in your area by using InkerLinker

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  • Hi there, I was wondering if you could help me. I have a 5 X 7 invitation in illustrator. I would like to print it as 2 per page and kep the trim marks of 5 X 7 on each invitation. I cannot seem to do this. If i don’t select ignore artboards it prints 1 per page. and then if i select ignore art boards, the trim marks are not around each invitation correctly.

    Any help would be appreciated. Really enjoyed your tutorials!

    Rosa

      • That is great! Thank you thank you very much!! It was driving me nuts! I did the first option and fiddled around with it, until I got it right. I’ll probably be printing somewhere like office max or staples, so hopefully they will work with me to print correctly. I also watched your suggested tutorial and that is great option too! Thanks again, I definitely learned something new! ๐Ÿ™‚

        Rosa

  • Hi Teela, I was thinking of using Uprinting for my wedding invitations. Which paper would you recommend the 13 pt. Cardstock Uncoated or the 14 pt Cardstock Matte? Love your tutorials by the way! Very informative ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hi Teela, Thank you for the great tutorial! Was wondering what paper should I use for my print portfolio showcasing my UX process?
    Thanks, Marina.

  • I can not figure out how to print two 5X7 invitations as a .pdf and account for bleed and have trim marks. When I try to place it on a larger artboard it downsizes to a 4×6. Can you please explain it or do a tutorial?

  • Hi,

    I was wondering if you had any information on where to print wedding invitations with metallic ink or foiling? Is there special colors or anything else that I may need to use ahead time?

    Thanks for your help! Your tutorials have been key in creating the design of the invitations!

  • Hi Teela! In this video you mentioned doing your nephews birthday announcements and that they were double sided, do you have a tutorial on how to make invitations double sided?

  • Great article, i like to use local printers too, i feel like they give more back, especially with digital printing being so accessible and reliable!

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