Printing Digital Stamps Using Word
No "special" computer program is necessary to print digital stamps.
Most computers have Microsoft Word, and it can easily be used to size and print digital images. This little tutorial will show you how!
You may want to create a special file folder called "Digital Stamps" on your computer, and download and save all of your Digital Stamps to that folder. After you have downloaded your Digital Stamps to your "Digital Stamps" folder you will need to uncompressed them (or unzipped them) so that they are ready for you to use.
To uncompress the file on a PC with Windows 7; right click on the folder with the little zipper on it and the file name ends: .zip. A drop down menu appears; left click on the word "Extract All..." and a dialog box appears asking you where you want to save the file to. Click on the "Browse" button and navigate to the folder that you have chosen to save your digital stamp file into; click the button at the bottom of the dialog box that says "Extract".
On some of the other older systems all you need to do is just double click on the little file that ends: .zip. A dialog box will come up that asks if you want to: Open or Save the file. Choose: Save File. Another dialog box will open asking you where you want to save the file to. Choose a spot to save the file into that you will know where to find it later. Click Save.
Spectacular Printable always includes 2 types of 300 dpi files, a JPG file and a PNG file (with a transparant background). An EPS version of this file is also available upon request.The following is a technique for using Word to get your Digital Stamp ready to print and then printing:
Wa-la! You now have an 'stamped' image that is ready to print. Your printer settings and the quality of paper used will affect the final quality of your 'stamped' image. For best printing results my recommendation is to use a high quality mat paper or photo paper and the highest quality photo setting on your printer. Here is a quote from another customer who has printed on both regular paper and photo paper; she says it so much better than I could!JPG - Using JPG digital stamps is very easy! You can simply print them using whatever software you use to print your photos.
"I was playing around with some of my one inch inchies as I had bought some that didn't print light enough for my liking. So I tried switching my print to photo and used photo paper and OMG the colors come out so much nicer than on regular paper. Might be a little bit more costly but Ohhhhh so worth it."Additional information:
PNG - Every stamp is also available as a PNG image. PNG files have a transparent background which is nice for layering images or for digital scrapbooking and they can be printed onto patterned paper.
You can import the PNG files in Word if you like, but you cannot layer them in that program. For best use of PNG files I recommend using photo editing software such as Paint Shop Pro, Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.
EPS files are vectored files; they are also available upon request at no additional cost. EPS files do need special software such as Illustrator or Corel Draw.
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