Friday, January 20, 2006

Web pages that are printer friendly

Many people are finding it hard and a waste of money to try and print direct from the web pages. This can post a major dilemma especially if you want to get your work done quickly and without much ado.

For all of you having a hard time printing web pages, here is a quick way to print only the content without printing the extraneous material on the sides of the web page.

Place your mouse cursor at the beginning of the newsletter text you want to have printed. Left-click on the mouse and drag it all the way to the end of the content.

Next release the left mouse button and right-click anywhere on the highlighted copy and choose 'print' from the menu. When the print dialog box comes up look in the "Page Range" section and tick the one that says "selection" then click the Print button at the bottom of the box.

Another way would be to highlight the text as described above and right-click on the selected text and choose "copy". Next, open up Notepad or a Word document. Right click on the blank page and select 'paste'. From there you can edit out and print what you want.


Friday, January 13, 2006

I see strange colors…

Have you ever made a photo in your imaging program only to get bizarre colors when it got printed? The photo used to look great but now all the hideous colors are making your eyes water.
If you haven’t been in that situation, don’t worry because sooner or later, you will be.
If your printer has been doing fine and all the sudden this situation crops up, it is probably one of two ink related problems.
Problem 1: Your ink cartridge is empty.
The only solution is to visit your nearest office supply store and make a donation to your printer manufacturer for more ink.
Problem 2: The other cause of this printer malady is a clogged printer head.
If you have not used your printer in awhile and are reasonably sure you have ink in the cartridge, this is likely the problem. All it takes is one nozzle getting clogged for a ticket to weird colors.
The solution to this can be a bit tedious but easy. When the drivers for your printer were installed, there was probably a utility for cleaning the print heads. Finding it usually is the only challenging part.


Monday, January 09, 2006

Commercial printing demystified

There is only one right way to print the job and about a thousand ways to print it wrong.
This is true even with a single and simple printing project. The most important thing to remember is that printing is confusing.
If you need 5,000 copies of your fax form, you can confidently bring the original to a local print shop yourself.
If you need 5,000 full-color brochures, call in the design troupes.
Keep in mind that there are ways a designer can make a 2-color job carry the strength of a full-color job. Or make a 1-color job exceptional by adding embossing or a die cut for the cost of a second color.
Gutenberg developed a chart that defines basic commercial printing terms and describes the variables that make print jobs rise in cost and complexity.
In honor of his invention, an international panel of scientists chose Gutenberg as the most outstanding person of the millennium.
Today, printing is second to Agriculture as the largest industry in the world. It makes sense. Just think. Who needs more than breakfast and the paper on a Sunday morning?


Monday, January 02, 2006

Microsoft Publisher and commercial printing

You may already know that programs such as QuarkXPress, InDesign, and Illustrator are the most common tools for a graphic designer.
But what if circumstances dictate you to use less common applications. What will you do? You have to adapt to get the best results.
Do not go bonkers yet. The solution? Microsoft Publisher.
In case you do not know it yet, it is possible to produce high-quality printed pieces from Publisher files. But you may have to take different steps during the production process
Despite the kind of commercial printer you choose, your Publisher files would not give satisfactory results unless you meet certain requirements. What are some of these?
You will have to make sure your layout file is in the appropriate color space, set up bleeds if anything on the page goes to the edge of the sheet, and supply the fonts and images used in the design.
Without these key pieces, you may be faced with unexpected additional costs and a lot of time wasted before your job can print.
Which option would you rather have?