How to Print JPG Images Using an Inkjet Printer

Challenge – You have just downloaded some great looking patterned papers, clipart or art prints in JPG file format to use in some craft projects BUT how do you print JPG images using an inkjet printer?

Solution – To print out your JPG images you will require:

  1. A computer with an inkjet printer hooked up, switched on and loaded with suitable ink cartridges for your type of printing
  2. A graphics program or similar software that allows you to view your image and setup your required printing preferences
  3. Your choice of size and quality of paper to be used for your craft project

There are many choices of graphics programs and similar software for printing images available for you to use. Though they differ in some ways they all share similar printing preferences that allow you to setup your image to be printed in the way you want it.

Below in the video I demonstrate how to print an A5 JPG image using Photoshop CS2 on a Windows 7 PC with an HP Deskjet F4280 printer. You can follow along and adapt the approach with your own specific software and printer by looking for similar menu options and preferences.

 

Like the Alice in Wonderland White Rabbit image? you can check it out here

How To Print a Collage Sheet in PDF Format

Challenge – You have downloaded an A4 sized collage sheet in PDF format with some great images you want to use in some craft projects BUT how do you print out a good quality print?

Solution – First make a decision “Will I print this out at home? or have a service print it?”.

If you said “yes to print this out at home” – you will need an inkjet printer with photo quality ink or a specialised crafter style printer and your choice of paper or card stock to print on. Your specific printer’s manual will provide detailed instruction on the type of paper it can handle, how to setup for use and  suitable inks for different types of printing.

If you said “yes to have a service print it” – you will need a copy of your collage sheet (or combine with a selection to get a number printed for you at same time) and choose a suitable print service that fits your requirements. Today you can find both local and online print services offering a wide range of print services.

In the video below I demonstrate how to use Adobe Reader DC to print your collage sheet at home:

 

  1. First open your chosen collage sheet in Adobe Reader DC (any other version will work as well)
  2. Have your printer switched on, hooked up to your computer and your chosen A4 sized paper or card stock in the input tray ready for printing.
  3. Then open the “Print” settings either from the print icon or from menu “File > Print”
  4. If printing in colour make sure the check box “Print in grayscale” is unchecked
  5. Under “Paper Sizing” select “Actual Size” and on the right hand size check the “Document preview” of the collage sheet and the document measurements (here an A4 size is shown in inches) match your size of paper you want to print.
  6. Check “Orientation” and select either “Portrait or Landscape” to match the layout of your collage sheet.
  7. Under “Pages to Print” choose either “All” or “Current page”
  8. At top left under “Printer” make sure your printer name is selected and under “Copies” select 1 for just one print or choose more if you want to print several copies of the same sheet
  9. Open “Properties” to check your current printer settings and under “Printer Shortcuts” (or similar depending on your printer software and operating system) – select a suitable printing option to match your desired finish and type of printer paper or card. here I selected “Photo Printing – Plain Paper”. Use the drop down menus to make any other adjustments like the “paper type” and “print quality”. When ready press “OK”
  10. Double check your settings on the main screen (sometimes they can change after altering the “Properties” settings) and once ready – press the “Print” button to print it out. After printing leave it in the tray for a minute or so to allow the ink to dry before handling.

If you like the collage sheet used in the video you can find it here

Please leave any questions and feedback in the comments below.

How To Select and Resize a Collage Image for a Craft Project

The challenge – you have just discovered the ideal digital image to complete your craft project BUT its on a collage sheet and is to small for the final print size required. How do you select, create a new document and resize the image to fit your craft project?

Solution – is to load the collage sheet into a graphics program, use the “Marquee selection tool” to select the desired image, then copy it and paste into a new document of the desired print size. Next use the “Move tool” to select and then hold “Shift” key while selecting and dragging the diagonal corner arrows (to keep the image proportions) to resize the image to the new desired size and then align it on the document where wanted.

Be aware with JPG images increasing to a much larger size will reduce image quality and cause pixilation (squared edges) so a best practise is to find an image as close to your finished print size as possible with some margin for up-sizing. Its often easier to down-size a larger JPG image to a smaller size as it keeps better image quality.

In the following video I demonstrate how to do this using Photoshop CS2:

 

  1. Open your chosen collage sheet in Photoshop
  2. Use the “Marquee selection tool” (rectangular one here) to select the desired image, then copy it by pressing  “Control+C” (command+c on Mac).
  3. Create a new document with the desired size (here I chose 5×7 inch) and then “Control+V” (command+V on Mac) to paste image onto the new document.
  4. Next use the Move tool to select and then hold “Shift” key while selecting and dragging the diagonal corner arrows to resize the image to the new desired size
  5. Then align it on the document where wanted and save as a JPG with desired file name.

If you like the collage sheet used in the video you can find it here

Please leave any questions and feedback in the comments below.