Archive for September, 2012
We all like to express our individuality through the clothes we wear, and one of the quickest and least expensive ways to create unique and original clothing is using an ordinary inkjet printer. The techniques we are about to discuss work brilliantly for making personalized t-shirts, but there’s no reason that you can’t apply the same ideas to decorating other items of clothing.
There are a couple of techniques that are frequently used to print designs onto fabric: the freezer paper method, and using transfer paper. We’ve found that the latter method is more reliable and results in images that last longer, so that’s what we’re going to focus on here, but we’ll give a brief explanation of the freezer paper printing method for those of you who want to try it out.
Whichever method you choose, you’re going to need a design. You can use any graphics applications you like to create the design. If you haven’t got the appropriate software, take a look at this list of great online art applications to get you started.
Freezer Paper Method
This method allows you to print directly onto the fabric, without using any transfer medium. That sounds cool, but the ink in your printer isn’t really designed to work on fabric, and it probably isn’t waterproof, so, if you go this route, your designs may fade and run in the wash.
The problem with printing directly onto fabric is that it isn’t stiff enough to hold its shape as it goes through a printer. It will twist and bunch up. You’re probably familiar with how annoying a paper jam in your printer is; a fabric jam is worse. Freezer paper, used in the kitchen, is a thin paper with a waxy substance on one side. If the waxy side is pressed onto fabric with a hot iron it will adhere to the surface, making the fabric hold its shape as it goes through the printer. When you’re done, the freezer paper can be peeled away. Continue reading “Printing on Fabric” »
Just a few years ago, much of our computing activity was carried out on desktop and laptop computers. In recent years, the computer industry has undergone a radical transformation. We are now more likely to grab an iPad or Nexus 7 for casual tasks. Printing from such devices is less necessary than from larger computers, because they are portable; documents come with you. But, there are plenty of occasions where it is convenient to send documents to print directly from mobile devices. Printing tickets, photos, receipts, presentations and PDFs should not involve having to email them to our ourselves before printing them from a desktop or laptop. The obvious solution would be to plug your printer into your mobile device via its USB port, but that won’t work; the USB ports on most mobile devices aren’t smart enough to do that. Today we’re going to look at a few methods that make printing from mobile a breeze. Continue reading “Printing from Tablets and Smartphones” »
The Internet is full of great resources for people who love to create and print beautiful things. This week we’ve collated the best design and printing resources of recent weeks for your enjoyment. Have fun!
Art and Design Inspiration
- 37+ Beautiful Typography Designs in Print Advertisements - Advertisements can be a great source of inspiration especially when it comes to Typography.
- The Ultimate Guide to Designing with Black - Black can overpower your designs, but using it effectively is an essential part of creating great work.
- 30 Enjoyable Out Of Bounds Photos - Some great out-of-bound effects achieved with imaginative editing.
- Print Inspiration from 55 Splendid Brochure Designs - I know some of you sometimes end in a point where you feel you have no inspiration but here are 55 brochure design examples to draw inspiration from them. To be a professional, you must learn from the professionals.
- Photoshop vintage effect - Letting photos shine by adding some subtle effects is something you learn to do by trial and error. Some photos will work perfectly for certain effects and others won’t, but it’s something we creatives love to experiment with. One of the more popular effects is creating some kind of a vintage color effect.
- Found Things - Rich in apparent retro-style, there’s no stripped back Helveticapseudomodernism. There is, on the other hand, page after page after page of hand-crafted beauty
- 5 Places to Download Free and Cheap Images to Use on Your Blog - Some great resources for finding images to use in documents or the web.
- Hydro-Fold by Christophe Guberan - This inkjet printer has been adapted by Ecole Cantonale d’art de Lausanne student Christophe Guberan to print patterns that contort pieces of paper into specific 3D forms.
- Wait, We Still Like Paper! - When Walter Benjamin penned The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, he bemoaned the loss of authenticity and aura in mass-produced printed works. What he couldn’t foresee was the rise of digital reproduction and how that would give letterpress-printed works an aura of their own.
- 300+ Free Textures For Your Design Work - Textures are something that every graphic designer and digital artist knows how to put to good use. Usually used as a background to merge with the overall design and complement the look and feel of the art design, textures add a little something extra, a little oomph, a little wow factor
- Design Nerds Flash Cards - Now design geek-hipster-interwebbers can teach their kids their ABC’s with more culture-relevant examples.
- Call to Action in Print Design – Print design is not all about colours and graphics. With the fierce competition in the market, more than ever before, a call to action in print design is needed.
- Good Print Design Inspiration That Must Be Seen - Good print design inspiration is not easy to find but when you do, be sure to bookmark it. Take this article, for example; you have here really neat posters, typography examples, identity packages, invitations, a package design print and even a really cool letterpress business card.
- 26 Creative Typography Graphic Designs and Illustrations for your inspiration - Typography is one of the most fascinating elements of graphic design. If it’s web design, album art, posters, or any other type of graphic design, typographical inspiration can be a great resource for designers. Here we have added 22 most beautiful examples of creative typography designs for your inspiration.
- Why do People Care about Design? - There are always two sides to every argument. The argument of design is the same – one side states that a book should not be judged by its cover while the other states that unless the cover is attractive, no one will pick it up to read it.
It’s about the time when many of you will be heading back to college after the summer, or enrolling for the first time. One of the least enjoyable parts of college is learning the proper format for your papers. It’s a tedious process, and no one really wants to wade through the dry-as-dust pages of the APA or MLA style guides. So, for those of you who inevitably put off this important but insipid aspect of education, we’ve prepared a quick cheat sheet that hits the main points you need to keep in mind when you’re getting your magnum opus ready for printing. Be aware, the advice below is based on the standard requirements for the MLA and APA methods of formatting academic papers; your professors may well have their own idiosyncratic approaches and you’ll lose out if you don’t stick to them. Use what follows as a reminder rather than a strict set of rules.
Applicable to All Styles
Don’t be fancy with either your page layout or font choices. You won’t win praise for elaborate design (unless you’re a design student, naturally). Stick to the following:
- Use white A4 paper.
- Use black ink (no colors).
- Use the Times New Roman typeface or a similar serif.
- Set your font at a size of 12pt.
- Set your margins at 1 inch.
- Use double spacing of the text throughout (this lets graders write between the lines).