Printable vs. Digital
Posted 30 December 2004 - 02:11 PM
Posted 30 December 2004 - 05:00 PM
A Digital set has papers in jpeg format, because it's the smallest file size, and then the embellishments, alphas and words are in a .png file format. That means that the area surrounding the tags and alphabet, etc. is transparent, so that when you open it in your software program, it's easier to cut apart electronically. We digital designers like that!
A Printable set has papers in the jpeg format, too. But the embellishments, alphas and words are on a white background, and also in a jpeg format. Most newbies understand jpegs better than pngs. The goal here is print out on your favorite paper, then cut them out with scissors, etc.
Now, you could print out the png files in the digital sets and cut them out, just like with the jpeg files, if you want to. What you see as transparent will be white on a white sheet of paper. (It will be transparent on acetate or vellum.)
So buy the set you prefer for the way you like to scrap, digitally or traditionally (printable).
If you decide to print out your completed digital design, then paper enters into the picture....I LOVE Epson Matte Heavyweight, but would not use it for say, printing candy wrappers, or using the paper designs for wrapping paper. I also use Epson Ink Jet Paper, especially since I have it in 13x19 for when I want large! (The Heavyweight doesn't come in that size---yet!)
Does that help?
Posted 30 December 2004 - 05:29 PM
Some printers get confused when printing PNG files and random areas that SHOULD be transparent aren't, they print as blocky, and black, or show part of the background texture. If you want to use your kit both digitally and printable, buy the digital kit, but FLATTEN a copy of the PNG file before sending it to print. If flatten isn't an option in your program, just save it as a JPG and print that file. Now you have one kit that serves two purposes!
Posted 30 December 2004 - 07:57 PM
Posted 30 December 2004 - 08:05 PM
Would be nice to have you test stuff, Jan. I have no idea if my alpha files do that or if they need flattening.
I now check my png files in Windows to see if that black happens. If it does, then I save it for the web but at 300dpi. Seems to solve the problem.
So much to learn, always.
Posted 30 December 2004 - 09:41 PM
Posted 31 December 2004 - 09:06 AM
Posted 31 December 2004 - 11:13 AM
Anyway, the black shows up on the PC in the background of a png if the file isn't correct. I view everything in "Filmstrip" mode. If a png shows up there with a black background, it'll cause problems.
So, Viv Babe! Order any paper you want. If you ever want to scrap digitally, then buy the digital sets---they are printable as well.
Posted 31 December 2004 - 12:49 PM
Posted 31 December 2004 - 01:03 PM
However...now that we have the new TRUE 12x12 paper on the market (you'll notice it because it's in new, very colorful packaging instead of the plain white box) you can print up to 1/8" on all 4 sides and then trim it to get a "borderless" effect.
Hope this helps!
Posted 31 December 2004 - 03:08 PM
But if you just want 12x12 to scrap traditionally, just print and trim, or set up your main page size as 13 x19, import the 12x12 paper and take advantage of the extra space and print out tags and other stuff in the space leftover.
Hey Shirley: from my keyboard to your monitor: any chance of getting heavyweight matte paper in 13x19?????
Posted 31 December 2004 - 10:12 PM
Posted 01 January 2005 - 08:02 AM
I have to thank everyone for all the information in this thread! Thank you so much! I'm going to start using the digital collections from now on!
Posted 01 January 2005 - 02:04 PM
That is a great idea! What type of 13x19 paper do you recommend?
Epson (duh!) Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper 13x19 AKA Super B or Super A3 (dunno why)
Hooray, been looking for something so my crafts can get BIGGER!
Posted 01 January 2005 - 08:49 PM
Posted 21 January 2005 - 06:03 PM
TRY the Word doc set up. It really works!
Posted 21 January 2005 - 07:16 PM
Posted 12 February 2005 - 05:10 PM
I hope to sell my 1280 and get the 2200
Posted 13 February 2005 - 09:36 AM
This digital stuff intriques me but I already spend soooo much time at the computer...I enjoy the down time by scrapbooking with paper...you know what I mean? But I'm always willing to try.
If anyone has any input on those three programs, I'd love to hear them! Thanks!
"Now and then it is good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy."
Posted 13 February 2005 - 12:47 PM
Posted 13 February 2005 - 06:43 PM
The 1280 inks ARE archivable...they just aren't AS archivable as the 2200 or R1800 inks. The 1280 inks are dye-based. BUT if you're printing on our 12x12 scrapbook paper, the 1280 inks last just as long as the 2200!
Posted 14 February 2005 - 11:58 AM
Good news from Epson!
Posted 14 February 2005 - 12:00 PM
I started digital scrapbooking with Photoshop Elements 2.0. It's a very nice way in.
Illustrator is a great drawing tool and once you are good at Elements, there are actually some tricks you can use by moving things you draw from Illustrator to Elements.
Can get addicting.