What exactly is a printable digital file?
It's a file that is sent digitally, via email, as either a jpeg (photo) or pdf file, that you can print right on your home computer/printer without any fancy software or special equipment. Not into printing yourself? Print shops can print your pdf and photo centers can print your jpeg. You can also use your digital file (jpeg) to insert in the body of an email or post to a social media site.
Some of the digital files are editable by you the consumer and are often available instantly to download, and some are editable only by the designer. You will have to provide the text and the design file will be created for you.
When ordering printable invitation files, you will often get to choose jpeg or pdf files in different layouts.
The following are the most typical ways that the files can be set up:
•Two per page/pdf.
size: 8.5 x 11", two 5 x 7" or 4 x "6 per page with trim marks for easy at home printing
This saves on paper since you can print two on a page. Some office stores prefer this method. Just ask first. They may require a "bleed" or "trim" area that would slightly change the size of the invitation. Typically with a bleed the size for a 5x7" invitation would be 5.25" x 7.25". You can usually ask to have your file made at this size without any problems.
•One per page/pdf
size: 5 x 7" or 4 x 6" single image. Good for print shops or when using pre-cut paper and your printer's borderless print setting.
Again, most print shops will require a bleed as mentioned above.
size: 5 x 7", 4 x 6" or 6 x 7.5". For use with photo centers like Wal-mart or Costco. Choose this kind for posting to social media or inserting in email.
Some photo centers now offer printing on heavy card stock and provide envelopes too. Check their size requirements prior to printing. You may need to request a trim or bleed on your design.
Party Games, Invitations Inserts and more, are also available as printable items. Most are set up to print on regular size letter paper or card stock.
PDF files require Adobe Reader to open and print. It can be downloaded for free from their website if you do not have it. JPEG files require basic photo applications to open.