Mudcat Café message #1712978 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #90377   Message #1712978
Posted By: JohnInKansas
08-Apr-06 - 12:39 AM
Thread Name: Tech: Epson print drivers a load of crap
Subject: RE: Tech: Epson print drivers a load of crap
My opinion on "templates" of any kind is, I'm afraid, not "printable." I've tried using a bunch of them, and haven't had much success.

My method is to scan the blank form page I'm going to print to and save the scan as a full-page-size .jpg.

Open in PhotoShop Elements, and save under a new filename; and add the text/pictures I want. Once the "art work" is in place, I usually remove all the pre-printed stuff that's on the form, since it can use a lot of ink re-printing stuff that's alread on the form.

First print, if there's any question, is to a blank sheet of plain paper just to make sure the centering is right. The "test print" can be laid on top of the real (blank) form to check alignment. Use "resize canvas" to add blank area on the appropriate edge(s) to get the centering right if needed, and then print to the "real" photo/card or other high priced form.

Although I've used the "perf forms" with some success for business cards, I've also just printed a "layout" of multiple cards to a sheet and used a sharp knife to cut them apart and to size. With a little bit of practice, it's maybe easier to cut them after they're printed (cut to match the print result, not the paper) than it is to try to "hit the holes" with the pre-perf forms.