Printables are a fun and inexpensive way to customize a holiday get together (from Valentine’s Day to Christmas or Father’s Day), gift idea or even home décor! Creating custom cake toppers for a party or an inspirational quote printables to hang on your wall can be as easy as doing a Google search to find thousands of free printables online.
However, if you want to create something custom to fit your needs, you can learn to create your own homemade printables! This blog post will show you how to choose the right software and learning program, and you’ll be well on your way to making amazing and unique printables.
One of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to creating homemade printables is which program to use as a tool. You can learn to design printables with free options like Canva, or Paint but these programs can be limiting if you’re wanting to create anything beyond a basic design. If you would like completely custom designs, programs like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator are excellent choices.
Adobe Illustrator is the best option because graphics are vectors, meaning you can size and resize your images without making them pixelated. You can create first day of school signs or holiday printables with the same graphics and the quality of the graphic won’t be affected.
In Illustrator, you can design patterns, complex graphics and work with type. You can learn to design homemade printables fast with the Basic Printable Design Course from Printable Crush. Illustrator is a highly in-depth program, so taking a course is a quick way to learn the basics.
If you’d like to create hand-lettered printables, consider taking a custom lettering class so you can edit your designs in Illustrator. Hand lettering is an excellent way to make a printable truly custom and homemade feeling.
The great thing about printables for personal use is that you don’t need to have a fancy printer or pay a printing company a fortune. Simply print graphics at home with an inkjet or color laser printer. You can find a printer for as little as $60 or upwards of $2000. Don’t think you need an expensive printer to create incredible graphics. A printer in the $100 range should work fine.
The biggest question is whether you should get an inkjet or a laser printer. It depends on your needs. If you plan on printing a lot, the toner in laser printers lasts a long time, but the replacement ink can be pricey. The color on laser printers is much more vibrant than an inkjet. However, inkjet ink is relatively inexpensive but plan on replacing it often. Inkjets also print photos better, so if you use photography in your printables, that is something to consider.
There are so many options for cutting out your printable designs. You can use a paper trimmer for straight lines and scissors for more intricate objects. If you plan on creating party printables, get a 2” round hole punch for cupcake toppers and gift tags. It’s a minimal investment that will save you hours of time, and your hands will thank you. Also, check out the hole punch aisle at your local craft store for more options.
For maximum efficiency with cutting printables, consider in investing in a cutting tool like the Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Explore. Both allow you to print out any shape and cut around the printable. It takes minutes to set up the file and cut compared to hours of using scissors.
Adhesives and Other Tools
You’ll need adhesives to assemble certain printables, like attaching cupcake toppers to paper straws. A printable designer’s go-to adhesive is usually a hot glue gun. They’re inexpensive, and the glue is guaranteed to keep everything in place. You can also use glue dots, double sided tape (permanent is preferred), glue sticks, or regular tape.
Another handy tool for printable assembly is a scoreboard. You’ll use it to make creases in paper for easy and precise folding.
Don’t feel the need to buy all these items at once. It takes time to acquire all the tools for homemade printables, but in the end, you’ll find that the investment will be small for a fun and creative craft project or business in printable design.
Need a little inspiration to get started? Use the download link to this printable quote and pin it to your bulletin board to keep you inspired or look at our list of fun and easy printables you can make today:
- A coloring book with homemade coloring pages
- Road trip games that will act as fun kids activity during the next family vacation
- Printable calendar for your desk at work
- Printable invitations or party decorations for your next get togetherf
- Unique birthday cards for friends and family
- Printable tags for gifting
- Chore chart to keep on the fridge for the kids
- Place cards for a wedding party
- Baby shower games or bridal shower games