The Color Printer Idea Book: 40 Cool and Practical Things to Make with Your Inkjet Printer

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The Color Printer Idea Book opens up a whole new world of computer-aided creativity! You'll first learn the secrets to getting the best results from your inkjet printer, then be introduced to dozens of printable media choices from paper to plastic to fabric. Discover the latest crafting and desktop production techniques—and a ton of resources—to fully equip you for making your own masterpieces. Topping that off are 40 step-by-step projects to jump start your imagination. This exciting variety of innovative and ...

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Overview

The Color Printer Idea Book opens up a whole new world of computer-aided creativity! You'll first learn the secrets to getting the best results from your inkjet printer, then be introduced to dozens of printable media choices from paper to plastic to fabric. Discover the latest crafting and desktop production techniques—and a ton of resources—to fully equip you for making your own masterpieces. Topping that off are 40 step-by-step projects to jump start your imagination. This exciting variety of innovative and practical ideas for your correspondence, wearables, gift giving, home decor, and just plain fun goes well beyond the typical computer-generated fare. You'll learn how to:

  • Print professional-looking labels for homemade concoctions
  • Personalize T-shirts and aprons
  • Design a customized clock or candy jar
  • Make dazzling business cards and plaques
  • Create mock stained glass and embroidery
  • Produce a photo calendar
  • Include 3-D images or secret messages in a card or flyer
  • And much, much more!

The Color Printer Idea Book is not only the first-timer users, it's an invaluable workbook full of time-tested hints for computer crafting professionals everywhere. As a staple item for hours of productive fun, this book is for creative computer-users who want to take their color inkjet printers to the limit.

"The Color Printer Idea Book" gives readers everything they need--techniques, ideas and sources--to begin producing spectacular creations from stationery, wrapping paper and greeting cards to photo t-shirts and mouse pads.

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Library Journal
Desktop publishing has now expanded into desktop crafting. Constantly evolving computer software and inkjet printer-compatible materials make it possible to create greeting cards, labels, calendars, and hot-iron transfers using one's own artwork and layout. In addition to materials used directly with the computer, Hall also discusses paper-crafting items such as decorative blade scissors, applied glitter, and adhesives. The section of step-by-step projects has lists of materials and recommended software. This is certain to be welcome in all general library collections.
Amy Koepke
The Color Printer Idea Book shows you how to turn your computer and printer into true creative tools for crafting.
Crafts Magazine
Craftrends
Even though [author] Kay Hall was once a rocket scientist, it's not necessary for readers to be one to use her book because it's as easy to read as it is fun to use.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781886411203
  • Publisher: No Starch Press San Francisco, CA
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 10.95 (h) x 0.52 (d)

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>Excerpt from Chapter 4, Printable Materials for Inkjets

You can't feed just anything into your inkjet and expect to print on it successfully. To be inkjet-compatible, a sheet of paper must first be thin enough and flexible enough to feed properly and avoid contact with the delicate print mechanism inside. But how can you tell whether the paper you want to use is suitable?

Paper comes in bond, text (or book), and cover weights. Bond is thinner and more flexible than text, which is thinner and more flexible than cover weight. Standard copy paper is bond weight; the paper in this book is text weight; the cover of this book is cover weight. Within each category, you can gauge the relative thickness of a paper using its "basis weight," listed on the package in pounds.

Bond-weight papers (standard copy paper, for example) are fine for printing drafts of your projects and for everyday use, but they aren't substantial enough for most craft projects. Text-weight paper, though only a little thicker than bond, has a much more substantial feel to it and holds up better for crafts. The extra thickness also makes the paper more opaque, which can be important for many projects-especially when you're printing on both sides.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Tools and Techniques

Chapter 1 Computer Hardware for Printing (p 3)

Chapter 2 Software for Crafting (p 11)

Chapter 3 Design Elements (p 19)

Chapter 4 Printable Materials for Inkjets (p 26)

Chapter 5 Crafting Tools (p 33)

Chapter 6 More Techniques for Computer Crafting (p 39)

Part 2 Projects (p 44) Gift Wrap

Stationery

Photo Prints

Mini Marker Board

Kids' Stickers

Do-It-Yourself Envelope

T-Shirt

Color Change Hidden Message

Game Target

Oversized Poster

Tape Measure

Sticky Notes

Bookmark

Checkbook Cover

Traditional Greeting Cards

Metallic Look Plaque

Holographic Business Cards

Faux Embroidery

No-Sew Pillow

Custom Folder

Notepads

Die-Cut Gift Tags

White-on-Black Design

Custom Confetti

Trompe L'Oeil Apron

Bottle Label

Refrigerator Magnet

Candy Jar

Matchbook Notepad

Cut and Fold Basket

Photo Calendar

Clock

Antique Photo Pin

Imitation Stained Glass

Photo Standup Paper Dolls

Autograph Book

Shaped Mouse Pad

Paper Tole Pop-Up Card

Shaker Card

Paperback Book

Part 3 Resources

Appendix A Selling What You Make (p 129)

Appendix B Where to Find It: Listed by Item (p 134)

Appendix C Where to Find It: Listed by Vendor (p 141)

Appendix D For More Information (p 153)

Index (p 161)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2000

    A real MUST HAVE for computer crafters!

    As a professional computer crafter, I thought I knew pretty much all there was to know about creating unique computer crafts. Then I bought Kay Hall's book! You will be absolutely amazed at some of the projects you'll find in The Color Printer Idea Book. With easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, with photos, for each project, this is a must-have book equally useful to both experienced and novice crafters alike. If you're looking for gift-giving ideas or items to sell through your crafting home business, this book has them. Not only will you save money (on gifts) with the projects in this book, but you can MAKE money with it too!

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