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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 ...
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:
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.
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.
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
Mini Marker Board
Color Change Hidden Message
Traditional Greeting Cards
Metallic Look Plaque
Holographic Business Cards
Die-Cut Gift Tags
Trompe L'Oeil Apron
Cut and Fold Basket
Antique Photo Pin
Imitation Stained Glass
Photo Standup Paper Dolls
Shaped Mouse Pad
Paper Tole Pop-Up Card
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)
Posted April 10, 2000
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.