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

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

by Kay Hall
     
 

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

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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

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)

Read an Excerpt

>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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