I had an enquiry today about the best way to get your photos printed on cards, to give away or sell for a local church or organisation. Here's my reply:
"Thank you for your inquiry about the way to get best results when printing photos of church windows.
- You can use any program that will allow you to design the outer spread of a card - and the inner, if you are including a greeting.
- Inkscape is a free software that allows you to design things with pictures, shapes and text.
- Work in Adobe RGB colour space as this is the most commonly shared.
- Make sure that your documents are prepared at a resolution of 300dpi (for an A6 picture on a card, that is about 1600px tall by 1300px wide.
- If you want the picture to go right to the top, right and bottom edge of the card after folding, then make the image 2 to 3mm larger on those sides to allow for trimming
- Save your prepared outer and inner card designs as one PDF or two separate PDFs.
- Consider whether you want a silk or glossy outer finish to the cards.
- Also be aware that the inner should be a surface that can be written on in pencil/pen etc.
- Then either:
- Check out your local printers to see if they can print cards of a suitable thickness from your PDFs.
- If you can visit them and ask for a test print, even if it costs you a couple of pounds for one example - you want to make sure the colour reproduction is good and punchy enough.
- Or search online for card printers.
- For example, Moo is good for postcards.
- Again, see if you can get a sample printed to check you like the reproduction.
- Once you know how many cards you want printed and the cost, make sure that you price the cards to cover your costs and possibly earn a little to repay your time and effort.
Do send me a card when you are successful :-)