Tutorial for Party Printables

I am really trying to get a handle on these party printables and have done so much research I feel like I should be more comfortable making them but the fact is I feel lost. I am so glad I am not printing these things because I would have no ink.

Now my purpose for writing this is to hopefully get some feedback as to what I may be doing wrong. I will list some questions I need help with. If you are in the same boat, jump in at any time and add in your questions.

1. Is there a format or template to follow

2. Is 1 inch a good size for the graphic image

3. How many should be on one page

4. Do you save them as a JPG, of PDF, or other

5. About how much do these images cost and do I necessarily need to buy them

or can I copy and paste them into my design software. (is it illegal)

6. If I am purchasing images what size should I purchase.

Sorry if I am asking you to do everything but come to my house and make them, but I am really trying to understand this. Your help of course i would greatly appreciated.

1) Any photo design or graphic program should be able to do this. I use Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, but there are other less costly options as well.


2) The size of your image depends of what you are creating. A 1 inch circle is quite small, but depending on the use – may be the right size. For example, my cupcake topper circles are 2″ and favor tags are 2.5″ circles. This allows the image to be of good size as well as any text. 1″ circles would be cute for confetti circles, etc. I’ve also seen 1″ collage sheets used for bottle cap necklaces.


3) The number you place on a page will depend on the size. I can fit 12 on page with cushion room so I have space when lining up my holepunch.



4) I save multiple copies of my work – I have 2 external harddrives and I am looking into a remote backup system. The original design is saved in its editable format (psd, eps). Files that are sent to the client are sent mostly as pdf’s, but I offer them a choice of jpeg or pdf for invitations depending on where they want to have them printed.

5) YES! You absolutely have to purchase them. Some artists include a commercial use with their price, others allow commercial use with permission, and others have a separate commercial license fee. It is stealing to use someone’s images without purchasing them. Also, some artists have restrictions on their images being resold in a digital format, so you need to review their TOU (Terms of Use) carefully or contact them and ask before purchasing.

Images range in prices depending on the factors above, if it is a graphic set, single image, etc. When I started, I purchased a few of the sets to get started, and depending on themes, holidays I still do, but keep in mind that there may be multiple sellers with the same images so how you design your items will be the difference in it getting sold or not. I now work with a select few graphic artists who do exclusive work for me, and hopefully next fall I will have some graphic artist interns from a local university working with me as well. Having exclusive work is, of course, more expensive.

6) The graphic artists sell their images in a high resolution, usually png format with translucent background already presized. Once you import it into your design program, you will be able to resize it to suit your needs.

You may also want to know about printing graphics on party supplies wholesale.


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