If you’re a DIYer, printing digital downloads from Etsy might feel like an overwhelming task. But, with a little knowledge and guidance, you’ll be set to print your new artwork in no time!
The first thing you’ll need to know is how to download your digital download. Typically, you’ll find an image file in your email inbox or under ‘Purchases’ in your Etsy account.
Next, you’ll need to know what kind of file to download for the specific print size you’re looking to make. For most designs, you’ll want to go with a PDF file. These are often used as document files but will reproduce your design to high quality, just like a print would.
You can use a JPEG file for images and graphics, but for printable art, you’ll want to go with downloadable PDFs. They’re a better choice for prints because they’ll produce sharper, crisper images and won’t have to be cropped.
Once you’ve downloaded your digital download, you can choose to print it from home or at a local print shop. You can also upload your files to an online printing service, which will print your prints for you and then ship them to you.
While it might be tempting to just head to Staples and get your printing done, this isn’t the best option. Although you might save a few bucks, your prints will not be as good and they’ll be limited to 8.5” x 11” paper. If you’re printing a lot of pictures, it might be better to go with a professional printing company.