Tuesday, September 7, 2010

 Tutorial on downloading, printing, 
resizing your digital images!
After you've made your payment, you will automatically be directed to a page where you can download your digital stamp immediately.  If you experience a problem... email us, & we will mail them directly to you.  In this case... the digital stamp is delivered as an attachment to the email.
Downloading & Saving Digital Images 
1.  When payment is received  you are directed to the download page 
2.  Click on the download  and a  File Download box will open
3.  Click the Save button
4.  A 'Save As' box will open
5 . Click on Desktop icon  (to the left of your screen)
6.  Click on Create New Folder (small icon on the top) give file name: ie: S2G Files 
7.  Now click on the file you just created. (S2G Files)
8 . Click Save and your digi is now on your computer.
9.  Click this box closed. 
If the file you have downloaded is a ZIP file. (a compressed file) 
Follow this procedure.Using Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, you can just double click  on the  downloaded ZIP file. When the folder opens, click on "Extract all files". This will place a new folder containing the digital stamps in the same location as the ZIP file was.  The files have now been extracted (or separated) from the ZIP file & are ready for use.
        ***Please note that there are time limits 
that affect how long the download link will be available to you.  Our digital stamps show the expiration date and there are 3 downloads.  Again, if something doesn't work, email us & we will take care of it.
Archiving Digital Stamps
A good habit to get into is to save all of your stamps into an archive (permanent place, ie:S2G file) as soon as you download them and only ever work on copies of files from this archive.  You should also look at using a method of backing up newly downloaded stamps immediately, perhaps onto a CD, or USB pen drive. This means that your original files will always be protected and can be used and reused over and over again, and your digital stamps will never be at risk from loss should you experience a problem with your computer.
Printing Digitals
There are several programs that will let you open
& print digital stamps.  You just have to figure out
what program you have on your computer.
We recommend using Microsoft Word
(To check if you have Microsoft Word.)
1.  Click - Start (bottom left)
2.  Click - All Programs 
3.  Click - Microsoft Office folder
4.  Click on MicroSoft Word and the program will open 
If you don't have MicroSoft Word,  then maybe you have Microsoft Works.  Using MicroSoft Word and MicroSsoft Works are very similar.
Open & Print digi file using MicroSoft Word
1.  Open MS Word and you will have a blank document.
2.  Click - INSERT 
     Click - PICTURE
     Click - FROM FILE - INSERT PICTURE box will open
3.  Click the DESKTOP icon (to the left) 
4.  Double-click the S2G FILE or name you gave digi file you created.
5.  Your image list will show up, double-click the digi you want to print.                      
6.  Now digi image is in the document.
7.  Load CARDSTOCK in your printer
8.  Click PRINT and Voila. . .you have your image.
 (We use a 60#, 100 brightness, paper from International Paper called Hammermill Color Copy Cover.  It's reasonably priced and works great.  Whisper White is NOT recommended, because the coating will cause the ink to smear.) 
RESIZE an image using MicroSoft Word
 1.  Right click on image, then click & drag to the size you want.
 2.  Make sure you drag from the corners or you will distort the image!
Download & Print using...PAINT (standard with Windows)
 1. Click - Start 
     Click - All Programs 
     Click - Accessories 
     Click - Paint
 2. Click   on - FILE and then OPEN
 3. Click on DESKTOP (on left of screen)
              then double-click on folder you  created (S2G Digis) 
 4.  Click on the digi stamp you want to print,  then click open.
 5.  Your image will open.
 6.  Click - FILE, then PRINT 
 To PRINT at the top left of the paper (to save paper)
 1.  Click on the FILE menu & then PAGE SETUP
 2  Un-check Horizontal & Vertical boxes under CENTERING
 3.   Close the Page Setup box 
 4.   Click - FILE   Click- PRINT & you have your image.
Coloring Digital Stamped Images
1.  When digital stamps have been printed from a computer they can be colored
in the same way as traditional stamped images.
2.  One limitation is that the images will be printed using normal printer ink
& not a specialist rubber stamping ink. 
3.  There may be issues with the ink running if a wet coloring method is used.
4.  It is possible to heat set printer ink using a heat tool to reduce the 
likelihood of this happening. Pens, pencils & paints are all suitable for using 
with printed digital stamps.
Special Effects 
Because digital stamps are printed from a printer & not stamped with inks, 
special effects that are made using these inks are difficult to achieve.
Techniques such as heat embossing or other techniques that require materials 
to be applied to the ink are difficult to achieve. This does not mean that they are impossible, however, as the outline of an image can be traced using an embossing
ink pen & the image finished as normal.  The key to the successful heat embossing 
of digital stamp images is speed. Therefore get everything ready before starting 
to print, even get the lid off the embossing powder jar!  Heat embossing digital images helps to give a hand stamped look to the finished item.  As the image is printed & not physically stamped, the embossing powders need to be added when the printer ink 
is still wet.  As printer ink dries almost instantly on porous paper, heat embossing 
only works on non-porous paper such as glossy printer paper. vellum or other shiny surfaces.
Quickie Tips for Embossing Digital Stamps            
          * Use glossy or non porous paper
          * Act fast!
          * Be prepared to experiment (printers, inks & even the
             climate can effect the time it takes ink to dry)
          * Make sure that the ink is as wet as possible
          * Stand by the printer & pour the embossing powder
             on as the paper comes out of the printer.               

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