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FAQ: How do I resize and print?

You need to bring your jpeg into your word processing, photo editing or graphics software before you can resize.

With MS Word, for example (which most people already have):

1. Open a new file in Word

2. Drag your jpeg image file into your opened Word File (or import image from the menu.)

3. Click on the image once it's in Word -- it will highlight
(hold Shift down so your image doesn't distort.) Just grab a corner to resize.

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Once you have saved the zip file to your computer, you'll need to "unzip" it before you can use it. If you don't have an unzip program already, you can download a free one online, like this one I recommend called 7-zip.

Always save your zip file to a folder on your computer where you can easily find it again. (I keep mine on a folder called Mo Stampin on my desktop)

Also MAKE SURE to to keep a backup file somewhere safe, like on a flash drive, external drive or rewriteable CDROM. You are responsible for keeping your data safe and you should be doing this for ALL the information on your computer, including your images.
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Friday, July 24, 2009

printer discussion

What kind of printer do you use? Do you have one that works great for you with digital stamps?

My printer is an Epson Stylus Photo 2200 that I bought for almost $600 three years ago. A lot of us in the children's book field have them because the ink is waterproof and archival and prints out as large as 13x19 -- big enough to feed a sheet of watercolor paper through.

So even many of my staunchly traditional peers draw their pencil sketches on paper, scan them into Photoshop then print them out to paint. Of course that eliminates the need to redraw if you mess up your painting -- just print it out again.

I just read that the 2200 has been replaced by the Epson Stylus Photo 1400 Ink Jet -- and that a new one only costs $299!

If you have questions or answers about Printers, leave them in the comments!


  1. I am running of of a HP C4280, Love it. I can print on the heavy printer card stock found at walmart in the office supplies section.

  2. I have two printers a black and white Brother HL5250DN that runs of a big cartridge. Not to crash hot at thicker cardstock though. For thicker card I use an older HP Deskjet 3940 which is a colour printer, but quite expensive to keep up with the colour ink cartridges!!! Have I got it covered .... I'm sure I could do better!!

  3. I just bought a bunch of Copics and for the first time tried printing out my own images to color on my cheap laser printer. I could feed regular cardstock through without a problem and the line was perfect with the Copics. Didn't bleed even with all my fussy newbie blending.

    1. I see this post is a couple years old. I have a Lexmark x4650 it uses a lot of ink and smears. What printer do you recommend these days? I have all rubber stamps but want to start using digi. Thanks

    2. Have you tried setting your ink with a heat gun? The main thing is the ink needs to be completely dry before coloring. Another hint is to use the printer's "draft" setting instead of "best." If you are getting a new printer, I really like my Epson Artisan. Check out the link "Watercoloring Digital Images by Mina" on the sidebar of this page to read her technique for keeping ink from smearing. xoMo

  4. I have the Epson Photo 1400. LOVE it.

    The Epson Claria Dye inks are perfect for Copics. No smearing, I can take the paper straight from the printer and colour.

    The 1400 takes A3 sheets, and also takes heavyweight papers really well. I tend to print most of my digital images on Splendorgel Extra White (available from Century Paper here in the UK) 270gsm, and it handles that beautifully. It handles 300gsm cardstock perfectly too. I had a brainwave the other night and dug out my A3 Canson illustration board pads - prints perfectly on them, and they are excellent for blending Copics.

  5. I have an Epson 1400 and it works great with Copics or pencils and blending. No smearing. I print onto Hammermill color copy paper as it is cheaper than cardstock and it colors great.

    Mo, I just wanted to add that I teach reading part-time as well as illustrate and I found your work in one of my Kindergarten books the other day and it made me smile. It was story about Beth, the deaf baseball player and the images were charming....of course. :)

  6. Just a comment to add. I was having trouble with the images printing in green on cardstock but black on regular printer paper. What I found out was that my color cartridge was out of magenta ink. When I repalced the color catridge it printed out in black just fine. Hope this helps anyone else that runs into the same problem.

  7. Just wanted to let you know someone is sending out emails that say Mo's Account. I know I don't owe anything and thought it was strange. I did NOT open it. So others beware. Thought you should know. Edna

  8. Thanks, Edna - if you still have this email could you forward it to me at