Editable File - Info
HOW TO DEMO A TEMPLATE
You'll find a demo link in the product or listing description. Click or copy and paste that link in your browser and you'll be taken to the 'Templett' design area where you can play around with the demo.
The demo area is limited. You obviously won't be able to save a template. You'll need to purchase the template before gaining access to the full featured demo area where you can save your templates.
ACCESSING YOUR PURCHASED TEMPLATES
Just minutes after placing an order, you'll be sent an email (from Templett) with an access link. This email is sent to the email address attached to the order. Clicking the access link will take you to a page where you will need to confirm your account details and set a password for your account.
Please allow up to 10 minutes to receive the access link email. Generally, the email is sent within just a few minutes though.
What if you don't have access to that email address?
So, you may have placed an order, but you had an old email or an incorrect email attached to the order or maybe you just don't have access to that email anymore.
That's okay, there's still a way to get access to your purchased templates.
How to get access to your purchased templates when you don't have access to your email
To get access to your new Templett account, you'll need two things.
The email attached to the order.
The order number
If you have those two things, you can get access to your account.
Go to the Templett login page here. Don't worry the page will open in a new tab.
Enter the email attached to your order and click Continue.
If you've never accessed your account yet, you'll see a message below the Continue button. Click the link titled: "Don't have access to this email?".
Then, enter the order number and click Continue.
If you've entered the correct email attached to the order and the correct order number, you'll gain access to your account. On the next page, you can update your email address, set a password for your account and gain access to your purchased templates.
YOUR TEMPLETT ACCOUNT
As a customer, you don't need to do anything in Templett to create an account. Your account will be created for you after purchasing from CalissaPrints. Templett will get the details from the order and create an account with the email provided in the order.
You'll then be sent an email with an access link to access your account and your purchased templates.
Loading Your Template
Loading your template is very easy. In the left side of the Design area, you'll see the Templates pane already visible and open when you first load the application. You'll see all of your templates in this section in thumbnail form. You can scroll through them if you have many. To load a template, click the thumbnail image. The template will then load onto the design area and you can start editing it.
Saving Your Template
We highly recommend saving your templates often while you are working on them. Saving your template is easy. When you are ready to save your changes, click the Save button in the top left section of the screen.
You can save your template at any time. Obviously, saving before you leave the application is critical. When you come back and load your template again, we'll load the template with your last saved changes.
You'll only have the latest saved version of your template available to you.
Important: refreshing the browser page will lose any changes made since the previous save. Be very careful about refreshing the page or navigating away from the application.
Deleting Your Template
We generally don't advise deleting your template unless you know for certain that you will never want to use that template again. Once deleted, you cannot get that template back.
To delete a template, hover over the template thumbnail in the Templates pane and you'll see a red trash can icon in the lower left corner of the thumbnail image. Click that trash can icon to delete the template. It will then be removed from your Templates pane.
EDITING A TEXT BOX
Editing text boxes in your template is easy. Anywhere you see text on your template, that's a good chance that it's editable text that you can click, change the text, color, font, etc. Click once on the text box to select it. You can now drag it around and move it anywhere you'd like. Also, when the text box is selected, you'll see the toolbar show up above the template and you can change many settings for that text box. Click off the text box to deselect it.
Clicking once on a text box selects it (as mentioned above). However, clicking twice on the text box puts it into editing mode. Once in editing mode, you can select the text, add new text, etc. You'll know it's in editing mode because you'll see the cursor. Now you can select the text within the text box and type something different.
Deleting a text box
To delete a text box, either click the text box to select it or drag across the text box to select it. Then simply click the delete button in the toolbar or click delete on your keyboard.
Changing the font in a text box
To change the font in a text box, select the text box by clicking it once to change the font for the entire text box or select the text in the text box that you want to change if you are only changing the font for some of the text in the text box.
Next click the font drop down menu in the toolbar and select a new font.
Changing the color of text
To change the color of text, you can change the entire text box color or the color of specific text within a text box. To change the entire text, click once on the text box to select it, then select the color from the color box in the toolbar.
You can upload images that you can then add to your templates.
File types supported
You are able to upload JPEG, PNG, and SVG files.
File size limit
The max file size for image uploads is 5mb. Please be sure any images you upload are smaller than that.
How to upload images
Click the Images pane on the left side of the design area.
In the Images pane, either drag and drop an image file into the upload area or click the upload area to select the image files from your computer.
Once the file has been uploaded, click the image to add it to your template. It will be added to the current selected page (if the template contains multiple pages).
You can add a background to your template.
This can be either a solid color or an image.
Click the Backgrounds pane on the left side of the design area to open it. You'll see options for adding a background. You'll see the color palette where you can choose colors and you'll also background images that you can select.
Setting the background
Backgrounds are set on a per page basis. Select the page of your template that you'd like to set the background for first.
If you want a solid background color, click a color from the color palette in the Backgrounds pane.
If you want an image, click one of the images in the Backgrounds pane. You can scroll through the Backgrounds pane to see more options.
Note: If you don't see background images, that means the seller you purchased from has disabled this feature. You can still add a background image that you upload. Follow the instructions for uploading your own images here.
Editing the background
Editing the background is the same as setting the background. Just click a new color or image in the Backgrounds pane to change the background.
Deleting the background
To delete the background on your template, open the Backgrounds pane by clicking the Backgrounds menu item on the left side of the design area. Then click the red trash can icon in the Backgrounds pane. Be sure that the page is selected in the design area first.
First, click once on the object to select it. You'll know it's selected when it's highlighted in a blue dashed border.
Next, to rotate it, grab the handle at the top of the object and drag it around to rotate it.
You'll notice the degrees of rotation are displayed in the top right corner of the design area. Objects rotate 5 degrees at a time. If you want to be even more precise, hold Shift while you rotate and you can rotate just 1 degree at a time.
CHANGING THE SIZE OF A TEMPLATE
You are not able to change the size of your template so we highly recommend purchasing a template in the correct size that you need to begin with.
UNDO DESIGN CHANGES OF A TEMPLATE
If you've made a change to your template that you want to undo, there's an option for that.
How to undo a change to a template
In the upper left corner of the screen, in the top menu bar, to the right of the Save (or Options) button, you'll find the undo button. Click the undo button when you want to undo your last design change. You can undo multiple changes with repeated clicks.
Be sure you have the correct page selected before undoing the change.
Note: You cannot undo changes after you've exited the design area.
Also, there is no redo function so make sure you actually want to undo the change before doing so.
DOWNLOADING YOUR TEMPLATES
Downloading Your Templates in PDF Format
The first download option you will see is PDF. There are many advantages to using the PDF.
PDF's are great when you plan to print at home or at any office supply chain or copy and print center. Templett PDF's are vector files so the quality is very high and the text and other vector objects should remain perfectly sharp. Any raster images on the template will be 300 dpi.
You have two options that you can use when downloading as a PDF.
If you will be trimming your template yourself or you are getting the template printed at an office supply chain or copy and print center, there is a good chance you'll want to use the trim marks option. When using the trim marks option, a bleed is automatically added to the template. This helps when you are printing on the front and back of the page because when a page is flipped over in the printer and the back side is printed, the printer cannot always align the paper perfectly. In fact, there is usually always a small amount of shift. The bleed helps make this shift unnoticeable when the template is trimmed.
We recommend asking the shop where you are getting it printed if they prefer trim marks.
This option does exactly what the name implies. It's helps save paper by laying out the design multiple times on a sheet of paper. For example, if you are editing a 5" x 7" template and you are ready to print, you may want to fit two templates to a page to save paper.
This option works with any size template as long as it's smaller than a sheet of paper. If we can fit multiples on one page, this option will do it.
After selecting the Save Paper option, you'll be able to choose the paper size. You can choose between US letter and A4 sizes.
Downloading Your Templates in JPEG Format
The second option you'll see in the download formats is JPEG.
When to use JPEG
You'll usually want to use the JPEG format when you are getting your designs printed with an online printer or any traditional print shop. The reason for this is mostly due to the bleed and the requirements of the printers. You typically will not want to use JPEG when printing at home.
Ask the printer beforehand if they require bleed. If they do, you can choose that option when downloading the JPEG format.
The only option for JPEG is bleed.
What is bleed? Bleed is an extra 1/8" revealed around the entire perimeter of your design. This is to allow the printer to cut the design to the final size and get the best result.
It's important to understand that the bleed is an 1/8" revealed not added around the perimeter of the design. That means that we are showing anything in that area that is on the template. Any background or other design elements in this area are critical to making sure the bleed works correctly.
When bleed is added, a 5" x 7" template becomes 5 1/4" x 7 1/4" in size. This allows the printer to print and cut the template down to the original size (5"x7" in this case) and get the best result without showing and kind of white space on the paper. All printers have a margin of error when cutting and that's why bleed is so important for printers.
Be sure if you are going to use the bleed option that any background or design elements remain in the bleed area. The bleed area should not be blank white if you have a background or design on the rest of the template.
Where are my files downloaded to on my computer?
Files you've downloaded are automatically saved in the Downloads folder. This folder is usually located on the drive where Windows is installed (for example, C:\users\your name\downloads).
In recent versions of Mac OSX, the downloads folder can be accessed right from the Dock located at the bottom of your screen. Alternately, from the Finder, click Go from the menu bar and select Downloads. If you don't see a Downloads option under the Go menu, click Home. The downloads folder should also be visible in your Home folder.
If you still cannot find where the file has downloaded, you can do a search on your computer for 'templett' since all files downloaded with have that in the filename.
Downloading Your Templates in PNG Format
The third option for downloading is PNG. Our PNG format is only meant for sharing on the web. The quality is 72 dpi and is not good enough for print. There are no options with PNG.
What happens if you hit the download limit on a template?
Although hitting the download limit should not happen often, it can happen. Most sellers try to make sure their customers have more than enough downloads to get their designs edited, downloaded, and printed.
If you hit the download limit on a template, you'll see a message in the Download dropdown stating so. This means you cannot download the template anymore.
If this happens in the normal course of editing your template, feel free to reach out to the seller and explain what happened. Most sellers will completely understand and will have no problem resetting the download limit for you.
PRINTING YOUR TEMPLATES
The Save Paper option in PDF
The Save Paper option in the PDF download option does exactly what its name implies. It saves paper but putting as many designs on a sheet of paper as can fit.
For example, if you have a 5" x 7" invitation, we'll put 2 on a page in the PDF.
If you have a 3.5" x 5" thank you card, ‘Templett’ will get 4 on a page in the PDF.
How to use the Save Paper option
The Save Paper option is available in the PDF download option.
Click the Download button in the top right corner of the screen.
Switch on the Save Paper option as well as Trim Marks if you need that
‘Templett’ will create a PDF with multiple designs on the page.
PRINTING AT PROFESSIONAL PRINT SHOPS
Printing at a full scale professional print shop will give you the best results. They've usually been in the business for decades and they know everything there is to know about printing. You can usually rely on any advice they give you.
Keep in mind, you'll want to start this early just in case their turn around times aren't very quick.
File type to use
These shops will usually prefer the JPEG file so go ahead and download that from your Templett account. They will also want full bleed so be sure to check that as well. These shops require a 300 dpi file and that's no problem because every JPEG and PDF from Templett is 300dpi.
We always recommend at least 100lb card stock for cards and anything printed that people will hold in their hands. Your finished result will have a higher quality feel.
We also recommend getting a sample pack from the printer so you can see and feel what 60lb, 80lb, 100lb, linen, gloss, matte, etc are like. This will give you a better idea what to go with.
The print quality should be excellent from any professional print shop. They typically use the best printing technology.
You don't need to worry about trimming because they will handle all of that. You'll get all of your cards in the exact size you order them.
PRINTING AT HOME
Printing your template at home is a great option if you've got a decent printer and you're looking to save some money by printing yourself. Keep in mind, not all printers have the same settings so this article is going to be a brief outline of what you may face when printing at home.
What you need to know about printing at home
There are two ways you can print at home. You can print on a full sheet of paper and trim to the size or you can print right on the exact size card stock. Keep in mind, not all printers can print on every size card stock. You should check your print settings to see what sizes your printer supports. If it doesn't support the size you need, you'll need to either print of a full sheet of card stock (US Letter or A4) or take your file to a printer to get it printed.
Is it worth printing at home?
There's really no way to say yes or no. It's worth it for some people and not worth it for others. The toughest part about printing at home is probably going to be trimming. It's not that it's tough but it can be time consuming. Take a look at that section to learn about the challenges with trimming.
File type for printing at home
Downloading your template as a PDF is the best way to go for printing at home. We recommend choosing the Trim Marks option as well as the Save Paper option in most cases. This way you can print right on a US Letter or A4 sheet of paper with trim marks to show you where to cut.
Card stock weight
In order to get a quality print at home, it's important to use a nice quality, heavy card stock. If you print on card stock that is too light and not thick enough, no mater how good your printer prints, it's just not going to feel like a quality card. We recommend at least 100lb card stock for the best feel. If your printer can print on anything heavier than that, even better.
Card stock color
It's usually always best to print on white card stock if you have a design that contains color. If your design is all black, then any light color card stock will be fine. If the card stock you choose is too dark, your design will not show up very well. If you try to print a color design on a different color card stock, the design will not show up as well as it would on white.
Print settings (quality)
Most printers will have multiple quality settings. While your design will always come from Templett at 300 dpi, printers can print at varying levels of quality. We recommend to test print a few prints with different quality settings to see what looks good to you. The highest quality settings that your printer offers might not be needed and might just be a waste of ink.
Trimming may very well be the most time-consuming aspect of printing at home. If you are not going to be using a guillotine style paper trimmer, you might find that it will be too much work to print at home. A guillotine paper cutter can cut through a small stack of paper at once and can offer perfect cut lines. It's probably the quickest way to cut at home.
Summing it up
We hope this overview will help you decide if printing at home is the right choice for you. Either way, we really hope you get excellent results from your Templett design whichever way you decide to print.
PRINTING THROUGH ONLINE PRINT SHOPS
Printing through online print shops is a great way to get quality prints at a low price. Turnaround times are usually pretty good so if you can wait a few days for printing and then a few more days for shipping this is a great option.
What file type to use
You will generally want to download the JPEG format to use for online print shops. They'll usually want bleed, so be sure to check that option as well.
The print quality will vary between online print shops but you shouldn't have any issues anywhere. Card stock will be the thing you'll want to look at closely for final quality and feel. Most online print shops will request a 300 dpi file. That's not a problem because any PDF or JPEG from Templett is 300 dpi.
We always recommend 100lb card stock or greater if you can. Thicker card stock always makes the final product feel higher quality.
Summing it up
Getting your template printed from an online print shop is a great choice. If you still have time, request some samples from the company so you can see and feel different card stocks, finishes, etc. This will give you a better idea of what 60lb, 80lb 100lb, linen, gloss, matte, etc all look and feel like before you get yours printed.
PRINTING AT OFFICE SUPPLY or COPY & PRINT SHOPS
Printing at office supply stores or copy and print stores is a good option if you're doing this last minute or even if you have plenty of time. If you do have plenty of time, you can usually get better results from a professional print shop.
File type to use
Generally, you'll want to download the PDF of your template with the Trim Marks and Save Paper options checked. Most copy and print and office supply chains will be printing on full size card stock (US Letter or A4) and then trimming to size.
We recommend going in with a flash drive with your files on them.
If you are going to email them the file, be sure that your email app does not send a smaller version of the file. Send the full size version of the file.
We always recommend at least 100lb card stock if you can. It will feel higher quality in your hands.
Most of these types of shops can trim your cards for you. We recommend asking them if they prefer to have the file with or without trim marks. They will usually ask to have them with trim marks so they know where to trim them. If they ask to have them without trim marks, that's not a problem. Just download the file without the trim marks option checked.