|Creating and printing your own business cards, stationary or computer crafts has become increasingly popular now that personal inkjet printers are priced for the average consumer. And products for your inkjet printer have exploded onto the market. One of the leaders in this area is the Avery Dennison Corporation. The Avery.com website is loaded with self-printing options.|
First, visit the Software - Template Gallery section. There you can download free pre-designed templates. Avery has a template for just about any project you might want to print including labels of all kinds, business cards, greeting cards, stationary, CD and e-media covers, postcards, and computer crafts. These templates will work with several print creativity software such as MicrosoftR Word and Picture It!R, BroderbundTM software, HallmarkR software, and JascR Paint ShopTM ProR and Photo AlbumTM.
You can also browse the Ideas section which has numerous project ideas with step-by-step instructions. Then visit the Home Corner and click on the What's New button. What's new right now? Their new product is called Personal CreationsTM Metallic Print Greeting Cards. This special type of greeting card paper makes the regular ink in your inkjet printer turn metallic. It works on most printers but is not recommended for Canon. I imagine it will be very popular this holiday season.
If you haven't any print creativity software on your computer, you're not out of luck. Check out the Avery Print section. This is an online feature that allows you to design and print a project directly from the Avery website. First you use the online wizard to create your project. You can even upload your own images into the project. Then you have the option to print it (your printer must be on of course) or save it to your computer in Acrobat Reader PDF format. New templates and projects are added often so sign up for the Avery Great Results newsletter to keep informed.
I left the best for last. They also have their own print creativity software called DesignPro Limited. You can download it for free from the website. I experimented with it while I was designing a business card and brochure for my client. I found it easier to use than MicrosoftR Word. It has many pre-installed templates and clipart and you can download more. Also when I imported my own images into the software they didn't appear fuzzy as with Micorsoft Word. It was a great little program. The full version called DesignPro Deluxe has more features, templates and clipart.