Tips for printing on Avery Quick&Clean™ Business Cards

Avery C32026 cover
Avery C32026 cover

It is my second time using Avery Quick&Clean™ DIY business cards. The first time was very smooth so I did not remember any caveats.

This time I had printed 5 pages before I got a nice one. So I decide to write some tips for future reference.

The paper I use is Avery C32026, 270g satin finish, the thickest I can find in store. The printer is Lexmark C544dn, a colour laser printer with auto duplex feature.

Tip 1. Do not load paper in Tray 1. It is not suitable for thick paper like this. Load it in Manual Feeder.

Tip2. Do not use auto duplex. If the business card design is double sided, print one side and manually feed paper again for the other side. The auto duplex roller is a small cylinder that may snap the cards away from the frame.

Tip 3. Use the template provided by Avery and do not convert to any other format. C32026 template is a Word document. After editing, I converted it to a PDF file (I was thinking of portability). The position was changed slightly and some text was printed across the border.

Android pdf viewer

为了在 Android 打开 pdf 文档,我曾从 Android Market 里找了一个 PDF Viewer,幸好有免费的版本,安装也不困难。

最近发现 Android G1 随即自带的 QuickOffice 就支持 pdf 阅读,速度还比 PDF Viewer 快,我当初怎么就没想到它?真是糊涂!

回想一下,我糊涂也是有原因的:在 Android 到手前我还研究过怎么在 iphone 上看 pdf,花了一晚上时间也没找到一个可行的办法,忿忿地放弃(其实也没什么好忿忿的,iphone 本来就不好用,apple app store 里也没几个好软件是免费的)。Android 到手之后我就沿袭了 iphone 的研究方法,在 Android Market 很快找到了一个应用,很快地解决问题,再也没去想原来 Android 还有更现成的方案。

Pdf zoom print

好多pdf电子书排版页面为16K,打印在A4纸上边缘空白太多,于是我想把pdf放大107%打印,看上去像针对A4排版的。我找到了三种方案:

1. 使用adobe的crop tool选中你所要打印的部分,双击打开一个窗口,page range选为all, 单击ok。你就得到一个只有选中部分的pdf文件。

我试过很好用。

2. Photoshop: File->Automate->Multiple PDF to PSD. With resulting psd files, you can pretty much do anything with them. Either print them directly, or use ps bacth process to change them to jpgs for further size/resolution adjustments, or even OCR them and convert them back to pdf.

我试过,不好用。因为photoshop把pdf的每一页都作为单独psd处理,每一页内容或长或短,psd的图像大小不一,再整合成pdf费时费力。

3. 打开pdf,用distiller打印。不要选shrink oversized paper to paper size;在advanced里改scale的值,直到你满意。

我没试过,估计可行。