Wow,I got a trifecta this morning and the day is only half over! To start my day I got this lovely email in my inbox:
I recently purchased a digital download off of Etsy to print invitations for my son’s 2nd birthday coming up. I took the download to Staples and they told me that they wouldn’t print the invitations due to their copyright rules. I don’t have a printer at home so I can’t print them there……I was wondering if I sent you the file would you be able to print them off for me and if so, how much would it cost? I’m not looking for any kind of fancy paper, just a simple, slightly thicker/sturdier than your normal copy paper. The PDF will print two 5×7 invites per page, and I’m looking for a total of 18 invites, so 9 pages should be enough. Also, I’m sending a PDF but I also have a JPEG file as well, whichever works best for you.
Thank you so much for your help,
NO!!!! I am not breaking the law for you. And it’s not ‘their rules’, it is the law. You didn’t pay whoever owns the copyright for the opportunity to use those images on your invitation, so therefor you are STEALING IT. You would think that when Staples said no, and told you why, that you would have the sense to NOT try another named print shop, but perhaps a friend who has a printer. I guess not. I will print you anything legal you want as long as your money is good. However I will not print this.
Second, the image was NOT set to 5″ x 7″ but instead 4″ x 6″. Doesn’t just upsize to 5″ x 7″ proportionally there, buttercup. try again.
And third, there was no bleed. There was text so close to the edge that even on the PDF it looked cut off. The photo wasn’t quite centered and the top of Kermit’s head was already going off the edge. (that’s what she wanted, a muppet invitation) If I trimmed that for a bleed Kermit would have no forehead.
Thanks Lindsey for a nice start to my day and helping me on my first post of the week. Good luck printing that somewhere else. And make sure to let me know who did it, so I can let all my ‘friends’ know. You know, the ones in law enforcement.