How to edit your Brown Paper Moon design

by Carrie


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TEXT-EDITABLE DOCX FILE INSTRUCTIONS

1. Download and Install Fonts:

You can use any of the fonts that you already have on your computer. Check the instructions file included with your purchase for font links if you'd like to use the fonts shown in the listing sample.

  • Once you've downloaded the font, it may install automatically, depending on your computer. If it doesn’t, you can double click on the downloaded file and it will automatically install in your Fonts Folder. You can also manually drag the file into your Fonts Folder.
  • Sometimes fonts need to be validated before your computer will acknowledge them. You can do this by entering your Font Book and clicking "Validate" in the appropriate pull down menu.

The suggested fonts are free for your personal use, but you can make donations to the artists on the download pages, if you'd like to thank them for their work.

2. Open the file in Word or Pages.

3. Edit the Text:

Click on the text you would like to edit and make your changes. Don’t forget to save!

  • Each text box is fully customizable. Change text colors, sizes, fonts, spacing, etc. as normal.   
  • Text colors, sizes and fonts can be changed under the pull-down menu: Format => Font.
  • Line spacing can be changed under the pull-down menu: Format => Paragraph.
  • These files are compatible with Mail Merge. You can refer to the “Help” section of your software program for guidance.

4. To Print: 

To save these files as pdfs for professional printing:

  • Go to pull down menu File => Save As
  • Select Format: Pdf

To print these files at home:

  • Click pull down menu File => Print
  • Print “Actual Size” or Page Scaling: None, and set Margins to “0”

Unless otherwise specified, these files were designed to be printed on plain white card stock, US Letter (8 1/2” x 11”). Here are the card weights I use:

  • 100# matte white card stock for: 
    • Save the Dates, Invitations and Long Programs
  •  90# matte white card stock for:
    • Signs, Escort Cards, Menus and Door Hangers
  • 80# matte white card stock for:
    • Foldable items (Folded Programs, Place Cards, Food Tents, Thank You Cards, etc.)

To make these cards double-sided, create and save two files, one for the front and the second for the back. To print, simply print one file on one side of your card stock, then flip the paper over and print the second file.

It can be helpful to do a test print on plain white printer paper when printing new files to make sure everything is printed as desired before using any special card stock.

5. Trim on the trim lines using a paper cutter and/or scissors if needed. You’re done!


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TEXT-EDITABLE PDF FILE INSTRUCTIONS

1. Begin by downloading your free version of Adobe Reader: 

http://get.adobe.com/reader/otherversions/

* Important!* - Brown Paper Moon text-editable PDF files must be edited in Adobe Reader, (not Adobe Acrobat Pro). Acrobat Pro won't let you edit these files, this is only a job for Adobe Reader!

2. Download fonts:

You can use any of the fonts that you already have on your computer, but if you'd like to use the same fonts I used you can download them for free here:

    • Once you've downloaded the font(s), double click on the file and it should automatically install in your Fonts Folder. You can also manually drag the file into your Fonts Folder.
    • Sometimes fonts need to be validated before your computer will acknowledge them. You can do this by entering your Font Book and clicking "Validate" in the appropriate pull down menu.

    These fonts are free for your personal use, but you can make donations to the artists on the download pages, if you'd like to thank them.

    3. Open the file you wish to edit.

    The file should open in Adobe Reader, but if it doesn't, close the file and open again in Adobe Reader manually.

    4. Click on the text you would like to edit and make your changes. 

    If you don't see any text, click the button on the top right hand side that says "Highlight Existing Fields." This will automatically put your curser in the right spot, and you can begin typing.

    5. To change the font, font size, or font color:

    Go to: View =>  Show/Hide=>  Toolbar Items=>  Properties Bar

    6. To change line spacing:

    Click "More" on the Properties Bar. this will provide multiple options for indentations, line spacing, and baseline shift of lines.

    • If you end up with a little plus sign (+) in the bottom right corner of your cards, this is a sign that your text is running off of the bottom of the card. You can fix this a few different ways:
    1. Check to make sure that you don’t have “empty” lines at the end of your text. Use your down arrow key to move your cursor all the way to the bottom of the design, then delete any extra space at the end of your text.
    2. If that doesn’t make the plus sign disappear, you can try deleting some of the “empty” lines from the top of the design, which will move all of your text up.
    3. Your final option is to adjust the sizes of the text in your design to make it smaller, which will also move all of your text up.

    7. To Save:

    Click pull-down menu: File =>  Save As =>  PDF

    8. To print:

    Unless otherwise specified, these cards were designed to be used with plain white card stock, (US Letter,  8 1/2” x 11”). Here are the card weights I use:

    • 100# matte white card stock for:
      •  Save the Dates, Invitations and Long Programs
    •  90# matte white card stock for: 
      • Signs, Escort Cards, Menus and Door Hangers
    • 80# matte white card stock for: 
      • Foldable items (Folded Programs, Place Cards, Food Tents, Thank You Cards, etc.)

    To make these cards double-sided, create and save two files, one for the front and the second for the back. To print, simply print one file on one side of your card stock, then flip the paper over and print the second file.

    • It can be helpful to do a test print on plain white printer paper when printing new files to make sure everything is printed as desired before using any special card stock.

    9. Trim on the trim lines using a paper cutter and/or Scissors. You’re done!

     

    Troubleshooting:

    1. If you're having problems editing this file, check to ensure that you're using Adobe Reader, not Adobe Acrobat Pro, Word, Pages, or any other programs.
    2. When you open the file, avoid clicking on any of the tabs at the top right of the page - they say "Tools - Sign - Comment - Extended." Clicking on these will take you into a strange editing black hole that won't actually let you edit anything. Just patiently wait for the file to load all of the text.
      • If you can't see any editable text after a few minutes, you can click on the box at the top right of the screen that says "Highlight Existing Fields." 
      • If you're in Adobe Reader, you've highlighted text and you can see the Properties Bar, but you still can't change the fonts, you might want to throw the file away and re-download the file. Sometimes it's easier to just start over with a fresh file.
    3. Sometimes a little plus sign (+) in the bottom right corner of your cards will appear. This is a sign that your text is running off of the bottom of the card. You can fix this in a few different ways:
      • Check to make sure that you don’t have any “empty” lines at the end of your text. Use your down arrow key to move your cursor all the way to the bottom of the design, then delete any extra space at the end of your text.
      • If that doesn’t make the plus sign disappear, you can try deleting some of the “empty” lines from the top of the design, which will move all of your text up.
      • Another option is to adjust the sizes and/or line spacing of the text in your design to make it smaller, which will also move all of your text up.

     

    Thank You!