Friday, 22 July 2016

Printables Basics - Downloading Digital Items and Extracting ZIP files

This post is part of my Printables Basics series, where I share tips, advice and tutorials on downloading and using printables.  Last time I shared a brief introduction to printables - what they are and some of the reasons why I love them.  So, now you want to try printables, the first thing you need to know is how to download them...

There are two ways you can receive printables from my Etsy shop; Instant Download or by email. Instant Download is for non-customised designs like scrapbooking papers, digital stamps, collage sheets, some party sets etc.  Anything that is customised, or has options like a choice of colours, will be sent to you by email - for example invitations, customised cupcake toppers etc.

If the files are available as Instant Download, the listing will look like this, with the Instant download symbol in the top left corner:

Printables Basics - How to Download digital items Instant Download Etsy, colour in thank you card by hfcSupplies Hazel Fisher Creations

Instant Downloads
Files available as Instant Download will be ready to download once your payment has been confirmed (this can take a few minutes).  You will receive an email from Etsy with a download link, or you can access the downloads via the 'Purchases and Reviews' section of your account.

Simply click on 'Download Files', which will take you to the Downloads page for your order.  Here you will find a list of files and a note from me with some guidance on downloading and using the files and my terms of use.
Click on the 'Download' button next to each file to download and save onto your computer.  This will download the file to the 'Downloads' folder on your computer - I suggest you move this somewhere easy to find for future use - set up a folder in your documents where you can keep all your printables nicely organised!

(If you're having trouble downloading your files from Etsy, you may also find this useful - Etsy's guide on downloading digital items.)

Extracting ZIP files
Some of my Instant Download items have several files (eg: sets of scrapbooking papers), so these are compressed into .zip folders.  You may find the files will automatically be extracted when you click 'Download', if not it is easy to do:

Once the .zip folder is downloaded onto your computer you can extract the files on:

  • A PC by right-clicking the compressed folder and click Extract All. Specify where you would like to store the extracted files.
  • A MAC by double clicking the folder and it will be decompressed into the same folder the .zip folder is located.

Emailed Printables
For items not available as Instant Download, I will usually send you an email with the files included as attachments.  By clicking on the attachment in your email you should easily be able to download and save the file for printing.

For larger files, or something like a party set with lots of files, instead of receiving the files as attachments you will be sent a link to access the files through.  Simply click on the link to open the album and view your files - you should see something like this:

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Here you can select files you would like to download, then click the 'Download' button at the top of the page to download and save them to your computer.


Next time I'll be talking more about the file types I use and programs you can use to open them!


Free Printables
You can also try some of my printables for free!  I have a selection available to access through my blog, which you can find here. If you sign up to my newsletter you will receive access to a free printable colour in thank you card.  Subscribers also receive exclusive printables and other offers!
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Printables Basics - How to Download digital items. Free printables from Hazel Fisher Creations

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