Have you ever seen those beautiful pieces of large wall art or large photos hanging in every single gorgeous Pinterest home? Do you want to know how to get that exact same look in your home but for a fraction of what the high priced designers pay?
I thought you would! That’s why we are such great friends!
Using engineer prints is the perfect way to decorate your home or to make a major statement at your next party!
You can have these large black and white images printed for just a few dollars. Depending on how big you would like it printed, they are only going to cost you around $2-$5 each. That’s it!
You can print anything your heart desires! Word art or a beautifully blown up family photo, are just a couple examples of what you could do.
You can see how to create your own $5 DIY Photo Canvas here.
Get some examples of fun party décor by checking out my little guys recent 3rd Dump Truck Birthday Party! Coming soon!
I also use them in these Pallet Wood Hanging Photos.
Having these giant prints are so much! I have used them in many different projects and they are absolutely perfect to use for posters. WAY cheaper then paying for a regular large print from a photo center!
DIY Engineer Prints
The first thing you want to do is get your photo ready. To do that, I like to use PicMonkey.com. This is the perfect free tool to do photo editing for someone like me who isn’t trying to be a professional, but still wants a professional looking photo.
This program is super user friendly and I am going to walk you through how I like to use it to get pictures ready for engineer prints.
Once you have your free account all set up and your picture is uploaded, the first thing you will want to do is rotate and crop your photo to where you would like it.
Editing tip: Look for natural lines within your image that you can align within the rotating tool. You can see in this example, I am using the sign on the back wall as a guide.
Since your engineer prints are going to be black in white, I find it best to edit the image into black and white before sending it off to the printer. That way you will have a really good idea of what it will look like once printed.
For this, you go to the left tool bar, click on the “magical wand” image and find the filter that you like best. You can adjust the lights and darks within the filters to fit how you would like it to look.
You won’t want to edit the image size quite yet. We are all finished using Picmonkey.com. So, save your image somewhere easy to access and we will be moving on.
Now you are going to move over to Canva.com. It’s a little bit of bummer that you have to use both of these programs. If only they could come together into one program. That would be awesome!
Note: If you are simply designing an image, word art for example, you could skip the Picmonkey step all together and start here.
Canva.com is a great program for more of the artsy, DIY design type projects. I like to use it for engineer prints because you can enter the dimensions as “inches” for what size you want for your engineer print, instead of figuring out the math in pixels.
On the home page of Canva.com you are going to click on “Use custom dimensions” and enter what size you would like.
Figure out what size dimensions you need by visiting your printer’s website or call their local office to find out what size prints their printers allow.
Enter the dimensions, then head over to the left of your screen and click on uploads, then click on “upload your own images”. Select your pre-edited image and upload.
You can now resize the image by clicking and holding on one of the corners of the image. Fit within the Canva image layout.
Now that’s about it! All you have left to do is click on the image name at the top of the window, rename to what ever you would like, and then click “download”. Save to your computer.
Your image is now ready to be sent over to your printer. Whenever I have used Staples or OfficeDepot, I just call my local office and ask for the printer email address. I then send my image over with a clear request for the image to be printed as an engineer print and with my specific size request.
What do you think? Not hard to do at all! After you make your first print you are going to be hooked! All of the sudden you are going to be finding uses for these all over your house! And for parties… Oh man! SOOOO many possibilities!
What do you think you are going to use your engineer prints for? I would love to see! Tag me on Instagram @PenniesIntoPearls
Talk to you soon!