How to Make a Printable Tutorial

Ever wondered how to make a printable? Its a lot easier than you’d think! Kori, from the Creative Team, is here to share how to create a printable using Photoshop. PLUS she’s sharing 2 free printables exclusively for Craftaholics Anonymous® readers. Enjoy! -Linda

I am so excited to share this how-to with you all today, AND the free download that comes with it!!

For the past 12 years, I have illustrating my own graphics to use for party printables, stationery, logos and more. Recently, I opened an online shop to sell my graphics and illustrations – , which led me to think of this post to show you how easy it is to use fun graphics to create your own designs! If you find a few cute graphics and some fun fonts, you can create a number of designs using your regular art program! I usually use Adobe Illustrator for my graphics and illustrations, but I wanted to show you how to use graphics and create items in Adobe Photoshop, as it seems to be a more widely used program.

How to Make a Printable

 how to make a printable

To begin, you will need to download the two graphics we are using (both are free for personal use only for my CA friends!) DOWNLOAD HERE for the “Apple Pie” and DOWNLOAD HERE for the strip of gingham pattern.

ScreenShot1Start by opening a new file and make it 8.5″ x 11″ (set to 300 dpi for print quality) so you can work on the whole page! I used the rectangle tool in the tool pallet and drew one out as you see above.

ScreenShot2I copied and pasted the same rectangle all the way down the page to create the backgrounds for my flags!

ScreenShot3Next, I opened my PNG file of the pie (which has a clear background) and copied and pasted it onto my page. It came across very large, so I grabbed the corner and held the shift key (so it wouldn’t loose it’s shape) and shrunk the design to fit on one side of my flag.

ScreenShot4Once I had it the correct size, I added text using the text tool! Play with your fonts to get the look you want!

ScreenShot5Next, I continued to copy and paste the pie and text onto the other flags as well!

ScreenShot6Wanting to add a little more flair, I opened the gingham pattern and copied it to my design.

ScreenShot7I shrunk it down, and double clicked on the layer to bring up my Layer Style Box so I could change the color to white!

ScreenShot8Using the layers, I moved the now white gingham to the back and copied it and pasted it behind each flag design….now we can print!



Once I printed the file (on #110 white card stock), I cut each flag out with a straight edge.

Print2I used lollipop sticks, double sided tape, and my printable flags to create the final product! Just put tape along the back and fold the flag in half around the lollipop stick!

how to make a printable

And done! You can use these cuties to stick in that pie (or mini pies), specialty drinks, or even as favor tags!

If you would like the completed cupcake flag design, please just DOWNLOAD HERE!

****Free Printables are for personal use only and may not be sold or claimed as your own design.****

Happy crafting!


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  1. 1

    Nice tutorial Linda is always good to have new tips!!!


  2. 2

    I just wanted to let everyone know that if you are using Photoshop Elements 11 that you DO NOT hold down the shift key when adjusting an elements size. A lot of tutorials for older versions of PSE have that info in there but with the changes they made in the new version you don’t have to do that. In fact if you do hold down the shift key in PSE11 it will distort the ratio.

    Thought I’d throw that out there if anyone has problems while trying this is PSE11.

    Thanks for the tutorial,

    1. 2.1

      Thank you so much for sharing Tamara! I don’t have Elements, so I didn’t realize that it acted differently! I really appreciate the input, as that is quite important for the readers to know! (Nobody likes a distorted graphic! LOL)

  3. 3

    Thank you! I’ve played around in both programs, but not very successful! Did you create the pie in Illustrator? Or did you already use a pie from somewhere else? I think that is my biggest issue–finding the graphics. I don’t have the patience to create them myself! I have the ideas in my head, just need quality graphics!
    Cindy @ Crazylou

    1. 3.1

      Hi Cindy! I did create the pie in Illustrator. I sell graphic sets in my online shop too, if it helps! =)

  4. 4

    Thanks for the walk-through! I don’t use photoshop but I still love seeing the layering process and how all the little elements go together to make such a cute finished product!

  5. 5

    Just a note to add since you’re printing, make sure your canvas is set to 300 DPI. The default is usually 72 – which is fine for web work or graphic images but if it’s a larger image it may print grainy.

    1. 5.1

      Great Point Sara! Thank you! Since it is a raster file, it definitely has to be 300dpi! I will see if I can add it to the post!

  6. 6

    Great tutorial! Do you have any tips for someone considering doing printables to sell or share?

  7. 7

    Thanks for this. Doing it seems so easy. I want to learn how to make my own printables (calendars, planners) for the longest time but I somehow couldn’t understand how to use photoshop. I am already getting broke buying printables. =)


  8. 8

    I just wanted to know what type of printer do you use when you are printing these labels because I sometimes print labels when I’m doing different things for candy stations or invitations for clients and I’m using this old Lexmark 7500 printer and I want to upgrade and I’m wondering what I should get. I have heard of a cricut machine but I have no idea really when it does? Help :) ???