It is becoming more and more popular these days to print your photos at home. Whether you are printing scanned photos or photos from a memory card, choosing the right printer is vital to creating the best quality prints. However, once you have a great printer, there are still a number of things you can do to ensure you get the highest quality photos from your printer.
The first thing you should do after pulling up a photo
on your monitor is to maximize the image quality. This means you should increase the resolution. Usually, the higher the resolution the better the print. Also be sure you are choosing the correct file format. JPEG photos are compressed, which make them great for sending via email. However, this is not the best option for printing photos. Save your picture as a TIFF for the best print quality. Also try enhancing and editing your photo with editing software. Some printers offer this software right on the printer, so you never even have to switch on your computer. You can alter the color of your image, reduce red-eye, and crop the photo to the appropriate size.
Next, prepare your printer. This means being sure all of the drives are current and that you have configured your printer settings appropriately. Match the paper size to your print and up the DPI (dots per inch) level on your image. Also be sure you have aligned your paper properly when you insert it to print. It can be tough working with photo paper, so you may want to keep a close eye on it as you print. Manual feeding is always the safest and best option.
Third, you should consider your paper choice. The higher quality the paper, the better your print will be. It is best to choose matte paper for black and white prints, and choose glossy paper for your color prints. The size should be matched to the photo. If you are enlarging photos, keep in mind they may appear grainy if you do not alter the image prior to printing. You should also choose ink or toner that offers a smudge and fade resistant print. Allow your print to dry well before handling.
Finally, if you find yourself printing a great deal of photos, you may want to consider investing in a photo printer.
Many of these come with photo editing software that will help you create the best image on screen before printing. Many feature memory card slots and color LCD screens so you never even have to turn on your computer. Photo printers are affordable and are a good investment if you are printing for scrapbooks or other picture purposes. Instead of using your regular printer and increasing wear and tear on it, you can have a machine dedicated strictly to the printing of your photos. Think of it as a replacement for costly processing at the photography store.
By following just a few simple tips and growing comfortable with photo editing software, you will be printing professional qualty photographs in no time at all. Using your printer to print photographs is simple and fun once you know what you are doing.