It’s fairly easy to send your photos to a print shop, but it may not always be convenient. It can be difficult to find time to make it to your nearest Walgreens or Costco to pick up pictures. There is the option to print photos from your own home and printer. But in order to have your photos look like the ones you pick up from the printers, you’ll need to know a few things about printing options and paper.
Tip #1 – Know What Your Photos Look Like!
It’s a good idea to only print photos once you know what they will really look like. Many printers have the option of printing directly from a USB port or saved file. This may be a quick print option, but it doesn’t always save you time. You may find that once your photos are printed, they don’t always look like what you had hoped. Obviously the photos you are printing are valuable memories and you want them to look professional. Before printing your final copy make sure you have a clean printer head. It’s also recommended that any cropping or editing you do, be done prior to printing. Once your photo is printed, any manual adjustments can be made based on what the printed version looks like.
Tip #2 – Paper Quality Affects Photo Outcomes
Are you framing your photo? Printing it off for a bulletin? Sticking it to the fridge or in an office? These questions will help you decide on the best paper to use for you photo. If you are planning on framing your photo, you will probably want to use the best quality photo paper. The cost for photo paper depends a lot on the weight and gloss of the paper. The most expensive photo paper usually has a higher weight and gloss. This kind of paper is ideal for framing photos. Using a plain paper such as inkjet paper or a less expensive photo paper would be a better option for printing a more casual photo.
Tip #3 – Printer Options
In order to print professional looking photos the printer’s heads should be clean and the correct paper type should be selected. How to clean printer heads? It’s fairly easy. Fist, right click the mouse once you’ve selected the printer correct printer. Next, choose the tab for cleaning. And finally, select the nozzles needing cleaned (if applicable to your printer) and run the printer’s cleaning program. It’s also recommended to print a ‘test’ page to make sure everything is printing correctly and to check results. Often time’s printing errors occur when correct paper option is not selected. It is important that the correct paper be installed and the printer option selected, in order for your photo to print properly and to avoid any unnecessary technical problems.
Tip #4- Print Preview
It’s usually a good idea to do a print preview once you have finished editing your photo. Doing a preview of you photo can flag you if your image is too big for the paper size you’ve selected. Also, with many photo editing programs, the print preview option may include scaling and color management options.
Editing and getting ready to print is usually the most time consuming part of printing your own photos. However, once editing is complete, printing your own photos can take seconds if you have a high speed printer. Although, the larger the picture, the longer it will take for your photo to print. It will also take time to dry so try not to handle it for a few minutes after it finishes printing.