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How To Get The Best Results When Printing Your Own Digtal Photographs

Aug 17, 2007
The joy of using a digital camera and then having the ability to print out photos in the comfort of your own home is a great, empowering feeling. Usually, when you own a computer, the printer is a common accessory attached to it. This is all you need to be on your way to producing the images from your digital camera. When you are interested in printing out your own photos, you should take into consideration some of the techniques you can use to achieve the best results.

All printer companies produce their own line of ink and paper for their consumers to use. With most of the printing projects you deal with, any type of paper or ink is sufficient, but with photo printing, a different type of paper is required. This ensures that you will receive the best quality for your images, including brighter colors and a clearer appearance. If you mix different brands of paper, you will find that each one will give you varied results.

One of the options for choosing photo paper is one that claims to be of the unique archival variety, which is supposed to keep photos from fading over the years. But, once your digital image is saved to a file, you can always reprint; gaining the same original appearance as the first time you printed it out. All you have to do is find photo paper that is compatible with your inkjet printer.

There are many different kinds of finishes available for your photo paper. You may choose from a glossy to matte finish. When storing paper, make sure it is placed within a cool place that doesn't receive any direct sunlight. You will also find that paper designed for photographs costs more than regular copy paper. This means, try not to waste. When you want to use the majority of the paper, let your software guide you on the correct positioning. Speaking of waste, don't forget how expensive the printer ink is.

Make sure that when printing, you have chosen the "normal" print setting. Choosing higher options will not make a 300 dpi photo come out any better and sometimes it actually decreases the appearance. These options are really just a waste of ink.

Some users opt for the purchase of a printer that is only used for printing photographs. These options possess a different kind of technology, which are responsible for producing better quality photos. A disadvantage to using one of these printers is that the most common maximum print size is 4 x 6 inches.

But, for portability and added convenience, they are a joy for avid photographers. These types of printers also tend to create photos that last longer because they use a different method to apply the ink to paper. The long lasting finish is also made possible through a protective overcoat that is added as a final layer.
About the Author
Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Florida. Find more about this as well as quality digital prints at http://www.qualitydigitalprints.com
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