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Try These Tips for Successful Digital Photo Printing

Aug 27, 2008
Digital photo printing is an arena all its own in the world of computers, scanners, and printers. Gone are the days when to print something, all you had to do was push a button or click the mouse. People had very little say in how the printed materials quality turned out. Things have come a long way since then, and photo printing leads the way. There are many things that people can do these days to control how a picture that is printed turns out.

Tons of software and different hardware are available to accomplish hundreds of fun tasks with photos. If you are interested in improving your skill at printing high quality digital photos, here are some tips to keep in mind and get you started.

Digital Photo Printing: Paper and dpi
One thing to consider with digital photo printing is the paper you are using. Any picture can be printed on standard printer paper, but the quality is extremely poor, especially looking close up. You can buy the more expensive, good quality photo paper, which will help tremendously, but dont forget to change the type of paper in your printer settings from standard to photo. These settings can be found in the Printer Setup menu. The photos wont be in top shape, even with good photo paper, if the printer thinks it is printing on the standard stuff.

Another good idea when it comes to digital photo printing is to really familiarize yourself with the concept of dpi. The dpi, or dots per inch, of a printed picture will determine the quality of a printed photo when it is enlarged. The higher the dpi, the better the quality will remain for larger size printouts. We have all seen that digital cameras are many times classified according to how many megapixels they operate with.
To figure out how many pixels you will need to produce a high quality printout, multiply the dpi by the picture size. For instance, an 8X10 photo with a dpi of 150 would need 8*150X10*150 pixels, or 1200X1500 pixels, which most 2 megapixel cameras can handle with fair to good quality.

There are many people who are not interested in messing with the pixels, the printers, the papers, the ink, the dpi, and so on. For those who would rather not deal with it all, there are many stores, online and otherwise, that you can take your digital memory storage device to who will take care of the digital photo printing for you. These days, just about anywhere that develops 35mm film will be able to print out your digital photos for you as well. Rest assured, these professionals know all of the numbers and settings that will give you top notch printouts that youll love for years.
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