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10 Top Tips That Will Make You A Printing Pro

Here are 10 tips to help you perfect your printing knowledge so your prints are spot-on every time.

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If you have tried your hand at printing photos, you know it can be difficult to get your printed photographs to look good. We will go over some tips to boost your skills and print professional looking photographs.


1. High-Quality Photo Paper

You should never buy basic, cheap paper for printing your photographs. Plain paper tends to absorb all of the ink that comes in contact with it. Always use the photo paper that is recommended by the company that manufactured your device.


2. Ink Matters

These days, people are always on the hunt for inexpensive ink cartridges. As a result, they often refill old cartridges themselves or head to retailers to have them filled. Some people may even purchase remanufactured cartridges for discount prices. This is never a wise idea since it can dramatically alter the quality of your photos.


3. Printer Maintenance

Many people do not take advantage of the print head cleaning utility that is located in the Printer Options section of their printer software. This is an essential part of caring for your printer since it will prevent clogs. You should also print a photo or two once a week to avoid the printer sitting idle for too long which can cause damage.


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4. Avoid Compressed Photos

Most cameras save each picture in a compressed format by default. You should manually change these settings if you want your picture to be high-quality and printer ready. You should also avoid editing compressed photos or saving them in a compressed format when you plan on printing them. Doing this can greatly degrade the quality of the pictures.


5. Decide How To Print

Some cameras allow people to choose how they want to print their photos. They have the option to print them straight from the camera or from a memory device. Both options provide different picture quality and you will need to test and print a few samples to see which is best.


6. Familiarise Yourself With The Auto Fix Feature

There are many printers that offer an option to auto fix the photos before they are printed. This may sound like it will make them look better, but in some cases, you could very well end up with a picture that looks awful. Once again, you need to test and take several sample photos to see if they look better with or without this feature being used.


7. Print Photo Before Editing

Because of the different monitors that are used, images will look different on screen. Always print at least one copy to determine what editing is needed. 


8. Glossy Or Matte Paper

While you may prefer glossy to matte and vice versa, some pictures look better when printed in a certain way. Try to print your photos once with each paper type before deciding which you prefer.



9. Make Copies Before Editing

You never want to edit the original of a photo since there is a chance you will be unable to recapture it. Make a copy and use the copied version to make all of the necessary changes. If something goes wrong, you will have an unedited version handy.


10. Find A Good Editing Software Program

There are photo editing software programs that give you more control and will allow you to print your photos at a higher resolution. A good printer often comes with a high-end photo editor. Even a low-end program will help with the most common problems, such as red-eye and backlighting. Some of these programs have a learning curve, but it is worth it to learn at least the basics.

This may seem obvious, but it is important to emphasise this point but remember that you need to have a good quality printer and camera to get decent printed photographs.

If you have been having difficulty with your prints, using these tips can help. It will take some practice and testing to figure out what works best with your particular setup but before long, you should be producing photographs that look as good as a professional.





About Author: Stephanie Song 

Stephanie Song is a freelance writer and self-proclaimed technophile, who loves keeping up with the latest gadgets and technology. You can check out her site, InkTonerStore.com for all your quality ink and toner cartridge needs.

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sherlob Plus
16 3.3k 133 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2016 9:57AM
A rather misleading title here - this tips relate to important basics, good for those looking to start printing, but of little or no value to enthusiasts. E.g. There is no mention of colour calibration, print profiling, soft proofing, test printing etc. Each of these later processes can help elevate the quality of the final print.
karl Plus
18 656 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2016 9:56AM
Some of them aren;t related to printing at all! Just good workflow practices.

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