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How Do I Print the Best Photos?

When it comes to photo printing, getting the most out of your printer ink to create the clearest, brightest captured memories can occasionally pose a bit of a conundrum to people. Choosing the right printer. Figuring out the right printer settings. Choosing the correct paper type. All of these factors are involved, but printing out the best photos doesn't have to be a hassle. With a few good decisions, you'll be your own printing studio in no time.

Good Equipment Plays a Strong Role

First you have to find the right printer. If you already have a printer that is capable of printing out high quality color pictures, then you're on the right track. Sometimes people aren't sure what type of printer they should get. There are some printers that actually specialize in photo printing. This might be ideal if you're big on memories, scrapbooking, or photography. Choosing a photo printer can take some time, but as long as you feel comfortable with your choice, the time will be well spent. However, if you do plan on using your printer for other projects, looking elsewhere is a pretty safe bet.

Inkjets are the best choices when it comes to all around printing, including quality photo prints. Laser printers are more for business use, primarily for black and white documents. Inkjets are better able to blend color, and typically the higher in price you go with a printer, the higher the quality you will receive. That is not to say that you'll have to spend an arm and a leg to get a printer that will give you great-looking pictures, but it pays not to be cheap either. Look for a printer that specifically mentions "dpi." This means dots per inch. Basically, the higher the dpi number, the better the image resolution will be.

Making Some Adjustments

When you find a printer, make sure to choose the right printing quality and the correct paper type. Most computers have a default printing quality setting. "Draft" is the lowest setting, where the printer uses the least amount of ink necessary in order to print a document or image. Instead, choose the best option available to you (typically called "Best"). Finding these options can vary depending upon what computer you are using, so if you need assistance locating them, use the program's Help option.


Before you print, make sure you have chosen the correct paper for your printer and your photo. You can now find plenty of photo paper options in just about any retail store that sells computer supplies. You can choose between a variety of paper quality, texture, and finishes, such as matte, semi-gloss, glossy, high-gloss, and more. Certain papers will make your photos seem like real ones after you print them out. These papers are specially created to keep photos from fading, crumpling, or otherwise becoming dull.

By planning carefully, finding the right products, and spending wisely, you'll be able to print out fantastic photos, both in color and in black and white, without breaking the bank.

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