In our evolving world of colour and technology, almost everyone will own a printer and most of us will want to be printing their precious memories from their own computer in the comfort of their home. However, we at Printernet are all too aware that some of us may experience unexplained difficulties when printing their photos.
Types of errors you may experience will be; smeared paper, a clogged feeder or a blurry image…Well fear not! we are here to help with all the UK’s photo printer needs, not just supply top of the range inkjet printers; so we have devised 5 helpful tips to help you get the most out of your new photo printer.
1) A clean printer is a happy printer!
Like all machinery, after prolonged use there will come a time where it will not be operating at full capacity and we know with printers this will largely be down to a collection of dust, ink and paper jams. This accumulation from general use will start to effect the way your printer produces your photos so you will need to make sure you keep on top of it. Use these tips below to ensure you can;
- Cover your printer when its not in use to protect it from dust and other particles.
- Be careful when using compressed air to clear dust as this can force the dust deeper into the machine.
- Do not use ammonia based products when cleaning your printer as this can cause damage to plastic.
- Make sure you keep your printer’s instruction manual as each brand of printer will require a different amount of attention.
2) Decide on the ideal size and DPI for each photo you print.
The most important term you will use when printing photos and images will be DPI. This stands for “Dots Per Inch” and is used to measure the resolution of an image both on screen and in print. As the name suggests, the DPI measures how many dots fit into a linear inch. Therefore, the higher the DPI, the more detail can be shown in an image. It should be noted that DPI is not dots per square inch. Since a 600 DPI printer can print 600 dots both horizontally and vertically per inch, it actually prints 360,000 (600 x 600) dots per square inch.
200 DPI is considered average whereas 300 DPI will be the highest resolution. Divide your image’s dimensions in pixels by the desired DPI to give you the optimum printing size.
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3) Choose the right paper.
The type of paper that you choose to print with is just as important as the DPI and image size. There are 3 main types of paper that will suit your image for different types of photos;
Matte: This paper is excellent for displaying photos such as large panoramas that will not be displayed behind glass or plastic as it is non reflective, however it will smudge easily if handled without a frame so be careful! It also has a low colour hold (this is known as colour gamut) so the photos will not be as bright.
Glossy: This paper allows for bright colourful images, however it is reflective and will hold finger prints so should be put behind glass or plastic as soon as possible. Glossy paper has the highest colour hold so will produce the brightest colours.
Semi-Gloss: This paper is less reflective than Glossy and can be handled without causing finger prints. It has a slightly small colour hold than Glossy but will still look bright and colourful.
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4) Double check your settings before printing
If your printer is sat in the midst of a large family or busy office, there is a high chance the settings for your printer will be changed constantly to suit each individual print out. Make sure you double check the settings before you hit print to guarantee the results you want! Here are 4 tips to consider;
- Are your paper settings set for the right size? For example, 6×4 photo instead of A4.
- Is your paper orientation correct? Be aware of landscape vs. portrait.
- Has your photo been cropped the right amount with any margins?
- Photos can look different on a screen than when printed, perhaps adjust the settings as needed after viewing the first print out.
5) Consider printing directly from your printer
A lot of printers these days come with direct printing technology straight from a memory card, USB or wireless connection. With cloud technology there are also boundless possibilities to what you can store and chose to print around the home or office. Direct printing allows the printer to work out all the finer details for the image straight from your camera, giving you the best printed outcome.
Check out this Canon Pixma printer with USB connection that can also print onto disc;
- 6,000 x 1,200 dpi (print)
- 22 ppm print speed
- 256MB memory
- NFC printing
- Double sided printing