Photo Printing at Home

People buy new printers for many reasons. We specialize in providing customers with fast printers that have very high page per minute yields. For the most part, when we think printers, we think the faster, the better. But this is not always the case. Printing photographs, for example, is an entirely different story.

If you want to print your own digital photos at home, you should use an inkjet printer. Inkjet printers use ink whereas laser printers use toner. This means that inkjet printers print much richer, more colorful images. Here are some tips you can use once you’ve got the right type of printer with the right ink and some high quality glossy paper.

Once your inkjet printer is all hooked up, you’re almost ready to print! For many people, printing at home is the most convenient way to create attractive prints at a cost that’s comparable to ordering prints at a drugstore. The first thing to remember before you hit “Print” is NOT to downsize your digital photos for printing. Unfortunately, some photo programs (i.e. Adobe Photoshop) actually encourage people to do this to save file space and maybe save some ink.

When printing, the printer software takes the digital image and re-maps the digital pixels into printer dots using its own custom algorithms so there’s not necessarily a direct relationship between a digital image pixel and a printer dot. The quality of output is dependent on the amount of digital data delivered into the conversion procession (aka the PPI, pixels per square inch), the quality of the printer software and the physical attributes of the printer. Giving the printer less pixels to work with by downsizing your file can lead to images that look “pixelated,” blocky or blurry. The rated dot per square inch of many home ink-jet printers is in the +1,000 range. The closer the PPI (pixels) is to the DPI rating, the better your print will look. That is, the closer it will look to what you see on your monitor. If you deliver 1,000 pixels per inch to a printer printing 1,200 dots per inch, you’re going to get a pretty good print.

Of course, it’s not just the rated DPI of the printer that counts. It’s also how the printer does the conversion process and how it then delivers that to paper. When buying a printer, don’t just read the specs, read the reviews that look at the quality of output. At Superior Document Solutions, we can help you find the right printer for the job. Call today!

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