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How to set up your printer for digital photos
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Posted on May 29th, 2012
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How to set up your printer for digital photos

There is a strong sense of satisfaction in seeing your images printed on paper. By following some simple rules and tips you will be able to print your own images from the comfort of your house. To assure the best quality results there are few things you have to pay attention to and make sure you have them: quality image, paper, ink, printer and a good set up. In fact, when printing out your images, changing a few settings of printers can make a big difference between good and bad quality images.

Once you have considered the paper, ink, printer and images you will use, we will discuss how to use the printer settings to enhance the appearance of your images on photographic paper.

Once you have decided which pictures you are going to print out, open one of them with a photo modification program such as Photoshop, Microsoft Office Picture Manager, GIMP or others. Whichever suits you better and is already installed on your computer.

Now that your picture is displayed in the main window, go on the upper menu and tap on “File” and then “Print.” No matter which program you are using to open your image, you will be able to find the “Print” option under the “File” menu.

Now, in order to get the most from your printer, go on “Media Type” and select the type of paper you are using. This section might have many options but the one you are interested in offers the highest quality. In some cases this option will be named “High resolution paper” instead of “Premium Luster Photo Paper” as in the case of the image above. But in general all printing process will require you to choose the quality of the paper you are printing on.

Once the media type is set, go on adjusting the “Print Quality.” The highest the quality the sharper the image will be on paper. So it is important you set these options to the highest level possible. Be aware that even in this case the specific name might vary a little from program to program and from PC to Mac.

At this point all that’s left to be done is checking the photo paper is inserted in the printer. It is advisable you print one page at a time since more papers can get stuck. And given that this is a long process, you want to avoid that. Also, depending on the the high quality you want, the printing process will be increasingly slower than usual.

Now you can tap the print button!

Just make sure the settings are saved before printing out your next picture.


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