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Chapter 6. Printing Photos > Printing Tips

Printing Tips

How can you achieve the best quality prints? Along with repeated testing, try these tips for working with your photos and your printer:

  • Use a good quality inkjet printer. Six-color printers produce better output than four-color printers, and printers designed to print photos do a better job than general-purpose printers (but may not print text as well). Also consider dye-sub printers, which are less common but which can print wonderful colors.

  • Make sure your print head is clean and aligned. If your printouts don't look quite right, try cleaning the print head.

  • Use good paper. Modern inkjets lay down incredibly small drops of ink, and standard paper absorbs those drops more than photo paper, blurring printouts.

  • Make sure to print on the correct side of the paper (it's usually whiter or shinier).

  • Don't handle the surface of the paper that will be printed on. Oils from your skin can mess up the printout.

  • Remove each sheet from the output tray after printing, particularly with glossy films, and be careful not to touch the surface until it has dried.

  • In the Advanced Options of the Print dialog, make sure you're using the highest resolution and other appropriate settings. In particular, aim for settings that favor quality over speed.

  • When printing black-and-white photos, make sure to print with only black ink.

  • Make sure to crop photos to the right aspect ratio before printing, or you'll end up with larger white borders.



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