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Chapter 9. Hardcopies Made Easy >  Your Output Options

Your Output Options

If you want to examine digital printers using the darkroom analogy, they roughly correspond to an automated print processing system. You feed the paper into the processor, and the finished print comes out the other end. As with a darkroom print processor, you have relatively little control over the print once processing begins. The job of the printer/processor is to control variables and produce similar results every time when fed similar photos. A printer provides the repeatability and ease of use that a print processor offers. Photoshop and the printing controls included in your printer’s driver software are the “enlarger” component in our digital darkroom.

If you still have doubts that paper prints will continue to thrive in the digital age, check out the ads in your local newspaper. You’ll find sales on dozens of different color printers, including many capable of photo-quality reproduction from $49 to $149. You’ll also see blurbs for photofinishers eager to make prints from your digital images sent to them over the Internet, on CD-ROM, or the most popular memory card formats. You’ll also see promotions for those standalone photo kiosks that make it easy to capture an image of a print through a built-in scanner, or view your digital pictures from CD, floppy disk, or memory card, then crop, rotate, enlarge, and print them while you wait. There are many options for creating hardcopies, and you’ll find all of them useful from time to time.


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