It is easy to print a photo on a printer on your own if you have the necessary programs on your PC and minimal knowledge of how to do it correctly. The brand of your device, be it Epson, Canon, HP, or another, does not fundamentally matter. But it is also important to choose the appropriate type of paper, prepare the photo for printing and follow the basic recommendations (available at the end of the article).
What Type of Printing to Choose
For printing photos at home, you can use one of two types of printers – inkjet or dye-sublimation. The first variety is the most common. The inkjet printer produces highly detailed images in a variety of formats on all available paper sizes. An option that can be activated is a continuous ink supply system (CISS). It allows you to save on regular replacement of cartridges. All that is needed is to periodically top up the ink of a certain color.
In a dye-sublimation printer, the working material is a solid dye. As it warms up, it turns into gas and “lies” on the paper sheet in the form of the desired image. The output is even more detailed and rich in shades than an inkjet MFP. Disadvantages – a higher cost, as well as a limit on the format of the picture (10 × 15 cm or 15 × 20 cm).
We select Paper: Matte or Glossy, Thickness
The quality of the resulting image directly depends on the type of paper used. You can, of course, use the usual one, but you cannot achieve truly decent quality with it. To do this, it is better to purchase special glossy or matte-type photo paper.
Glossy is thicker than matte. And also photo paper is divided into branded – made by large companies (Epson, Canon, etc.) specifically for their own office equipment – and universal for any brand and type of printer. Before buying, read on the case of your MFP or on the manufacturer’s official website for information on suitable types of paper.
- Table of paper sizes of different sizes .
- Photo sizes for printing .
Preparing a photo for printing: basic parameters
You can preliminarily prepare a picture for transfer to a printer using special software from the manufacturer of the device, as well as standard free image editing programs – XnView, Picasa, etc. First, the image itself is corrected: changing the brightness, contrast, adding effects. The second stage is to set the format of the final version: height, width, paper size and orientation, number of copies.
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How to print a photo
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Perhaps the simplest and most understandable way:
This program provides a wealth of options for editing a photo before sending it to print.
If the size of the photo is significantly larger than the standard A4, you need to use a trick and divide it into several sheets. We talked about this in more detail in the article on printing large drawings.
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