Photo Printing

Photo Printing

Photo Printing

Photo Printing teaches you the basics of how to choose the right printer and paper, set up the printer driver, and how to balance colours and tones. The book guides you through colour management, soft proofing, and how to control the differences between how an image appears on a screen and when it’s output to paper; all you need to make high-quality colour and monochrome prints.

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2 min.
why print your photos?

As we reported in Photo Review’s Photo Backup pocket guide, people everywhere are taking more and more photos, thanks in part to the proliferation of very capable cameraphones that make it easy to share precious moments online using services like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and Flickr (to name a few of the most popular sites). According to Social Media News, as of April 2018, more than 60% of Australians were active users of Facebook with 50% of the population logging onto Facebook at least once a day. Many of the images shared through social media will be ephemeral; taken, posted and forgotten about. And that’s fine in some situations. But what happens when you want to recall shots taken on an important holiday or of somebody who has passed away? Will you…

6 min.
printing options

What’s the best way to print your photos? The option you choose will depend on the following factors: 1. How big you want to print them;2. how much time you have to produce prints;3. the space available for a printer;4. how long you want your prints to last;5. how you want to store or display the prints. Output sizes If you’re happy with snapshot-sized (150 x 100 mm) prints, there are plenty of services to choose from, with prices starting from as little as 10 cents each and 200 x 250 mm prints available for $2 each. Some services offer ‘poster’ sized 300 x 450 mm prints for less than $20 and 500 x 750 mm prints for around $40 each. When shopping for a printing service, pay attention to the printing technology used. In-store…

6 min.
choosing a printer

Consumers shopping for a printer are faced with so many different products it can be difficult to decide which one best suits their needs. Essentially, it boils down to three decisions: 1. The printing technology;2. The versatility of the device, and3. The output size. Printing technologies Inkjet printing dominates for photo printing because it provides the best combination of output quality and durability at an affordable price. Two types are available, distinguished by the type of ink they use: dye or pigment. Both work by placing tiny droplets of ink on the surface of the printing paper. Regardless of ink type, inkjet printing reproduces the greatest detail and the widest range of colours and tones as well as the longest-lasting prints. Dye inks are absorbed into the surface of the paper, while pigment inks…

2 min.
buying tips

When selecting an inkjet printer for photo printing, take one of your favourite photos to the store with you on a USB drive or memory card. Ask to have the image printed on the printer you’re seriously considering and check the following: 1. The ‘look’ of the prints. Look for highlight and shadow detail and avoid printers that block up tones at either end of the range. Examine the surface of the print for discontinuities in smoothness. Watch for signs of bronzing (colour changes) when you look across the surface of the print. 2. Colour accuracy. Does the printer reproduce the hues in the image accurately? Do those hues look ‘right’ in all types of lighting? Look for subtle colour casts in B&W prints. If B&W printing is important, a printer with…

7 min.
media choices

Your choice of inks and papers will determine the look, feel and durability of the prints you make – and there are powerful arguments for avoiding the cheapest options. The ink must have the right viscosity for the type of printer you use. In addition, the paper must have exactly the right level of absorbency to accept the ink and be able to prevent it from spreading. It must also be the right thickness for the printer’s feed-in system. Dye or pigment? The choice between dye and pigment inks is made when you select your printer. Each ink type has particular advantages, although the differences between them may be quite subtle. The table below compares the key features of dye and pigment inks. For prints that will be framed behind glass, it doesn’t…

1 min.
identifying the printing surface

Because a special coating is required to accept the ink, inkjet papers can normally be printed on only one side, although some manufacturers produce double-sided papers. There are two ways to tell which side to print on so you can load paper correctly. It’s not a problem with papers that have the manufacturer’s name (or some other identifier) printed on the rear surface. With most matte papers, choosing the whiter side of the paper is a good strategy. For glossy and semi-gloss papers, touch a corner with a slightly moistened finger (NOT wet). The coated surface should feel slightly sticky.…