Tips and tricks: Printing documents
Printing your own photos is a blast. Home inkjet printers bring the
complete experience of photography to us, with serious ease of use and
at a price that's becoming more economical every day. You can make straight
prints, wild color-shifted prints—anything you can imagine—and the
satisfaction of the creative process is yours to savor.
These tips should help you get your printing process keyed in.
1.Resolution! Yes, we harp on it, but it's an important thing to remember.
Set your output resolution between 240 and 300 dpi, regardless of your
inkjet's listed printer resolution (which refers to the number of dots
2.Check your printer driver's settings. Be sure it's set to highest quality
and that it concurs with the type of paper on which you're printing.
Snoop around in all the options the printer driver offers you—sometimes
you can find little variable to make the prints better, like diffusion
dithering and advanced color settings.
3.Clear up and crop your image whenever necessary. Use the cloning tool
in your image-editing software to get rid of annoying motes and specks
on your photos (surprisingly, the printer will pick them up and print them,
even if they're very small). Check the edges of your photo. Are they
clean? If there are distracting elements sticking into the frame, consider
cropping the photo. Sometimes cropping can increase the artistic appeal
of a shot by focusing on the subject and getting rid of superfluous
4.Start with a sharp, crisp original. There's no substitute for a high-quality
image. Although you can sharpen images, you can't sharpen blurry areas
decent effect—it will just pronounce the pixelation. Today's printers are
very fine, and will reveal every glitch and blurry or over-shaped patchy
area on the print.
5.Try printing black-and-white images in RGB mode to get the most out of
the ink's tonality. Printing in RGB (or CMYK) mode makes the printer
utilize all it's inks to make up the tonal information, not just the black
cartridge. You can get much subtler and precise images this way,
converging on continuous-tone.
6.Have a bright working environment to assess your colors—not only for
your image processing, but for your examination of the finished prints,
as well. Colors look very different, depending on lighting conditions.
there's a constant in the world of printing, it's that color matching is
pain. There will be much trial and error getting your monitor and printer
output to agree.
7.Slightly sharpen the image before printing. The unsharp mask or other
sharpening filter in your image-processing program enhances the edges
in your print. Careful—it's easy to over-sharpen a photo, so before saving
the changes, zoom in and make sure there aren't many pixel
aberrations. They'll stick out when you seen them up close; they look
jagged and noisy, with prominent red and blue pixels where they
8.Experiment with different media, relegating some time to trial and error.
You have a wide gamut of textures at your disposal, such as canvas,
watercolor paper, metallic paper and more.
A brilliant glossy paper will reveal all of the pretty colors and textures.
Remember, not all papers work with all printers, so run a lot of
different types through your printer to find what works for you.
9.Make test prints to compare the effects of different filters and adjustments
making several small copies of your image on a single page and adjusting
individually. When you make your print, mark the results of each variation
keep the print for later reference. This is doubly helpful because it helps
identify the difference between your monitor and printer's output.
10.Keep those print heads clean. Paper fibers can be left behind in your
printer's feed path. Dust can settle in there. Keep your printer covered
when you're not using it, and use a can of compressed air to blow out
particles carefully. Run the cleaner function in your printer every now
again to get maximum efficiency from your printer, before you see a print
coming out with banding.
Now that you've enhanced your shots, what now? To showcase your photo
talents you'll need to use a photo-quality inkjet printer and some great
HP's latest inkjet printers (DeskJet 880C, the DeskJet 970C) are up
to the challenge and offer great quality from screen to printer. But now
that you have a digital camera, consider the PhotoSmart P1000 or P1100
printers. These all offer HP's highest print quality and the most realistic
photo results with direct prints from the Flash Card.
Prints on HP Photo Premium Plus paper are recommended for finest results.