Printers nowadays have sophisticated functions and are quite equipped to produce high quality image print outs on various types of paper. Much of the quality though still depends on the user's manipulation of the settings and properties relevant to picture files. Here are a few guidelines on how to print out images in full color.
- Set your camera correctly. Maximize the quality of images your camera captures. It would be good to adjust it to the highest resolution setting possible. Better check your camera user's manual to avoid damaging your unit. In most cases, cameras set at 2 megapixels make the best output in wallet or regular album-sized printings. Meanwhile, 3 megapixels would be good when you are intending to use the pictures on calendars or prints that have a minimum of 8x10 dimensions.
- Know which image formats are best. Scanned pictures from photographs should be saved in .tif or .eps formats for best results in printing. This is because .jpg and .gif formats are compressed and as such will result in some blurriness and unnecessary shifts in color.
- Know the correct resolution. Determine the final size of the image you wish to print in color first. Afterwards, assign the highest number of resolution possible. Do not make the mistake of setting the resolution first then enlarging the image before it is set to print as this will result in a dull and blurry print. For instance, you scanned an image which has an actual size of 1x1. However, you want this image's final printed dimensions to be at 2x3. To get the best possible results, enlarge the image first and perform some editing if you wish. Once finished, you can now set the resolution, say at 300 dpi.
- Edit. Edit imperfections such as red eye or blemishes in your snapshots with the use of a photo editing software application.
- Configure your printer. Set your printer for optimum results. It would be best to set it to the highest dots per inch (dpi) specifications so the pictures it will output are of the highest quality possible. Furthermore, there may be a need to update your printer's driver. So make sure to check the website of your printer's manufacturers for any updates on the latest drivers available.
- Opt for the best consumables. Choose the correct brand of ink. Furthermore, glossy photo papers are best when printing in color, and matte finish photo paper for black and white prints.
No matter how many photo editing software applications are out in the market, they would be useless if the picture you have is not really that good to start with. It would be good to do some reading on the basics of photography to assist you in your hobby.