4 At-Home Photo Printing Tips

Muses speak to artists in several different ways. Writers put their musings in published works, animators watch their art come to life on the screen, and it is the frozen life captured on a page that fuels a photographer’s craft. Creativity is unbridled. When you are ready to print your work of art, there are a few at-home photo printing tips that may help you translate the art to your printed photo.

1. Adjust The Hardware

Adjustments to your screen and printer provides the best possible view of how your photo will print. Getting the hardware in sync allows optimal performance. 

First, you will need to make sure that you have the proper drivers for your operating system (windows/mac). 

Secondly, you will need to calibrate the colors using the printer’s ICC profile. Click here to view the list of drivers and ICC profiles for Mitsubishi Electric photo printers.

2. Getting The Right Printer

If you are a photo printing enthusiast, it may behoove to find a printer that is specifically for photo printing.  Dye-sublimation printers are known to produce higher quality images on printed photographs than other types of printing processes such as inkjets. 

Dye-sub printers use heat to vaporize and permeate colors from a film onto photo quality paper for smoother and continuous color tones producing beautiful photographs in a matter of seconds. Inkjet printers produce images by laying individual dots on a paper, printing one dot at a time which takes more time to produce a similar image of the same size. 

The results of dye-sub prints look closer to photographic quality, and are less susceptible to fading and other dangers like water damage or humidity effects over time. Take a look at Mitsubishi Electric’s line-up of dye-sub printers by clicking here.

3. Familiarize Yourself With Photo Editing Tools

There are plenty of photography software in the market that is used to for image editing, retouching, creating image compositions, website mockups, and adding affects. Photoshop provides features that are great for adding different finishes, adjusting colors, profiling your pictures, and improving the overall general appearance. 

Using Photoshop can improve your finished product by editing it to look better in print than on screen. Photoshop is an essential tool in any photographer’s arsenal.

4. Use The Right File Type To Get The Right Resolution

Data files have different properties that could adversely affect how your photo prints. Shooting in RAW and using an uncompressed image format throughout the process is ideal. TIFF or PSD host images nicely. If you use a JPEG or PNG files compact images which steal the detail from the RAW photo.

The common standard for resolution is 300 dpi. Lower dpi start to distort the picture as the resolution is too low. The resolution affects the density and depth of your photo.

How to have more fun with your printer at home

While you’ll always be honing your photography and printing skills, it’s important to enjoy the journey and showcase your work as a part of this passion – or profession – of yours. 

Using your printed photos in photobooks are a great way for you to savor the moments of life that you can always come back to. 

Think you really nailed the shot? Creating your own photo wall art presents even more possibilities to display your work. For larger, more complex photo printing, consider some of the enhanced, added features that a printer designed for larger printing enables you to capture. 

Capturing the perfect picture is an art form. Refining it for print is a skilled craft that takes time to master. Using these techniques will set you on a path to frame your creativity and have fun with it along the way. Be it a hobby or a profession, there’s always room for growth and progress as your skills and new technologies improve.