How to Print Picture-Perfect Images

How to Print Picture-Perfect Images
  1. Pick the Right Paper

Choosing the right paper can be tricky.The most important thing to bear in mind is that different printers and ink perform better with different paper. First,read the printer’s manual to learn about the manufacturer’s specifications. If printing on your own photo printer, start with paper made by your printer manufacturer. Then choose the right weight of printer paper for each project. The higher quality the paper, the better your print will be. It is best to choose matte paper for black and white prints, and choose glossy paper for your colour prints.


Paper Weight (gsm) Uses
80 Everyday use

Common office paper

90 General use

Color printing

100 Professional use

Letterhead correspondence

120 Professional use

Letterhead correspondence

160 Professional use

Letterhead correspondence


Tip: For safe results, buy photo print papers that are the same brand as your photo printer.

  1. Pick the appropriate print size

Have you ever experienced it before the outcome when you print a photo is pixelated? This is because the photo size does not fit for the quality of the photo saved. You need to be acquainted as to what should be the size of the photo when its quality is this much.

You need to have the right number of pixels in an image for a photo to be sharp and at the desired size. The baseline figure is 200 dpi (which stands for dot per inch).If you are aiming for high quality prints, then you must achieve atleast 300 dpi.

How to Print Picture-Perfect Images

Now, to figure out the print size, you must determine the number of megapixels of an image and how large you can print it. To find the number of pixels, you can right-click on the photo and select “Properties”, and under the “Details” tab there should be the width and height in pixels.

The dimension is 5184 x 2916 pixels. Divide each dimension by 200, and you get 25 x 14. That means you could print the photo as large as 25 by 14 inches and get acceptable results. If you want a higher-quality printout, divide the pixel size by 300. That gives you 17 by 9, which means you should print it no larger than about 17 by 9 inches for the best results.

  1. Use only the printer manufacturer’s ink

This may not sit well for most consumers, but if you really want optimal results from your photo printing job, then your choice boils down to only one – the manufacturer’s ink.

  1. Check the settings before you start printing

Before you hit that print button, double check that all of your settings are correct. That includes making sure that the photo paper is facing the correct direction, because that kind of paper is designed to print on a specific side. Also be sure to change any paper type settings and print quality settings.

By following just a few simple tips and growing comfortable with photo editing software, you will be printing professional quality photographs in no time at all. Using your printer to print photographs is simple and fun once you know what you are doing.

  1. Printer maintenance

It is recommended that you run print cleaning once every month or two to make sure your nozzles stay clean and unclogged.

Outside: Clean the outside of your printer at least once a week. Use a damp, lint-free cloth dipped in water or rubbing alcohol to wipe away dust, dirt, animal hair, and other contaminants. Beware: Stronger cleaners can damage the printer case.

Inside. Pop the hood and remove the toner cartridge. Clean the gears and rollers along the paper path. To clean the rollers, use rubbing alcohol or Bestine (a solvent usually available at art stores).

Vacuum. It is not recommended to use a compressed air blower to clean out the inside of your laser or inkjet printer, because dirt and dust are blasted back into the printer. For better results, buy a small portable vacuum that you also can use to clean your keyboard.

Print a blank page. Run a clean page through your printer. This will pick up lint, dust, and stray toner. In some printers, you’ll have to take the printer offline and then press the Form Feed button. OR… open your word processor to a blank page and press the Print command. If it won’t print a blank page, type any character and then press Print.

Cover up. When not in use, protect your printer with a printer cover. They’re available at computer and office supply stores. A cover keeps your printer safe and clean when not in use.

By following just a few simple tips, you will be printing professional quality photographs in no time at all. Using your printer to print photographs is simple and fun once you know what you are doing.

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