Top 7 Tips for Printing Great Photos at Home

Did you recently gone for a vacation or a attended a marriage, and there clicked some great photos in your digital camera or Digital SLR  and now you want to print those cool photos for your albums then you must read these tips before you try to print those photos on your home printer.

photo printing at home

You have a printer that claims to make good photo prints. Yet every time you use it, your prints come out disappointing. It may not be the printer’s fault. You may be making some simple mistakes that with a little adjustment will turn around your photo printing experience.

Printing photos at home can be expensive and nobody wants to waste money on photos that end up going directly into the trash. If you are not getting pictures that look as good as those from the local drug store, then take a look at the following tips.

1. Use quality paper and ink

photo print paper

If you want your photos to look their best and last a long time without beginning to fade, then stick with the manufacturer’s ink and paper. If this is a photo you intend to frame and hang on the wall, plan on spending a little extra for highest quality paper available.

2. Get comfortable with your printer’s editing features

printer editing options

Some printers make it easy for you to get the best picture quality by providing a simple auto fix feature. Don’t rely solely on this feature, however. If your printer comes with editing options, experiment with them. Use inexpensive paper and see what kind of results different settings produce.

3. Don’t over adjust for photos until you see them in print

What you see on your preview screen or monitor will almost never match what you end up with on paper. For your most important photos with the best results, crop your photo to the size you want, print it, and then make any adjustments based off of the print.

4. Experiment with the direct printing options

If you have the option of printing directly from the camera or from memory such as cards or USB keys, experiment with both. Since each transfers the picture data differently, you may end up with subtle or significant differences in picture quality. Color and detail retention are affected by the method of data transfer, so print a photo both ways to see which one you prefer.

5. Try different papers

Some photos look better with a glossier finish than they do with a matte finish. Some printer manufacturers don’t allow you an option, but if they do, try different paper types. If you are feeling ambitious, play around with vellum and tissue paper. Using these types of paper, you can turn your photos into creative art.

6. Set printer for the right type of paper

Make sure to set the printer for the type of paper that you are going to use. This is a common mistake that can affect the output of your printer, and leave you wondering why your photos aren’t at their best.

7. Use an editing program

photo editing

For the best photo results, use a photo editing program to tweak your pictures. Not only will you have more control over the basic photo editing options like cropping and color management, you’ll have access to more sophisticated tools. Look online for free photo editing software comparable to what you have to buy.

Applying these simple tips will improve your photo printing results at home. You not only will have creative control over each picture, you’ll enjoy higher quality photos that you will enjoy for years.

This is a guest post by Brian Prowse, he is a writer and self-proclaimed tech geek. He writes for sites such as that specializes in print toner cartridges. When he’s not writing or playing around with the coolest gadgets on the market, Brian enjoys traveling and graphic design.

July 31st, 2013

3 Responses on Top 7 Tips for Printing Great Photos at Home|

  1. Nice sharing. Often photos are not that well as we want so it is a good approach to use photo editor.

  2. The printer plays an important role in printing photos. The quality of your camera may be good. But if your printer is substandard, then expect crappy photos to be printed.
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  3. kingarthur says:

    If you know Photoshop well – you really don’t have to worry. Everything is perfect!

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