color management

What does printing digital pictures mean to you? I think we all go through the phase of just hitting 'print', hoping for the best, and then inevitably being disappointed by the outcome! But think about it for a second: printing is the moment when your image is actually created as a physical object. That's pretty important to get right!

I've laid out everything you need to know about printing photos. Once you've got used to a system that works, it will seem like the simplest thing in the world! So use this as your resource for mastering the printing process (believe it or not, it's actually one of the most satisfying elements of photography!).

 

Ok, what are the key things to look out for when choosing home photo printers? What's the best kind of paper to use and is it worth buying expensive third party papers?

Let's take a look at some basic facts that will make it easy for you to find the right equipment for printing digital pictures.

 

We'll start with a brief run through of the various things needed for printing digital pictures at home. Some key facts and tips.

Now for a low down on inkjet printers. Who makes the best ones and how can you decide which one to choose?

Just as for sketches or paintings, paper type has a big impact on the character of a photograph. It's a fun part of printing digital pictures.

David Fleet runs a fine art photo printing business and gets through a lot of papers! Read his thoughts on the papers he loves to work with.

 


For the best results with home photo printers you need to prepare your images for printing first.

Let's take a look at some simple steps that will help you to maximize the quality of your prints, by controlling resolution and colour quality. Oh, and just what is 'giclee'!?

What are the main things you need to get right for printing top quality photos at home?

If you've ever been disappointed by dodgy skin tone or weird coloured sky, these are the things you really need to know.

Don't know your dpi from your ppi!? Here's how to make the most of the pixels your camera gives you.

Clearly not all digital prints are created equal. But what sets those 'fine art', or 'giclee', standard reproductions apart?

 

Quotable Quote:

The negative is comparable to the composer's score and the print to its performance. Each performance differs in subtle ways.

- Ansel Adams

 


Digital technology working with the internet can make life pretty easy!

It's a snap to design and order high quality prints from online services these days.

I've reviewed and compared the companies that I personally like and trust the most for my own print jobs.

Ok, here are some general reviews of my overall favourite places for printing digital pictures online.

Both of these companies are excellent for printing personalized cards, but 1 in particular is known for unmatched quality.

Make your own calendar

Not easy to do on home photo printers this! But I love designing my calendars - large and small - with the best online photo printing companies.

Again, printing digital pictures as business cards can't usually be done at home. But these high quality services make it a piece of cake.

I love creating photo books, whether as albums, recipe books, gifts or limitless other things. I've never gone wrong with these companies.

I've made photo mugs with three different online services. Here's what I though of each of the results.