We’re now taking more photos than ever before; it is estimated that by the end of 2019, as a society, we will have taken over 1 trillion photos. With the majority of people capturing images on their smart phones so that they can share memories and moments instantly, the option to print photos from the comfort of your own home has become an increasingly popular option.
Companies such as HP and Fujifilm have created products which allow people to print images on a small scale anytime, anyplace and straight from their pocket. But what happens when you want to print larger images that you can frame, share with friends or print at a greater volume? This is where your home printer can help!
Should I print my own photos?
There are many online photo printing companies and although they can be a great option, they can take anywhere from a couple of days to a week to print and send your order, this can be costly and there is no guarantee that your images will come back how you expected. Printing your own photos is not only cost effective, it’s almost fool proof too.
Many people consider a printer to be an investment, as the world of home printing can open many doors for those of us who want ease and efficiency.
The process of uploading and sending your images to a second party leaves opportunity for mishap during the printing process including image pixilation and poor production value.
If you want a quick turnaround and the ability to manage the quality, sizing and quantity of your images, using your home printer is the most practical option.
How to print photos at home?
We know that printing your photos at home is an easy and quick option, but it’s essential to have the right materials before you start printing. You’ll need to have good quality photo printing paper, a guillotine or a pair of scissors, and a printer. Make sure your printer has enough ink before you begin!
For PC users, Windows 10 features a very good in-built photo printing tool, making it easy to print any image stored on your computer at the click of a few buttons. You can easily change settings for paper type, image size, print quality and much more from here.
You can also place your images into a word document and change the size to suit you, or you can use a template which will guide you on the correct image size, ensuring that no paper or ink is wasted in the process.
Many people also use the Piccollage app or similar (Available for iPhone, Android or Microsoft Store for free) to create a selection of snapshots or memories organised on one page for printing.
If photo printing at home is something you wish to get the best out of in the future, we recommend spending a little more on a high quality printer that can use several individually coloured cartridges. Canon have always been popular with photo enthusiasts due to their use of specialist grey and photo colour cartridges.
If you would like advice on printing your own images at home, or any other printing queries, please get in touch and one of our experts will be happy to help.
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