3 Steps To Printing High Quality Photos At Home

Create a collection of your favourite memories by printing your photos at home. This guide will have you printing high quality images at home in no time whilst saving you money.

 

Photos are a great way to reminisce on your favourite memories; nostalgia has been proven to increase feelings of happiness, heighten self esteem and bring you closer to your loved ones.

Printing your images at home is an easy and cost effective way to hold onto those special moments, although many people aren’t sure how to print their images correctly and to a high quality. To get the most out of your printer and produce the highest quality photos, here’s what you have to do.  

For this example we’ve used A4 Matt 190gsm inkjet paper which is compatible with all inkjet printers.

 

 

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Firstly, you’ll need to start with an empty paper tray before placing your A4 matt 190gsm paper (or alternative matt photo paper) into your printer.

It’s important that your image is printed onto the smooth side of the photo paper to achieve the highest quality. 

Each printer may vary depending on the make and model. For example, we used the HP Officejet Pro 8610 printer and placed the smooth side of the photo paper face down into the tray.

Top Tip: If you’re not sure which way to place the paper, use a regular A4 sheet and draw a small ‘x’ on one side. Place this into the tray face down and press print on your laptop/ computer. If the side of the paper with the ‘x’ has been printed onto, you’ll know that you should place your paper smooth side down in order to have your image on this side and vice versa.

 

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Next you’ll need to place your favourite images into Microsoft Word, Publisher or an alternate A4 canvas on your computer.

We find that placing the images into a word document works perfectly fine. Scale the images to your preferred size and head to ‘file’ > ‘print’.

Now click on ‘printer properties’, here you’ll be able to select a different paper type. We recommend selecting ‘everyday photo paper matte’ or something similar.

Most importantly, make sure you change the ‘print quality’ to ‘best’. This can also be found within ‘printer properties’.

 

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Finally, make sure that you are only printing one sided, you don’t want to be printing your images back to back. Once these simple steps have been completed, go ahead and press print.  

If you’ve followed these steps, you should have a high quality image which has been printed onto the smooth side of your matt photo paper. If you’ve accidently printed onto the textured side of the page, the image is likely to be dull and of poor quality. If this has happened, simply load the tray with more photo paper and place the opposite way down to the way you placed it before.

 

 

To achieve high quality images at home, it is also beneficial to print with good quality inks, we recommend searching your printer model at inkredible.co.uk to find the best cartridges for photo printing. 

We would love to see your photos, please tag us in any images on Facebook or Instagram of your prints.

Need printing advice or guidance? Contact our customer support team today.  

 

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3 Ways To Be More Organised In 2020

 An online report estimated that ‘50% of the UK workforce’ will be working remotely in 2020. Ensure that your work space is prepared and well organised to increase your productivity for the year ahead. 

 

Is your resolution to be more organised at work and in your career this year? We’ve rounded up the top 3 essentials for increasing your productivity.

 

Make A Note

The start of the year is the perfect time to make a note of all the important dates and events that you already have planned. Having a Calendar sorted by the beginning of the year means that you can plan ahead and make a note of anything special that pops up along the way, ensuring that you have a 360 view of the year. 

 

 

Organise Your Work Space

Home office essentials such as a diary, paper and printer ink will be handy to have stocked up in your workspace and will keep your work flow moving.  

If you’re planning on working from home more often in 2020, make sure your workspace is well prepared with equipment such as a high quality printer like the Canon MG5750 - a fast and wireless product that produces images and documents to an efficient standard.  

Don’t worry! Not all printers are expensive to run, you can find affordable MG5750 ink available at INKredible.

It’s also a great idea to keep a list of things you will need for productivity. For example, avoid running out of ink by printing your own reminder labels, or use different coloured sticky notes on your wall calendar to highlight important memos and dates

 

 

Create A Routine

A morning or evening routine can be useful; it will create a structure that assists you in perfecting your work/ life balance. A desk planner is a useful solution to staying on top of your work load and planning the day or week ahead of you. Get into the routine of writing your priorities, plans and to-do’s on an evening to organise your busy schedule and increase your productivity.

 

 

 

 

Stay organised in 2020 and ensure that your office essentials are stocked up. These simple tips will keep your workload as hassle free as possible.

At INKredible, we understand that home printing doesn’t always go to plan, which is why our team of experts are on hand to offer support to get you back up and running, as easy as ‘Order, Install, Print’.

Are you having issues with your printer or in need of product advice? Get in touch with our INKredible team today.  

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Christmas Printable: Cards and Gift Wrap

Christmas Wrapping Paper and Gift Tags

Printable Cards and Wrapping Paper

It’s less than a week till Christmas, and there’s no doubt you’ll be running around making sure the last finishing touches are ready for the big day. If you’ve got a couple of last minute cards to write or gifts to wrap, we’ve got you covered with our free printable Christmas Cards and wrapping paper.

 

Click below to download and print your cards now!

 


 

Why Should I print my own Cards and Gift Wrap?

Not only is this a great option for avoiding the last minute Christmas rush at the shops, it’s also a much cheaper and eco friendly alternative to shop bought Cards and Gift Wrap.

There’s nothing worse than someone having the same Christmas Cards as you; by printing your own, you can be assured that your cards are more unique and personalised.

Our free printable wrapping paper is ideal for those smaller gifts you might be sending this Christmas!

 

Click below to download and print wrapping paper and tags!

 


 

Saving The Planet One Card at a Time

Sometimes all you need is one extra card, not a whole pack! With our free printable card designs, you have the option to print as little or as many as you need; saving you money and saving the planet from wasted products, not to mention the plastic packaging that cards often come in.

Top Tip: Make your prints extra environmentally friendly by using recycled or brown card


Before your start printing, make sure there’s enough ink in your Printer. Need to purchase more? You can find the right ink for your printer by using our quick search bar.

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Printing Your Photos At Home: An Affordable And Reliable Option

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.

Visit our website for printing products or for professional printing advice.

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DIY: Metallic Effect Christmas Gift Tags

Make your own professional looking metalic effect gift tags this Christmas

DIY: Reactive Foil Transfer


Our resident 'craft expert' Tom shows you how to make some fantastic looking metallic gift tags at home using your trusty laser printer, a standard laminator and inexpensive reactive foil.

We’ve even put together some fantastic Free Gift Tag printables for you to download and use:

  • INKredible Gift Tag CollectionDownload
  • Merry Christmas (Light) Gift TagsDownload
  • Merry Christmas (Dark) Gift TagsDownload
  • It's Cold Outside Gift TagsDownload
  • White Christmas Gift TagsDownload
  • Merry Xmas Gift TagsDownload

If you're more of a 'visual learner' you can skip below to see the video of the process in action. If not, here's how it's done:

 

You Will Need:

  • Reactive Foil Transfer – We got Gold and Silver from Amazon here:
  • Laser Printer – A black only (mono) one will do, you won’t be printing in colour.
  • Your preferred stock – Paper, Card, we used our 130gsm Matt Photo Paper and some brown ‘Kraft’ card from Amazon:
  • Scissors / Knife– To cut the foil.
  • 2 sheets of plain paper – To protect the foil from direct contact with the laminator.
  • Standard office or craft laminator – The heating process is what transfers the foil to the toner and keeps it there.

 

How it’s Done:

1. Print your image in black onto your desired stock (card, paper etc.) using a Laser Printer.

For this process to work you must use a laser printer, images printed using an inkjet printer will not work.
As a work around you could print your image with an inkjet printer and then take this to be photocopied onto your preferred stock. Most large photocopiers use toner rather than ink.

2. Measure the amount of foil you need to cover the area you want to coat and lay it over with the ‘mirrored’ side up.

The foil will stick to any toner but not to any of the unprinted surface.
Any unused foil that goes through the laminator cannot be re-used so make sure to only cut enough to cover what you need.

3. Sandwich the Card / Foil between two sheets of standard copy paper.

This protects the foil as it goes through the laminator.

4. Send the layered assembly through the laminator.

The heat setting will depend on your laminator but we found a medium high heat worked best for us.
Too cold and the foil will not adhere properly to the toner.
To hot and the foil will ripple, and un-foiled toner areas will be damaged.
It is best to experiment with your laminator / card / foil combination before going for your final product.

5. Stand Back and admire your work!

You've done it! Now you need to resist the urge to foil everything that comes out of the printer!

6. Have Fun! Experiment with different styles!

Try different shapes, inverting the printed areas of your design or layering up different paper types.

Here’s The Video:


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DIY: Reactive Foil Transfer

DIY: Reactive Foil Transfer


Did you know, you can make your own expensive looking foil coated cards and invitations at home using your trusty laser printer, a standard laminator and inexpensive transfer foil?

Neither did we until recently, so we tasked our resident 'craft expert' Tom to give it a go and let us know how it's done. If you're more of a 'visual learner' you can skip below to see the video of the process in action. If not, here's how it's done:

 

You Will Need:

  • Reactive Foil Transfer – We got ours from Amazon here - http://amzn.to/2nLM52w
  • Laser Printer - A black only one will do, you won’t be printing in colour.
  • Your preferred stock – Paper, Card, even one of our Greetings Card Kits.
  • Scissors – To cut the foil.
  • 2 sheets of plain paper – To protect the foil from direct contact with the laminator.
  • Standard office or craft laminator – The heating process is what transfers the foil to the toner and keeps it there.

 

How it’s Done:

1. Print your image in black onto your desired stock (card, paper etc.) using a Laser Printer.

For this process to work you must use a laser printer, images printed using an inkjet printer will not work.
As a work around you could print your image with an inkjet printer and then take this to be photocopied onto your preferred stock.

2. Measure the amount of foil you need to cover the area you want to coat and lay it over with the ‘mirrored’ side up.

The foil will stick to any toner but not to any of the unprinted surface.
Any unused foil that goes through the laminator cannot be re-used so make sure to only cut enough to cover what you need.

3. Sandwich the Card / Foil between two sheets of standard copy paper.

This protects the foil as it goes through the laminator.

4. Send the layered assembly through the laminator.

The heat setting will depend on your laminator but we found a medium high heat worked best for us.
Too cold and the foil will not adhere properly to the toner.
To hot and the foil will ripple, and un-foiled toner areas will be damaged.
It is best to experiment with your laminator / card / foil combination before going for your final product.

5. Stand Back and admire your work!

You've done it! Now you need to resist the urge to foil everything that comes out of the printer!

Here’s The Video:


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Organising your household documents

Organising your household documentsYou may have a very organised office complete with an alphabetised filing cabinet, to do lists and a different colour pen for every client, but what state are your household documents in?

Keeping bills, pay slips, insurance documents, birth certificates and bank stuff equally as organised as your office is important.

Your all-in-one printer can play a big part in this organisation process.

Scanning your important documents to create a digital filing system is one way to go about doing this. Not only will this save physical space (goodbye unattractive bulky filing cabinet) but will also make it far easier to find specific documents quickly.

Storing your documents on your computer, and then backing them up on an external hard drive, will also give you an additional layer of security.

Begin the process by sorting through your domestic paperwork. This is also a great opportunity to have a clear out. It is recommended that you keep paperwork pertaining to insurance and banking for up to seven years, so get rid of any backlog predating that.

It is important that you shred these documents rather than just throwing them away.

Next, create a filing system on your computer with different folders for different areas – car insurance, home insurance, medical, banking, payslips etc. Within those folders you can then create dated files if necessary.

Scan in your essential documents. These may include medical records, mortgage documents or other contracts, insurance policies, National Insurance details, passports, birth, death and marriage certificates and tax returns.

File them into their own category and voila, your data is safely stored on your computer.

Make sure you keep any originals that are of particular importance, but you should be able to downsize your paper collection enormously.

When backing up your files, consider using an online backup storage system for an additional layer of protection.

Using a password to protect your computer is also a step worth taking and store your external hard drive away from your laptop

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This Time It's Personal...

This Time It's PersonalHere at INKredible we receive offer emails every day from companies we've had dealings with. Problem is, the majority of these have nothing to do with the product we initially bought or, due to the passage of time are now irrelevant.

We don't like this, and we know you guys don’t either.

That’s why when we send you our monthly offers we try our best to make sure each and every one is tailored specifically for you and your printer.

Now, as much as we like to think we have special powers, (I’m looking at you INKredible Barry!), we sometimes need a little help to make sure we are sending you the right offers. This is where our ‘Favourites’ come in.

Simply Log in and click on ‘My Account’ and you will see ‘Your Favourite Categories’. When a product in one of these categories is on offer we’ll send you an email to let you know, nice huh?

If you have changed your printer, or simply no longer want to be notified of special offers for that category just hit that little ‘Remove’ button and voilà it’s gone. When you order for your new printer it will be automatically added to this list and we’ll let you know when it’s time to save.

What’s that I here you say?.. “What if I want to know about the offers before I order?”

Well, in the words of that annoying meerkat, it’s simples! Just find the product you’re interested in on our website, see that little ‘Add to Favourites’ button at the top, click it. Job done! Stick the kettle on and wait for the offers to come rolling in.

 

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Setting up a wireless printer

Setting up a wireless printer

Setting up a wireless printer may seem a little daunting, but actually, it is a lot easier than it may first appear.

Printing companies have been doing a lot recently to make user interaction a lot simpler (which is definitely good news).

First, turn everything on. Your computer/laptop, printer, the kettle, etc.

Next, make sure that you have installed the driver for the printer. This may include connecting your PC to the printer via the USB cable, inserting the accompanying disk or following the directions to the company website.

That's the hard bit done.

Once you have installed the driver, go through the set-up process. The beauty of this part is the fact there will be on-screen step-by-step instructions. Follow them.

At this point, you will probably need the network's name and password in order to connect your printer. Most printers these days have a display screen you can use to enter the Wi-Fi settings and the network's connection information.

Once you have done this, follow the same steps you normally use to add it to your PC’s print menu.

Voila, now you can print to your heart's content.

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Seeking out printer advice – should you trust everything you read on the web?

Seeking out printer advice – should you trust everything you read on the web?

These days the internet is everyone’s first port of call for most things.

If you need a killer recipe for lasagne, the BBC food website has it. If you are desperately trying to remember the name of that kid from Home Alone, IMDB can tell you. If your printer starts chewing paper and spitting it at you in a ball, the internet can probably tell you why.

But can you, or should you, always trust advice from the web?

Here at Inkredible, we thought that we would answer this tricky question by evaluating some of the DIY fix-it jobs that are out there.

 

We will start with the ridiculous. The bad, although hilarious, advice that is out there, presented as fact.

1. Hit/ kick/ punch it. We know that technology can be extremely frustrating sometimes. When it stops working and you don’t know why, wanting to smash it up is pretty much the go-to reaction. As a method of repair, this rarely works. Occasionally a well aimed blow might get your old TV working, but we would discourage beating on your printer as you are likely to do more harm than good.

2. Take it apart completely. Whilst getting screwdriver happy may seem like a great idea at the time, there is nothing worse than taking something to pieces, 'fixing' the problem, putting it back together and then looking at a small pile of parts or screws that you forgot to put back in. Unless you are a qualified printer repair person, maybe stay away from the tool kit. The chances are, you won't know exactly what the problem is and sticking a screwdriver into the machine may make it worse.

3. Pour water on an overheated printer. No, just no. If you need an explanation for why this is a bad idea, you should probably stop buying technology.

Now that we have established what NOT to do, we can move onto the slightly more sensible options.

 

If you are having printer trouble, try these options before taking it in for a potentially expensive repair. The following advice is much more reliable than that above!

1. Turn it off and on again. Although this is simple advice, it is good advice. Turning your printer off at the power supply will reset the printer if there is a system error.

2. Check the ink. Yes, we know it’s obvious but if your documents are coming our more grey than black, it may be something as simple as replacing the ink.

3. Open it up. Don't get a screwdriver involved, but just lift the lid. Open the cover of the printer to check for paper jams (your computer will probably alert you if this is the problem). Take care when doing this as the printer may be hot. Free any paper from the printer by moving the necessary levers. Then throw that paper away as it will probably cause another jam if you smooth it out and put it back in. If the paper isn't rolling through the printer properly, check the paper pickup roller. If it has worn itself shiny, there may not be enough friction to pick up the paper and it is time to replace it. If your printer keeps telling you it is out of paper, when there are still a few sheets left in the tray, test the levers your printer uses to sense paper by gently pressing down on them. Some printers may encounter problems if they are running low on paper, so keep your tray full.

4. Check you are running the latest software. Printers, like computers and smartphones may run into problems if there are not running the latest version of software. Check online to see if there are any updates for the driver or the software.

5. Call Us! Now we don't profess to be experts on every kind of printer out there but we have been around a while to pick up some little gems of information. We may just be able to talk you through any problems you are having and save you an expensive trip out for a new printer.

 

The internet can offer great advice, so do check online before you spend money on repairs. If you do decide to fix your printer yourself, be careful not to do any further damage as this may invalidate your warranty. Just remember, if it sounds like a bad idea, it probably is.

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