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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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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Print panoramics from your iPhone 5

Print panoramics from your iPhone 5

The much anticipated iPhone 5 was launched last month and so far, people seem pretty impressed.

Here at INKredible, we are a huge fan of printing, basically anything.

So imagine our excitement when we found out that the iPhone 5 allows users to take panoramic pictures.

There are several apps on the market that allow users to print from their iPhone so why not experiment with panoramic photographs.

Load up your printer with ink and photo paper and create some interesting wall art.

Autumn is a great time to head outdoors and capture some fantastic naturescapes. Capture an entire forest turning orange and brown with a panoramic shot and then print it out and put it above your desk.

If you are particularly proud of a photo, why not send it off and get it printed on a canvas.

Whatever you do, keep printing! If your phone has a camera, ensure that your images make it off your memory card.

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