If you are looking to make some high-grade photo reproductions using your impressive printer, we have got you covered.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • Most inkjet printers and some modern laser printers can easily handle making high-quality photo prints.
  • Before printing, find the right paper. Both glossy and matte photo paper each has its advantages.
  • You should also consider the overall weight of the paper, as heavy paper prints will last longer than thinner paper prints.

What Printers Can Make Photo Prints?

Many modern printers can make fantastic and high-resolution photo prints, including both inkjet printers and newer laser printers.

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You will want to ensure that they can process the full spectrum of colors. Inkjet printers typically use four colors (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) that mix together to make the rest of the colors.

A Useful Guide for Creating Photo Prints

Each printer will differ as to the actual process of making high-grade photo reproductions, but we have assembled some universal tips and guidelines. Other than printing on glossy photo paper, your printer, depending on make and model can also print onto a tabloid sized printer paper.

Check Your Printer Specs

You will want to check your printer to make sure it can handle photo reproductions. Most inkjet printers can, though you will want to ensure that they can process the full spectrum of colors. Inkjet printers typically use four colors (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) that mix together to make the rest of the colors. If you have a laser printer, be sure to read the documentation to ensure it can reproduce photos and that it can reproduce color photos. In the old days, laser printers were primarily monochrome, but that has changed in recent years.

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Pick a heavy paper to ensure that the photo prints will last for a long time before becoming damaged.

Find the Right Photo Paper

If you are looking to create memorable and visually appealing photo prints, you should use dedicated photo paper. There are all types of photo paper subcategories to choose from, and many deals to be had. If you want something shiny and instantly recognizable, then go with glossy photo paper. If you want something akin to a vintage look, you might choose matte photo paper. The overall weight of the paper also matters. Pick a heavy paper to ensure that the photo prints will last for a long time before becoming damaged. Heavier-than-average paper types will cost more money.

Find the Right File Type

If you are printing out photos from a computer, smartphone, or tablet, the type of file will matter when it comes to the overall resolution. The file type can be up to personal preference, but JPEGs tend to create a lackluster result. Choose from TIFF files, PDF files, PSD files, and other large file types to maximize visual appeal.

Check Your Settings

You will want to check and adjust your printer’s resolution settings so you can make the best photo prints possible. In general, go for the highest resolution available. This will quickly deplete the ink or toner dust but will produce gorgeous results.

Keep in mind that you can also get high-quality fabric printouts using an inkjet printer. You only have to ensure that the fabric is stiff enough to pass through the printer feed.

Warning

In the old days, laser printers were primarily monochrome, but that has changed in recent years.

F.A.Q.

Have you checked the manuals?

Before attempting to create a photo print for the first time, we strongly suggest that you read through the printer’s instruction manual. This will give you insight into the photo printing process.


Is glossy or matte better for photos?

This depends entirely on personal preference. Glossy photo paper is better for exciting and vivid colors, while matte photo paper is better for muted and more natural-looking colors.


Should art prints be glossy or matte?

Again, this is personal preference, though matte photo paper tends to reduce glare. This could be important if your art print is resting behind glass.



STAT: The market size, measured by revenue, of the online photo printing industry will be over $3 billion in 2021, with the market size expected to increase 2.7%. (source)

Lawrence Bonk

Lawrence Bonk is a copywriter with a decade of experience in the tech space, with columns appearing in Engadget, Huffington Post and CBS, among others. He has a cat named Cinnamon.

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