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Tips for Printing Digital Photos

Tips for Printing Digital PhotosDoes this sound familiar? You’ve taken a lot of beautiful digital photos, but you don’t know how to make quality prints? If you’re ordering the photos from Hampton Photo Arts in Bridgehampton to be printed, then that’s good and ensures you the best possabile print. But if you’re printing them yourself using a home printer, it helps to know some tips and tricks. Here we will show you some of the best practices in printing digital photos.

Tip 1: Good Pictures Give Good Prints
This tip is pretty obvious. If you’ve taken photo at a measly 1 megapixel resolution, you can’t expect to have a huge A4 quality printout. If you’ve taken the same photo at a 5 megapixel resolution, then yes, you can have that A4 print. As a rule, remember that you need at least a 2 megapixel resolution photo to have a decent 4x6 printout.

Tip 2: Remove Defects from the Image First
I always apply this tip before printing any image. Check the photo itself to ensure there are no specks or noise. If there are, use your favorite photo editor to remove them if possible. Of course, remember to save a backup copy of the image first. You can read up this guide on touching up photos if you need help.

Tip 3: Crop if Necessary
Another image editing tip – crop the picture you’re going to print if it makes sense to do so. Sometimes, I find that my subject is located in the middle of the photo and I don’t really want to print the surrounding environmental detail. That’s where you should crop away the area around the subject first, then proceed to print. This saves you a lot of ink too.

Tip 4: Select a Good Printer
This is very important. Only use a quality printer to do the job. At home, I use a nice little Canon printer to print my pictures. You don’t need a super high-end machine to print, just go for a mid-range inkjet printer that’s suitable for home use.

Always try to find a printer with excellent print quality and an intelligent ink system. In the Canon Pixma iP4000 printer, for example, there is a 5 color ink system with individually replacable ink tanks. If one color runs out, I just need to replace that one color, instead of throwing away the whole cartridge.

Tip 5: Select Good Photo Paper
Many people tend to forget that good photo prints also depend on the photo paper you use. As a rule, you should go for paper that is of the correct thickness, produces good color and has good resistance to fading. Our store Hampton Photo Arts carries many quality photo papers.

If you will be handling your photos a lot, try to choose thicker paper. If you intend to place your photos in an album, then paper thickness isn’t too important – you can choose thinner photo paper.

Color brilliance is important too. Try buying some sheaves of photo paper and print out some colorful images on them to test them out. Buy them in bulk only if the color tests turn out good.

I also like to check resistance to fading. Again, buy some sheaves of photo paper for testing. Print out some pictures, then expose them to sunlight for a couple of days. If you notice any fading, then avoid that brand of paper in future.

Canvas Printing

Canvas Printing

Printing on canvas is incredibly versatile and a great way to create a ready-to-hang image or artwork. Every canvas that we print  is protected with a UV coated acrylic finish to guard the print from dust, moisture and fading. Do you want your canvas stretched on bars or non-stretched? Framed or unframed? Customize the work to make it truly your own.

Art Prints – How are they made?

Photography by Laurie Barone-Shafer
Nowadays just about anyone can take a good quality photographs with a digital camera. Or take a few hundred pictures and the chances are few will be good, and even one or two outstanding.

Here are a few tips, tricks and techniques on how to make art print poster ready photographs and print ready digital files. Don’t get overwhelmed, there is a lot of information here, but a lot of it is just intuitive. Well, a bit of patience will always help.

First thing – Photo Size

If you taking a digital photo of you family or friend the largest size you would print is usually 5 by 7 inches, maybe 8 by 10 at the most. Even small size digital photographs (2MB or less) are ‘good enough’ to create a decent print. But if you want to create prints that are 16 by 20, 20 by 24 inches or larger you need more pixels (in pixels 20 by 24 inches photo is actually about 40 times larger than 3 by 4 inches photo assuming they have the same resolution).

Learning to Paint Watercolors

Watercolor is an easy, fun medium for creating art.  Color theory, composition and design can be explored freely with watercolor paint, paper, and brushes.  Several techniques may be used with watercolors for varying effects including painting wet on wet, wet on dry, layering washes, and more.

Watercolor paper comes in cold press, hot press, and rough.  Rough paper has the most texture, and its hills and valleys can result in interesting effects when paint is added.  Hot press is the smoothest and has the finest texture.  Cold press has a moderate amount of texture and is the paper most commonly chosen by watercolor artists.

Watercolor paper comes in several weights ranging from 90 lb. to 300 lb. based on the pounds per ream of paper.  Most artists prefer to use at least 140 lb. paper.  Papers vary somewhat between manufacturers, so sampling different papers is advisable.  Paper can be purchased in pads, in blocks or in large sheets.  The large sheets are usually the most economical and can be torn into whatever size is desired.

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