Digital photo paper is a name given to photo papers compatible with inkjet printers. In today’s printing landscape, it is extremely rare to come across film based cameras and even more unusual to come across a decent printer without digital compatibility. Most business use printers and a greater number of home printers support a whole host of various printed media. Many are wireless and allow you to send signals directly to the printer, including printing on photo paper, hence the growing use of the term digital photo paper.
Getting the best from your digital photo paper isn’t about how many megapixels your camera can shot at or how much DPI your printer can support. It is however about sourcing the most suitable paper at the time, taking into account quality and value for money as leading factors in your decision. Whether you have bought a budget or premium paper, you’ll get the most by following these tips.
Printer Settings – Your printer in standard document mode is never a good option to reproduce high quality images, which is why sending your photography to print directly from a mobile device, is rarely effective. Settings must be adjusted to reflect size, finish of the paper (glossy, satin or matt), type and number of sheet required. A premium range option will yield limited results when standard mode is used compared to budget option in which settings have been assigned correctly. Whichever paper you end up choosing, pay attention to this step.
Bulk Printing – Premium range options may burn a small hole in your pocket, in particular when larger A3 sizes or art papers are concerned. It therefore makes perfect sense to try and limit common mistakes, the likes of which can be caused when bulk printing on autopilot.
We encourage you to determine the right side to print on, which is the receiving layer coated side. If you are unsure, consult with the paper supplier on the correct settings and correct size.
Printing a test page on normal plain paper will help ensure savings as well. Examine the test print and look for any ink related muck or paper debris from years of use, which might find itself onto the image. In case you found debris such as remnants of old paper, clean your printer well. The test will also help the printer (using its digital technology) to estimate how many prints you can accomplish using your current level of ink. If you are likely to run out quickly, why even start.
Paper For The Job – There are a multitude of photo papers suitable for a whole host of applications. Cheap photo paper is almost never the solution as its archival features (long lasting potential) is limited and your work may soon fade or yellow. Premium range may also prove unsuitable in some cases as an overreaction. The solution is to source an option that offers a balance between quality and affordability. When doing so, think long and hard about the size of the photo paper as it might influence the price significantly.
A common mistake is thinking that because you own a certain brand of printer, the right option for the job is its branded papers. Nothing could be further from the truth as your device can support a great deal of various suppliers and makes, hence why they’ve given you ‘printer settings’ option. Opting for your printer’s own brand of digital paper is not wrong by any stretch of the imagination, however in many cases it proves an expensive luxury when other niche manufactures offer papers just as good or even better at a fraction of the cost.