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Photo printing at home

Discussion in 'Photography Chat Forum' started by bob490, May 19, 2017.

  1. bob490

    bob490 Member Premium Member

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    Does anybody print their photos at home?
    I'm looking to create an Photo album with photos printed at home. I'm sure that I cant be the only person who likes to look at photo paper rather than an LCD screen?
    Has anybody else done something similar?
    What App or software did you use to create?
     
  2. DonS

    DonS Stuck in Toronto Moderator

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    I print photos for my mom but that is about it.
     
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  3. MikeB

    MikeB Always on Premium Member

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    Your printer's manufacturer likely has an application for printing, I would look there first. Printing software has to have the profiles of the paper being used to ensure the best quality print. Epson has their paper profiles in the printer, Canon and HP does the same. You can use other paper but you need to download the profiles and then load the profile into the printer. Software like Adobe's Lightroom and Photoshop provide support of a range of printers.

    I use the Photoshop interface or Canon's application.
     
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    On top of what MikeB said I would also recommend calibrating your lcd screen and your printer to ensure color accuracy...especially when soft proofing on your chosen paper type so that you match as close as you can between how things look on screen and how things look printed....there will be some differences based on the difference between light pushing through an image (screen) vs light reflecting off the image (paper) but good calibration and proper use of icc profiles should minimize this.
     
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  5. Mike Singh

    Mike Singh Always on

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    I won't think of it! To complicated and expensive for me. I get photobooks done online with photo box.
     
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  6. SeanNeedham

    SeanNeedham Ol' Sparky Honorary Life Member

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    Find a print house to do it, it's cheaper and a lot less hassle than doing small batch prints at home.
     
  7. oldgeezer

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    I print from Photoshop and use an Epson printer.
    It's a nightmare even with all the profiles and calibration.
    I only ever print small 6x4 for close family and have never been satisfied.
    Get them done elseswhere, it's far cheaper and you get far better results but you should calibrate your monitor.
     
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  8. bob490

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    Hi All
    Thanx for your replies its been an eye opener. I tried the usual software Microsoft Office, Publisher etc. Found Adobe InDesign trial very good and I may subscribe via the cloud.
    I hear the advice regarding monitor calibration and will implement thanx.
    The main reason for asking was because my wife is a technophobe! she dont do computers. We both would like to have hard copy Albums for memories and we both like getting creative.
    photo paper and ink now very competitive online although I guess my HP printer is gona have to work hard haha.
     
  9. RyanB

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    Careful with cheap ink refills, I bought cheap last year and any photos I printed looked good at the time but any that were exposed to sun started fading within 6-8 months. Now if I want some printing done I go to a local printer which uses professional paper and decent ink and have had no problems since.
     
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    H1ghlander Always on

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    I would avoid home printing. Eye wateringly expensive and very difficult to recreate what you see on screen unless you're a rocket scientist
    Use a good reputable online printer who offers print and paper profiles to recreate exactly what you see on screen. Monitor calibration is essential.
     
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  11. Snips

    Snips Always on Premium Member

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    I do but that's only because I make money from my printer. To have decent printing is expensive but if you have the budget available then it really is worth it. A decent printer is expensive though and hence the comments above recommending going to a printer.

    I can't explain it but there is definitely something about seeing your photograph in print.
    Or as a jigsaw and making it! :banana:
     
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