Printing holiday photos

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As tempting as it may be to print out a few of these for the holidays, we strongly advise against it. Image by Getty Images via Daylife

There are several factors to consider when it comes to printing out those photographs taken during the holidays. I’d like to offer a few thoughts on some of those factors in order to help you decide how best to accomplish your goals.

It may surprise you to learn that we don’t always recommend our cartridges for all printing jobs. Say you have a few pictures taken around the Thanksgiving table or under the Christmas tree that you want to frame and want to display for years to come. Most major manufacturers have what they call archival-quality ink and promise that it will not fade under normal circumstances for up to 100 years. We don’t make that claim about our inks. For pictures that you want to have last as long as possible, we suggest you follow your printer manufacturer’s recommendations as to which ink and paper to use. Most recommend an acid-free photo paper and archival ink.

Most of us though aren’t taking pictures we expect to last forever. We may shoot 50 pictures or so at Thanksgiving and 100 or so at Christmas and all we want to do is print out the best of those to share with family and friends who may not have computers. For this sort of printing, our cartridges coupled with quality photo paper should work just fine. Be sure to use the proper side of the photo paper as only one side is intended for printing, usually the brighter or shinier side. Be sure, too, to allow ample time for the ink to dry on photo paper. Because less ink is absorbed into photo paper, it takes a few moments longer for it to dry. On most modern printers, resetting the paper type in your printer preferences to “photo” will cause the printer to slow down when printing, allowing extra time for the print to dry before being fed out of the printer.

You may also want to save paper by printing several images on a single sheet of photo paper. Again, this is an adjustment you can make in printing preferences. Most printers can place 4-6 images on a single sheet in either portrait or landscape orientation.

Please feel free to contact us with questions about photo printing during the holidays.

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