Do you have a plan to buy a photo printer..? Here the four tips you should know before buying a photo printer.
1. Choose the Type of Printer
Printer are as varied as snowflakes. Well, maybe not quite that much, but there are three main varieties of photo printers you’ll need to think about when you go shopping.
Inkjet: You’re probably familiar with traditional inkjet printers, which print text documents as well as photos. Inkjet printers accommodate standard 8.5-by-11-inch paper, which means you can make 8-by-10-inch prints. With an oversized inkjet, you can make larger prints, like 14 by 17 inches. It all depends upon the printer’s specs. Inkjet printers also vary by how many inks they use to create the color on the printed page. You’ll find printers that use anywhere from four to a dozen cartridges. More colors usually help generate more photorealistic images, especially when reproducing flesh tones and shadows.
Color Laser: Color laser printers are another affordable option. Inkjet printers are mainly photo printers that can also do duty for text; think of color lasers as superb document printers that also do a respectable job with photos. You won’t want to rely on a laser printer for all your photo printing duties, though. Laser-printed photos lack the brightness, saturation, and clarity you’ll want in photos to frame or share. I use a laser printer to make drafts of photos that I will print on a photo printer later.