Digital image has changed the way we take, store and manage our images. Do you enjoy taking pictures, downloading them, editing them or transferring them? As long as it is digital, it is easier for your images to be stored almost anywhere. This includes your personal computer. Simply create a folder for specific images and your digital image becomes easier to find when you need it.
However, when you have an image, it’s not really good to just keep it in your computer forever. In order to be fully appreciated, it needs to be printed and framed so that you are able to have a tangible copy of all of the amazing memories and beautiful images you’ve captured.
However, while a digital image can easily be captured, stored, copied and transferred without any special equipment to do them there is difficulty in producing copies. It is not really as easy as it seems because there are so many factors that can affect the consistency and quality of each image you print.
Things to consider when it comes to digital image printing
Digital image printer
When you want to print one, there really is no certainty if the quality is good if you buy just any other cheap printer out there. For it to turn out fantastic in ink, you have to choose a printer that is up to par in terms of performance and ink quality. So when it comes to choosing a digital image printer, a good method of determining its performance is through the number of ink dots per inch that they produce. Generally 300 dpi or dots per inch is enough to create photo quality prints. This means that the higher the dots per inch of a digital image, the higher the quality and the smoother and crisper the texture of the printed image. When you have low dpi it basically means that to the naked eye, all these dots are quite visible making the image look really cheap and unsatisfactory. So stick with the 300 dpi, if that really isn’t possible for you, then don’t go any lower than 150 dpi.
A good printer doesn’t ascertain quality digital images. There are also other elements that are very important. For instance, the photo paper is very essential, and no matter how excellent and expensive your printer is, if you don’t invest on an equally satisfying photo paper then the digital image printed on it will also fail to meet your expectations. So if you want to print your images, don’t settle with just any other brand. Stick to brands that are quite popular in the field like Kodak and Fuji.
Digital image size
Not a lot of people know this but no matter how easy it is to adjust the size, a large image file can still cause a lot of complications. How big an image is basically determines the limit of the image size. If you exceed this size you risk printing images that are pixilated. To calculate the image size, there is a simple solution. Try to look into the pixel dimensions and divide them by the resolution of the printer. Upon dividing these dimensions, it would be easier for you to find the best size it would look on print.
Harmonizing colors in the computer with the printer
At times, no matter how good everything else is, your digital image just doesn’t look the same as your printed image. So what’s the problem? Well, probably, it is the color scheme of your printer and your computer. Computers usually follow the RGB or Red, Green and Blue color scheme, while the printer follows the Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black or CMYK scheme. If you have this problem, try to calibrate your monitor to match it with the printer before printing.