Whether you are the type of person that completely fills up their hard drive, steadily slowing your PC or Mac computer down until the point where you are forced to restart or do something about it. Or perhaps you are super organised, even keeping negatives, DVDs, hard drives or even the cloud?
Indeed, whatever storage system you select you really need to catalogue the documents by name and year, so you can retrieve them without having a full breakdown when looking for your favourite document. After all, photography is supposed to be fun, not pain. Apart from organisation and storage systems, and leaving aside all other key factors too, one of the vital steps is the last one: printing your document. For this purpose, there are many things you can do to obtain a great quality printing material.
These are some of my top tips to help you get a great quality print, whether you are printing engineering drawings, architectural blueprints or some other visual documents. Some of the following tips may be used together, or you can also try one or two of the below to enhance your prints!
Utilise Photo Paper
I have found that the best paper when it comes to printing on is Matte Photo Paper. This paper makes a real difference with your print quality. Matte finished paper has no shine, and provides an old fashioned looking print.
Use Heavier Papers
Ink jet prints on regular weight paper might easily wrinkle or buckle when too much ink is applied on the paper. If you do not want to utilise photo paper, try printing on a heavier paper.
Change Printer Settings
For best quality print, you want to choose a setting on the printer that is made to provide the best quality.
On the settings, after clicking on the “print” option, a new screen will pop up, so instead of hitting the “ok” option, like you usually do, this time click “Properties” and you’ll see these options.
Use a Printer that Utilises Pigment Inks
My current printer uses pigment inks. It uses DuraBrite ink. DuraBrite is Pigment Ink so if this is what you want to look for when purchasing on your printer’s store. You can also find this printer on Amazon or even at a local printing store.
Preserve the Print with a Sealer
Another idea to protect prints, for instance printable art found on a blog, you might want to protect the print from fading by using a sealer.
Use Professional Laser Printing
You may try a laser print if you don’t have a great quality printer at home. I frequently visit my local copy shop when I’m making several high quality prints and when I’m about to run out of ink.
The prints are usually very high quality and with a reasonable cost; you can request to print on photo paper or also card stock instead in order to further enhance your print.