National Geographic : 2004 Oct
SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION PRINTING Keys to success Today's ink-jet printers let you make superb photographic prints right in your own home or office. Just keep these make or break quality controls in mind: Paper - Glossy paper gives the most brilliant images, crispest tones, and brightest colors. Matte offers tones and colors with more subtlety and less harshness. Generally a whiter, brighter paper provides the best prints if you want maximum color and tonality. But it's all a matter of personal taste. Image resolution - Surprisingly, opting for more resolution usually results in worse, not better, quality. Printer resolution - Test different papers, 720 dpi may be fine for most, but 1,440 dpi could be needed for glossy. Printer driver - For photo quality results, the software that controls the printer must be set and not just used in its default settings. And be sure to let your print dry for a while, then check it. Certain tones aren't fully "developed" for several minutes or even hours. Testing - Make no mistake, this is crucial. To make testing more efficient, put multiple images on a page, adjust them differently, then print and compare results. Should your print match your monitor? Spending a lot of time trying to get an exact match can distract you from what's really important a print you can be proud of. Remember, your monitor's colors are made up of glowing pixels, quite different from a print on paper. But do make sure your monitor is accurate and responds in a consistent way, so changes you make on the screen will be reflected properly in your print. >>> TRY THIS TIP JPE ,S fR GREAT SHOOTING FORMAT, BUT DOWT USE IT AS F UJORKIli FORMAT II THE COMPUTER. ALURAS RESCUE IMAGES I1 TIFF OR II1 OUR IMAGE PROCESSOR'S FILE FORMATS.