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Old 24-10-2006, 16:58   #1 (permalink)
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Just a question. But i've got a photoprinter upstairs which is a hp photosmart 8200 series. I've tried epson photopaper (but that is paper, not thick enough I think),and now I'm using kirkland glossy photopaper. But the prints are not as nice as when you get them printed from a shop and I've made a calendar last year with photo's printed on them. They looked great. Surely there must be paper that gives better results.

And i've tried all kinds of settings aswell before printing.
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Re: Which photopaper to use for people prints

Hi Dutchie. Printing is a can of worms. I also use Kirkland paper and get very nice results. Most printers have different settings for thin or thick paper. Also in the printer driver dialogue box, you must set the paper type you are using. i.e. plain/photo/photo pro/glossy/super glossy etc. I can produce prints that are better than my local printshop, but not above A4 size, or on different media. Also remember that it is much cheaper to get prints printed than to do it yourself. Costco only charge 20p for a 9 x 6 print and 7p for a 6 x 4!!

I've been reading quite a lot of books on all aspects of editing and printing lately, and I have to say the subject of printing is very complex. Here are some of these things that I've picked up on that have helped me, but some will depend on your editing software and your camera.

Most digital cameras are set to use sRGB colourspace. This is best for web use. For printing it is best to adopt the Adobe 1998 colourspace IF your camera allows it. (most dSLRs will, I think). If it does, then you need to set your edting software, your monitor and your printer to use the same colour space. You will also need to calibrate your monitor. If they are all different, then you will never get anywhere near the picture you see on the monitor on a print. the idea is to try to standardise as far as possible right the way through the process.

If you have the camera, the editing software the monitor and the printer all using the same colour space, you must turn off the priter drivers auto colour adjust feature. If you don't, any changes you make or the colours you see on the monitor will not make it through to the print. Let your software decide the way the print actually prints. After all, you have told the software what you want.

For some printer and paper combinations you can load a colour profile that will optimise the print. I've not been here yet, my Canon printer and either Kirkland or PC world pearl/lustre paper works OK for me at the moment. There is a whole new world of colour management out there to frustrtate us. I'm sure that someone who knows more than I will be along soon, and we'll both see if I'm on the right track!
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Yeh I've had lots of photo's printed by Costco. So for a lot of prints it is wise to still go to costco. I will have a look at the settings though. It looks a bit complicated, but I will have a go.

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Re: Which photopaper to use for people prints

As a matter of interest, years ago I used to have Photoshop Elements 2, and I could never get it to print satisfactorially. I was not so much into digital photography then, especially printing, so I never really persevered with it. I used to import the edited image into a really basic photo programme and print it from there.

Gradually, and recently, now printing more and more, after doing loads of reading, it has started to make sense, but the more you go into it, the more you realise it is to photography what putting is to golf. A game within a game, and a wole new world inside photography.

Might be worth looking in your library to see if there are any books that cover your editing software and printing.
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