For all those mortals who want to hang a picture of themselves on the wall, or make an album, a poster, etc., the seemingly simple moment of trying to print our perfect images can be very frustrating. Because maybe we do not know much about impressions, but we have been retouching the image with love, we love its tones, its contrast and the composition that we have achieved after a lot of work.
Everything is perfect, and we cannot wait to see how it looks on our wall. We put the images in a USB, and we rush to the nearest print center, and that’s where the drama begins. They speak to us of pixels per inch or per centimeter, of dimensions, of finishes and we have no idea, we see how they touch us the photo, they cut it here or there to fit the size of the frame, or we have some white edges that we did not have and, to top it all off, when they give us the copies, the colors have nothing to do with what we saw on the computer screen. In short, a drama. Nor is it that we are experts in the subject, but a minimum, right? It would be good to have them.
The configuration of the camera
To get good quality Photo book printing, you have to start the process much earlier, even before you get the picture.
Shoot with the highest quality: It is important to always work at the highest quality allowed by the camera, then you are always in time to cut, compress, and so on.
Set the color space to sRGB: It is the color space that stores more color information.
Where do I make the size, resolution and other settings?
The best thing is that you do them in your usual image editor. These types of adjustments are usually located or related to the size of the image. Here is an example of where the parameters are in Photoshop. As you can see they are located in image size. Inside you have all the parameters that you may need to change to take the image to print (or print it at home): Resolution, Pixels, document size, and so on.
For the simple mortal, one option is to try to unify the different color profiles of the devices that intervene in the process of printing the image, which is known as the ICC color profile, especially if you print at home. The ICC profiles say that they transmit the information of each color to each of the devices so that they interpret the colors correctly.
Types of support
Not everything is square photo print paper although it is the most usual, you have many other media where you can print your photos: magnets, cups, canvases, et cetera. However, the most common is that we want the copies to put them in a frame. In that case, you should always use photo paper of the best possible quality, especially if you’re going to print at home. Now, what kind of paper, gloss or matte?
The paper with a glossy finish has a greater depth of color, so it is usually the one chosen when we reveal color photography. This type of glossy finish creates reflections and resists worse fingerprints or smudges.
On the other hand, paper with a matte finish is usually used to print in black and white, because it has less depth of color. It is more resistant to fingerprints and does not generate shine.