Printers & Papers
I want you to get the best quality prints. Of course a print
shop has a range of papers to choose from and their
printers are probably the best. But if you want to print at
home, here are some things to consider:
Types of Printers.
Inkjet Printers. Photos and images do great on these printers.
They blend smoother colors. And they can print onto many
types of paper, including glossy photo paper, textured
stationery and even some fabrics. Beware that inkjet ink is
water-based, so prints are susceptible to water damage and fading.
Laser Printers. These printers are great for sharp, fine lines and text of any size. They are good for simple graphics, but they do not print photographs as well as an inkjet.
Types of Printer Paper.
There are many different types of paper that can effect the color and image quality of your cards.
Matte paper is a kind of paper that has a white coating that allows the ink to dry quickly. Because the ink does dry so quickly on matte paper, it is unlikely to smear or become smudged with fingerprints. The color quality can be dull.
Glossy paper typically used for printing photos because the paper produces sharp, vibrant print due to its glossy finish. The glossy finish actually absorbs the ink to create beautiful pictures. However, it is easy to smudge the paper with fingerprints, so it is important to handle it gently until the freshly printed item has dried completely. Glossy paper can become stuck to pages that are against the printed side, so it is best to avoid using it in situations where it will be used that way.
Card Stock is a very heavy and sturdy paper. It works great for cards, but it tends to have a matt finish to it so the images are not as vibrant. Consider the weight of the paper because the thicker the paper is, the more durable it is.
Opacity is an important note to consider when printing. It means how much print will show through to the other side. The heavier the weight to less will show through, etc.
Smooth and textured papers. Laser printers use heat and toner to produce text and images, and therefore need a smooth paper to give good results, whereas many other printers use water based inks, and therefore, need textured paper to absorb the ink. The smoothness of the paper can be determined by whether or not the paper is coated as well as the material it is made out of.
Various colors and brightness of paper; The contrast of the paper is a key element in the contrast with the toner or ink and the paper, and the whiter and brighter the paper is, the better a print will look.
Please note: I try to keep my images at a high resolution for standard card sizes. Any printing outside of this range may start to lose quality.
I hope this helps! Wendy