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All About Photo Printing at Home

Updated on August 19, 2014

The Tools and Information for Photo Printing at Home

Printing photos at home can be fun and creative. It's efficient and provides you with the ability to have complete control over the process of producing outstanding photographs.

Some skill and the right tools are needed however if you want to assure good quality home photo printing. This page will provide a few critical tips and show you some products; photo printers, paper, and inks, that will get the job done.

If you are more interested in a smaller more portable option, then be sure to visit our page on mini photo printers.

Choosing the Right Printer

There are numerous things to consider when printing photos at home. One of the first tools you'll need is a photo printer.

There are many affordable printers including some of the all-in-one type printers that also scan and copy. There are also portable printers and compact printers that consume very little space and can be taken with you as you go. Some printers are large enough to produce oversized prints while others are limited to 4x6 prints. There are also high end professional printers.

Getting Quality Prints That Last

Getting the right paper and inks are important with home photo printing, but there are other things that can help assure that your photos look great and last for a few generations. Of course allowing your prints to dry before handling is wise and avoiding any contact with your hands is best to keep unwanted oils off of the ink. Keeping prints out of extreme temperatures and direct sunlight are other good precautions to take.

Getting the Right Paper and Inks

Getting the right printer is critical for anyone printing photos at home, but once that's chosen you need paper and inks that work well with it. You need high quality paper with the right finish to assure the longevity of your home printed photos. In many instances you want to get photo paper and inks produced by the same manufacturer as your printer. This is because all three are designed to work together to give you the best photo printing results.

You Don't Have to Have a Computer

That's right, if you don't have a computer, printing photos at home is still possible if you buy a printer that your camera or camera memory card can connect to directly. This makes the process extremely simple and saves a great deal of time.

Brother Photo Printers

Brother MFC-6490CW Wireless All-in-One Inkjet Printer
Brother MFC-6490CW Wireless All-in-One Inkjet Printer

This Brother Photo Printer is a multifuction inkjet 4-in-1 network device that can print photos and documents, copy scan, and fax. It can prints at up to 35ppm black and 28ppm color and has a maximum resolution of 6000 x 1200 dpi. It's no slacker in the copy department either as it copies on up to ledger-size (11 x 17-inch) paper at up to 23 cpm.

This printer has built-in 10/100 Ethernet and 802.11b/g wireless networking interface so you can just connect it to your wireless router to give everyone access. This professional level printer measures 21.3W x 12.7H x 19.2D-inches and comes with a 2 year warranty.


Canon Photo Printers

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This Canon Photo Printer will also scan and copy. It's a 6 color inkjet printer that will accommodate a variety of document sizes including, letter, legal, 4x6, 5x7, 8x10, and envelope sizes.

It can produce color images in 9600 x 2400 resolution and black and white documents at 600 x 600 dpi. It's speedy too as there's no warm up time required and can create those 4 x 6 prints in 20 seconds. It prints black and white at 26ppm and color at 21ppm. Photos can be enhanced directly using the included software as you preview them on the 3.5" TFT LCD display.

This Canon lets you save paper by printing on both sides too. You also get multiple connectivity options including WiFi, Bluetooth, and Ethernet. Print from you camera, your phone, any Bluetooth device or your memory card.

Epson Photo Printers

Epson Stylus Photo R3000 Wireless Wide-Format Color Inkjet Printer (C11CA86201)
Epson Stylus Photo R3000 Wireless Wide-Format Color Inkjet Printer (C11CA86201)

Photo printing at home can results in some professional looking prints with the Epson R3000. This printer can produce stunning color and B&W prints. It is an inkjet printer with 9 high capacity color cartridges. By holding 25.9ml of ink per cartridge, changing is required much less frequently. This 13" wide printer can accomodate paper up 13" x 9" and media up to 1.3mm thick.

It has a 120 sheet capacity and can print 4x6 images in 53 seconds. This printer offers high speed USB 2.0, wireless 802.11n and 10MBit Ethernet connectivity allowing you to print from any room in your home or office. It also features very quiet operation. The R3000 measures 9" x 24" x 14.5".


HP Photo Printers

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This HP Photo printer is compact, portable and economical as well. It's perfect for home photo printing as it can produce 4x6, 4x8, 5x7 adn 4x12 panoramic images without a border. This printer produced black and white images with 1200x1200 dpi resolution and color images at 4800x1200 dpi.

It will save battery power as well, as you can use the handy memory card slot to avoid using your camera to download photos. In fact, if you have Bluetooth devices, you can get the optional Bluetooth adapter for more connectivity options. This printer is pretty speedy too as it can produce a 4x6 image in 27 seconds.

The printer includes a 2.4" color display to allow you to preview and enhance your photos. It's Windows and Mac compatible; click the image for more details.

HP Photosmart A526 Compact Photo Printer
HP Photosmart A526 Compact Photo Printer

This HP photo printer allows you to print from a camera memory card without a computer. You can preview and select photos via the 2.4" LCD display.It's so small and lightweight that you can tuck it into a bag and take it with you almost anywhere. With automatic red eye removal and the ability to sharpen photos and improve color with a single button it's a breeze to use.

The lab-quality borderless photos this HP produces always resist fading and dry almost immediately. You can even print wirelessly from Bluetooth-enabled devices making it a quick an easy home photo printing tool.


Kodak Photo Printers

This Kodak ESP-7 is an all-in-one color inkjet photo printer. It also copies, scans, and offers easy PictBridge compatibility. Even without your computer, you can print your images with the memory card slot. It also offers WiFi or Ethernet connectivity. Users can produce outstanding 4x6 borderless photos with the 2 cartridge, 6 ink system in about 28 seconds. This printer also features a 3" LCD display and will accept A4 and 8.5"x11" paper.

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      jennywilliams0387 7 years ago

      i love how you explained this "do not have to have a computer for you to be able to print"-- that's a sure thing! and the rest of this are all worth reading! thanks for sharing..

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      rockycha 9 years ago

      outrageous selection! everyone will find what they're looking for..

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      clouda9 lm 9 years ago

      Appreciate all the choices you offer the bonus of your expertise in the genre of gadgets :) Readers: Make sure to click over to mulberry's lensmaster page and take a look at what she has to offer...lots of great stuff!