Digital cameras have transformed the way that many people user modern computers. Pictures have been available to view on the Internet via web page from the very early days. A web page might have only had a few low resolution images back then, but today you can find web pages that host photographic slide shows that tell a story with high quality and high resolution images.
Of course, people still like to have printed images of pictures. Households might want to decorate the walls with family photographs, such as weddings and special vacations that yielded excellent high-quality photos using a personal digital camera. Many people still practice sending personalized invitations when inviting family and friends to parties. And the specialized Christmas card never gets old, despite what some in the younger generation feel about the whole concept of a weird family photo on a card.
The other critical piece of equipment that is critical to modern photography is a high quality color photo printer. This is not just a printer the can produce "color" ink on regular paper. The ideal printer can use professional, glossy photograph paper, similar to that used by photo mats. In fact, many printer manufacturers produce special photo paper bearing the company's name, including HP, Brother and Lexmark.
In order to take advantage of the special printing abilities that you have on a PC, you will need to follow a few steps for guidance.
Upload or download the pictures to your computer. If you took snapshots on your digital camera, then use the USB cable or the memory card to transfer those files to the hard drive on your PC. The Windows operating recognizes when a camera is connected and will attempt automatically retrieve the images. Be sure to remember where the pictures are stored on the hard drive.
Open the picture editing or viewing application on your PC. Although the picture file is saved on your computer's hard drive, you cannot view the image if its format is not compatible with any installed applications. In general, the Windows Photo Gallery application has compatibility with common picture formats, such as JPEG and GIF.
Insert your glossy photo paper in the special tray on your printer. You can buy this paper from a local store that sells office and printing supplies. Refer to your printer's owners manual for instructions on how to manually load this tray. This is how you pictures will have that professional look and feel, all from tools on your own personal computer.
Click on the "Print" button at the top of the picture viewing application on the computer.
Look at the print out of the picture that the computer sent to the printer. Inspect for quality. Reprint the picture using high-resolution if it does not turn out perfect. Simply click on the "Printer Properties" button in the dialog box that appears on the screen after you clicked on the "Print" button.
- You can also use your computer to send a picture to an online printer.
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