How to print higher quality documents and images

Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 10.12.28 AM

When presenting documents and images to whether it is clients, colleagues or potential leads, it is important to make sure that your printing is of the highest quality. There are many elements to consider for achieving the best possible printing results for your documents and images.

Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 10.12.28 AM

Some of these factors consist of:

–        The capability of your printer- is it equipped for printing high quality photography?

–        Paper- are you using a high enough grade?

–        Image resolution- is the resolution set at the right pixel dimension?

–        Camera- did you take your photograph on a high quality camera?

–        Device settings- has your printer been set on the right printer settings for the document you are printing?

–        Ink cartridges- are you using high quality ink cartridges in order to achieve valuable results? (Contact a specialist supplier to ensure you are purchasing high quality cartridges.)

Using a laser printer:

When using a laser printer there are a number of factors to consider which are quick and easy to adjust to improve your quality of printing.

  1. Maintain your laser printer to its best ability by regularly servicing your printer to clear away any dirt or dust.
  2. Use the highest resolution image possible; the higher the dpi, the better quality the image will be.
  3. Keep spare ink cartridges covered in their packaging until you’re ready to use them as they can be damaged by dust and dirt.
  4. Check to see if you’re using the paper type that the manufacturer of your printer recommends.
  5. Access the properties of your laser printer; you may need to raise printer speed if colour saturation is too high or you may need to lower the speed if documents appear faded. You can also change the quality of your printer settings. Generally it will consist of either draft mode, normal or high quality.
  6. Protect your printer from heat, e.g. if your printer is stored too close to your computer the heat radiation may effect printing quality.
  7. It is also important to keep your printer away from moisture so make sure it isn’t stored near a window and is kept in a cool dry place.

Inkjet printers:

Inkjet printers serve a great purpose for printing imagery and colour documents. Laser printers are recommended if you often print in bulk. Ink jet printers generally have a quieter printing operation which prints fine and smoother details. One of the advantages of inkjet printing is that it has no warm up time required whereas laser printers need time to warm up before operating. Depending on the model of inkjet printer you have, some models are capable of very high speed printing. Consider the requirements you will need to gain from your printer before purchasing it in order to achieve more satisfying results.

Depending on your requirements for printing, if it is business related you may want to consider professional printers which are designed to print in bulk without losing print quality.