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Printing a photo requires editing?

You want a print of your photo. Open it in your software without any editing and just hit the print button, right? Maybe. But if you want the photograph to look good, need it in a certain size, only want part of the picture, or need to have it printed on a printing press, then there's more you'll need to know and do for photo printing.

  1. Select a photograph. This could be the easiest or the hardest part of photo printing. If you have many to choose from but need only a few you'll have to narrow it down to the ones you really want. Are you printing a photograph of a person? 
  2. Choose photo-editing software. But chances are you'll want to do some editing first so you'll probably use Photoshop or some other image editing or photo-editing software.You may be perfectly happy to print a photograph directly from its folder on your computer. You can even print multiple layouts from Windows

    For some quick editing you can do basic fixes and photo printing directly from the Windows Vista Photo Gallery.

  3. Edit a photo. Crop, remove red eye, brightness, color and so on. It will change from picture to picture. Pick the editing you need:
  4. Resize a photo. You can crop a photo to change its shape and size but there are also other ways to resize it. You may need to resize a photo to fit on a certain paper size or to make it fit your layout 
  5. Place your photograph. The best way to do this is to use the import, place, or insert commands in the software. Be sure you have your image the way you want it. It's usually not a good idea to resize, rotate, or crop photos after you place them into a page layout program.
  6. Pick paper. There is a wide variety of photo papers out there for desktop printers. Plain office paper doesn't work well. Use these tips to help you choose the right inkjet photo paper.
  7. Do a Print Preview. If your software offers the option, it's usually a good idea to do a print preview. A print preview can alert you if your image is too big for the paper size you've chosen.


  8. Preflight. This step is applicable only to page layout files containing photographs that you are sending out for commercial offset or full color digital printing. Your printing service provider will do the actual page and photo printing.

    Typically, your photos will be part of a digital file containing text/fonts, and embedded printing information.

  9. Print a photograph. The most time-consuming part of photo printing is just getting it ready to print. With desktop printing, depending on the speed of your printer and print quality you choose it can take a few seconds or several minutes to print out a photo. The bigger the picture, the longer it will take. Try not to handle the photo for a few minutes after it finishes printing. Let the ink dry.


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