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Photo Printing Part 2

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I’ve been asked many times in my Instagram feed how I go about printing my Project Life photos, if I print from home, what printer do I use, is it expensive printing from home, how do I decide what size to print etc. Most of the questions have been answered in my part 1 post last January and if you’d like to read about it, you can do so HERE.

What I’d like to talk about today is how I print my photos in 4×4, 3×3 and Collect app sizes.

But before I explain my printing process, I’d like to answer some of your questions here.

Photo print size ~ I usually use a fix page protectors for my Project Life, the Design K which I’ve switched in 2014 from Design A. And sometimes, I will also use the October Afternoon Daily Flash 12×12 with 16 of 3″ pockets. That is my favourite to date. So, I print my photos based on the protector, which is in 4×4, 3×4 and 3×3 to fit those protectors that I use.

Cost of printing from home ~ Does it cost me more printing from home than printing at the professional photo developers? I simply cannot answer that question because I’ve been printing from home since I started scrapbooking 8 years ago, so I can’t do the comparison. The benefits I’ve received printing from home are that 1) I have better control of the print color and sizes and 2) It’s absolutely convenient for me to print any time I want. Look, I work full time with a very hectic traveling schedule, there’s no way I can make time to pop by the photo developers any time I want. So, convenience is my number one deciding factor that I print from home. Even if I can have the option to order online, I seriously have no time to separate the size of photos to print. At home, I just click and print, two simple easy steps to get my prints out quickly. 🙂

Photo Printer ~ I’ve been a big fan of Canon Pixma printers for ages and my current Pixma iP4970 (which is no longer in production) is my 2nd Canon printer that I’ve used over the past 6 years. It’s affordable and print beautiful photos. One thing to note is I picked my printer based on a single function, which is to print photos only. I don’t go for all-purpose printer because I’ve experienced before the quality of the prints that it produced, which is less brilliant than a single function photo printer. This is my own personal opinion and you may not agree with that. Everyone has their own preference and whichever works for you best, go for it!

Photo Paper ~ I only use one type of photo paper. Yes, only ONE! *laugh* I’m quite anal when it comes to photo paper and I’m a diehard fan of Canon Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss with Satin finish. I simply refuse to use the other brand of photo papers. Don’t ask me why. Hah! Alternatively, you can use UltraPro Satin 4.0 which I found in Red River Paper. I’ve yet to try it but I’ve heard so much about it. Too bad it’s in the US and they don’t ship international and even if they do, shipping may cost me a bomb. Unless if I buy it from Red River Paper online and someone is kind enough to help me send it over to Singapore, I will pay for shipping of course. Lol.

So, let’s take a quick peek on my printing of 4×4, 3×3 and Collect app size photos, with some images to illustrate my process. Very easy to follow and in case you have any questions, please feel free to ask me.

One thing to note – I’m using the a Canon Pixma printing and it comes with the Easy-PhotoPrint utility in CD or it can be downloaded in their website under the Support and Download menu. If you’re using a different brand of printer, check if it comes with a print utility software. I believe they have some sort of software that supports the printer.

Everyone has their own way and preference of printing their photos, so what I’m sharing here is how I print mine from home. There’s no hard and fast rule on printing and do feel free to share how you print yours.

4×4 Prints on 4×6 photo paper

After I select the square image that I want to print, I will select a 4×6 photo paper under the “Select Paper” option.

Next would be the choice of print layout.Most of the time, I print my photos with borders. Therefore, I would select the layout option under “Bordered (full)” as shown in the below image.

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Once I click on the Print button, a separate window will pop up and I will select “Quality & Media”.

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The “Quality & Media” option will allow me to select the type of photo paper that I’m printing on, source of paper and print quality.

I always choose high print quality because it produces brilliant colors even though it’ll use a little more ink than the standard print quality option.

And click print once the setting has been determined.

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3×3 Prints on 4×6 photo paper

For the 3×3 print size, I run through the same setting selections except that I chose 2 photos to fit into a 4×6 photo paper with border as shown in the image below.

Once the the photo is printed, I would trim the photos, leaving about 2-3mm border for each side. The actual printed image is less than 3″ but with the borders, it will become 3×3.

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3×4 Collect App Photo Print

Again, I run through the setting selection, choosing two 3×4 photos that I’ve exported from the Collect app on my iPhone. You can read more on how I transfer photos from my phone to my MacBook HERE.

Next, I select the layout print of two photos to print on 4×6 photo paper with border.

Note – When the photos are exported from the Collect app, it already has some print bleed and by selecting a bordered layout, it will add extra bleed to the photo. I love this extra bleed and aesthetically, it looks better.

If you need to know how to export your photos from the Collect app, Annette Haring shared a very good step-by-step process post on exporting HERE.

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So, here are how my printed 4×4, 3×3 and 3×4 Collect images look like.

Like I said, it’s very easy to print. All you need to do is to check out what your printer’s utility software can do for you.

I hope you find my post useful. Have a great week ahead!

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  • Ann06January 21, 2015 - 1:18 am

    Hi there, your blog is amazingly beautiful, thank you for sharing it. Can you tell us about your work space, I can see a beautiful station or desk from one of the photos where your son is in the front, love to see your workflow as well. Thank you, Ann

  • Kristen PJanuary 22, 2015 - 12:48 am

    Maybe I’m missing something. Is the software you’re using to print these photos downloaded from Canon’s website or is it app dowloaded via your Mac on iTunes. I couldn’t find it in their store. It looks to have a lot more options than iPhoto printing capabilities. Thanks for sharing, great info!

  • PeppermintJanuary 22, 2015 - 10:12 pm

    I would totally send photo paper to Singapore. Great post! I always print “standard quality” because I like the prints just fine, but I may have to try high quality to see if I’ve been missing out. Although maybe I don’t want to know.

  • JennyJanuary 24, 2015 - 7:22 am

    Thanks so much for such a thorough review! Love your tips! Can I ask which fonts you use for your blog post title and date? Love how it looks!

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