Dell Photo Learning Center

Dell Photo Learning Center

Photo Learning Center

00. HOME
01. Getting Started
02. Taking Great Photos
03. Organizing & Storing Photos
04. Editing Photos
05. Printing Photos
06. Sharing Photos

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When choosing your printer, pay attention to what kind of ink it uses and how many pictures you can print per cartridge. Also, note how many colors of ink the printer uses. Basic printers use four ink colors (cyan, magenta, yellow and black), while photo printers use six or more. More colors generally mean a better picture.

Click Tip: There’s nothing worse than running out of ink in the middle of a print job. No matter what type of printer you choose, be sure you always have extra ink cartridges on hand.

Standard Ink
  1. Advantage: vibrant ink colors.
  2. Disadvantages: Pictures can be less durable — they will fade over time. Ink drying time is required. Water will cause photos to smudge.
Click Tip: If your pictures look splotchy, try a different kind of paper or adjust the printer speed.

Pigment Ink
  1. Advantages: Durability — designed for pictures to last for more than 75 years photos that are water resistant as soon as they dry.
  2. Disadvantage: Colors are not as vibrant.
Click Tip: Pigment inks generally last the longest, but the colors will not “pop” like that of dye based ink.

Thermal Dye
Using plastic film and heat to transfer layers of color to paper, thermal dye printing (also called dye-sub printing) creates a long-lasting, beautiful print with endless color variations. The technology used to be limited to high-end, professional printing but is now available to home consumers to create lab-like quality prints. Be warned — thermal dye printers require specialized papers and are often limited to 4x6 or 5x7 photos.

Click Tip: Most thermal dye-sub printers can output only smaller, snapshot-sized prints.

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