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Set Printer Options
Your printer may have slightly different options from the Epson Photo 825 I use. Refer to your printer manual or online help for assistance where there are differences.
7. Choose the appropriate Main options, and then select the Page Layout tab. The Page Layout options are (as shown in Figure 12-7)
• More Options: Change the way the image is printed or oriented on the paper.
• Reduce/Enlarge Document: Change the size of the printed image by selecting a different paper size or by scaling it by a specific percentage.
• Copies: Select the number of copies to print.
• Multi-Page: Customize multi-page printing. You don't need to use this option when printing photos.
• Watermark: You can add a watermark to a printed page with a specific message. Use this option when printing text only; it doesn't work well with photos.
8. Make your choices on the Page Layout tab.
9. Select the Maintenance tab. Test and set up your specific printer with this tab (as shown in Figure 12-8). It varies from printer to printer. Refer to your printer's manual or online help for specific instructions.
10. After you finish making any print option changes, click Ok.
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Chapter 12: Choosing and Using a Printer
Choose Print Media
What It's Good For
Standard copy paper Text, reports containing inserted images
Ink jet paper Minimizes ink jet smearing
Glossy photographic quality paper Photo printing for quality ink jet and laser printing similar to photographic quality
Matte paper Photo printing for matted images
Dye sublimation paper Print glossy, durable photos
Transparency film Plastic sheets used with overhead projectors and as report covers
Special cards Business, wedding, greeting, invitation, and other cards are available for printing photos
Evaluate the Cost of Printing Photos
Printer Mfg Ink Cost Paper Cost (4x6) Typical Cost per Print
HP $0.41 $0.35 $0.76
Epson $0.33 $0.35 $0.68
Canon $0.29 $0.35 $0.64
When buying paper you can choose either generic or branded paper. Printer manufacturers have their own brands tested to work with their line of inks and print mechanisms. They will try to persuade you that their branded product is best, and it may be. On the other hand, many generic paper brands are high quality and may be much cheaper. The best way to find out which is best is to experiment with a variety of paper types and brands. The paper that gives you the results you like is the best paper. Figure 12-9 shows a selection of paper types.
The real expense of a color printer may not be in the initial price, but in the cost of replacement ink and toner cartridges. If you do much color printing, you use LOTS of ink! Ink and toner cartridges vary widely in both cost and lifetime. Paying more for the printer may be more cost effective if the inks and toner cartridges last longer or
are less expensive. Researching these costs beforehand is wise.
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Print from a Memory Card
Print from a Memory Card
1. Insert your memory card into the card slot in your computer or in the printer attached to your computer, as shown in Figure 12-10.
2. Open My Computer in Windows (choose StartOMy Computer in Windows XP).
3. Select the drive identified as the memory card slot.
4. With the memory card open to the DCIM folder, open the appropriate folder. The photos on your memory card display just as if they were on a directory on your hard drive.
#If you don't have a memory card slot on your computer or printer, you can also upload your pictures by connecting your camera to the computer and accessing the memory card from your computer according to the manufacturer's instructions. Card readers are reasonable in price and both simplify and speed up the process of uploading images.