Printing photos at home

Arryn - posted on 03/07/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone...I am fairly new to scrapbooking and until now have had all my photos printed for me by the pros......It would be so much more convenient to print them at home....but I am concerned about the photo quality and whether or not they will stand the test of time. I currently have an HP printer...nothing fancy but it works. Any advice on printers and paper would be greatly appreciated.



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Jeanette - posted on 03/13/2009

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I always print my pics at home and I'm using a hp photo printer now, I used a Canon for years. I've never had a problem with fading, and I've been doing this for 10 yrs.

Traci - posted on 03/13/2009

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I always print photos @ home (I can't even remember the last time we had photos printed from a store!) & have never had a problem. We have an HP All-In-One & high quality photo paper. The ink is a little more expensive but I like choosing the size of my photos & I've never had a problem w/ fading.

Ann - posted on 03/12/2009

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Most places you can bring your CD or memory card from your camera and do it there instead of uploading, usually they have a one hour photo so you can shop while you wait.  I used to do all my printing at home but the price of ink is outrageous and the print would fade out easy.  But I did like the option of different sizes.  I am looking into the Kodax printer that uses pigment instead of ink.

Sue - posted on 03/12/2009

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hmmm...I've ben printing my own pics for about 5 years, never had a problem. I'm currently using a Canon i9900 printer (which will print up to twelve inches) and love it. I started for the same reason as you, dial up suks. you do have to watch for deals on ink, but I like being able to do my own sizing and really haven't had fading problems. I have a pic (unframed) sitting on my window sill thats been there 3 years... looks fine.

Jamie - posted on 03/08/2009

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Quoting Arryn:



Thank you for the replies ladies......I appreciate your scrapping wisdom!!  I will continue to use Costco....I just like to be able to print whatever size at my whim!!  I also forgot to mention, we are in the dark ages with dial-up and it takes bloody forever to upload photos......but worth the trip if they are only going to fade away in 10 years....Thanks again. 





"Going to fade away in 10 years...." some of the pictures I've printed at home have faded in a few months!!  Ok to print at home in a pinch, but I would definitely print with the pros for scrapbooking!

Jamie - posted on 03/08/2009

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Quoting Arryn:



Thank you for the replies ladies......I appreciate your scrapping wisdom!!  I will continue to use Costco....I just like to be able to print whatever size at my whim!!  I also forgot to mention, we are in the dark ages with dial-up and it takes bloody forever to upload photos......but worth the trip if they are only going to fade away in 10 years....Thanks again. 





"Going to fade away in 10 years...." some of the pictures I've printed at home have faded in a few months!!  Ok to print at home in a pinch, but I would definitely print with the pros for scrapbooking!

Arryn - posted on 03/08/2009

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Thank you for the replies ladies......I appreciate your scrapping wisdom!!  I will continue to use Costco....I just like to be able to print whatever size at my whim!!  I also forgot to mention, we are in the dark ages with dial-up and it takes bloody forever to upload photos......but worth the trip if they are only going to fade away in 10 years....Thanks again. 

Pam - posted on 03/08/2009

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printing at home leads to a higher per print cost. If you can catch a deal at snapfish.com you can get some really inexpensive per print costs. But I really like Costco for printing picture I feel like I get the best quality and they have a Lustre finish to the print that repels fingerprints. There up loads are very easy and quick and the cost is $.13 per print no matter if you print 1 or 100.

Christina - posted on 03/07/2009

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I agree with Brandy Hayes...I only print at home when necessary. Like if I am in the middle of a scrapbook page and mess up a picture then I reprint it at home. Otherwise I use walmart. You can download them from home. Even if you go and pick them up in the store it is still cheaper the buying paper and ink for a home printer.

Christina - posted on 03/07/2009

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I agree with Brandy Hayes...I only print at home when necessary. Like if I am in the middle of a scrapbook page and mess up a picture then I reprint it at home. Otherwise I use walmart. You can download them from home. Even if you go and pick them up in the store it is still cheaper the buying paper and ink for a home printer.

Brandy - posted on 03/07/2009

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I use matte paper when I print photos, but usually only do it for frames around the house. occasionally i will print one for a scrapbook (in desparate times), but in the long run it's best not to use photos printed at home. the lab process "seals" the ink onto the paper making it last longer. I use walmart and print at least 200+ photos at a time. i've started doing home delivery which ends up being $5-10 dollars cheaper each time i print. hope this helps!



 



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