When deciding on what method to utilize when you have photographs to print, you probably want to choose the process that will print the highest quality images. Photography aims to capture the most realistic image possible, so a printer that captures this same quality is desirable. Anything less would be a waste of taking such a vibrant photo.
There are three most common methods of printing widely used in both personal and commercial printers today – inkjet, laser, and dye sublimation.
Inkjet is widely used because it is available is a spectrum of qualities for a fairly affordable price. The higher priced inkjet printers will produce decent quality prints without knocking out your budget so much. However, inkjet printer do have their disadvantages in terms of photo printing. The quality of an inkjet-printed image won’t compare to a professionally printed photograph. This is because inkjets print images by making miniscule dye dots on the paper, basically poking small colored dots until the full image is formed. Due to this method, the image will not look very good when you examine the overall photograph closely.
Laser printers are very affordable. The best thing about laser printers is that it shoots out many copies in a short period of time. However, this is definitely not what you want when you print images.
The best printing method you can choose is dye sublimation. These prints are pricey and slow, so whether you do it yourself or hire a company to do it for you, you will spend quite some money and time to obtain your prints. However, dye sublimation provides a quality that stands a fighting chance when compared to film photographs, especially when printed on high quality photo paper. This method uses heat to transfer the dyes onto the surface of the paper, and will allow every part of the image to completely permeate the surface.
When printing photography, you should aim to achieve the best quality images. Regardless of the price and time a dye sublimation printer will require, it is the best method available for this job.