Should you print your photos on the lighter side? That is something you may be asking yourself, "why can't I just print my photos the same way as any other kind of prints?" First, the answer is a resounding YES! You can print your photos on the lighter side, if you follow the following steps.
The first thing you want to do is go to your printer's website and find out what their scale is. You want to go to their gloss setting so that you can see how they will print your photos on the lighter side. If you get a different setting that does not work for you then you will need to use the toner set method to create your print.
After you have the setting you want for your print, take a digital photo and place it in front of the toner set and the tone setting. You can use the paper shade to be sure that you are not seeing black and white or the ink. By changing the shade you will be able to see the quality of the image you want to print.
Make sure you do not print in color. That is why you need to switch the tone setting. The toner will not be able to handle any other colors that the machine has to choose.
After you have taken a photo with the paper shade correct, you should take a photo that is of a good resolution. You want to print the photo with the tone setting so that you are not printing in color. Take the photo you just took and turn it upside down. Using the paper shade you should see if the paper shade is not on the darker side of the lighter setting.
If you see a lighter shade on the opposite side, use the paper shade to be sure you arenot seeing a color on the photo. If you do not see a darker tone, then you can use the toner set method to print your photos on the lighter side. This process may require a whole set of images to be shot this way.
Print a test image that you have found online and have it printed on card stock. You should be able to tell what size it is using the shade you have chosen. Then print this image on card stock so that you can know the size you want your final product to be.
After you have your print made, it is time to bring it to your photo lab. At this point you can determine if you want to keep your original or replace it with a new one. This is the last step to making sure that you are printing on the lighter side.