Maybe school teachers are just old fashioned. As a Mac system administrator for a school with hundreds of Macs and Windows PCs.
One question among many that teachers ask is, “How can I print better photos?” The answer is easier said than done because printing great photos has too many variables—photo, application, printer, ink, paper. Here’s a way to make printing better and easier.
Why Bother To Print Photos?
There’s always someone who asks that question, and usually in a sarcastic tone. Printing just isn’t what it used to be in the age of email, Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter with TwitPic.
Most of the photos most of us take simply shared with others, not printed.
Why not? Color printers are capable of excellent, photo studio printing quality. Maybe it’s cost. Ink costs money. Quality paper costs money. The settings on a Mac or PC to get super quality prints is a pain to figure out.
That’s why it’s important to use the KISS method. Keep it simple, sister.
Printing Photos With Frames
Apple’s iPhoto gives us a few options to print frames with our photos. Few, as in, not many. I came across a handy Mac application which does what you want with a photo. High quality prints. Great frames.
LightFrame is a photo framer app with a nearly infinite number of frame possibilities. Whatever photo or image you can get in OS X can work in LightFrame. Previews are real time. Frames are drop dead gorgeous, but range from plain to gaudy to stunning.
Controls are easy to use. It’s all drag and drop. The frame Library gives you thousands of choices, and your mix and match designs can be saved and reused.
Grab frame materials and textures. Mix with colors and types. Everything can be combined to create simple and elegant, or gaudy and ancient, or drop dead gorgeous.
LightFrame comes with a number of built-in frame types. You can vary the size and background material, as well as change the borders. Frames can be selected or created.
Materials range from solid colors to textures to gradients and shaders. Create custom frames that emulate the art of centuries ago, or the modern designs of today.
You create the styles mixing and matching. Change the border width to match the design.
The Library features presets and textures for borders, brush strokes, and a number of vector-based objects (which can scale to any size). Within minutes after dropping in your first photo you create, select and preview dozens of attractive (and some not so attractive) photo frames.
What’s next? Printing. Quality ink on a modern printer can provide excellent printed photo results—some that are so good it’s difficult to tell a printed frame from a real frame, so there’s the value of LightFrame.
What LightFrame doesn’t do is give instructions or presets on which printing options (and paper) which make for the best looking printed frames. Depending on your printer, the options can be overwhelming, and the cost per print surprisingly high (or low) and with mediocre (or excellent) results.