Making your own picture copies using a standard picture printer may seem like a great idea. You can print as many pictures as you want, when you want. However, when the numerous benefits of choosing professional picture printing are considered, the idea of printing pictures at your home or office seems almost pointless.
When customers choose a professional printing service they avoid the hassle of equipment issues or shopping for the right supplies. Although printing pictures from home may seem convenient, maintaining a proper ink and photo paper supply can be frustrating. Equipment failure is common in the home office setting as well. For example, the average portable picture printers must have the heads cleaned repeatedly before it can produce clear pictures. Likewise, it is very easy to run out of ink right in the middle of a printing job. However, when pictures are printed professionally, the equipment and inventory are maintained by the printing company.
Picture printing companies offer a wide range of photo sizes and finishes. Unlike a home office printer, professional photo shops are not plagued by printer capabilities or software compatibility issues. Likewise, home printers are limited in picture size. The average portable printer creates 4″ x 6″ pictures, while a photo shop can create pictures of any size or quality.
Another useful benefit of professional picture printing services is their quality guarantee. Most companies guarantee that every picture will be perfect, every time, or they will reprint them free of charge. Customers are never expected to pay for sloppy prints. However, if a bad batch of photos are printed at home, the customer is left with the expense of wasted paper and ink, not to mention sheer frustration over a print job gone wrong.
Perhaps one of the best, but often overlooked, benefits of using a photo printing company is the wide range of printing options. Home picture printers can do one thing… print average sized, mediocre quality pictures on average picture paper. A photo printing service, on the other hand, can print pictures in many unique ways. Your pictures can be displayed on a poster, in a book, on greeting cards, or on other exceptional photographic products. Some companies also offer picture printing onto coffee mugs, t-shirts, Christmas ornaments, and jewelry.
Today’s photo printing technology has made printing professional pictures at home a possibility. Yet, many people aren’t willing or able to invest the time or money necessary to successfully print their own pictures. Likewise, maintaining the equipment and buying picture printing supplies is inconvenient. As a result, photographers often take their photo printing jobs to a professional.