1 Key Tip for PRINTING Photos at Home or at a Lab (VIDEO)

Most photographers love printing their best work, especially this time of year when a beautiful framed photo makes a great holiday gift for family and friends. It’s also a great idea to decorate your home or office with images you love.

The video below provides some great advice in less than three minutes to make sure you prepare photos properly for the best possible prints. In this episode from image-editing expert Anthony Morganti you’ll learn what he says is “one little itty bitty thing you should do before you print photos yourself or send them off to a lab.”

The impetus for this tutorial was Morganti forgetting to heed his own advice before ordering a few prints. Because he neglected the trick discussed here, the prints he received failed to meet expectations. So pay close attention and you won’t make the same mistake yourself.

The image in question is a 16x20 print of a pretty seascape scene made with an iPhone. As you’ll see when Morganti zooms in on the photo, there’s a few distracting artifacts that at first appear to be dust or dirt spots. But as Morganti explains, these offending specks are actually small birds in the distance.

So here's Morganti’s simple printing suggestion, of particular importance to landscape photographers, “Go through your images very carefully and look for birds that are way off in the distance, and get rid of them. Otherwise they’ll appear as little blobs on your prints and look ridiculous.”

The first step is a no-brainer: simply zoom in tight on your image, drag it around, and look closely for distant birds (or any other distracting spots), taking note of where they appear. The next step is banishing these unwanted artifacts, and that’s just about as easy.

The fix involves employing one of Photoshop’s Healing tools to get the job done. Morganti walks you through the step-by-by-step process using the Content Aware tool. Now all he has to do is to make a new print for his office.

You can find more quick tips and tricks on Morganti’s instructional YouTube channel, so be sure to pay a visit.

And don’t miss the tutorial we posted from another image-editing expert recently, explaining how to use a “hidden” Lightroom slider for photos with perfect color.