Printers A Multitude of Models

Go into any computer or appliance store and you'll see color printers of all sizes, shapes, and prices from under $50 to over $2,500. All claim to output photos beautifully. What's more, all of them really can print pictures, though some better than others. The trick is to use the right printer for your needs, expectations, volume of prints, and of course, budget.

Printers fall into categories, based on the technology they employ and on how they will be used. In this section, we will cover the various technologies. Later in this chapter, we'll guide you through discerning how you will use your color printer which will, in turn, help you decide which kind you should consider buying.

The most commonly used technologies for printing photos include:

■ Silver halide

■ Thermal dye transfer

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