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10 Printable Photo Collage Ideas

Have you come across some old pictures and are thinking, “Where have they been all along?”

Making a photo collage is one way to put all your favorite old photos together for easier viewing. It is also a way to tell a great story. You have been on a superb to Fiji and want to
claim your bragging rights? Showcase all those beach shots in one group and post on them on your Instagram for your 15 minutes of fame.

Making photo collages with smartphone and desktop apps is even easier and more fun. You can apply filters, text overlays and much more. Post them on social media or better yet print them and hang them on the wall for your guests to admire.

Here are some printable photo collage ideas to try out:

Your life events

Tell a visual story with all your favorite photos at different important dates in your life; your first day as a gap-toothed little kid in elementary school, your high school graduation, first day in college, your first couple photo, and any other important dates.

The Family Collage

Who can make your days brighter better than family? Go through your family photos and pick the best. They could be photos of the family as a group or solo pics. Life event photos make for great memories; your little brother graduating from high school, your sister’s wedding, your parents’ 25th anniversary.

You and friends collage

Make this photo collage and you will be pleasantly surprised at the fond memories it can trigger. You will always smile when you see the different people who have come in and gone out of your life at different times.

Travel photo collage

A travel collage can be made with photos from one destination like a getaway to Hawaii, or they can be made from photos in your life’s travels.

Favorite personal items collage

What are your favorite everyday items? Got a beautiful watch, or backpack? Take photos with your smartphone and apply color filters to make them look different. A sepia filter would make curious photos.

Favorite spots collage

What are your favorite places where you live? Take photos of places you frequent every day like the coffee house, library, workplace and your favorite club.

Food Collage

Make a tasty collage with photos of your favorite dishes and drinks.

Hobby collage

Do you like collecting stamps? What better way to celebrate the objects of your desire than great photos of your collection?

Random events collage

What unexpected places and events have you been to? Maybe there was that wedding you attended where you did not even know the wedding couple. Show your spontaneous side.

Fashion collage

Which memorable days were you in killer outfits? Show off your great sense of fashion. Do you have favorite photos that you would like to show off?

What You Need To Know About Digital Printing

Personal computers in small offices and homes necessitated a printing method that could be done directly from these devices. Digital printing has become the preferred (perhaps the only
remaining) method for printing office documents for different purposes. Unlike other printing
techniques that require preparing plates, screens and other aids, digital printing allows quick
editing and printing of what is on an electronic device. Modern printers can even print
directly from USB flash sticks without a PC.

What is digital printing?

Simply put, digital printing is where the image is transferred directly to the printing surface.
This can be paper, plastic, fabric, glass and even ceramic. This is unlike traditional printing
which required preparing a plate or stencil.
Digital printing is usually preferred for paper sizes up to A3. This is because, in large sizes, it
becomes fairly expensive eroding the gains of the faster printing times.
There are two main types of digital printing
• Inkjet printing – A nozzle sprays ink onto the printing surface
• Laser printing – A laser negatively charges a drum which then attracts toner on the
charged parts

Digital printing has some defining characteristics:

• Sheet size – Most digital presses will be able to print up to A3. The Xerox Igen is one of
the few printers that can take larger sizes than this, at 660 x 430 mm sizes.
• Paper – Different paper brings out print differently because of the different water content
and surface texture. The paper that brings out photos well, works out differently for text.
• Printing quality – Digital printing works best for grayscale, black and white text and
graphics. Large images in solid color do not come out very well in digital printing especially
when done on plain paper as they come out over-saturated.
• Finishing – Some types of finishing are tricky to do in digital printing. Laminates and
foils, for example, do not adhere very well to the toner.

What are the advantages of digital printing?

• Fast – Print-on- demand jobs are fast to do. Small runs are easy to prepare and economical.
• Cheaper – Digital printing is cheaper for home and offices printing as there are no plates
or stencils to prepare.
• Easy to operate – Digital printing is easy to set up as many digital printers are plug-n- play.
WYSIWYG editing also makes it easy to make changes to printing jobs quickly, or have
different variations in a short time.

There is no file preparation as printing can be done from different graphics design, word
processing, and document viewing programs.

What type of printing do you do, and what printer kind of do you own?

How Printers Evolved Over the Years

Printing technology is perhaps as old as the written word. As early as 3000 BC, the Egyptians
were using rounded seals to make impressions for royal seals albeit in Heliographs. Since
then printing technology has appeared in different forms, but some trends have been
consistent; printers have become smaller, faster and able to do more than simply printing.

Printing presses

The Gutenberg printing press was the first to enable mass printing back in the 1400s. The ink
was manually applied to text blocks which made impressions on paper. The impression
blocks were manually replaced for each page. This was incredibly slow. The steam revolution
introduced steam-powered printing presses that were first automated in 1914 that could only
print a few hundred pages per hour.

Screen printing

This technique started being widely used in 1910. Screen printing enabled printing multi-
color fabrics. It uses a squeegee to spread ink over a stencil which lets ink through open
spaces on the screen. Screen printing is still widely used in the developing world.

Spirit duplication (1923)

This technique used two sheets of paper. Impressions were done on the top paper while the
bottom paper was waxed. The pressure was applied to the top paper which made impressions
on the bottom paper.

Dot matrix printer (1925)

The dot matrix printer was popular for small and home offices up to the 1990s. This printer
uses a printing head to strike an ink ribbon against the paper. The dot matrix allowed
different fonts and graphics to be produced.

Xeroxing (photocopy) (1938)

This technology was originally called Xeroxing from the company that patented it. The
technology involves sensitizing paper parts using electric static. Dye is then sprayed and
bonds on these sensitized parts. Photocopying technology is still the preferred method for
hardcopy mass duplication.

Inkjet printing (1951)

A commercial inkjet printer appeared on the market in 1951. However, inkjet printers were
able to print from PCs in the 1970s. An inkjet printer uses a nozzle to spray ink on the paper.
Improved nozzle and inks have made inkjets the preferred printers for high-quality images
including glossy photos.

Laser printing (1969)

Laser printing is preferred for printing high volumes fast. This technology uses a laser beam
to sensitize parts on a drum. These sensitized parts then attract toner and transfer it to paper.

Digital printing (1991)

This technology allows printing directly from PCs and other devices. Letters and images are
digitized, and this image used to control the way toner or ink is deposited.

3D printing

Although the first 3D printer was patented in 1981, this technology has been refined in the
2010s. A 3D printer adds layers of printable material onto a surface to make a 3D object.

What kind of printer do you own, and why do you prefer it?

Printers To Look Forward In 2018

Cloud documents may be the future, but paper printing is still very much a necessity in offices and homes. There is still a very big crowd who feel better signing on the dotted line on hardcopy. Printers have become better and 2018 is bound to see printer technology get even better. All-in-one printers have become the top pick for many people for their versatility, and have become cheaper. Printer prices have gradually come down and this trend is expected to hold. What printers are expected to be favorites in 2018?

Epson Expression XP-640- Best for photos

The 640 is an inkjet that can print high gloss photos as well as scan and copy typical documents. It comes with 5 cartridges holding yellow, cyan, magenta, black dye and black pigment. The 640 will print well-saturated photos on both plain and glossy paper. The printing speeds for photos are also impressive at almost twice those of other inkjets.

Canon Imageclass MF217W- Best laser printer

Few printers can match the budget advantages of this printer. It is suitable for small and medium business offices with relatively high volumes to print. It is monochrome, which is good enough for business documents. Both scan and print speeds are impressive. It will connect over wifi, USB, Ethernet and Bluetooth.

Brother MFC-J985DW- Best volume printer

For an office with high volumes to print, the 985 offers both grayscale and color printing at impressive budgets. This inkjet will easily print 2.400 pages of black and white from a single black cartridge, and 1,200 color pages from the 3 color cartridges. It has an added fax feature on top of the copy, scan and print functions. It will connect to Bluetooth, wifi, LAN, and NFC (Near Field Communication) gadgets.

HP Envy 4520- Best for home office

The 4520 is versatile enough for any home printing needs. This inkjet comes with a 2-inch LCD panel for easy operation and will print directly from a USB flash stick. It prints both color and black and white at impressive speeds. The Insta Ink feature allows up to 50% saving when printing black and white.

Epson WF-2760- Best priced inkjet

While there are cheaper inkjets than the 2760, it offers duplex printing and automatic paper feeding, which are not seen in the competition at that price. The low price is offered without affecting print quality as the 2760 will print high-quality color and black and white documents. It will connect to LAN, Bluetooth, and USB.

What are your printing needs and which printer would you pick from the above choices?