Tricks for Printing Beautiful Frame-Worthy Photos at Home…

tricks for printing beautiful frame-worthy photos at home (The Creativity Exchange)

tricks to printing beautiful and frame-worthy photos at home {The Creativity Exchange}

tricks for printing beautiful frame-worthy photographs at home {The Creativity Exchange}


Hi friends and welcome to my newly redecorated blog!  I am so excited to get installed this morning after months of designing it with the awesome Lindsay Bolton from Chena Design.  A big thank you to my webmaster Tony Oravet from Evenpar Solutions for handling the install and all the technical stuff! I have worked with Lindsay and Tony for several years now and I really don’t know what I would do without them.  These two are the best there is when it comes to website design and support and I am so lucky to get to work with them.

My goal in the revamp is to really make it so much easier for you all to find past projects and categories.  I still have some tweaking to do but I really hope it’s more functional for you to find things.  I am so excited about the new colors and design and I hope you like it.

So on to today’s project;

This is another project from my stairwell/mudroom revamp that I shared last week:

Tricks for printing frame-worthy photographs at home {The Creativity Exchange}


Today I wanted to share my little tricks for printing gorgeous high quality photographs for framing at home. You guys are going to think I’m crazy but I prefer this finish and look over professionally printed photographs and I’ll go into why that is in a second. First, let me just show you a close up of my printed photos in frames:


tricks for printing beautiful frame-worthy photos at home (The Creativity Exchange)


Let me premiss this whole post by saying that if you have a printer that’s more than 5 years old, you will probably not get the beautiful quality that you see in my photos. You will still be able to do this but so much has changed quality-wise in printers, especially in the last 2-3 years that have really taken printing to the next level.  Anything more recent, you should be able to get this level of quality.

There’s actually two tricks that I do for printing this high quality print and the first thing I do is that I print my photographs on smooth white card stock without the linen/fiber lines.  Some white card stock has those fiber/linen lines and I use “smooth card stock” and should always say that on the package.  Since I print so many photographs this way, I buy in bulk with 250 pieces like this from Amazon:

Tricks for printing beautiful frame-worthy photographs on your own printer {The Creativity Exchange}



There is just something about printing photographs on white smooth card stock that’s like magic.  I have no clue why it is but the smooth card stock absorbs the ink in a really vibrant and beautiful way that looks it’s a professional art print.  Now, these are not glossy at all and are very matte, which is another reason why they look so professional on the card stock:

tricks to printing beautiful and frame-worthy photos at home {The Creativity Exchange}


I also print party invitations and free printables on smooth white card stock and they always look like I had them professionally done.

The last trick to printing is that most people don’t know it but when you hit print and the screen set up for printing pops up, you can actually go into advanced settings or printer preferences and change the printer default from “normal” to “best” quality.  All printers are defaulted to “normal” or everyday printing, which conserves the ink for you and uses just the minimum amount.  You will notice a tremendous difference in printing photos and printables if you switch it and choose “best” quality.  This way, you get the printer’s best capability and that extra ink!

If you do these two things, you will be so amazed by the end result and your prints will look amazing framed.  One last tip, I like to print either full-page or 8 x 10 size of my photos and then crop them with an oversized mat.  This also gives you a really pretty look and it looks so dramatic framed:

tricks for printing beautiful frame-worthy photographs at home {The Creativity Exchange}



Thanks for hanging out with me today and I hope you can use these little tricks.






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7 Responses to Tricks for Printing Beautiful Frame-Worthy Photos at Home…

  1. Patty Cody says:

    You made my day! I just painted my living room taupe and was planning on using photos in silver frames. Thanks for the printing tips. Love the narrow frames. Where can I get them?

    • Cyndy says:

      Thank you Patty! The pretty chrome frames came from Hobby Lobby. I think Michaels has the same ones as well. They are ready-made frames and I just get the mats cut at Hobby Lobby. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Mary says:

    I’ve always heard that photos printed on your printer will not last as long as ones that are processed professionally, do you find this to be the case?

    • Cyndy says:

      Oh I agree, I don’t think printing photos for long-term would hold up as well as photos processed professionally. This is really for framing in the short-term. Thanks Mary!

  3. Jena McMullen says:

    Hi Cyndy,

    What color paint is that, behind the photos?



  4. These are such great ideas! I want to try this at home.

    I am hosting a link party and would love for you to link up.

    Take care,

  5. just ordered that paper from amazon! Thx for the great tips!!

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