Since PhotoWeights appeared in Southern Living's August issue, we've received many questions about the best way to print photographs and artwork for use with our paperweight kits. Here are a few of my recommendations to achive stunning results with your inkjet printer.
I recommend HP Premium Plus Photo Paper in Soft Gloss (HP Product Q5450A). After using a variety of different brands and finishes, this paper is my absolute favorite. It's heavier than most photo papers and produces sharp, vibrant colors. It also has a beautiful, soft gloss finish with a slightly textured surface that resists sticking. Equally as important, it has superior fade resistance that's said to be twice as long as the leading competitive paper.
For most HP inkjets, go into your printer properties and click the "Paper/Quality" tab. Under paper options, select your paper type (example: HP Premium Plus Photo Paper). Under print quality select Maxium DPI or Best. These settings will typically provide sharp, high quality images.
You should always allow your printed images to dry completely prior to working on a project. If you don't have the time to let the image rest for 15-20 minutes, you can speed up the process with an embossing heat gun or a hair dryer.
If you have any questions regarding your particular project, I'm more than happy to help. Please post your comments and questions.