into or out of an image. There are many desktop publishing applications that
will allow you to use your images for designing brochures, ads, invitations,
catalogs, posters, greeting cards and presentations.
At home, dedicated photo printers and general-use inkjet printers do a
good job of printing digital photos. Use special photo paper for best results.
Also consider taking advantage of the professional printing quality of Costco’s
1-Hour Photo in two ways: Bring digital photos on a memory card, USB flash
drive or CD-R into any 1-Hour Photo to place an order through the digital
kiosk; or upload your digital photos via the Internet to the Photo Center on
costco.com, where you can perform simple image editing such as auto correct, fill flash or remove red eye. Prints ordered online can be picked up at
any 1-Hour Photo in the United States, or can be mailed directly to your home.
You probably won’t want to devote valuable hard-drive space to storing your
photos, and a hard-drive crash could lose everything. Burning images to disc is
a cost-effective storage option. (Costco’s 1-Hour Photo can copy images onto
a gold CD-R with proven archival storage longevity, preferred over the use of
regular silver CD-Rs, which could degrade in as few as two years.)
Most e-mail programs allow you to send images as file attachments. Photos
need to be formatted as a JPEG file to keep the size small for speedy transmission and downloading. The image-editing software
that comes bundled with your camera will guide
you through converting images into the
desired size and file type.—David Wight
See the glossary of digital
photography terms on page 116.