How to Collect Fingerprints, Handprints or Footprints | How to Submit Your Prints
There are several ways to collect prints. You may use a digital fingerprint scanner, ink pad on white paper or take a high resolution digital photo of a print from a birth certificate or other identification that uses fingerprint or footprints.
Ink pad and plain white paper. Black ink works best. Select the area of the finger that is the most interesting (any print will work, it doesn't have to be a thumbprint). It is generally the area on the pad of the thumb where the ridges swirl. Ink this area. Practice taking prints on blank white paper- lightly touch the inked surface twice and then press onto paper. Use more of a tapping motion than a rolling one.
For handprints or footprints, ink and tap onto white paper.
Take a high resolution digital photo of the best print. For best results, make sure there is good lighting and sharp focus.