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Printer Saving Strategies for Brighter Pictures

2010-06-07

Often, businesses will find themselves at a loss for how to control their printer ink budget. Even with the reusable cartridges, or other options to find the cheapest cartridges on the market, companies can find themselves with ever-increasing ink costs. Many businesses will assume that the fault lies in the printers themselves or the cheap ink they have been purchasing, and might change their entire printer lineup or ink suppliers several times before realizing that it is not making much, if any, difference in the amount of ink being consumed. In many cases, the fault lays not in what is doing the printing, but how it is being printed. Improperly set printers or using the wrong kind of paper and ink can result in washed-out or unreadable documents, which leads to paper waste. This ink-covered paper being thrown away can quickly add up.

One of the biggest printing issues facing companies who use reusable cartridges is that of bright colors on any documents that require photographs, charts, or graphs. Often, the way in which these images are printed leaves them looking nothing like the screen they came off of, with the colors dull and lifeless and the text often blurred or unreadable. Many users will simply increase the quality of the print being created under the general settings of the printer, or attempt to increase the amount of ink being used in an attempt to secure brighter colors. These techniques often result in a net ink loss rather than a brightness gain, as the extra ink and higher quality do little to increase the brightness of a picture or image.

Part of the problem lies in the fact that a monitor can display images in far more vibrant color than a page can ever hope to match. Ink, from the most expensive OEM to the cheapest cartridges, will have a hard time matching the images created on a screen in terms of color brightness and clarity. There are a few things that can be done, however, to increase both brightness and sharpness. The first is to buy the proper paper. Photos should use photo paper, and the glossy print setting. As well, the brightness of the paper itself needs to be considered. Papers with higher brightness ratings will be more expensive, but will produce more vibrant images. As well, the color management setting of the printer needs to be tweaked to conform to the style of printing being done. By taking the focus off of the ink itself and making sure that all of the parts of the printer are working together as intended, a company can produce both brighter pictures and save money.

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