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The Types Of Paper That Work Best With Colored Inks

2010-07-12

So you have spent hours creating a wonderful image or design using your favorite computer program and you are now ready to print it in all its vibrant radiance. When you look at the finished product, your reds are browns, your yellows are gold and the image just looks dull. Worse still, printer ink has bled through to another sheet and feels 'heavy' to you. "Why is this happening?" you wonder out loud. The answer is that it may be the printing supplies you are using to print the color image.

Not all types of paper works well with color images from a printer and many computer users do not understand that premise. For many they automatically assume that the paper they put in will not alter or change their desired result. As you may have found out, that is simply not the case. 0So how do you get that masterpiece to look great on paper? You do so by selecting the right type of paper works best for your desired result. In the majority of cases, using a colored stock is not wise. Even the slightest tint in a paper will change the desired result. Keep at least two types of paper on hand as part of your printing supplies; 20 lb. bond paper (normally referred to as Xerox paper) and a 60 lb. premium paper. Both of these stocks should be bright white and not have any type of 'fancy' finish to them. If you do a lot of color graphs and charts, you will find that the 60 lb. stock is a little bit thicker and is not as prone to images bleeding through when printed. Inks bleed through a type of paper when ink coverage is heavy. For printing color images, whether that is illustrations or photographs, a package of photographic printing paper on hand is also a good idea to ensure great results.

Printing on colored stocks is risky unless you understand what printer inks work best with the paper selection. If you are unsure as to what will work best, save your work on a portable storage device and take it to a professional printing service. There they can tell you what papers will work best with what you have and they can print your work for you. It may not seem like a great idea at the time but if the job is not to your satisfaction, you did not waste your printing supplies trying to make it right.

Understanding which colored inks work best is not a complex issue. By sticking to a few afore mentioned suggestions, your printing jobs will come out looking professional each and every time.

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