Printer Tips

Paper Quality......

The paper you print on can make a real difference in how your output looks!
Using whiter, brighter paper makes the line and text graphics crisper and colours more vibrant. This is because the human visual system sees colours differently depending on the surrounding colours which for printing purposes is the paper colour. For inkjet printers the paper also determines how much of the ink is absorbed into the paper and whether it bleeds onto the surrounding area or stays in the spot where the ink hits the paper. So, it is recommended to stay away from cheaper copy paper and invest some time and perhaps experiment with other choices of quality paper.


Buying the Right Ink Cartridge for your needs.....

Did you know that most printer cartridges come in various sizes, a lot of printer models will have the option of buying a standard ink cartridge or a XL version. If you are printing a lot of documents often, then the recommendation would be to try the XL version, as generally the cartridge will print 2x or 3x more than the standard version. If you are someone who may only print something every few weeks or less, than it's best to stick with a standard cartridge rather than the XL version, as your cartridge may dry out, as most manufacturers recommend that you use a cartridge within 6 months or sooner after opening it.


Do You have a Laser Printer?

Turn on the Toner Save feature for your printer to save money, as most laser printers have this feature which will automatically reduce the amount of toner which is being used while still keeping a realistic quality output.


Using Draft mode on your printer.....

If you have an inkjet printer, you may be able to reduce the amount of ink it uses, when having to print out information that is every day to day printing that won't be seen by others or doesn't require a darker, bolder appearance. By switching your printer to "Draft mode" the printer passes over the area only once, but when in Normal or Best mode the printer will pass over the area a few times, which makes the print darker and more bolder on the paper therefore requiring more ink. Your printer is normally configured to Normal mode when you first set up your printer, so remember any printing that doesn't need that extra special touch switch to Draft mode and start saving!


Printing Monochrome documents as black and white only.

One of the annoying issues is trying to print a monochrome document when you're in a hurry and you have an error appear with the message, that the printer won't print because it's out of coloured ink. This would have to be one on the most frustrating're in a hurry and you only want to print in black and white and error you need to ...replace yellow cartritdge....Grrr.

So, before you'er about to throw the printer out the window, take a carefull look through the driver. Many printers, but unfortunaley not all printers, have an option to print using black only or some have an equivalent option to override the refusal to print.


How to reduce your printing costs?

Want to reduce your printing costs? I think most of us would say yes due to ink prices and would like to reduce the cost at the same time as making cartridges last longer!

There is a way....and you will not have to compromise the quality nor the performance of your printer.

You can cut the cost just by doing this one simple technique and that is to choose a different font when typing up something to print, this may sound strange but I will give you an example:
Have a look at the different fonts I used : 

Arial Black, agency FB, Arial, Calibri, Calibri Light, Impact, Time New Roman.

Open up a document and pull down the drop down menu of fonts and select the ones I did and type this onto the page. Can you tell which one would use the least amount of ink? Now take a careful look at the different fonts I used and quite easily you can see the difference the demand for ink to produce a particular letter font on the page.

Could you see which one would use the least amount of ink? And therefore save you money and increase the longevity of your printer cartridges.

Have a go yourself next time you need to print out a document, select the different font and size and happy savings $$.


How Page Yields are Measured?

The page yield is best described as the number of pages a printer can print from a single ink cartridge or toner cartridge and should be an important factor when deciding on which printer to purchase.
For people to be able to compare page yields between different printers and manufacturers, there needs to be an industry-wide testing methodology and this is where the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) was established, one way of measuring across brands for easy comparison. 
Manufacturers must now include this information in their user manuals when stating a page yield on their cartridges, as they are measured according to the ISO inkjet yield standards. e.g.(ISO/IEC 24711)


Preventative Maintenance. 

  1. it's always a good idea to conduct regular maintenance on your inkjet printer to prevent it from developing clogged printer heads.
  2. Many people have come to me because their printer wont print and the most common reason is that the print head has become blocked or dried out. This could be because the printer was left to stand with an empty cartridge, also the print head has become blocked due to the inactivity of printer usage for long periods of time. It's always recommended to print off one or two pages a week, instead of running a printer cleaning cycle on your printer as doing this will use a lot less ink. However, running the cleaning cycles on your printer should be done every few months, a bit like servicing your car, you're servicing your printer, to add many years of running life!
One final tip: Cover your printer when not in use to prevent dust/dirt and debris from clogging your print head.

Avoid Your Printer clogging when not in use:

 Print a nozzle check every 1 or 2 weeks to keep the ink wet in all the nozzles. It doesn't use much ink, and keeps your printer in perfect working order!


Avoid Printer firmware updates if wanting to use compatible or remanufactured cartridges:

When a printer manufacturer releases a firmware update, it is designed to fix a printer problem, but in most cases they are designed to disable the 3rd party chips used on remanufactured cartridges so your machine won't except these cartridges. If you're using a remanufactured cartridge and are having no issues with your printer, you may want to decline the firmware update if asked.
Some drivers are configured to automatically install updates
automatically without you being aware, make sure to change the
settings in your driver to always ask before performing any firmware updates.