If you are printing often, you are most likely familiar with the woes of expensive ink cartridges. Getting every color you need can easily add up to costing more than a brand new printer. There is no ink that lasts forever, but we would like to help you by giving some tips on how you can make the most out of your cartridges. Save a few bucks by following these quick and easy tips.
Lower the Resolution
If your printer is on the highest settings for print quality, it is using a ton of ink printing heavily on your jobs. If lowering the resolution doesn’t affect the end result too much, you can use less ink. Pick a lower quality setting or print as “Draft” or “Fast”. This also helps against smudging that may occur after the job is done since the ink isn’t applied so heavily.
Don’t Trust the Low-Ink Warnings
Depending on the printer, your cartridges can still have plenty of ink left when you get the infamous warning on your computer screen. Never throw out your cartridges when you see this message. Wait until your ink gives signs of being low with light printing jobs and a decrease in overall quality.
Many people aren’t aware of this, but if you are printing something in black and white, color ink could still be used. Printing in grayscale allows the printer to print only using the black ink cartridge. This not only saves on color ink, but uses less ink overall during the printing process! Color ink requires a mixture when creating black ink so this drains the cartridge extremely quickly. Just remember to set it back to color when you need to!
Shake it Up!
When cartridges sit idle for a while, ink can clump and get stuck to the walls. When you are running low or feel you haven’t printed in a long time, give the cartridges a quick and firm shake to loosen the ink.
Looking for some more tips on how to save money on your printing jobs? Check out this guide with other useful information on how you can save money on printing.