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Your Quick Guide On Choosing the Right Printing Paper For Your Project

So you have a project that you need to print. Awesome! All you need to do now is to find the right paper. You hurriedly go to the shopping mall and search through piles of paper and – found it! You pay at the cashier and go straight home. You insert the paper and ready the printer, making sure that all settings are correct.

Then, you hit the PRINT button. Finally, here comes your perfect project!

…But wait. How come it doesn’t look as grand as what you were expecting it to be?

Now, if your project is of utmost importance, a “printing paper disaster” like this might require another trip to the mall. Choosing the right printing paper for your project is more complex than what many believe. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Knowing how to choose the right printing paper for your project will not only maximize your resources but also guarantee an output that is of best quality.

Choosing the right printing paper for your project maximizes your resources. If you are unsure about the kind of paper that you need, you might end up buying several packs of paper, printing your project on each paper, and choosing the one to your liking while disposing the rest. That’s a huge amount of paper, toner or ink, time, effort, and money down the drain! Here are four paper basics that will guide you in this step.

4 Paper Basics That You Need To Know

1 – Weight

GsM (grams per square meter) refers to the thickness and sturdiness of a paper. The higher the number, the thicker or sturdier the paper.

  • Copy paper – 75 gsm
  • Business letterhead – 90 gsm
  • Resumes, flyers, and business graphics – 120 gsm
  • Photographs – 120 gsm up to 300 gsm and over
  • Sticky labels – 150 gsm (total sheet weight)
  • Brochures, postcards, menus, and posters – 175 gsm
  • Business cards – 215 gsm

Source: Flickr/shutterblog | Using the right weight will make your project best serve its purpose.

Gsm is usually printed on the package, but sometimes “lbs” or “substance” are used instead. You can search the Internet for the right conversion or ask a staff to help you.

2 – Brightness

Source: Hollandlitho.com | The color image appears duller as the paper brightness lowers.

Brightness refers to the paper’s ability to reflect light. The same printed image will appear vibrant on a paper with high brightness but dull on a paper with low brightness. For commercial use, 80 is lowest and 100 highest. The higher the number, the better the paper.

3 – Texture

Source: Breathingcolor.com | Theater of the Desert – the Amargosa Opera House. Renee M. Besta advises that this image is best printed on a smooth paper. A textured paper will compete with the intricate details of the wall murals.

Texture refers to the smoothness of the paper, both visual and tactile. A paper can be smooth or textured. It can also be uncoated or coated, which has a glossy, dull, or matte finish. Coated and smooth paper is best for high-quality images, and uncoated and textured paper is best for softer image.

4 – Opacity

A paper’s opacity determines the amount of light that can pass through it. It can have a low, medium, or high opacity. The higher the opacity, the less translucent the paper.

Having the ability to choose the right printing paper for your project also guarantees an output that is of best quality. Therefore, it is important to know which paper to choose for everyday use and for special occasions.

Choosing the Right Paper for Everyday Use

Copy paper, also called a multi-purpose paper, is your best option for this purpose. It is the cheapest and most accessible paper. It also works well in a laser printer (waterproof) and an inkjet printer (water-based).

Source: Coloring.ws | Keep your little ones busy while teaching them colors at the same time! More FREE and printable coloring pages are available on Coloring.Ws from DLTK’s.

A typical copy paper is 75 gsm and has brightness as low as 80. Furthermore, this paper is somewhat translucent and uncoated. It can be used for printing coloring pages for your kids, daily homework for school, and daily reports in the office. Depending on the use, you can even print on both sides of the paper.

Choosing The Right Paper For Special Occasions

It is important to remember that a specific project requires a specific paper. Aside from the mentioned weights, a paper used for special occasions usually has a brightness ranging from 90-100. Coated paper is also highly advised, except for letterheads.

Opacity will vary depending on the purpose. For example, translucent papers are preferred in printing certificates. Moreover, an inkjet paper or a laser paper is also preferred. Inkjet paper is designed for sprayed-on inks. On the other hand, laser paper is designed to attract dry powder. Therefore, an inkjet paper must be used in an inkjet printer, while a laser paper must be used in a laser printer.

Source: Paperbecause.com | Indeed, “Memories are more fond on paper.”

Being able to choose the right printing paper for your project maximizes your resources and guarantees best output quality. As long as you know the paper basics and which paper to choose for daily use and for special occasions, rest assured that you will find making your project all the more enjoyable!

Spring Cleaning Tips and Free Printables for the Entire Family

Spring symbolizes a new beginning.  It marks the awakening of mother nature from its deep slumber during Winter.  The season is also widely packed with activities and events like spring break, Easter, and for moms – Spring Cleaning!

In our previous blog post, we shared some wonderful printer storage ideas to kick off the spring cleaning fever and help you start organizing your home or office.  But spring cleaning isn’t only for mom’s or homemakers!  It is a wonderful bonding opportunity for the entire family.

Here are some Spring Cleaning Activities that you can do with the family.  Oh, and it comes with some fun free spring cleaning printables, too!

Free De-Clutter Printables

Where should you start?  Spring cleaning can feel quite overwhelming, especially when you start surveying all the rooms and things that you need to start organizing.

Before you can begin organizing and cleaning your home, you first need to get rid of all the clutter!  We’re talking about all the items that can either be thrown away or stored.

Source: SunnyDayFamily.com | Not sure about where to start? This Decluttering Checklist will surely point you in the right direction.

Laura of the Sunny Day Family recommends 75 things to Throw Away, which she put together in this FREE printable checklist.  The list is made up of things that are taking up space, crowding your closets, and adding to the disorganization of your household.

Photo courtesy of Home Storage Solutions 101

But not everything is meant to be thrown away.  The folks from Home Storage Solutions 101 recommend that you have 6 piles when decluttering your home:

  1. Keep in Room
  2. Put Away in Another Room
  3. Donate or Give Away
  4. Sell
  5. Trash
  6. Recycle or Repurpose

This Simple Declutter Formula is something that you should do in each room to make sure that you have everything covered by the end of your decluttering activities.

Free Printable Labels for Organizing

After you’re done with your decluttering activities, it’s now time for you to start organizing all the items that were not donated, given away, sold, or thrown away.  You can keep them in wicker baskets, boxes, or in the recycled or repurposed items that you have kept from your declutter pile.  Pinterest has loads of creative storage ideas that you can start with.

Image Source: Abby of Just a Girl and Her Blog

Abby of Just a Girl and Her Blog recommends having a contents list, which you can stick onto the inside of the box lid or on the box itself, so it’s easier for you to retrieve items from storage.

Source: A Cultivated Nest

Labels are a very important part of organizing.  The good news is that there are also a lot of fun free printable labels to choose from online!  Just like these 15 Free Printable Labels by Manuela Williams of A Cultivated Nest.

You can use them as tags on wicker baskets, sticker labels on glass containers and apply them wherever you see fit.

Kids Printable Cleaning Checklist

Many adults struggle with “adulting”, because they grew up without much exposure to household chores.  Teach your kids to get organized while they are young by including them in your cleaning activities.

Photo courtesy of Katie Berry of the House Wife How-To’s

Most parents don’t engage their kids with any cleaning activity, because they’re afraid that it will only start an argument or, for younger kids, it may lengthen the cleaning process and you just want to get it over and done with as soon as possible.

Katie Berry of House Wife How-To’s says that “A cleaning checklist for kids rooms empowers your children to take responsibility for their space while helping them learn important life skills.”  She shares that most of the headaches that arose from asking her kids to clean their room were simply because they didn’t know how to do it right.  She shares this free printable cleaning checklist on her blog to help parents in making cleaning a fun activity for everyone!

Spring Cleaning Jobs for Kids courtesy of Jacquie Fisher from KCEdventures.com

Jacquie Fisher also believes that kids NEED to learn how to do age-appropriate chores while they grow up.  She recommends giving the kids their own cleaning tools (kid size, of course!) to help them get enthusiastic about their chores.  She shares this free printable checklist with age-appropriate spring cleaning jobs that kids can help with.

Engage Your Husband in All the Spring Cleaning Fun

Ladies, it’s time to face the facts (if you haven’t realized this already) that your husbands will not be as excited with spring cleaning as you are.  The good news is that there are a lot of activities that they can help out with, which will make spring cleaning fun for them as well.

The tool shed or garage is your husbands’ domain.  So, it’s important to tell them about what you’re planning to do to re-organize it before you start doing anything.  We recommend that you appeal to the handyman in your husband and show them these 21 Brilliant Garage Organizing Ideas by the LighterSide of Real Estate.  Remember – it’s a partnership, so plan out your organizing activity together to make it fun for the two of you.

Spring Cleaning is a great opportunity to get everybody in your home organized.  It also provides a great bonding opportunity for you and your family.  We hope that these free printables and tips will help you in making the most out of this year’s spring cleaning experience!

Tidy Up for Spring with these Cool Printer Storage Ideas

What better way to welcome the season of life than through the age-old tradition of spring cleaning?

In our previous blog post, Organize Your Life this 2017 with these FREE printables, we talked about making room in your life for all the blessings and opportunities that you want to receive this 2017.  If you haven’t had the chance to do so, then spring time is the perfect opportunity for you to conduct a thorough cleaning of your home or office.

Let’s start with your trust old printer

It can be difficult to find the perfect spot to store your printer.  It’s big and bulky, so it usually stands out and ends up being an eyesore in your home or office layout.

But finding the right place for your printer isn’t just a matter of aesthetics.  Proper printer storage is one way of taking care of your printer, so it can continue to run on optimal performance.  This will also help you save on repair or replacement costs in the future.

Our team has put together these cool printer storage ideas that can help you protect your printing device, while keeping your home or office space stylish and tidy.

Wicker Basket Hidden Printer Storage

This cool printer storage idea from DIY Playbook will allow you to hide your printer in a way that it blends in your room or office design.

You can store your printer in a wicker basket to keep it safe from dirt and other contaminants, while allowing it to fit into your furniture and overall room design.

Cut a window for the area where the paper comes out, so you won’t need to worry about taking it out of the box whenever you need to use your printer.  DIY Playbook has a set of instructions to help you in completing this cool storage idea for your printer.

Printer Rolling Cart

Turn old furniture into your very own printer rolling cart with these instructions from DIYProjects.com

Who says that you need to keep your printer in just one place?  This neat printer storage idea allows you to move your printer wherever it is needed for easier access and improve your productivity.

The lower layers of the cart can easily hold other print supplies, such as paper, paper clips and folders for quick access.  This will allow you to move your printer from the office to your living area or wherever you and your children are working on your art activities.

You don’t even have to buy a new cart to make this happen. This neat idea from DIY projects allows you to convert old furniture – such as a bedside table – into your very own printer rolling cart.  You can also use kitchen serving trolleys and it will produce the same results.

Hidden Printer Cabinet Crate

Safely store your printer in these re-used wooden crates through this creative idea from TheRefurbishedHome.com

We love this printer storage idea because it’s DIY and it allows you to recycle simple materials.  This makes it cost-efficient and rather genius, really!

These custom printer cabinet crates from TheRefurbishedHome.com will allow you to neatly hide away your printer and keep it mobile by adding rollers at the bottom.  It also adds a bit of a shabby chic feel to any room or office, don’t you think?

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There are so many other printer storage ideas that have been shared with us by our users and which we have found online, but we had to limit this blog post to our 3 favorite storage ideas for now.  Follow us on Pinterest for more cool printer storage ideas.

But don’t limit your imagination and creativity with these ideas alone.  Whatever you do, just have fun with it and don’t be afraid to add your personal touch. It’s always nice to keep things fresh and try something new.  And while you’re at it, invite a few friends to come over to help and you can do the same for them, too! Now, spring up from that bed and get started! Happy spring cleaning!

Love Your Printer: Easy Printer Care Tips

Many people pay attention to their printers only when the ink has run out or if it refuses to cooperate with their printing activities.  They are either too busy, lack the technical knowledge, or simply feel that it’s not that important to check on their printer regularly.

In fact, when people hear or see the term “Printer Maintenance”, you quickly see their eyes dull and you know that you’ve lost their attention completely.  Hey, we can’t blame you!  It does seem like a very technical and time-consuming thing to do.

Before we lose your attention completely, here are some simple ways you can ensure that your printer is working on optimal performance.  These are things you can do while printing, so you won’t even have to spend that much time on them!

It’s not difficult to keep your printer in top shape. You just need to know what to do!

Update Your Printing Software Regularly

See that notification on your printer asking you to check for updates?  Don’t ignore it.  After all, it’s not going to take too much of your time for your machine to connect to the internet to see if there are any new drivers or software that it needs to run on optimal performance.

Clear Paper Jams – the RIGHT way!

What is the most common problem that you’ll encounter with your printer?  Paper jams.  Yes, it’s those moments when you are in a tug-of-war battle with your printer over a piece of paper.

But your printer is not your enemy, so there’s no point in forcibly yanking that piece of paper from it.  This will only cause you more harm than good and we’re not just talking about your printer, but for you and your budget, too, because this can cause serious damage to your printing device.

ComputerHope.com advises that you need to first remove any loose paper from the loading tray.  Pressing the resume button is always a good idea, since most printers are equipped to eject the jammed paper on its own.

If this doesn’t work, it means that you need to help your printer out.  Start by removing the stuck paper, one sheet at a time.  Once the paper jam is cleared, you’ll need to check if the printer carriage can move freely.

If you are unable to resolve the paper jam from the loading tray, this means that you may need to clear it from the rear of the printer.  You will find some additional steps on how to clear a paper jam the right way in our blog on the 50 Common Printer Problems and How to Fix Them.

Clean It!

Just like your body, your printer also needs regular cleaning to keep it in tip-top shape.  Clean the exterior (or outside) of your printer at least once a week with a damp cloth just to wipe away dust, dirt and other contaminants.

While you’re at it, open the hatch and remove the toner cartridge to clean the gears and rollers.  If this is too complicated for you, use a small vacuum cleaner to remove the dirt and dust from inside with ease.

Store it Well

The location of your printer is important for its performance.  And we’re not just talking about the aesthetics and how it contributes to the overall design of your home office area.  Your printer should be protected from excessive heat or moisture, just like other electronics do.

Make sure that your printer is stored in a stable area to avoid it from falling over.  Make sure to cover it to protect it from dust and other contaminants, along with direct sunlight or moisture.

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See? That wasn’t too difficult, was it?

Proper printer maintenance can be achieved if you maintain cleanliness and care when you use it.  These are simple reminders that we have been taught since we were children, so it isn’t rocket science.  The most important thing is that you are mindful with your printer usage and that you take care of your household devices and technology at all times.

Share Your Love for Mother Nature through these Sustainable Printing Tips

In a constant world of change, we strive to adapt to what we need. Manufacturers and big companies, even starting companies always come up with products and ideas to make life easier.  While this adds convenience to our ever day lives, we all know that through these “upgrades” come at a high cost to mother nature.

The most appropriate example is our printing breakthroughs. We become content with the convenience that they bring that we constantly forget to go green.

Presently, printing companies are making it a point to go green. Green printing technology is now on the rise. Here are just a few of the sustainable printing breakthroughs that we have experienced over the past years:

  • Green inks and papers
    These are inks and papers that are made with non-hazardous and mother nature-friendly materials.
  • Printers that are energy efficient – These printers use less energy and emits lesser carbon footprints.
  • Techniques that are carbon neutral – Even green inks, papers and printers still have carbon footprints, these techniques are meant to neutralize and lessen it.

Source: Flickr/innovate360 | There are many ways that you can practice sustainable printing! Start by recycling your ink and toner cartridges.

These companies have done their parts, now it’s our turn.  Ask yourself, what can you do to help mother nature?

Here are some sustainable printing tips that can get you started:

  1. Ask if you need to print
    Before printing, ask yourself whether what you are printing really needs to be printed.  Can it just be sent electronically to people who needs to see it? If so, don’t print it anymore.
  1. Maximize pages
    If you are printing a long document, you don’t have to print the document as it is, especially if you are just going to review the content. You can print in small readable fonts, lessen the margins and make sure you are maximizing the page.
  1. Use two sides
    If you are only printing a draft version, you can use double side printing, or you can print on the back side of the past drafts you printed.  This will easily cut your paper use in half.
  1. Print in draft mode
    Again, if this is just a draft, you can select “draft mode” or “fast draft” in your printer, this will use less ink and will print faster.
  1. Save paper
    Once you print anything, and the back part of the paper is not yet used, save it!

    Stack all the “once used” papers. When you need to print another draft, you can use these papers instead of new ones.

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These sustainable printing tips are just a few of the things that you can do to step up.

We all need to protect mother nature because it is us who benefits from the resources and beauty we get from her. Let’s all do our part and step up to show more love for mother nature.

3 Reasons Why You Should Print Photos in the Digital Age

Why print photos?  Do people still print photos?  No one prints photos anymore.

These are some of the recommended search terms that came up on Google while I was doing my research on this topic.  For someone who grew up in the age of analog photography, printing pictures is not at all uncommon to me.  In fact, it is something that I think that more people should do.  But we want to give you, our readers, an objective perspective on the topic of printing pictures in the digital age.

Source: Google Images | Gone are the days of good old analog photography, when you needed to keep several rolls of film on standby just to capture the perfect photo.

Here are 3 reasons why you should print your pictures to preserve them:

The Threat of Digital Data Loss

A large majority of our pictures and files that we have are now stored in computers or uploaded unto the cloud.  Facebook, Instagram, and many other applications have made it very simple to take a picture from our mobile devices which will be uploaded instantly on their platform.  The ease by which pictures are taken, stored and shared have made us rely heavily on these platforms to preserve our precious memories.

Vint Cerf, one of the fathers of the internet, advised internet users to begin preserving digital data, such as photographs, or risk losing them forever.  “We stand to lose a lot of our history. If you think about the quantity of documentation from our daily lives which is captured in digital form, like our interactions by email, people’s tweets, all of the World Wide Web, then if you wanted to see what was on the web in 1994 you’d have trouble doing that. A lot of the stuff disappears,” he warned.

The internet is not the only problem.  Computers and hard drives crash all the time.  Smart phones and tablets get lost or destroyed.  “Digital files can never be as secure as something you can hold,” shares one user on Quora.

Lost to the Digital Graveyard

I came across several blogs and articles that talked about how the pictures get buried in the digital graveyard.  The words “buried” and “digital graveyard” were a resounding buzz word in these articles that date back to 2013.

It’s so easy to take and store photos these days that we can generate hundreds of pictures in one day alone.  But what happens after?  What happens after you’ve taken the picture?  Do you upload them to a social media platform?  Do you keep them locked away in your hard drive?  Will you look at those pictures again after a month?

To be perfectly honest, I have so many pictures stored in my computer that I haven’t looked at for a long time.  And even if I do want to look through them, there are now thousands of them so just the thought of going through all those photos is already quite exhausting.

In the days of photographic film, you had to choose the perfect shot otherwise you’d lose that moment forever.  You would invest a lot of care and thought for each photograph, because you had a limited amount of film.  Since it’s now so easy to take pictures, even the most random and irrelevant things get photographed.  Can you just imagine printing a roll of film filled with just your selfies and laying those pictures out on a photo album?  These “fluff” pictures take up a lot of your space and bury the most important pictures in your digital vault.  And the reality is that you never get to look at them anymore.

Print has an “actual” presence

Printing gives life to your pictures.  It’s hard to ignore a picture when it’s mounted on your wall or if it’s in a frame at your desk.  The memory stored in the picture adds character to wherever you put it, which is why many DIY home design articles include personalizing your home by framing your pictures and displaying them in different rooms.

Printed photos are inspiring.  In one of our recent blog posts, we talked about printing inspirational quotes and displaying them in areas of your home where it’s easy to view to give you a daily dose of inspiration.  Photographs have the same – if not better – effect.  Seeing the smiles on the faces of loved ones or having a visual reminder of that one specific memory is heartwarming and inspiring.

Source: Paulding County Area Foundation | Print your pictures and display them at home or at the office to keep you inspired.

You don’t need to print ALL of your pictures.  Just print the ones that you want to preserve and enjoy for a long time.  There are definitely a lot of benefits to print your pictures.  The ones that I have highlighted are just 3 of those that we have stumbled upon on the internet.  But they are also my personal reasons why I like printing my pictures.

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Printing Tips to Increase Your Productivity

It’s been 17 days since the start of the new year.  We’re sure that you’re still filled with energy and eager to fulfill all your new year’s goals and plans.  We can’t blame you.  We’re as excited about 2017 as you are!

In our previous blog posts, we featured free printables that would help you organize your life and motivate you throughout 2017.  Now, we’ll focus on helping you increase productivity at home or work by improving the efficiency through these printing tips.

Printing Productivity

If you have a long list of goals that you want to achieve for yourself, then, you need to start focusing on how much effort you are exerting on each task or endeavor.  That’s what productivity is all about.  If you are spending too long on a task or goal and you’re not delivering the ideal output for a certain amount of time, then, you need to stop and rethink your actions.

Your productivity is usually affected by the little details that you don’t pay too much attention to like the amount of ink on your printer or if you have enough paper.  Although these may seem like simple problems, these scenarios will still eat up your time and your ability to deliver results.

Reducing small time-consuming situations such as these, which could be easily avoided through proper planning, will help in improving your overall efficiency and productivity.

Monitor Your Printing Consumption

If you are restocking for your home, you need to consider how much print supplies you are consuming and measure the lifecycle of each of these products.  Track your printer usage by maintaining a logbook or list of documents that you have printed.  Make sure to take note of:

  • The number of pages
  • Type of paper used
  • Color or black and white

Of course, if you want to be obsessive compulsive about it, you could also track the ink levels after you are done printing.  If there is more than one person using the printer, such as in an office setting, you could install a printer monitor or log software that would allow you to do this more efficiently.  But if you’re just monitoring it for home use, a simple sheet of paper would do.

Location, Location, Location.

It is not just about aesthetics.  It’s important to consider where your printer is positioned in your home since there are certain environmental factors that can greatly affect its performance.  You also need to consider putting it in an area where you can easily access it when you’re working, or where the kids can easily print out their schoolwork.  The right printer set-up can do wonders in improving your efficiency with whatever it is that you’re doing, thereby making things get done faster and with just the right effort.

Stock Up on Paper

If you constantly use your printer for work, schoolwork or print activities, then, you should have an awareness of the status of your print supplies.  After all, it’s not difficult to see if your printer ink is running low or if you don’t have enough paper stocked up at home.

Paper is a number one must-have at home.  Make sure that you have basic printing paper, such as legal and letter size bond paper.  It’s always more cost-efficient to buy a ream of paper.  It’s practical to buy several reams of paper, which is good for several months.  After all, paper doesn’t have an expiration date so it doesn’t hurt to stock up.

If you’re thinking, “But I don’t need so much paper now.”  Think of it this way.  Would you really want to wait until it completely runs out before you stock up?  Running to the store unplanned will eat up your time and money. You’ll be spending on gas just to run to the store for this one thing, which you could have prepared for if you had only purchased enough.  Having to rush to the store in the middle of work is also counter-productive and it will throw you off your workflow.

Invest in the Right Ink

It’s not just about buying an ink or toner cartridge for your printer.  You need to make sure that you are buying the right one for your printer!  Here are 5 Tips to in Buying Printing Ink Cartridges to guide you on what you need to consider before making an ink or toner purchase.  Getting it right the first time will save you a lot of time and effort in the future, so educate yourself on what your printer really needs to ensure that it’s running on optimal performance.

Efficiency is a Lifestyle

Your productivity significantly affects your work and life in ways that you just can’t fathom.  If you are thinking that efficient printing practices will give you very minimal results in improving your overall productivity – you’re wrong!

Being efficient is a habit that you need in every aspect of life.  If you can be efficient at a small activity such as printing, this will ripple out to other small activities that you don’t really pay much attention to.  And being efficient in many small activities will help you in being more efficient on a larger scale.

 

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50 Common Printer Problems and How to Fix Them

Printers are the perfect finish for a home office, allowing users the convenience and ease of use without having to travel or pay to print documents or photos. Owning a printer has countless benefits, though, like any other technology, printers have a few minor caveats. However, don’t be dismayed because many common printer problems have easy solutions!

  • What type of printer should you purchase?

If you are in the market for a printer, then you might be surprised by how many different types of printers there are. Deciding which printer is the right one for you is simple. Are you mostly printing photos and need a good quality printer? You will want an Inkjet printer, which prints slower than other models, but prints high-quality photos. If you print at a high volume and aren’t printing photos then a LED or laserjet printer is what you want. The LED and laserjet printers don’t use ink, like an Inkjet, instead, they use toner which allows users to print high-quality documents quickly. Another thing to consider is whether you need to scan and fax documents in addition to printing. You will want to purchase an All-In-One printer if that is the case. For a more detailed look at what type of printer you should purchase go *here* (link to another more in-depth article to be added later)

  • You need a printer but are on a budget

Printers can range anywhere from $100 to $1000, however, you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to own a high-quality printer. It is important to keep in mind that the printer will continue to cost you money after you have purchased it since you will need to purchase replacement ink. Many companies sell their printers at a low price but sell their replacement toner cartridges at a very steep price. For example, a Brother Monochrome Laser Printer HL-L2320D sells for $120. Cheap right? Until you need to replace your toner and drum unit, which sells for $75 and $45. One option is to purchase the less expensive printer, like the Brother Monochrome printer and then purchase Ink Toner Store’s generic brand toner cartridges which are much cheaper. The toner that sells for $75 is now only $17.95! Another option is to purchase a slightly more expensive printer, like an Inkjet printer. The Brother Inkjet MFC-J6520DW sells for $229.99, but the ink is much more affordable at $22.99.

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Identifying the problem

Every printer is different from the model to the brand. It is important to correctly identify what type of printer is being used. All printers can have the same problems, but different printers will have different solutions.  For example, a paper jam is a common problem that occurs with all printers. How a paper jam is fixed will depend on the printer.

  • Your computer is giving low toner error, but you just replaced the toner.

Printer message errors are completely unreliable. You can swap out an old toner with a brand new one and the printer will still insist it needs a new ink cartridge. Unless the cartridge itself is somehow damaged or broken, then resetting your printer should easily fix this problem. A hard reset consists of a couple steps that are typically really easy to follow. All you need to do is search on your computer for the reset instructions for your specific printer model. Depending on what model printer you use, there may also be a video guide that shows how to do to reset. If you still have trouble figuring out how to reset your printer, you can call us at 888-720-7888 and we will be happy to assist you.

  • Someone told me to replace the drum or toner, but I didn’t have to when I bought it?

Usually, when you buy a printer, it comes with a toner and drum unit already inside it (if it uses them). So no, you wouldn’t have to buy them when you initially purchase the printer. However, these cartridges are usually not filled all the way and you will need to have them replaced at some point in the future. The toner and the drum are two individual parts that require assembly after purchase. Don’t worry, though, putting them together is very simple. Once the cover on the toner is removed, you simply slide it into the drum unit and then put the entire bundle into the printer.

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  • My printer is printing too slow

If your printer is printing too slow it could be because of many different reasons. It depends on what type of printer model you have because some printers print at a much slower speed in order to produce high-quality prints. Other printer models print much faster, but the quality is low. You may need to change the Print Quality in the printer settings. If you need to print everyday documents the Print Quality should be set to the Fast Draft setting. Go into the Print and Properties and find where to change the quality of the print job. If you can’t find how to change this for your printer then you can search for instructions for your specific printer model.

  • I have a paper jam!

If your printer has a paper jam then you can’t continue to print. A paper jam can be caused by many things including:

  • Paper loaded incorrectly
  • Paper rollers are damaged
  • Loaded paper that is torn, dirty, or damp
  • The paper tray is loaded with more than one type of paper
  • An object is obstructing the path of the paper
  • Paper is added to the tray while the printer is printing

The first thing you should do is search for instructions pertaining to your specific printer model on how to handle a paper jam. Typically, this is an easy fix. You’ll need to open your printer, take out the toner and drum and gently pull the paper out. Don’t pull too hard as you don’t want to damage the printer. Sometimes a paper jam is caused by only a tiny piece of paper which can be hard to reach. You will want a pair of long tweezers to pull it out. If you are still having trouble, you may want to call a printer technician to assist you. As always, you can also call us and we will help you the best we can!

  • My printer is printing, but the pages are streaked, blotchy or faded

The quality of the print job depends not only on the printer itself but on the ink or toner cartridge and the drum unit if there is one. The type of paper also influences the print quality, so make sure you have the right type of paper for the type of printing that is being done. If the paper is not an issue, the toner may be the culprit. First, take the toner out and gently rock it from side to side. Don’t shake the toner and be careful not to touch the toner roll because it can leave fingerprints. If you don’t print frequently, sometimes the toner settles and needs to be “activated.” If your printer uses ink instead of toner, it is possible that the ink has dried and needs to be replaced.

  • A blank sheet of paper prints after each time I print something

The reason an extra sheet of paper is being printed is because of the print settings. This setting is typically used in offices where the print volume is high and there are multiple users printing. The extra sheet of paper prints out to separate print jobs, but if you are the only one printing this can be really annoying. Thankfully, it is an easy fix! Go to your printer and devices on your computer, click on your printer and then click on printer preferences. You should be able to deselect the separator pages from there.

  • My computer is sending the print job to the wrong computer

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If you have more than one printer, an issue that occurs is that the wrong printer is printing. This is a random glitch, but can easily be fixed. You will want to go to  your Devices and Printers folder and right click on the printer that you want. You will have the option to make it your default printer. Depending on your computer, these steps may be different but are generally the same.

  • Troubleshooting hardware issues

Some issues have the most obvious of fixes. Make sure the printer is plugged in, turned on and ready to print. If there are any error lights blinking, check the printer manual or online to see what the error means. Another option is to try printing an internal test page. If the internal test page does not print out then try turning the printer off and on, taking the toner cartridges out and reinserting them and then try printing the test page one more time.

  • Printer connectivity problems

If you have tried the test page and it has printed out fine, but are still having issues you could be dealing with a connection issue. Printers can be connected locally or through a network. Local printers are typically connected by a USB while printers use a parallel cable. If you are using a USB, ensure that the USB cable is connected to both the printer and the computer. Try changing the USB cable if you have another one handy, or use a different USB port if available. If the connection is still not working, then the USB or printer drive could possibly be corrupted. A corrupted USB is a software issue.

Parallel cables are hardly used anymore, but if you are using one then ensure that the cables are connected firmly to both the printer and computer. Unlike USB, the parallel cable either works or does not work.

Troubleshooting printers that are part of a network are more difficult. If you do not have experience with printers or computers, it is advisable to contact a specialist to assist you. If multiple computers / printers are affected, make sure that the connection is properly established. The issues could stem from the router / switch, the wrong IP address, or a misconfiguration. For one of these issues, contact your local IT specialist.

If only one computer is giving you a problem, it is possible that the printer is misconfigured with the computer. You can try to reconfigure it, but if that does not work then the issue may be more complex. Again, an IT specialist would be able to help you!

  • Troubleshooting software problems

Software problems may be the most difficult of problems to solve. If you want to try to fix the problem before asking for help the first thing you will want to make sure of is that the drivers installed are correct. If the drivers are installed properly, you can try to uninstall the printer, disconnect it, and then reinstall it. If you are still having problems, contact an IT support specialist for more in-depth instruction.

  • Check the basics

If you find that you are having issues with your printer and none of the solutions mentioned above are applicable to your problem, check the basics. Ensure that the printer has power, it is connected and turned on. Double check that there is the paper in the paper tray and it is put in properly. Sometimes you can fiddle with the paper, take it out and put it back in, to solve the problem. If you are lucky the problem will be easily fixed just by checking the basics!

  • Run the Print Doctor

Sometimes printers will give an error and there is no explanation for what it means. Most printers have a “Doctor” which is a program that you can run which will check for problems and diagnose them. For example, HP has a program called the Print and Scan Doctor which can be used on any computer that used Windows. Unfortunately, for Mac OS X the program doesn’t work.

  • 50.4 Error

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Depending on what type of printer you have, you might come across a 50.4 Error. Laser printers have a part called the fuser which is what fuses the toner to the paper. Just like the drum unit and the toner cartridge, the fuser will eventually need to be replaced during the life of the printer. According to HP, a fuser lasts about 100,000 so unless you are printing a lot, you won’t need to replace the fuser too often. Keep in mind that the fuser can wear out faster if there are a lot of problems with the printer including paper jams. The quality of the fuser is also important for longevity.

  • “Spooler” Error Message

A “spooler” is software the stores print jobs on the memory or hard disk of the computer. Typically, this storage is only temporary. Once the printing is done, the job will no longer be stored on the computer. However, if you have been waiting for a long time for something to print, then there may be a problem with the spooler. The easiest steps are to reset the spooler by restarting the computer and spooler software.

  • Printing only half a page

If only half the page is printing out, many things could be wrong. Unplug the printer, turn off the computer and restart both devices. Once everything is back up and running again, run a self-test page. If the self-test page doesn’t print normally, there may be additional error lights on the printer. You can search the web for what the lights mean and go from there. The problem could be concerning the printer or the toner or drum unit. The error message should explain what the problem is, but if it doesn’t you can always search for the error message online to get an in-depth explanation.

  • Pixelated Photos

If printing photos are one of the main reasons you use a printer, then nothing is worse than blurry or pixelated images. Printing out photos can be tricky, though, because how they appear on the screen is not how they are going to look once you print them out. This occurs because of resolution. The resolution of a printed photo is a lot higher than the resolution of a computer screen. It is important to note that photos that are already blurry or don’t have the correct resolution, will not print out nicely. While it is important to make sure you have a printer that is capable of printing quality photos, if the photos are already blurry there is no way to fix that from the printer.

  • Prints are lighter than expected and/or contain white spots

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These signs might mean that the printhead is clogged. If you haven’t used your printer in some time, this can occur and it is important to clean the printhead by running the printer’s utility program. If you are having a hard time finding the program, you can try to access it from the printer device on your computer. Run it a few times and then print out a test sheet to see if the spots have disappeared.

  • Puddles of ink

Puddling is a problem in which ink will create a puddle on the paper because the paper can’t absorb the ink properly. This can be easily fixed by using paper designed for the printer. If you are using glossy paper and the printer isn’t built for that type of printing than puddles will occur and there isn’t any other way to get rid of them. If the problem isn’t the paper, then it is problem the printer’s paper settings. Make sure to choose the type of paper from the list and then continue printing.

  • Vertical lines are jagged

Most printer technology includes a printer utility tool that allows users to troubleshoot various issues. One of those issues would be jagged vertical lines. Unfortunately, over time the printer head becomes out of alignment. This is going to happen in almost all printers at some point in their lifetime and they will need to be realigned. The printer utility should include an option for correcting this.

  • Colors are missing

If color is missing from a printout, there may be several different reasons. First, make sure the cartridge doesn’t need to be replaced. If the cartridges are full, then it could be a clogged nozzle. Another reason could be the ink has dried up due to inactivity. Inks dry quickly, quicker than toner powders in LED or Laser printers, therefore it might be time to change the ink out.

  • Prints have a thick bank of ink

Banding is a term used to describe a heavy band of ink that forms on paper that are uncoated or art paper when printing at a high resolution. The printers will try to use more ink to adjust for the higher resolution. If banding occurs, it is probably because the printer can’t print at that resolution. Select a lower print quality setting and the banding should subside.

  • Black and white images have colors or hints of color

If you have a color printer, you may have the option of turning off the color when printing black and white documents. It might be surprising to learn that doing turning off the color can actually produce poor prints, even for black and white images. The reason is because using all the colors give the documents smoother gradations and richer tone in comparison to simply using black ink. Another issue could be the ink or toner itself. If a color is leaking then it will appear on the printed page. You will have to remove the leaking ink, clean the printer, and replace it with a new one.

  • Repeating streaks

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If you print out something and it looks similar to the photo shown here, it is normally a sign of stray ink accumulating on the rollers. It may be necessary to clean the printer. Whenever replacing a toner cartridge or drum unit, it is important to be careful not to touch the roller or the toner as it can mess up prints.

  • Dust

A buildup of dust can be a hassle to avoid, but it is important in order to avoid potential problems. Taking care of the equipment and workspace is one way to ensure problems don’t occur. Wipe surfaces down with a lint-free cloth. If the paper feed is not enclosed, brush away the dust made for computer surfaces. Some papers, such as art quality papers, attract more dust than normal paper so it is especially important to clean prior to use with this type of paper.

  • Printed image is different from the image displayed on the computer

Printing is performed by the equipment’s graphic processing function. There are many reasons this could be happening. Prior to printing, make sure you have viewed the print preview and if the preview is off, then something with the layout needs to be fixed. Enlargement or reduction of the printed image will be different than what is displayed on the monitor

  • The printed page is in the wrong orientation

This can be easily fixed for anyone using Word or similar programs. Make sure the page is in the correct orientation before printing. The page layout will either be in landscape or portrait mode and will affect the final print result.

  • Images are cut off

Images will be cut off if the paper size that is used is not the same as the paper size that is selected in the print settings. Make sure the correct paper is being used. Also, use print preview to see whether the image is being cut off. The image itself may need to be resized in order to fit the page.

  • Admin Issues

In some settings, printers can be connected to more than one computer. This makes for an efficient office setting. However, if the print instruction from one computer was issued, but the printer did not print then there may be a problem with the user authentication. If you are the primary administrator, then it can easily be fixed by authorizing the printer. Otherwise, you will need to contact the administrator to have access.

  • Text Truncating

When printing it is possible that the text or image can be cut off. This occurs when fonts are being mapped incorrectly, or for a different printer that has different metrics. This issue can be resolved by changing the style of the font. In Microsoft Excel or Word, users can select “Normal Style” or a Truefont type. Ensure that either one of those options is selected. Users can find the correct tab under “Format” and “Style.” Picking the appropriate size font may be slightly different with different versions of Microsoft Office.

  • Missing Characters

Missing characters is similar to text truncating. The issue is not with the printer itself, but with the format of the file being printed. When printing with a Truetype font, the fonts can be selected to print as graphics. This setting will fix the issue of missing characters. First, ensure that the font style is either Normal or Truefont type. No matter which version of Microsoft Office that you have you can go to the Setup for the printer and select the options button. Select Print font as graphics and then click ok. The missing character should now print without a problem.

  • “Awaiting Redial” Error Message

Multifunction printers are able to scan and send faxes. When sending a fax, a message will pop u saying “Awaiting redial.” If a fax doesn’t go through, the machine will redial in 5-minute intervals and then print out a busy or no response report. Users should ensure the following:

  • The fax number is correct
  • Ensure that the telephone line is correctly connected to the printer where it says “Line.” Disconnect and then reconnect to make sure the connection is secured.
  • Check to make sure that the machine has a dial tone

 

  • Cannot Detect

On the LCD display of the printer, a message will pop up that reads “Cannot Detect.” This error message will occur after installing a new ink if it was installed too quickly, if it was broken, or if the printer simply needs to be reset. Take out the ink cartridge and replace it into the printer, ensuring that it is in the correct position. For color printers, the color inks need to be placed in the correct positions for the printer to operate. If the error message is still showing, the printer can be reset. Each printer model will have slightly different reset procedures, so it is important to look for the correct reset instructions for the model that you have.

  • Standing by ON/OFF to resume

If the LCD display on the machine shows a message that says “Standing by ON/OFF to resume” the machine is going into Save mode. In Save or Off mode, the display will turn black and shut off. Turn the machine on again by pressing the On button or the Power save key. The purpose of Save mode is to preserve the life of the machine if it is not in use every day. During off mode, the printer can still clean the printhead and any connected telephone lines will still be active.

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Print Unable 46 is an error message that will occur if the ink absorbers are almost full. When the printhead is cleaned, the ink absorbers hold the ink that is clean from them. Typically, the ink absorbers should last for the life of the machine. If this message appears, it is possible that it is not correct. By updating the machine’s firmware the message should go away.

  • Comm.Error

A multifunctional printer can have problems with communicating between different devices or phone lines. When sending or receiving a fax there could be an interference with the phone line. In this case, try resending the fax. If the message persists, the problem may be because of an incorrect setup of the printer or the phone line. Disconnect the other lines to try to identify what is causing the problem. Ensure that the machine is connected accurately and reconnect the different lines individually.

  • Defaulting to fax

If the documents being printed are being sent to fax instead of printing, the problem can be easily resolved. The printer setting needs to be changed. Right click on the printer icon in the control panel menu. Click to make it the default device.

  • Media full

The LCD display screen on the printer will show an error message that says “Media full” when a memory card is used that is full. Printers can only save a certain amount of files, therefore if the memory card contains too many it will be able to work with the printer. Try deleting any unnecessary files to free up space on the memory card.

  • Unable to Message

The printer will display messages when it is unable to follow through on a command, whether that is to clean, print, init, or scan. To resolve these issues first, clean the encoder strip. Dirt or foreign particles on the strip is a common cause for many issues. It is important to look up specific directions since each printer model will be slightly different. To clean the strip use a lint-free cloth such as a dry monitor cloth or a T-shirt. It is important to NOT use any paper products. The encoder strip is a clear plastic strip that is located in front of a white band. There will usually be a warning to not touch this strip. That is because it shouldn’t be touched with hands since the oils can damage it.

  • Horrible clicking noises

Sometimes when you go to hit print and the printer begins to warm up, you might hear a disturbing clicking sound. In some cases, the click will begin when you hit print, but then stop and continue printing. In other cases, the clicking will continue and you might not be able to print at all. There are a few possible reasons for the noise. First, if you just replaced your drum unit it is possible that the unit is defective. If the problem persists, the drum unit will need to be replaced for one that works. In other cases, there could be something that is out of alignment of calibration. There is a slider on the drum unit that might be out of alignment. Try sliding it back and forth and make sure it is in the proper position before reinserting it back into the printer. Another possible solution is to check for any obstructions, such as paper. Make sure nothing is blocking the drum unit before trying to print again.

  • Unable to mopy job

With an HP LaserJet printer, this error might occur when the memory or file system failures will not allow a mopy job to occur. The term mopy may seem like a typo at first, but it is a term for multiple original copies, multiple original prints, or multiple original outputs. A mopy enabled printer produces “mopies” while a photocopier produces copies. A computer user will select an option to print a certain amount of copies of a document via an application or the printer driver interface. When a mopy job error appears, only one copy will be a printer. To resolve this issue, reset the RAM DIMMS and/or the EIO hard disk. Additional memory may need to be installed.

  • Processing cleaning page

A cleaning page is a process that helps clean the inside of the printer. The process is usually the best when using a sheet of transparency or copier grade paper (18 to 24 lb) with a smooth surface. The printer should be idle and the ready light should be on before processing a cleaning page. The wait time for the cleaning page to process may vary. It can take anywhere from 2 minutes to 5 minutes to be completed.

  • Grey print or gray background

If the printer produces a page of gray text instead of black it may be because of the print density setting or the photoreceptor. Many laser printers have a print density control that allows users to manipulate the tones of the printed ink. Increase the print density for a deeper and blacker hue. The photoreceptor may also be the culprit of the problem. Over time, the photoreceptor will wear out, hold less of a charge, and ultimately transfer less toner from the developer to the page. This means that the print will look gray. Increasing the print density setting will most likely solve the problem, but eventually, it will need to be replaced. On the other hand, if the print density is too high then a gray background will be produced from an excess of toner. Try adjusting the print density slowly to find the best setting.

  • Regularly spaced spots at large intervals

If the printed page has spots on it which are spaced at large intervals there is a possibility of a hole, scratch, dent or other flaws on the surface of the photoreceptor. If this piece of the printer can be removed, do so and examine it to determine if there is a flaw. If one is found, then this unit will need to be replaced entirely. If the photoreceptor can’t be removed then it will be necessary to call a service technician to inspect the machine.

  • Regularly spaced spots at small intervals

The way spots appear on a printed page is important in determining how they are being made and finding a possible solution. Spots that happen at close intervals may be caused by a deposit of toner that is on the fuser. Turn the printer off for at least 15 minutes to allow the fuser to cool off.  The fuser is extremely hot so be caution and ensure that it has cooled properly. Examine the fuser cleaning pad for deposits of toner and replace the cleaning pad if necessary. Unfortunately, the fuser typically can’t be examined by itself and if the problem continues a

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professional will need to examine the machine.

  • Split graphic image

If you tried to print out an image, but it was split over two pages it is probably because of a lack of memory to process the page. More memory is required by the printer to print more complex pages and large graphics. Add additional memory if the problem continues to occur. If the printer does not need additional memory, then print a status sheet. A status sheet will show you how much memory is installed and if there are any memory errors. The issue could also be a formatting issue. Make sure that the document is formatted to fit one page. Before printing, check the print preview button to see if the image takes up one or two pages.

  • Split text

The split text is another error similar to split graphics. There may be a setup error in the software application that sends the text. Make sure that the program setup is set to the correct page length, margins, and font size. The split text is hardly caused by the printer itself, therefore look to the computer and the programs that you are printing from for a setup error.

  • Duplex printing error

On many multifunction printers, duplex printing is an option. This type of printing allows users to print on both sides of the paper. There are many common errors that can occur with double sided printing. One of the most famous problems is that the pages print upside down and on the backside of the paper. The solution is to select the landscape or portrait produces vertical flipping option. This should change the print job to be the correct orientation. Another annoying problem is that the pages have to be put in order after they have printed. There should be an option for print pages in reverse in the Advanced settings box. Only select this if the pages must be put in order once the printing is complete.

No matter what problem you might be dealing with, we at the Ink Toner Store strive to give you not only the best quality products but also the best service. This overview guide is here to assist you, but if you need further help please don’t hesitate to call our customer service line at 888-720-7888, our representatives are here to help you in any way possible!

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5 Ways to Choose the Right Ink Cartridge for your Printer

Ink cartridges are most of the time costly especially for small businesses. Replacing ink cartridges as often as few times a month can be frustrating and adding cost to your monthly expenses. Even if you tried to lessen the printing, still it doesn’t last long and the next you know is that you’re taking off that cartridge from the printer and replace a new one again.

Here are 5 ways to choose the right ink cartridge for your printer:

Printer Compatibility

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The first thing to consider when buying an ink cartridge is to check if it is compatible with your printer since not all ink cartridges are created equal. Different printers have different types of ink cartridges. There are those that require multiple cartridges and there are those that require individual cartridges.

XL vs Standard cartridge

There is a BIG difference between XL and Standard cartridges.

If you are into high-volume printing, then, you should opt for the XL. This gives you more printing pages and will save you not only time but money. Standard cartridge is suggested for everyday home general printing or just plain text and not with photos or photography printing.

Tri-color vs Individual cartridge

Both cartridges have its advantages and disadvantages depending on the usage and what you print. If you are using a tri-color ink cartridge, this can be costly in the long run because the cartridge won’t work when one ink cartridge runs empty. Thus, you have to replace the whole cartridge forfeiting the remaining of the other ink portion. And ditching a cartridge still with ink is really a waste of money. While with the individual cartridge, all you have to do is just replace the one that is already empty.

Recycled Ink Cartridges

For the eco-friendly consumer, using a recycled ink cartridge is not only saving you money but the environment and the earth. Recycled ink costs 50%-80% lower than the brand-name cartridges. And most often than not, it produces the same quality, yields more or less same pages as with the brand-names when used properly.

Manufacturer’s warranty

Most of the ink manufacturers have product warranty to guarantee customer satisfaction. It is best to keep the packaging in its original form (with less or no box damage), the warranty card and the receipt should your ink flunk to work as promised. You can bring the item/s to the store together with the original packaging, receipt and, warranty card for replacement or refund.

If after reading this, you’re still not 100% sure about the ink cartridge that you’re buying for your printer – DON’T PANIC!  That’s what we’re here for. 

Contact the Ink Toner Store team and our experts will be more than happy to give you guidance on what to buy.  Who knows?  Maybe you can score some BIG discounts, too!

How to Choose the Best Paper for your Photos

If you are a professional photographer or even a novice in the field of photography, I know you have invested not only money but time, effort and sweat just to get that picture perfect shot. After the grueling photo shoot comes the result of your hard work – the picture perfect images.
If you are the kind of photographer who takes the quality of his work seriously then you should take into consideration the quality of your photo paper as well. You cannot just load whatever photo paper you found at the store into your printer, isn’t it?

The choice of photo paper can make a big difference in the effect, quality and feel of the picture.

Characteristics of photo paper

  1. Thickness – A thick paper is ideal if you want to have a photo lab like feel and result of your picture.
  2. Opacity – If a picture is to be mounted, choose a photo paper with high opacity. The recommended one is the Inkjet photo paper because they usually have higher opacity rating.

The Finish

  1. Gloss or Semi-gloss – First thing to consider is if you are going to mount the picture or not. If you will put it in an album or just to give away to friends and family, a glossy or semi-gloss is the best option since it gives a rich color to the picture. Although glossy papers offer higher contrast and saturation, if you are going to frame the print, then definitely gloss is not the right choice because it can create reflection and glare both from the print and the glass.
  2. Matte – A good quality matte paper is often used when printing black since it gives more detail, contrast and, texture. This type of photo paper had more stability and can be printed on both sides.
  3. Canvas – One great option if you want to frame your print is canvas. This kind of paper is rough but delivers a matte like rich texture, contrast, and color to your images especially when viewed from a distance. A glass cover over the frame is not necessary for a canvas.
  4. Art paper – Art paper is more expensive than the regular matte paper because it is often thicker and heavier than the latter. Art paper qualifies as a matte paper with a reasonable amount of texture and is mostly used for landscape prints, archiving art photos in museums, fine arts, etc.

Brightness / Brilliance

  1. The brightness of the photo paper can greatly affect the color, contrast and, hues especially the dark ones. Most of the paper reflects 60-90% of light.

Durability

Choose the right photo paper according to your or your client’s budget and needs. Purchase a photo paper with lower values if you want that image to be long lasting in terms of brightness.