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My printer has suddenly started printing terrible quality photos

I have started printing Christmas photos and the first three were fine. Now it is suddenly acting up and the pictures come out terrible. The printer works fine printing documents in both black and white and color. My cartridges are not low either. What is going on?

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I discovered I had switched photo paper in the process. The new paper obviously isn't compatible with this printer. I went and purchased more of my regular paper and the pictures began printing well again.

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