When using high quality laser photo paper photo comes out blotchy
When I try to print my photos on premium laser photo paper, parts of the photo appear to be either blotchy or even have the glossy finish 'burned' off. I have the paper set to "thick" to handle the extra thickness of the photo paper. This doesn't always happen, but it happens enough to be a real problem.
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Driver could be corrupt. Disconnect the printer or at least be sure it is turned off.
I'd do both and reinstall the CD software program that came with
the printer. When the software program asks you to connect the
printer to the USB port, do so and it should again work properly.
Hope this helps. Bud
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You don't specify what printer you have but a quick google search brought up this review and great tips for an HP printer on Amazon:
Many reviews point for 40 prints and less..yes I confess that I was printing 40 or less if I use premium plus papers but not any more.
I bought 16 cartridge since I bought my HP A618 but the last cartridge printed 140 and still I can print photos (I got the warning of low ink in 100)
what I did is changed the setting in the HP Photosmart Essential 3.0 the software to use it to print your photos. these are the changes:
1- After you click at the Simple Print, make sure you choose the correct size not bigger or Full Page. (for me usually 15x10)
2- choose Printer Settings at the top right then confirm your paper size (if you use paper with tab, select it)
3- click at the Advanced printer Settings. then select your paper type (advanced or premium photo papers). select print quality, Best. I use the (best) printer quality because I didn't notice any difference while using Maximum dpi and I think Maximum dpi only good when you print 5x7 but trust me, don't ever use it. stick to (best). it consumes less ink than maximum and the output is amazing.
4- Click at the (Features Tab) at the top left. then at the bottom there is a very bad technology which is (photo fix), always put it OFF. this feature makes your ink finish earlier. Don't use it ever.
before I use the new settings, I decided to buy Canon PIXMA mini320 but it was out of stock so I bought 2 cartridges to print 70 photos. but the first cartridge still usable.
soon I'll use the second cartridge and I'll try to update my review.
for now, use the settings above and I hope you get more printed photos of a single cartridge.
now I have used another 2 inks of this..one has printed 48 photos and the second printed 81 photos and still in use.
I got a tip from hp life chat support. they told me to buy the longest expiry date ink which means the ink expire date will last 1 year or 2. I bought an ink that will expire at aug-2009 which I'm still using it until now and another june-2008 which only printed 48.
Paper for 110 ink:
don't ever use premium or premium plus HP papers. they will not dry as long as you live or even water-proof papers. they will consume more ink too. you have 2 other options. Canon paper plus glossy or high-glossy and HP advanced glossy. both are incredible. I got stunning photos when I used them and longer life ink.
Photo quality settings:
if you edit your photos in the PC, don't forget to set the resolution of the photo at 600dpi or 300dpi. to know more about the resolution search the net for (PPI & DPI). once you understand them you will know that you didn't ever get a perfect photo. now when I compare the best photo before this method and after, I realized that I was a ****** who wasted money on papers like premium and lost quality of 400 photos I printed by not setting the resolution of the photo which is the same as the printer.
If you still interested in buying this ink, follow these steps above specially the expiry date of the ink and using HP advanced or canon plus paper. and before you buy new printer like Canon, try doing my way and buy oe last ink before spending money on new printer.
one last thing. don't print photos from sd card. use a software like adobe lightroom to set the exposure, light, the black level, remove noisea and colors.
Try these tips and see if you can't get extra life from your ink cartridges.
Customize the settings. With a photo open, choose File > Print. From the Printer pop-up menu, choose the printer. For Mac OS X version 10.4 or later, click Advanced. From the same pop-up menu, choose Quality & Media. From the Print Quality menu, choose Automatic or Best.
When you give a photo print, the print quality will be high. To adjust this go to Printer properties. 1) Go to control panel 2) Open Printers and Faxes. 3) Right Click on Printers. 4) Select Printer Properties. 5) Select Printing Preferences, and choose quality of photo print to medium
the pixma printers use the large black tank in most modes like text and standard (default) or fast photo printing .. thats most economical when you are using just plain paper .... it will switch to the small black tank only if you select "High" quality mode .. that black matches the nature of the color inks much better and results in really good color pictures if you are using Gloss or Matt high quality photo paper .. you can select the quality level by the following ... when you start to print, a window comes up where you can select which printer you want ... at the right of this window is "preferences" .. click that .. now select the type of paper and "High" quality mode .... now the printer will slow down but will provide really nice results and it will use the small tank black ink instead of the large tank ....the small tank is only used for "high" quality photo prints which is only needed for high quality photo paper .. if you havent tried that yet you might want to get some glossy photo paper (either Canons or Costco has great stuff if you want a lot, like 150 sheets) but most glossy paper will work except colors might need tweeking for some ... print a nice photo in the high quality mode and you should be really impressed .. and you will be using your small black ink tank .. you might want to make the first few pictures small (2x3 inch) untill you are sure everything is the way you want it .. i usually print in the top left corner first .. then reinsert the same paper and try again right next to that .. i do that until i get the colors perfect .. then i print big .. 5x7 or even 8x10 on a new sheet... the high quality mode can be selected for just plain paper and it will use the special black ink but it doesnt result in a better picture .. so no point in doing that unless you want to experiment .. if you never print high quality photos then you will never use the small tank black ink .. it will still be used up eventually because of normal head cleaning the machine does automatically .. ...
grey scaling does not select the special ink unless you select "High" for the quality setting .. then yes you can print using that small tank black ..again it will buy you a lot if you are using High quality photo paper ... almost nothing for plain paper but at least it will allow you to use that ink .. ..
Hi, this printer is "clever" in that you don't adjust the thickness setting it does it itself.
It does this based on the paper type you set in the printer properties, see the table below for the different types of paper it will accept & the setting you need to use.
For this paper
Select this paper type setting
Plain paper, sheets
Epson Premium Ink Jet Plain Paper
Epson Bright White Ink Jet Paper
Epson Ultra Glossy Photo Paper
Epson Ultra Glossy
Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper
Epson Premium Glossy
Epson Premium Semigloss Photo Paper
Epson Premium Semigloss
Epson Glossy Photo Paper
Epson Matte Paper - Heavyweight
Epson Double-Sided Matte Paper
Epson Photo Quality Ink Jet Cards
Epson Photo Quality Ink Jet
Epson Photo Stickers
Epson Photo Stickers
Envelope Hope this is of help.
First, make sure your print cartridges are aligned by going to your printer software and printing out an alignment page. Secondly, adjust your printer software/properties to make sure your printing to your best photo quality. Third and most important, make sure you have the right kind of printer paper, which is probably the main reason that your page is blotchy.
Another reason its blotchy would be if the printer was not a good one.
the sensors cant see paper on the perforated part/side. same goes for transparencies, the printer can't see it
Your printer supports the following media types:
Epson Bright White Paper Epson Iron-on Cool Peel Transfer Paper Epson Photo Paper Glossy Epson Photo Quality Self-adhesive Sheets Epson Premium Photo Paper Glossy Epson Premium Photo Paper Semi-gloss Epson Premium Presentation Paper Matte Epson Premium Presentation Paper Matte Double-sided Epson Presentation Paper Matte Epson Ultra Premium Photo Paper Glossy