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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.
goto the cntrol panel--->printers and faxes--->right click the printer icon click on the printing preferences and check the print quality ,try to set it to fast draft...this should save the ink as well as dry it faster. hope this works
Printing high quality photos using an inkjet printer is not only possible, but affordable too. Top notch quality relies on a few factors: the right paper, the right ink and the right settings. Read on to find out how to print photos with an inkjet printer.
1.Use a good digital camera. For 4x6 and 8x10 prints, you will want a camera with at least two or three megapixels.
2.Buy photo paper. Spend the extra few dollars to get high-gloss photo paper that is designed for your printer.
3.Use photo ink. High quality photos take high quality ink. Do not use the same ink that you use for documents.
4.Optimize your settings. Select "File > Print" then click "Properties" and find the preferences or quality tab. Set the quality to the highest or choose a photo preset.
5.Edit photos on your computer. Import your photos from a CD or your digital camera. See your camera's manual to find out how.
6.Crop and resize. Cut out anything extra in the background that you do not want and resize the picture so it will fit on the page.
Hi Dory..... the photos are only as good as the quality of the ink and the paper. This is why the commercial photos hold up so much better. Do this. Check with your local Walmart or Staples store and inquire about their programs where by you can visit their websites, send your pix to that site, tell them what size and how many prints to make up for you, the cost etc. Joe
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 .. ..
You have to match your print settings with the correct type of media used !
When you print, set the preferences, set to PHOTO quality and not draft, set paper type to PHOTO PAPER, or GLOSSY PHOTO PAPER whichever - If you select wrong media type your colors might be off. Select the settings that match the closest to your media. If you use paper use "plain paper" setting, if you use glossy photo paper, use "glossy photo paper" as settings and PHOTO quality.
I recommend use you use inkjet PHOTO paper, glossy, you can use HP or EPSON or even the cheap LIKON ones work amazing for me, they should be able to dry quickly, if they don't you are not using the correct settings.
By your description above it looks like you are using economy or draft mode - NOT good for photo paper.
Unless the problem coincides with a change in ink cartridge, my guess is an incompatibility between the ink and the paper.
Could you have changed the paper you're printing on. If so, is the new paper of a different quality? If you're using coated (eg photo) paper, are you printing on the right side?
Check the "paper quality" setting on the printer (or the software you're using to drive it) - it needs to match the specification of the stuff you're printing onto. Photo quality papers are capable of absorbing much more ink than plain paper (which is how you get the colour intensity). If the printer thinks it's using photo paper, it will throw out enough ink to get that colour build - leaving a sticky mess if what is really loaded is just plain paper.