Whenever I print out a photo, it has a purple tint. I changed the black cartridge and the first couple photos came out fine, but then I started getting the purple tint again.
What can I do to fix this problem? I tried a gentle clean and a deep clean and neither worked.
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Did you recently buy the cartridge? What is the expiration date on the box? It may be old or not working well, just as you have guessed, and the printer is using the color cartridge to create black when the black does not function. If you have the option return the cartridge.
My Canon printer has TWO slots for black ink cartridges. I assumed one was extra and didn't replace it when I ran out. Text printed just fine with only one installed, but my photos were printing with purple instead of black. I looked into it, and the two cartridges are different: one holds dye-based ink, the other has pigment based. Photos must require both kinds. If your printer is the same as mine, use both!