I've just installed my new Canon iP6700D, printed a few 4x6 on HP glossy premium photo paper, and the result is quite horrible. Colors are ok, but prints came out VERY GRAINY, like if taken with a 2 megapixel camera instead of my 10 megapixel Canon Rebel XT. But I carefully selected the paper type and size, glossy photo quality in iPhoto, and superior quality on the printer. Photos actually came out better on my old HPdeskjet845C... What gives...
Hi i am a certified Canon repair tech for this printer. the first problem is the paper you are using hp photo paper is specialty formulated to be used with there inks. every manufacture is the same if you want the proper looking photo and you are using a Canon printer you need to use Canon photo paper because the paper is formulated for their inks. hope this helps to clarify.
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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.
Here is your solution to print postcards size..
1.Select your image and press mouse right .
2.Select print and select your printer.
3.There may be many sizes indicate there... but you must select 4x6 or 5x7 as it is postcard size.
4.Now select your paper quality (eg. Photo paper plus glossy )
That is it .... good luck
1. Try to use glossy photo quality paper for photo print out. which is look good and not so expence of ink.
2 Use good quality glossy type normal paper for text print out. that can not **** much ink from the cartriges.
3. try to cover your printer always.
4. clean the head via tst print oftenly.
At the printer:
1. Remove any paper from the input tray
2. Put a few sheets of 4x6 (10 or so) in the same tray
3. Adjust the paper holder bar so that the 4x6 paper stays straight in place. The holder bar was holding the 8x11 paper in place.
On the computer:
Open a picture
Seect [File] [Print]
Select the photo printer from the list
Cick on [Preferences]
See the paper type? select photo paper
See the paper size? Select 4x6
Below are the various sizes and types of paper supported by your printer. Make sure you donnot load the tray beyond the maximum limit , otherwise the rollers may not pull the paper correctly
• Letter* • Legal • B5 • A4 • A5 • 3x6 • 4x6 • L • 2L • 5x7 • Hagaki • 10x15 cm • 13x18 cm 25 greeting cards, index cards, postcards, or photo cards • The print side of the cards faces up. • The cards are centered on the paper support, in between the left and right paper guides. • The paper guide rests against the left edge of the cards. • You select Normal or Photo print quality. 25 sheets of photo or glossy paper • The glossy side of the paper faces up. • The paper is centered on the paper support, in between the left and right paper guides. • You select Normal or Photo print quality. • The paper is loaded vertically against the right side of the paper support. 10 iron-on transfers • You follow the loading instructions on the packaging. • The blank side of the transfer faces up. • The transfer is centered on the paper support, in between the left and right paper guides. • You select Normal or Photo print quality. NOTE: For best results, iron-on transfers should be fed one sheet at a time. 50 transparencies • The rough side of the transparencies faces up. • The transparencies are centered on the paper support, in between the left and right paper guides. NOTE: You can load a single transparency into the paper support without removing plain paper. • You select Normal or Photo print quality
If you are using Glossy paper, when you go to print make sure to go into the printer Properties from the Print dialog box and select Glossy paper in the type. This will put the printer into it's highest print quality mode.
So from most windows applications, it would be :- CTRL-P (to print with dialog box for changes) Click on Properties Select a Media type of glossy photo paper Select standard or high print quality.
p.s. you may need to experiment which if the media types gives you best quality for the paper your using, unless it's Canon paper and then just match it up.