Tuesday, January 19, 2010

How to Get the Best Print Quality from a Printer

Imagine that you are printing a report, complete with tables and graphs, which you will present to the Board. When you got to the workgroup printer, you suddenly discovered that the quality of your prints is not what you expected. Frustrating, isn't it?

Apart from the usual suggestion of regular cleaning and maintenance and doing some modifications on your printer settings, there are other factors that can affect the print quality of your printer. The good news is you actually have control over some of these factors.

The first factor to consider if you want superb print quality is the printer ink. The type of printer ink can affect the print quality of your printer. For instance, inkjet printers use two types of ink: dye-based ink and pigment-based ink. Dye-based ink gives brighter and more vivid colors so these are advisable for printing graphics and images. However, dye-based inks do not last for a long time. The prints fade and dissolve when it comes into contact with liquid. Pigment-based inks dry faster and hardly fade but these are more recommended for text prints.

The second factor to consider if you want to get the best print quality out of your printer is paper type. Supposed that your printer has the right ink but if you’re using the wrong type of paper, your printout will still not meet your expectations. There are several types of paper in the market, each one created specifically for a particular job. Using the right paper or a paper with high substance can give you the right print quality.
You might also have to take extra care in handling your printouts. Prints produced with dye-based ink should be kept away from light and from damp places. The ink may react with light and fade faster. Moisture and wet environment may dissolve the ink, causing the prints to become illegible. If you intend to keep your prints for a long time, print them with pigment-based ink.

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