Ink Saving Reminders for Mom’s Day

May 4, 2011 No Comments

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and I know we’re all excited about this. Aside from numerous Mother’s Day sales and gifts, the Internet has also been swarmed with printable Mother’s Day gifts such as greeting cards, coupons, gift cards and others. The HP Creative Studio, for one, has a section on Mother’s Day Printable Crafts. The problem with the excitement that comes with Mother’s day is we tend to “overreact” with printing these printable gifts. As a result, your printer runs out of ink sooner than expected.

Here are a few simple tips on how you can save on printer ink this Mother’s Day:

1. Look before you leap.

Yes, I know this is a cliche but for this post, “look before you leap” simply means you have to take time to review and double-check everything before you hit the Print button. Quite a handful of people have the habit of printing their stuffs again just because they spotted a typographical error on the printout. Five minutes of double-checking could mean savings in terms of printer supplies like paper and printer ink. It also contributes to being environment-friendly.

2. “Must-See”

Make it a habit to do a print preview before printing the document or image. Almost all printers offer the option to preview the printout so you will have an idea how it will look like. Print preview is highly-recommended for those printing straight from the webpage.

3. Choose the “right one”

Choose the right type of paper. For example, if you are printing a lot of graphics and images then it will be advisable to use photo paper. Using the right type of paper will not only give you better results, it will also help you save on those printer inks.

4. Low-Res works!

Almost all types of printers in the market let you reduce the resolution especially for images and graphics. Technically, the 300 dpi (dot per inch) resolution works well for almost all types of printouts. Higher resolutions tend to use more ink. Also, if you are printing on ordinary paper, chances are it will not be able to handle the high-res images.

5. Print until your printer stops!

For most people, they change their printer cartridges the moment their computers flash the low ink warning. Don’t get too excited to change those cartridges. When a computer flashes the low ink warning, there is still about 20% ink remaining in the inkjet cartridge so you should keep on printing until the printer stops.

These are just some of the tips to help you save printer ink this Mother’s Day. Do you have other tips? Share them with us on the Comments field below.

Happy Printing and Happy Mother’s Day!

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