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    Printer Ink

    What ho one and all,

    I have a Canon Pixma colour printer that I rarely use, so generally buy compatible ink cartridges for it.

    Recently, I wanted to check a photo so fire her up; the colours are really dull and somewhat lifeless. i tweaked the embedded colour profile settings in Photoshop, I allowed the printer to manage colour, then Photoshop to manage colour. Nothing made a significant difference.

    I now wonder if the ink cartridges that i last bought are just dull colours rather than bright? First , could this be the case?

    Secondly, for either compatible cartridges or refilling myself (never done but thinking to trying) what is the best ink to buy? Does one retailer offer a better ink than any other?

    Thanks, toodle pip and stay safe,

    Rex

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    Thanks for your reply. Of course you are correct but the limited amount I use the printer v. the cost of the cartridges does not make economic sense. I usually have a 'dried' ink' issue when i do use it as it probably only gets fired up around once every six months!

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    Perhaps you should buy a laser printer. They make color ones but they are not for prints.

    And I suggest the sames as Doc, use only canon paper and canon ink. And to keep the printer ink fresh, print a test page either every day or at least once a week.
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    If you only occasionally use the printer, then what you are printing would dictate the printer to use. For standard printing of documents, a laser printer is the only way to go. Costs are much less and you never have dried or expensive and small cartridges to worry about. If you want quality photos, a dye sublimation printer like the Canon Selphy is the way to go. If you want 8.5 x 11 or the UK equivalent size prints, a print shop is the answer for those unless you want to spend a lot more money.

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