10 print­ing truths

Es­sen­tial things to re­mem­ber if you’re print­ing at home

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1 The only way to achieve a printer’s ad­ver­tised archival life is to use the printer man­u­fac­turer’s inks and pa­per.

2 The most ex­pen­sive liq­uid most pho­tog­ra­phers will ever buy is printer ink. Cheap ‘com­pat­i­ble’ inks are best avoided, how­ever.

3 The only re­li­able way to get neu­tral black-and­white prints, with­out colour casts, is to use a photo printer with grey inks.

4 A high-gloss print will al­ways beat any other pa­per for im­pact and qual­ity.

5 If you sell your prints, use pig­ment inks, not dye inks – they’re more fade-re­sis­tant.

6 The only way to get 100% ac­cu­rate print colours is to in­stall a pro­file for your printer, your pa­per, and your ink – all three to­gether! (See fol­low­ing page for de­tails.)

7 A good large print al­ways beats a great small one.

8 Printer man­u­fac­tur­ers ex­pect prin­ters to be used and kept in a hu­mid­ity-and tem­per­a­ture-con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment. How­ever, most of us live in the real world!

9 You can’t save ei­ther time or money by print­ing at home.

10 Once you’ve got qual­ity prints from your printer, don’t leave it alone for months! At the very least, do a test print ev­ery week to stop it dry­ing out.

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