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someone 9 15 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2020 9:19AM
Being stuck at home has got me thinking I should print some of my photos.

I've even re-setup my inkjet printer... only to find that it's run out of black ink.

I'll need to find some photo paper too.

Any hints / tips so I don't waste too much ink/paper?
(I've got plenty of time!)
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3 Apr 2020 9:26AM
I usually buy my inks from 'Just Ink and Paper' as they are fairly reasonable. They do paper but as I like paper which is quite a good weight I usually Google that and choose from those that are on offer.
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seahawk 16 1.4k United Kingdom
3 Apr 2020 11:04AM
For paper I use this firm here and would never consider using any other. Their paper is as good as anything on the market and cheaper.
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Dave_Canon 17 2.2k United Kingdom
3 Apr 2020 11:26AM
Depends on the quality prints you seek. My wife is happy to print a few family snaps using her Canon Office printer and the results are quite satisfactory for her needs. She uses a Kodak gloss photo paper A4 max size. On the other hand I print for competitions so have a specialist Epson printer P600 to provide high quality A3 prints. I use mainly Pinnacle paper from Paper Spectrum but also some Permajet papers. In particular I can produce excellent B&W prints. I am not sure whether my wife wastes much ink/paper but she does not print that many anyway. I can always print right first time as everything is calibrated. The only time I occasionally reprint is when I discover I have missed something in the picture which I should have noticed in the editing.

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mattw 19 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2020 6:32PM
What printer is it?
I usually get my inks from "The South American rain forest" which shan't be named.
If you have prime, then its free first class posting too. is also reasonable.

As for paper, do some decent papers at good prices. If you want recommendations for a more premium paper, then Permajet Oyster 271 has always delivers for me.
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riddell 18 90 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2020 2:52PM
My photos rarely see print, because that's not the reason they were taken, but the few that do, I just send them to the lab. Way easier and quicker.
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MeanGreeny 18 3.7k England
14 Apr 2020 11:07PM
I guess it depends on where you think the process ends. In order of 'involvement' [?]

- If you think the process ends with taking the photo and never looking at it .....
- If you think the process ends with taking the photo and looking at it yourself on a screen occasionally .....
- If you think the process ends with taking the photo and getting others to look at it on a screen occasionally .....
- If you think the process ends with taking the photo and paying someone else to print it .....
- If you think the process ends with taking the photo and printing it yourself .....
- If you think the process ends with taking the photo, printing it yourself and displaying it [in your location of choice] .....

There's other variations but you get the idea. You go as far as gives you pleasure.

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LenShepherd 15 4.7k United Kingdom
15 Apr 2020 7:42PM
I am speculating you rarely print, and that your printer is not "high end".

If so if the printer will allow it with an empty black cartridge I suggest doing a nozzle check to see how well (or not) the other ink cartridges are working.

Dave Canon summed up the rest of the debate - in that do you want prints acceptable to many people - or exhibition quality?
As you seem not to have used your printer for some time my guess is it is good for acceptable as distinct from top quality prints.


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