How to Cut Printing Costs on Inkjet Color Printer

With all of the color printing that people do nowadays, its hard to find ways to print inexpensively. There are ways to reduce printing costs on inkjet printers. When you have an inkjet printer set to print in color, most of them will use all of the colors to print black areas. This uses the color ink faster than needed. One trick you can use with a color inkjet and black and white laser is to divide the printing on a project up between the printers. Here are the steps to print business cards using Microsoft Front Page or Print Master.

Steps

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    Save the project first
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    Take all of the color graphics out and print the remaining black and white on the black and white laser printer.
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    Close without saving and open the project again.
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    When the project is open, delete all of the black and white and print the color portion on the color inkjet printer. You can do the same method in your word processor by selecting all of the text and changing the color to white (don’t forget to save your document before you do this).
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    Print out the color portion of the document
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    Close the document
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    Open the document again
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    Delete the color portions
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    Print the black portion on the laser printer
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    Save each edit of the project to its own file marked color or black if you need to print this again in the future.

Tips

  • This is less useful for inkjet printers that use a separate black cartridge.
  • The other advantage to this method besides price is that the laser printers usually do a much better job on printing the black portions, especially lettering.

Warnings

  • In most cases you do not save money with aftermarket or refurbished cartridges for inkjet and laser printers. You may pay less upfront, but these replacement cartridges don’t last as long. The cost per page will go up or they may leak requiring you to repair your printer.


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