The following tips may be helpful in reducing printing costs:
Print at appropriate resolutions by adjusting the printer driver settings. Printing in Draft Mode is appropriate when higher image quality is not needed. For most print tasks, the default print mode is appropriate and more cost-effective than the highest print settings. Even with photo quality print settings, Epson ink and paper are cost-effective solutions for long-lasting, high quality photos.
Select paper types suitable for your print tasks. Generally, printing on plain paper uses less ink than printing on other paper types. Many Epson ink jet products, such as general purpose printers and all-in-ones with DURABrite® ink, use a specially formulated, pigmented ink set to achieve good photo quality, even on plain paper. For display photos, Epson offers a wide range of paper types so users can select the most appropriate paper size and finish.
With Internet printing, print only the content you need. Many Internet sites allow content to be selected and formatted for printing. Also, print-to-size and landscape print functions allow users to avoid wasted prints that cut off the right edge of printed images.
Print appropriately sized images. For example, 5X7 photos typically require more ink and higher paper costs than 4X6 photos. Also, on-line images can be reduced to appropriate sizes.
When possible, operate printers and all-in-ones in office type environments for optimum print quality and cost effectiveness. Printers can consume more ink in high heat and high humidity environments. Dusty environments may require more cleaning cycles that consume ink.
The total cost of ownership can be reduced by selecting an appropriate printer from the wide range of printers offered by Epson and other printer manufacturers. Epson offers ink jet printers designed to meet the diverse needs of users who print in both black and color. A majority of professional photographers and graphic artists prefer Epson Stylus® Pro series ink jet printers over competitors' products because they appreciate the cost-effective production of very high quality, durable images suitable for resale. For consumers who print less frequently, single function printers in the lower cost range may be the most appropriate choice. PictureMate Personal Photo Labs by Epson are cost effective for users who preserve memories by printing only 4X6 photos. Epson all-in-ones offer a good value for consumers who have diverse printing, scanning and copying needs.