Choosing the Right Inks and Papers

How Many Inks? The simplest printers use four ink colours: cyan, magenta, yellow and black. Such printers are commonly known as CMYK printers, the ‘K” standing for ‘key’ and representing black. In theory, all other colours can be produced by combining these four colours in different proportions. However, it is almost impossible to produce inks that are totally colour-pure so printer manufacturers have developed ink sets with increased colour and tonal accuracy.

Choosing Software

Keen photographers quickly outgrow the basic software applications and want more control over the adjustments they can make to their digital photos. At the same time, families may also look for applications that extend the range of things they can do with their digital pictures. Fortunately, both groups are well catered for and there are lots of programs to choose from. In this chapter, we’ll look at some of the best.

Why Use Genuine Inkjet Media?

EPSON SPECIAL PROMOTION: You’ve paid hundreds of dollars for a top-quality digital camera and hundreds more for a photo printer – so why compromise your investment by buying cheap inks and papers? Using genuine media (in other words, the inks and papers supplied by your printer’s manufacturer) will also give you the best possible prints your camera images can produce.

Why the Right Ink is Important

Different types of inkjet printer require radically different ink types. Printers designed for dyebased inks can’t work with pigment inks – and vice versa. Printers that rely on heat to force out droplets of ink need inks that can maintain a specific viscosity range through repeated heating and cooling, while printers driven by piezo-electric technology require inks with highly specific viscosities.