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Old Apr 16, 2006, 1:54 AM   #1
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I printed a few pictures on photo paper for the first time today. I bought some cheap photo paper from Staples so that I could experiment ($1.94 for 50 pack 4"x6", and $1.94 for 30 pack 8.5"x11").

The first few pics came out pretty good, but I have a few questions. My printer is a HP PSC 2355 all-in-one, and HP makes a special photo ink cartridge for the printer. Is the photo cartridge worth buying? Also, is there a big difference in paper quality? What type ofpaperis good, and where to buy it?

Or, would a dedicated photo printer be recommended in lieu of my HP PSC 2355?
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Old Apr 17, 2006, 9:49 PM   #2
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Generally speaking, "all in one" printers with just a very few exceptions, do not do as good a job as printers designed specifically as photo printers.

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Old Apr 20, 2006, 7:33 AM   #3
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There is a big difference in paper quality. It's a good idea to use your printer manufacturers paper. The inks and paper are developed to be used in combination to achieve the best fade resistance and ink coverage. There will be less splotching and smearing. Cheap papers tend to fade very quickly.

The photo ink usually provides sharper blacks and more gloss and will provide the best quality and permanence.

You will find that it is not cheap to print at home, especially with an all in one or basic printer. Photos drain ink quickly, and cheaper printers don't produce great quality prints and again are prone to fading. If you're not willing to invest in a photo quality printer and matching supplies, you can get great quality prints from you're local photo processor (target, Wal-mart, CVS etc.)
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Old Apr 21, 2006, 6:12 PM   #4
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rjseeney's right.

I know I've posted this somewhere before, but I was reading the same thing on http://www.digital-photography-tips....-printing.htmlabout printing at home.

Seems like we're wasting our time. A better bet is to go to your local photo processors - cheaper, faster, and probably better quality too!
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Old Apr 23, 2006, 7:04 PM   #5
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I'll have to third that. Printing at home is not cost effective, mainly due to the very high cost of inks. To get the best quality, you will need a very good photo quality printer and then you must use the paper and inks from the printer manufacturer.

There are exceptions to the manufacturer's ink and paper combination, but you will have to find out which inks and papers will work acceptably by trial and error - a costly proposition. I imagine, somewhere on the web, there is a list of what paper/ink combinations will work with which printers.

To make matters worse, it seems most printers tell you to replace your inks way too early.
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