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Subject: Printing on labels/cardstock? rss

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Frances McGregor
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I made myself a tuckbox for Banquet, but when I printed it just now it didn't look so good. Not very sharp, and the green looks kind of splotchy. I've also noticed that my labels don't look so nice either, being a little fuzzy.

I have a Samsung Color Xpression, if that helps.

I'm not sure where to tackle this issue. Bad labels/cardstock? Settings in the printer? Printer can't handle labels/cardstock?

Any tips on printing in general?
 
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Michael Dillenbeck
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Off the top of my head, things to check:

1) Resolution of the image you are using (low resolution raster graphics - jpeg, png, and the stuff you edit with GIMP/Photoshop - will come out blurry when "scaled up" - many web images are 72dpi and look good online, but you want about 200-300 dpi minimum when printing).

2) Printer paper settings (some printers have settings for different thicknesses of paper - and if you don't use the right setting it will not turn out crisp).

3) Printer settings (some have "vivid" color options, some have photo or image settings, and so on) - included in this is making sure you have up-to-date drivers and firmware.

4) The printer limitations (some printers, while advertising high resolution, still result in off colors or blurry prints - read reviews on print image quality).

I think #1 is the most common issue followed by #4 - but maybe others know something I don't if these aren't the issues.
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I have a canon pixma pro 100 and noticed the same thing when printing on cardstock. Its still usually pretty good, but areas where there is small white print surrounded by printed color don't turn out too well. I noticed if I print on normal rather than photo settings, while the colors aren't as vibrant I have less bleed issues.

For me its certainly not #1 because I create my images at 300 or 600 dpi. It might be #2 because I don't know all of the possible settings for my printer.
 
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Does the quality of cardstock make a difference? Are there different qualities?
 
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I have a canon pixma pro 100 and noticed the same thing when printing on cardstock. Its still usually pretty good, but areas where there is small white print surrounded by printed color don't turn out too well. I noticed if I print on normal rather than photo settings, while the colors aren't as vibrant I have less bleed issues.

For me its certainly not #1 because I create my images at 300 or 600 dpi. It might be #2 because I don't know all of the possible settings for my printer.

Are you using coated card stock designed for inkjet or generic card stock?
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