My real life printing problem was the inspiration for this tech tip. We had a snowy weekend where I am, so I decided to straighten up my home office and update what I call my “vision board.” I like to hang images associated with the novels I write. So I decided to print out some promo art and book covers. Here’s what the image I was printing looked like:

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Here’s how it printed out.

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In fact, all three covers were faded.

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I’d just replaced both the color and black ink cartridges and I’d successfully printed other things earlier in the day.  I was printing these images from the Windows Photo App which is the default application for opening images on my PC.  I decided to do another test print. I clicked the print icon in the upper-right corner of the photo app.

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I noticed the checkmark next to Let the app change my printing preferences. I unticked the box and did a test print of a smaller sized image on plain paper instead of the glossy photo paper I was using. I might as well save on expensive ink and paper if it didn’t work.

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The smaller test print was the right color. Here it is compared to the initial printing.

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I reprinted again and everything looked great.

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If you’re printing from the Photo app make sure to keep an eye out for that setting.