15 common photo printer problems and DIY solutions

    | Photography Tips | 27/03/2013 01:00am
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    Troubleshooting common photo printer problems

    Troubleshooting common photo printer problems: white lines

    01 White lines in certain areas
    This type of banding running across the image would point towards the fact that a single nozzle is misfiring.

     

    Troubleshooting common photo printer problems: even dark lines

    02 Evenly spaced dark lines
    Normally caused by paper-feed problems. If paired with slightly lighter lines, it is most likely a nozzle problem. Also try alignment.

    Troubleshooting common photo printer problems: ink markings

    03 Ink markings on the sheet
    A paper feed problem most often found with fine-art papers, and caused by the paper ‘kicking up’ and catching the printhead.

     

    Troubleshooting common photo printer problems: marks repeating down the page

    04 Marks repeating down the page
    Caused by stray ink accumulating on the rollers. Most commonly seen near the edges of the page.

     

    Troubleshooting common photo printer problems: colour cast

    05 Colour cast across an image
    If you’re sure that your colour management settings are correct, it’s likely that an ink tank has run out and needs replacing.

     

    Troubleshooting common photo printer problems: even white lines

    06 Evenly spaced white lines
    This indicates either paper feed or alignment problems, or simply that many nozzles aren’t firing at all.

     

    Troubleshooting common photo printer problems: single tone lines

    07 Single tone (often black) lines
    A good indicator that your printhead may have died or is slowly dying. This seems to affect Epson printers in particular.

     

    Troubleshooting common photo printer problems: ink splashes

    08 Ink splashes
    This can be caused by too much ink building up on the printer’s parking pad or blocked printhead nozzles.

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    PAGE 2: Troubleshooting common photo printer problems
    PAGE 3: Paper feed and alignment errors
    PAGE 4: Nozzle and roller problems
    PAGE 5: DIY photo printer prevention techniques

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