15 common photo printer problems and DIY solutions

15 common photo printer problems and DIY solutions

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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