Organizing the Print Process Using Helpful Software
While the best option is not to print at all and instead convert the document into a PDF File using the free PDF converters available, shrinking the output of those documents that do require a print-out saves printer ink considerably.
Most printer drivers fit two pages' worth of a document onto a single sheet of paper by rotating the page 90 degrees and shrinking the page. While programs such as MS Word and Abode Acrobat allow this option from the Print Settings menu, the alternative is to access the Printer Properties menu through the control panel and select the “Page Layout" or “Page Scaling" option.
Squeezing legal-size paper into the industry standard A4 paper in a similar way also helps save printer ink by as much as 20 percent.
Utilities such as ClickBook and FinePrint help create efficient layouts that save ink for brochures, calendars, greeting cards, business cards, and more.
Other utilities such as Jasc Paint Shop Pro 8, Microsoft Digital Image Pro 9, and Adobe Photoshop Elements 2 aid photo printing. These utilities check and repair stray thumbs, red-eye, and other flaws, thereby saving the user from re-printing the photos and wasting precious ink.
Following these cheapest ways to save on printer ink brings mutlipurpose benefits such as lower costs, lessened strain on resources, and efficient output.