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The Bold (But Not Italic) Plan to Save on Ink

Published on February 9, 2018

It is said that the font you use can affect your inkjet ink cost. They have tried putting holes in the type and very light weights to reduce ink consumption. Next they will tell us to print in 4 point type.

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By Dov Isaacs on Feb 09, 2018

Of course, this all begs the issue of text readability. Obviously, extra-bold headline fonts are not what anyone in their right mind would use for text.

For commercial printing, the cost of ink for text printing is much less of a concern than the cost of such ink for printing of full page backgrounds, imagery, etc.

For personal printing, despite all the bitching and moaning, if offered a choice, most consumers have been shown to want that super cheap printer for which the cost is actually subsidized by the insane cost of inks — the old razor and razor blade model (I'll avoid any cutting remarks here!). You can't have super cheap printers and cheap ink at the same time.

- Dov

 

By David Avery on Feb 12, 2018

Where this will come in is not the household / office printer but the Impikas and their brethren.

When you design a vdp form that will be printed 100,000 times, reducing the ink costs just a few ml per page can be substantial.

You will see estimators using ink use estimation tools when quoting jobs.

Dave

 

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