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Blurry photo print-outs

PIXMA MX430 photos are perfect quality on the computer, even when enlarged and I am printing on Canon plus glossy II paper but the print-outs are incredibly blurry. How do I fix this?

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    Ashley Gander Dec 23, 2013

    printed a JPEG file from widows photo viewer. Changed the paper type to match and I changed the quality to high in the printing window on the computer. I printed out wallet size prints

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Hi Ashley
try printing a "nozzle check" and if any colour stripes look incomplete, "clean" or "deep clean" the printhead until you get a good result. You can find the cleaning and test utilities on "Maintenance" page in "Printer properties". Also make sure you're putting the paper in right way up.

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SOURCE: Horrible print quality

hi i am a certified Canon repair tech for this printer. the first problem is the paper you are using hp photo paper is specialty formulated to be used with there inks. every manufacture is the same if you want the proper looking photo and you are using a Canon printer you need to use Canon photo paper because the paper is formulated for their inks. hope this helps to clarify.

Posted on Jan 05, 2008

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SOURCE: Canon Pixma MP830 printing red/orange hue on glossy photo paper

are you using geniune canon glossy paper??? it is designed for the printers and really is the best for the machines

Posted on Apr 14, 2009

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SOURCE: settings for printing a borderless 8x10 on a canon i9900

Downloaded following program for Vista and was able to print borderless pictures on Canoni9900

Easy-PhotoPrint EX Ver.2.0.3 (Windows Vista/Vista64/XP/2000)
http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&tabact=SupportDetailTabAct&fcategoryid=232&modelid=9870#DownloadDetailAct

Posted on May 25, 2009

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SOURCE: The printer prints fine on plain paper, but on

I'm not clear on your problem but you can try this<a href="http://www.richardsnotes.org/archives/2006/05/17/canon-i9900-printer-problem-and-solution/" >Link for simular problems.</a> You may find the solution there.

Posted on Nov 27, 2009

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SOURCE: Blurry photos from Canon PIXMA MP620

Either ink cartridges or PRINT HEAD faulty

Posted on May 26, 2010

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You don't specify what printer you have but a quick google search brought up this review and great tips for an HP printer on Amazon:

Many reviews point for 40 prints and less..yes I confess that I was printing 40 or less if I use premium plus papers but not any more.

I bought 16 cartridge since I bought my HP A618 but the last cartridge printed 140 and still I can print photos (I got the warning of low ink in 100)

what I did is changed the setting in the HP Photosmart Essential 3.0 the software to use it to print your photos. these are the changes:

1- After you click at the Simple Print, make sure you choose the correct size not bigger or Full Page. (for me usually 15x10)

2- choose Printer Settings at the top right then confirm your paper size (if you use paper with tab, select it)

3- click at the Advanced printer Settings. then select your paper type (advanced or premium photo papers). select print quality, Best. I use the (best) printer quality because I didn't notice any difference while using Maximum dpi and I think Maximum dpi only good when you print 5x7 but trust me, don't ever use it. stick to (best). it consumes less ink than maximum and the output is amazing.

4- Click at the (Features Tab) at the top left. then at the bottom there is a very bad technology which is (photo fix), always put it OFF. this feature makes your ink finish earlier. Don't use it ever.

before I use the new settings, I decided to buy Canon PIXMA mini320 but it was out of stock so I bought 2 cartridges to print 70 photos. but the first cartridge still usable.

soon I'll use the second cartridge and I'll try to update my review.

for now, use the settings above and I hope you get more printed photos of a single cartridge.

Update 13-6-2008:

now I have used another 2 inks of this..one has printed 48 photos and the second printed 81 photos and still in use.

I got a tip from hp life chat support. they told me to buy the longest expiry date ink which means the ink expire date will last 1 year or 2. I bought an ink that will expire at aug-2009 which I'm still using it until now and another june-2008 which only printed 48.

Paper for 110 ink:
don't ever use premium or premium plus HP papers. they will not dry as long as you live or even water-proof papers. they will consume more ink too. you have 2 other options. Canon paper plus glossy or high-glossy and HP advanced glossy. both are incredible. I got stunning photos when I used them and longer life ink.

Photo quality settings:
if you edit your photos in the PC, don't forget to set the resolution of the photo at 600dpi or 300dpi. to know more about the resolution search the net for (PPI & DPI). once you understand them you will know that you didn't ever get a perfect photo. now when I compare the best photo before this method and after, I realized that I was a ****** who wasted money on papers like premium and lost quality of 400 photos I printed by not setting the resolution of the photo which is the same as the printer.

If you still interested in buying this ink, follow these steps above specially the expiry date of the ink and using HP advanced or canon plus paper. and before you buy new printer like Canon, try doing my way and buy oe last ink before spending money on new printer.

one last thing. don't print photos from sd card. use a software like adobe lightroom to set the exposure, light, the black level, remove noisea and colors.

Try these tips and see if you can't get extra life from your ink cartridges.

Cheers!
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http://usa.canon.com/cusa/support/consumer/printers_multifunction/pixma_mp_series/pixma_mp240#ServiceAndSupport

I did some searching on that site and it yielded the hlep below which may give you some help.


Issue: How do I set my printer so my printout fits the paper size I am using?
Solution: Use the recommended Print Area MP240

Printing Area title-bar.gif To ensure the best print quality, the machine allows a margin along each edge of media. The actual printable area will be the area inside these margins.
Recommended printing area (dark blue):
Canon recommends that you print within this area. (o_darkblue13.jpg)
Printable area (light blue):
The area where it is possible to print. (o_lightblue14.jpg)
However, printing in this area can affect the print quality or the paper feed precision.

o_area15.jpg i_note.gif Note
Borderless Printing
By selecting the Borderless Printing option, you can make prints with no margins.
bullet_s.gif When performing Borderless Printing, slight cropping may occur at the edges since the printed image is enlarged to fill the whole page.
bullet_s.gif For Borderless Printing, use the following paper.
- Glossy Photo Paper "Everyday Use" GP-501
- Photo Paper Glossy GP-502
- Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss SG-201
- Photo Paper Pro Platinum PT-101
- Photo Paper Plus Glossy II PP-201
-Photo Paper Pro II PR-201
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Performing Borderless Printing on any other type of paper may substantially reduce printing quality and/or result in printouts with altered color hues.
Borderless Printing on plain paper may result in printouts with reduced quality. Use them only for test printing. You can perform Borderless Printing on plain paper only when printing from your computer.
bullet_s.gif Depending on the type of paper, Borderless Printing may reduce the print quality at the top and bottom edges of the paper or cause these parts to become smudged.
See A5, A4, B5, 4" x 6", 4" x 8", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", Wide.
See Letter, Legal.
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sikaku.gif A5, A4, B5, 4" x 6", 4" x 8", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", Wide
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A5*
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A4
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B5*
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4" x 6" / 10 x 15 cm
3.73 x 5.69 inches / 94.8 x 144.4 mm
4" x 8" / 10 x 20 cm*
3.73 x 7.69 inches / 94.8 x 195.2 mm
5" x 7" / 13 x 18 cm*
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8" x 10" / 20 x 25 cm*
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Wide*
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o_lightblue7.jpgPrintable area
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o_lightblue5.jpgPrintable area

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European DL*
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US Comm. Env. #10*
3.86 x 7.96 inches / 98.0 x 202.1 mm

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