How many times have you done an amazing job only to have the quality of your prints eventually ruined? Poor quality prints ruin your work and discredit the commitment you put in. They could also be warning signals that need to be looked into, and these signals if ignored would lead to a series of poor prints which can be discouraging for even the best of us.

Architectural printing is quite technical and involves processes that may seem too much for an observer. For Instance, A3 printing would require different settings and specifications compared to printing the usual A4 documents, mostly because of the size. Not knowing what or where to apply certain configurations would be trouble whenever you have to print your drawings or documents.  If you’ve had to deal with this, we’ll be showing you some possible causes of poor print quality.

01. Low-Resolution Files

Most times, files are saved with low resolution in a bid to maximize space. However, printing from files with poor resolutions would produce low quality in the sharpness and contrast of your print. It is better to print from files with the highest resolution. You should ensure that your printer is configured for high-resolution printing, pay attention to the colour settings, default paper type and DPI (Dots Per Inch), preferably, select the maximum DPI available on your printer. It is also advisable that you save your files using the highest resolution if the intention is to print.

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02. Print Speed

This refers to how long it takes your printer to produce each print depending on the properties of what you are printing such as colour, size, Print material and so on. Hence, the print speed should be set accordingly – Using high speed for high-resolution coloured printing, for instance, could cause the ink to smear and ruin the output. As a result, files with high resolution and colours often require low speed while high speed can be turned on for the regular black and white printing.  The settings can be adjusted using the “Advanced Settings” option inside your printer software.

03. Dirty Components

The parts of your printer such as cartridges, nozzles, sheet feeder and so on can get dirty or jammed; this also ruins the quality of your prints. Ensure that you routinely clean up these components to preserve not just the quality but the gadget as well. Printers have been configured to give warning signals when certain components need to be checked; it is advisable that you do not ignore these warning signals.

5 things that ruin the quality of your prints
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04. Damaged Toners

Toners are fragile and need to be carefully handled; even manufacturers provide instructions on how they should be handled, ignoring these instructions would lead to damaged toners and in turn ruin the quality of prints. Toners should be properly handled and checked before running your print.

05. Outdated Software

Yes, the software you use affects the quality of your prints too. Always ensure that you keep your printer drivers updated when due.

When it comes to printing, both the technical and nontechnical details have to be considered. It is important that you optimize your designs and drawings for print while still in the creation process as this contributes to the outcome of your print.

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