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Best Inkjet Printers for 12x12
Choosing the right inkjet printer is one of the most important choices in your digital scrapbooking journey. Before getting to printer recommendations we'll cover some key principles you need to know:
Pigment vs. Dye Inks
Pigment ink printers are designed specifically to produce long lasting prints (40+ years). Pigment ink (like pigments used in ancient cave drawings) resist fade over time. If you want to insure your prints last many years then pigment ink is a must.
Dye ink is in most inkjet printers. While it reproduces great color on many different papers dye is not truly fade resistant. If you only display your prints in protected (mostly closed) albums then you can consider a dye inkjet printer. However, if you need "regular" photo prints for everyday use AND you want them to last decades then dye printers are probably not for you.
Summary - Use pigment inks when you want to be assured of archival prints in many different environments. If you do not really need multi-decade fade resistance outside an album then dye ink printers can be on your shopping list.
Paper Feed Path
Epson and Canon printers have rear feed trays. HP printers generally feed from the front only. We like Epson and Canon because those top trays can more easily accept heavy card stock.
Cost of Printing With Inkjet
Red River Paper directly addresses the concerns and arguments about the true cost of ink in desktop photo printing. Using a number of printers, we conducted a series of print tests to determine how much ink is used in different sized prints. The objective is to share a realistic cost per print vision with inkjet users. Learn more about the surprising affordability of desktop inkjet printing here.
Looking for more printer suggestions? Email us your needs and budget and we'll offer some suggestions.
Here are our top recommended inkjet printers for 12x12 and digital scrapbook work: