Although PDF scanning and mobile devices with screens practices have made it increasingly less need to print documents, there are still many times when we are forced to pull printer. For these cases, we suggest a few simple tricks to save ink when printing.
Some of the basic tips for printing costs us less money are as old as using only cartridge black ink (as it is usually cheaper than color) or use the draft mode, a setting of printing lower quality than common for all printers include among their default options (although each with its peculiarities, of course).
However, these alternatives often go in deterioration of the end result of what we print, and logically cannot always afford it (for example, if the document to be printed is not for us but for formal presentations to third parties).
The importance of font chosen
Therefore, one of the simplest tricks to save the print is carefully chosen the font to use. And it is that not all consume the same amount of ink, by the very nature of each typeface (more stylized, thicker …).
Usually, if we chose the typeface Garamond will save more ink than others whereas if we use Impact “impact” will not remain in name only since it is one of the fonts that more ink spent.
Either way, experts usually recommend the following fonts to print according to the document in question…
- Garamond: Best for long texts of several pages, hence it is one of the most desirable if we adjust our budget in ink.
- Century Gothic: It recommended for printing short texts and emails, as it is a fairly thin source. However, the problem of this source is that often make the texts occupy more pages than other fonts, so if it is longer documents is better to resort to Garamond.
- Courier: Based on the usual typeface of old typewriters, his goal was precise to avoid wasting ink ribbons more often than desired. Their disadvantage has to do with their appearance because it can be somewhat outdated against the other two recommended to save ink sources.
Apart from the fonts we have at hand on our PC, other specifically designed to save the print. One of the best examples is EcoFont, which has a curious way that allows you to make better use of the white paper: simply have multiple holes tiny sizes in the body of the letter, which requires less ink usage but while not detrimental to good looks. In most cases we will read seamlessly and almost without noticing this curious detail, but yes: is paid.
PDF files: Another great alternative
Of course, as an alternative to printed paper you can always turn to the PDF. Today there are dozens of options for converting documents to PDF, and these handy files can save them on your mobile phone or tablet to take with you anywhere and access them as if they were printed sheets, only in virtual format. It’s up to you!