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Old 04-09-2012, 10:21 AM   #1
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Hi! We just changed printers from Kodak to HP. The Kodak print quality was terrible but coloring digi's worked well with copics - however when I print digi's with the new HP, the black ink smears when I color with copics. Does anyone else have this problem or any suggestions for getting around it?
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I have an HP I use for printing my digis, and I love it. The ink does smear if I color it right away though... try heat setting it with an embossing heat gun, or just let the image sit overnight. That solves it for me!
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I'll give that a try - sounds like I'll have to plan ahead and learn some patience! Thank you!

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Laura, do you mind me asking what card stock you use for printing and coloring, I was wondering if that makes a difference?
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Laura, do you mind me asking what card stock you use for printing and coloring, I was wondering if that makes a difference?
I use Georgia Pacific 110# and Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80#.

To me, drying time seems faster on the GP vs Neenah.
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It's good you asked the question about paper because I was going to suggest it. I've been using Staples brand #110 and love it with my Brother printer and I only noticed the paper makes a difference when I bought another brand that smudges. I'm not sure if the ink is the problem since I've never tried another printer but I have seen other threads related to the "best printer for digis" so I guess the ink has an effect too.

It's just a shame that you might have to use the "trial and error" technique to find the right paper/technique and I can see how that can get costly for you.
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I use the PTI white card stock & I print out my digi's then let them sit overnight. I got into that habit last year & so I plan ahead so that my images don't smear with the copics. I have a Canon printer which I love!
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Thanks, everyone, I'm taking these suggestions on board and will experiment with different cardstocks that are available here!
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Bridget, do you have a choice of ink cartridges? My HP printer can use either a regular Black ink or a Photo ink cartridge. The regular Black smears badly, but the Photo ink works great for coloring with either Copics or blended colored pencils.

For my printer, the brand of cardstock doesn't matter, but the type of ink makes a huge difference. For some models, both types of ink are available and you change the print settings to tell it which one to use. For other models, you have to actually switch out the cartridge.

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I have a question about the Staples #110 paper. Does you Staples carry the Ivory? Mind did and when I went to buy a new ream, ther wasn't any and no place on the rack for it either. Like the buff color for a more distressed/vintage look.
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Now that's interesting news, Judi, I had no idea! I will definitely check and see if it there is HP photo ink available - thanks so much!


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Bridget, do you have a choice of ink cartridges? My HP printer can use either a regular Black ink or a Photo ink cartridge. The regular Black smears badly, but the Photo ink works great for coloring with either Copics or blended colored pencils.

For my printer, the brand of cardstock doesn't matter, but the type of ink makes a huge difference. For some models, both types of ink are available and you change the print settings to tell it which one to use. For other models, you have to actually switch out the cartridge.

Good luck.
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You're so welcome, Bridget. I sure hope the right ink will fix your printing issues.

We all want you to find something that works, so please keep track of this thread and let us know when you solve it.
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Bridget, do you have a choice of ink cartridges? My HP printer can use either a regular Black ink or a Photo ink cartridge. The regular Black smears badly, but the Photo ink works great for coloring with either Copics or blended colored pencils.

For my printer, the brand of cardstock doesn't matter, but the type of ink makes a huge difference. For some models, both types of ink are available and you change the print settings to tell it which one to use. For other models, you have to actually switch out the cartridge.

Good luck.
This is how my printer ink works as well. I have a Canon MP560 and I can use just about any kind of cardstock and I don't have any problems with smearing if I choose the right ink.
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