I have an inkjet printer with a maximum resolution of 2880 x 1440 DPI and I was wondering two things:
- Does printing an image with a high PPI resolution makes the printer use more ink?
For example, I have printed an image (on photographic paper) at 300 PPI, then I increased the PPI on the image to 600 and the improvements were barely noticeable, so I wondered if that minimal quality increment on the print used a lot more ink.
- Also, if I print an image with out changing its PPI but increasing the printer’s quality settings to the maximum, will use more ink than if I print the same image using a lower quality setting?
1: No. The printer will print the image using the most appropriate resolution it has at its disposal. This is why we have drivers.
2: Short answer, yes. Long answer, it depends. Depending on how the printer software uses the word “quality”, the printer may use more or less ink. In some cases, a “draft” quality will use less ink (and produce a lower quality print) than a “fine art” quality. Check your printer’s manual.