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You Can Calculate the Exact Cost of Printing an Inkjet Photo

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Did you know that you can actually track, cent-for-cent, the amount of ink you use to print your professional photographs? Well, if you have the Canon Accounting Manager software and a compatible photo printer, you can.

This little tidbit was revealed earlier today by Jared Polin of Fro Knows Photo, who put the software to the test as soon as it was updated to work with his Canon Pro 1000 series printer. Using the software, he tracked the Ink cost of printing a 13×19 black-and-white photo with a bit of border, and a 13×19 full-bleed color image as well:

What Fro found was that, even though one of the big concerns for Inkjet printing is ink cost and usage, the actual cost of each individual print was reasonable.

According to his software and some quick math, the black and white print (including paper cost) cost him just $3.63 cents to print; the color print, obviously a bit more involved and therefore a bit more expensive, cost just $6.29.

To use the software you simply input the cost of your ink cartridges, and it spits out a report after each printing job detailing exactly how much ink you used. As you can see from the screenshot below, it tells you milliliters of ink used, total cost, and it even breaks down the amount used and cost per color:

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As Fro explains on his blog, “As you can see the cost of making an inkjet print is not that bad […] I was surprised and I think many of you will be to see the breakdown of the exact costs for the first time.”


Image credits: Image and screenshot by Jared Polin.

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