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    Okay! Last week, I posted a question. "Can I dillute the regular color ink with water, and make photo ink, for a photo printer?"

    Many of you didn't know an answer or just said NO, it can't be done.

    The results are in! The picture below shows a BEFORE and AFTER color test-print. I waited until the original photo cartridge was empty. Then I filled it with my mixture, cleaned the nozzles 6 times with the cleaning cycle, then printed 8 full sized photos, to ensure that the original ink was replaced with the new ink in the cartridge tanks.

    If photo doesn't appear, click here to see.



    I used special ink designed for Lexmark color printers.

    Light Magenta = 30% regular magenta and 60% distilled water

    Light Cyan = 10% regular cyan and 90% distilled water

    Mixing formula may vary, depending on the brand of ink and printer that you have

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    Impressive, but diluting normal ink doesn't make it photo ink.

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    Originally posted by BritishICE@11 July 2003 - 11:46
    Impressive, but diluting normal ink doesn't make it photo ink.
    Why not?

    It works.

    Ink, is ink. Just different colors. The only thing that makes photo ink "photo ink", is the color that it is.

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    the test strip looks not bad, but i'd imagine a full mixed colour print would be different, as you've changed the consistency of the inks

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    I'll scan a full sized photo, then print it.

    Then I'll scan the photo and the print at the same time. Then I'll post the results here, on Monday.

    Then we can see if the photo ink is worth the efforts of saving $42.00

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