Interesting Facts about Printers

You must now be familiar with ink cartridges and the different type of cartridges you can buy like compatible toner cartridges or re-manufactured ink cartridges for your printer but how well is your knowledge of printers? Here are some interesting facts about printers that you may not know about.

1. Did you know that the laser printer was invented by a woman, according to some websites? But there is no truth to that as laser printers was invented by Gary Starkweather in 1969 who worked at Xerox. So we can say that the Xerox printer was the first ever laser printer in the market. Well done Xerox for being the first.

2. Did you know that the inkjet cartridge that you receive free when you purchase a printer is only half filled. But why do large companies like Epson, Canon, and HP do this? There can only be one explanation for this. Firstly companies that make your printer want you to buy ink cartridges from them because they only make money from selling consumable supplies for their printers. They don’t make any profit from selling their printers, they start making money from the inks that you buy from them. And by half filling the ink cartridges means that the ink cartridges runs out quicker and you will end up buying more. It’s a sneaky way for printer manufacturers to get you to buy more ink cartridges. It only costs them about 10p more to fill the ink cartridge to its maximum capacity. It’s appalling that the printer manufacturers do this. At inkntoneruk, we are the opposite as we fill the empty ink cartridges to its maximum capacity so that they hold more ink that the original cartridges and lasts longer in your printer. We can also supply you with compatible ink cartridges so you won’t have to send us your empty cartridges to us to be refilled, we will just provide you with a remanufactured inkjet cartridge.

3. Laser printers are hot. When you are using a printer the fuser unit in the laser printer can reach up to a massive 204 degrees Celsius! Now that’s hot, so glad there is a thick casing around the printer. The fuser unit is what produces the heat and fuses the toner particles on to the paper.

4. We all buy ink cartridges to print on paper. Did you know that you can buy special ink cartridges to be used with special printers that are edible. Imagine printing something that you can eat. Yummy!

5. If your old printer has had its days and is broken and knackered, dispose of it correctly my taking it to a skip. Don’t go crazy and start smashing it up into pieces. Here is a video of how not to dispose of a printer. Be sensible like the printer company Brother where recycling is important to them as they recycle millions of toner cartridges each year to protect enough trees for Koala bears in Australia.

Yours sincerely;


Toni B

Print out the Commonwealth Country Flag Bunting

Get into the spirit of the Commonwealth Games this year by using our printable flag buntings for the Commonwealth Games 2014. The flags contain all the 71 countries that are competing in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. To create a flag bunting, all you need to do is print out the following pages from the pdf and cut them out and string them along a piece of string for a beautiful fancy display. The handy foldable tabs on each of the flags can easily be attached to the string. Do you know your flags? Which country is the flag with the red circle inside the green background?

If you enjoy watching the athletes at the Commonwealth Games, then get printing now. You will need the black, cyan, magenta and yellow ink or toner cartridges to print these pages out. If you are running low on your ink cartridges for your printer, you can order the cartridge supplies from inkntoneruk with a choice of getting your inkjets re-filled with our high quality ink or buying a compatible / re-manufactured cartridge from your printer that is cheaper to buy than the original cartridges. Alternatively if you prefer to use the original manufacturer ink cartridges, you can get them from us too. Our vast product offering means that thousands of inks and toners and maintenance kits are available from stock at any one time. We stock everything from HP ink cartridge, Brother toner cartridge, Canon ink cartridge, Lexmark toner cartridge, Samsung toner cartridge to unknown ones such as Ricoh toner cartridge, Xerox toner cartridge, Panasonic toner cartridge and OKI toner cartridge.

Click here to download and print out the Commonwealth Country Flag Bunting!

Yours sincerely;


Toni B

Summer Holiday Printing!


Every summer has a story, write yours with the printable story paper.
School’s out for Summer! It’s alright for the kids while some of us still have to continue working (this is where I wish that I was still back in school so I had 6 weeks summer holiday). If your kids are already thinking or uttering the words “I’m bored” in the first few days of the Summer Holiday, then don’t worry help is at hand with our printable summer holiday story papers.

We all love to do something in the summer and get away from home, whether we catch a plane and go to a holiday resort, visit safari parks, go to funfairs, catch a tan at the beach, eat some marshmallows while camping or go for a road trip, you will find some useful story papers to print out and write about your fun day. You can print out our summer holiday story papers for your kids and they can start getting creative and write about their holiday. This is great for the kids to write about their summer holiday experience at home or at school. Your children will love using our story paper as they can enjoy some colouring in too, as the story papers comes with drawings for the kids to colour in as well.

Get your printer turned on now and start printing the summer holiday story papers now. Please use our re-manufactured ink cartridges to print the story papers out, as we want you to save money and pay less for ink or toner cartridges. If you have never tried our compatible ink cartridges visit and pay up to 50% less than the price of the original ink cartridges for your printer. I hear you say ‘but the quality is going to be poor’. You get your money’s worth with the compatible cartridges as the quality is premium quality. They are ideal for everyday printing, like the story papers. The only time you will require original cartridges that gives the best quality possible is when you need to print high definition photos and albums.

Click the images below to enlarge and you can start printing them out for your kids.

Away Abroad on Holiday

At the Zoo

At a Theme Park

At the Beach


Family Trips

Have a safe summer holiday and don’t leave your lions bored this summer, get them to do some fun activities by printing the above summer holiday story papers.

Yours sincerely;


Toni B

The Benefits of Buying from InknToneruk!

To get the most out from inkntoneruk and to take advantage of all the benefits that we can offer to you, follow all the instructions in this article.

Follow our Social Media Pages
If you have been following and liking our social media pages like facebook, then you’re in for a treat. Here we advertise special offers and coupon codes. For instance on facebook you can enter our free prize draw every month by liking our facebook page. The prize is simply £50’s worth of free cartridges of your choice. All it takes is a like and the winner will be announced on the 15th of every month. You have got nothing to lose, just like us on facebook. This month’s lucky winner was T Gaziova who got £50’s worth of free cartridges. There are some offers that are only exclusive to social media pages so do check us out by clicking on the following links below.

Sign Up to our Free Newsletter
Be the first to hear about our special promotions running at by signing up to our Free Newsletter. We won’t fill your mail with junk stuff, we will only send you good stuff that are relevant to you to save you money when buying from inkntoneruk. These emails can be new coupon codes, discount voucher codes, prizes and competition or unbelievable hot offers on ink and toner cartridges. To sign up to our free newsletter click here.

Create an Account
The most important thing to do is to create an account with us. That way you can benefit from re-ordering your items easily as well as staying in touch with our latest offers and collecting reward point. You get your own personal profile when you register with From your profile we can monitor how often you buy from us and reward you each time you purchase toner or ink cartridges from us. To create a profile with us click here.

Collect Reward Points
When you shop at inkntoneruk you can watch how your reward grows. When you place your first order with us you will automatically be enrolled to our reward scheme. With every purchase, you earn reward points that you can use to get money off from your next purchase. Each product you purchase will display the number of reward points you can earn. Each reward points earned have a cash value of 1p and they never expire so you can use them anytime you want. Don’t worry if you don’t have enough points to make a purchase as you only need to input the amount of points you wish to redeem, and our checkout process will offer you the item at a discount price. For instance if you have a total point balance of 2528 (which equals to £25.28 savings), you can choose to use all your points at checkout and get £25.28 off your next purchase or you can choose to use some of your points and get the product at a discounted price and pay the remaining balance off.

Buy Now Pay Later
If you are an invoice business customer of us, you can buy now and pay nothing for up to 28 days and we won’t even charge you any interest. It’s like having your own credit card with no interest. If you are a school, college, university or any other government organization you are automatically eligible for an invoice account and you can benefit from paying by invoice. For business customers to apply for invoice account, click here.

Price Promise
Take advantage of our price promise policy. We regularly check our prices, but there are some rare occasions when another retailer has changed their prices quickly to make it slightly cheaper than us. If you do purchase an item from another retailer within 7 days of purchase from us that works out to be a better deal than us, let us know. As a goodwill gesture we will give you your money back by refunding double the difference, so that way you can still agree that we are the cheapest for printer inks and toners in the market.

Win a Free Prize
When you hear FREE, it feels good as you get a product for free without any blood, sweat, and tears. Whenever you see a prize draw competition running on our website or advertised on our twitter, google+ or facebook page, just enter it via to win yourself a product absolutely free. Last month a lucky winner who entered one of our prize draws won himself a free iPad Mini 16GB in white. Want to win a big prize, keep your eyes open next time at

Get £5 off by Referrals
Sharing is caring. If you want to share your lovely experience with your friends and family and want them to save money on ink and toner cartridges, then send them over to Not only that your friends will benefit but you will as well. For each person that you recommend and they buy from us, you will automatically get £5 off your next purchase (you get 500 reward points added to your account). So if you want you can for example recommend 500 of your friends from facebook to buy from us at inkntoneruk and if all your 500 friends do buy from us you get 250,000 reward points allocated to your account which equals to £2,500 of cartridges to buy from us!! You won’t have to spend another penny if you keep on referring your friends to us and they buy from us by clicking here Refer a Friend.

The above are only some of the benefits that you can enjoy from inkntoneruk. To experience the full benefit of choosing InknToneruk as your favourite retailer for ink and toner cartridges visit us now and we guarantee that you won’t be disappointed!

Yours sincerely;


Toni B

Printer and Cartridge Buying Guide

Are you confused with all the terminologies used on printers and don’t even know what half of them actually means. Then you have come to the right place as we will go through some of the common questions we get asked when our customers calls us seeking for advice to help them to choose the best kind of printer or cartridges for them. Here are some basic printer specification that you should understand before deciding to purchase a printer.

Printer Buying Guide

Processing Speed – If you need a speedy printer then you have to decide how many pages per minute you want your printer to print. The higher the pages per minute (ppm) specified on a printer, the faster your printer is, as you will receive your printed documents quicker. Print speeds can vary depending on what type of printing you do e.g. duplex printing or printing high resolution graphics will slow your printer down.

Resolution - Dots per inch (dpi) – You hear resolution a lot, but what does it actually mean? Resolution is basically the number of dots the printer can fit onto a square inch of a paper. The higher the resolution the better it is for professional photographers as they will get more detailed image printed from their printer.

Internal Memory (RAM) – If you work at a busy environment where your workforce prints in high volume, then choose a printer with a high gigabyte of RAM. The more RAM you have in your printer the less likely you will receive errors when printing large files or files in high volume. The RAM stores and processes your print jobs when you send documents to print from your computer, and when printing is complete, the memory is cleared to allow for more print jobs to be added to the printer. The more RAM you have the more print jobs you can send to your printer at once.

Monthly Duty Cycle – This is a number that indicates the number of pages your printer can print in a monthly basis without any faults. So never go over that monthly cycle. The amount you print per month should fall way below the monthly duty cycle specified by your printer. The higher the number of the monthly duty cycle the better it is, as this determines the quality and durability of your printer.

Networking – Look for network or wireless capabilities on your printer as you might want to share your printer across the network, using Ethernet cables or wirelessly. Most businesses will use a business printer that features Ethernet connections so that every team member can print from their workstations.

Automatic Duplex Printing – also commonly known as two-sided printing is a good feature to have as your printer will automatically print in both sides of the sheets if you choose the two-sided printing option before printing.

Cartridge Buying Guide

Refills – This is the process where you send us your empty ink cartridges so that we can refill it with our high quality ink cartridges. A specific procedure is followed when refilling your ink cartridges so that it meets our standards and quality requirements so that and you get the best quality out from your printer. We will test the ink cartridges components to make sure that it will work fine and then after leaving the ink cartridge overnight, we will perform a final test to check that the print quality conforms to our high standards.

Compatibles – Compatible cartridge is the second cheapest option to replace your printer cartridges; first being refills (only available for ink cartridges). Compatible cartridges can come in budget compatibles or premium compatibles for toner cartridges. Whilst for ink cartridges they only come in premium compatibles. There are two types of compatible cartridges, one being a brand new copy of the original cartridge and the other being an original cartridge that has been remanufactured (in other words it’s been re-filled with ink).

Originals (OEM) – The original cartridges also referred to as OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) is a brand new cartridge that has been manufactured and produced by the same printer company that made your printer.

Capacity – The higher the capacity, the more ink or toner can be filled inside the cartridges. Ink/toner cartridges can come in standard capacity, high capacity, extra high capacity, super high capacity, and even ultra high capacity. Some retailers use the word yield instead of capacity e.g. High Yield which means the same thing.

Page Yields – This is how many pages you can expect to print from your ink/toner cartridges until it runs out. The higher the number the better, for example a high capacity toner cartridge will give you a higher page yield than a standard capacity toner cartridge. Please note page yield is only an approximate number of pages that can be printed with 5% coverage on to your pages. This is the standard measurement created by the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) to inform customers of how many pages their product can print. For example a toner cartridge might give you 50,000 page yields at 5% coverage.

Colours – The type of colour that has been filled inside the ink cartridge. This could be Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Grey, Matte Black, Blue, Red etc. It is also common to see ink cartridges filled with a Tri-Colour which consists of Cyan, Magenta and Yellow in one single ink cartridge.

Yours sincerely;


Toni B

What to Do When Printer Is Not Recognising the Compatible Cartridges

First of all, you should not panic when your printer is not accepting or recognising the compatible cartridges that you have brought from us because we guarantee that the compatible cartridges will work with your printer or give you your money back.

If your printer is not recognising the compatible cartridges that you have brought from us, there are some simple instructions to follow to get them working.


When you install your compatible ink or toner cartridges, you might see the following messages, which you should just ignore by pressing OK or RESUME to continue:

  • No cartridges are installed
  • Your ink or toner is low and empty
  • Other warning displayed e.g. this is not an original cartridge or using these cartridges will void the warranty


Just ignore all these messages as they have only been put there by the manufacturer to stop you from using the compatible toner or ink cartridges.

Please note: With Canon printers, you might be required to press and hold down an upside down triangle or stop button for a few seconds.

Be Aware: The above instructions does not apply to Epson printers. When any Epson cartridges become depleted and you get a message on your PC informing you that the cartridges are empty, DO NOT click OK to change the cartridges. If you ever do, say goodbye to compatible cartridges as your Epson printer will ONLY accept original cartridges and compatible cartridges will never again work with your Epson printer.

With Epson printers, when a message prompts you that the cartridges are empty, ignore the message, and click CANCEL. If there are no cancel button on the message just press cancel on the Epson printer and press the flashing button for a few seconds. This will make the printer slide the cartridges across for you to put the compatible cartridges in.

After following the above instructions, your printer should recognise your compatible cartridges. However if the new compatible cartridges still does not work do the following.


Follow our simple steps to take when your Printer Is Not Recognising the Compatible Cartridges:

1. Remove the new compatible cartridges from your printer
2. Turn off the printer and unplug from the mains power
3. Leave it for approx 15 minutes so that your printer reconfigures itself
4. Plug your printer back in and insert the new cartridges back into your printer
5. Follow INSTRUCTIONS 1 again and hopefully the above steps should make your cartridges work again.

What to do if the above steps do not work?

There isn’t any reason why our premium quality compatible cartridges should not work with your printer, unless the cartridge is not properly connecting with the printer, and there can only be two reasons for that:

1. You have not correctly installed it or
2. In the rare occasions the microchip on the cartridge might be not working properly as it has become damaged or faulty.

If the cartridges are not working after following these guidelines, you are covered with our 100% money back guarantee. So let us know and we can arrange to send a replacement out to you so that you continue to use compatible cartridges and pay much less than buying the original cartridges.

If the above worked for you let us know by commenting below or on our twitter, facebook or google+ pages.

Yours sincerely;


Toni B

When must you print?

Printing is very important in everyone’s daily life, as printing made it possible to spread and share knowledge among many instead of keeping it restricted to the few. If you think that you can get away from not printing at all, then you are wrong. There are quite a lot of important documents and files that needs printing and you can’t do without. So when are the essential times when you have no choice but to print? Here are a few times when you have to print:

CVs and Covering Letters

Printing CVs and covering letters is essential as almost all employers requires you to provide them when applying for a job or bring it with you when you have an interview. Without a printed CV and/or covering letter you lessen the chance of securing yourself the job. When it comes to printing these types of documents, it is always best practice to use a high quality premium paper and premium or original (OEM) ink or toner cartridges to print your CVs off so that you present yourself in a professional manner.

School Projects and Coursework

Most schools, colleges, and universities expect you to provide a printed copy of your projects as well as a digital copy. It is entirely up to you to decide on the type of ink cartridges you want to use when printing out your coursework. At inkntoneruk we can advise you to refill your ink cartridges or use the compatible ink cartridges to print your school projects as you won’t get marked down or anything if you are not using the original ink cartridges to print out your work. Why pay for more on original cartridges when the highest quality does not matter to anyone when printing your school projects. You can also print your notes and researches using our compatible cartridges when preparing for your coursework.

Letters and Documents

There are at some point when people ask you to send letters to them by post, as they don’t accept email copies e.g. companies might ask you to provide evidence or something or might ask you to make a copy of your passport to send it to them. Then you have no choice but to print or copy them off. For print jobs like this, do try our compatible cartridges that comes in a budget or premium quality to save you a huge amount of money, rather than using the original manufactured cartridges.

Important Data

If your mailbox is looking really full and you are not confident of saving all your data on your hard drive in case something happens to them and you lose the data, then it’s time to print off your important documents and file it away. That way you can recover all the spaces on your hard drive. Make a hard copy of your important data by printing them off using our budget compatible toner cartridges so it’s ready to be filed away.

Sharing Knowledge

As you know that the most important reason why people print is to share and learn knowledge. Maybe a document is easier to read on a printed paper than on your tablet or smart phone. Print of your documents so that you can take it with you and you don’t have to worry about if your battery might run out on your tablet and you can’t share the file with anyone else. Be prepared and print off what you need to print. Also another reason why you might want to print is when you don’t have a computer with you, so that you can have the file always with you.

Business Cards

It is essential to print your business cards or contact details so that you can share it with others. Business card is a great marketing weapon to get you noticed and to advertise yourself. Your contacts expect you to have a business card, so printing business cards with the right type of paper with the correct paper weight gsm is crucial. For business cards we would recommend to use the original (OEM) ink or toner cartridges so that you get the best quality out from your printer.

Well that’s it folks, here is the list of important things that you must print and I’m sure there are plenty more that can be added to the list. If you know of anymore, comment below or on our twitter, facebook or google+ pages.

Yours sincerely;


Toni B

Printable World Cup 2014 Wall Chart

Did you watch the opening match yesterday – Brazil vs Croatia? It was a great opening in Brazil and what brilliant start from both the teams. Although I would comment on the penalty? No…. Red card for Neymar? Maybe. This summer has just got much better because of the World Cup and every nation is in the football spirit. If you haven’t got a guide to the World Cup yet, it’s not too late to keep a record of the scores by printing out the inkntoneruk’s 2014 FIFA World Cup Wall Chart.

We have created a Free World Cup Wall Chart which you can download and print it out to stick it on your wall. You can also just save the image on to your tablet and Smart-Phone and follow your country’s wins and losses in the World Cup. Simply click on the picture to download the printable 2014 FIFA World Cup wall chart and start using your printer to print out the complete guide. Enjoy the games and keep scores up to date with our 2014 FIFA World Cup wall chart.

Click to enlarge, then right click..Save As to download the wall chart to print

If you need cartridges to print the wall chart out and are running low in ink, visit inkntoneruk now and here you would find a range of cartridges from HP, Lexmark, Epson, Canon, Brother, Dell, Kodak, Samsung and many others to choose from.

We are a major supplier of original cartridges, compatible ink/toner cartridges and refill ink cartridges. Whatever type of cartridges you choose to print these wall chart out, you can expect to receive cartridges of the highest quality and is 100% guaranteed to work with your printer or you get your money back.

We can’t wait till the England match tomorrow (Sat 14 Jun, 23:00) vs Italy. The pubs will be packed with many supporters even though we know they probably won’t win but nevertheless our support is out there…(or maybe we are just going to the pub for the buzz and excitement). We can help you to extend this support by putting a couple of England flags on your car as we are giving them away for free today. You can order anything today from to receive a couple of Free England Car Flags to support our boys in Brazil who are playing their first game this Saturday. Hurry get your flags for free while you still can. Just buy a cheap ink or toner cartridge for your printer from to get your TWO FREE ENGLAND FLAGS.

Enjoy printing the 2014 FIFA World Cup Wall Chart by inkntoneruk and good luck to the team you are supporting.

All the best;


Toni B

Our Guidelines for World Environment Day 2014

As we celebrated World Environment Day yesterday, how many of you took some actions and started to become more eco-friendly?

What is World Environment Day? Run by the UNEP, this day is celebrated every year on the 5th of June to make people aware to take positive actions to protect the world and nature.

Printing is essential to everyday life and requires you to use paper, ink or toner to print pages after pages. On an average one employee will print 31 pages in their office. There are some simple measures that you can take to make printing more eco-friendly and efficient, if you follow the guidelines below. If you follow our guidelines then you will be pleased to know that you are making a positive contribution to the nature and the environment, helping to save Planet Earth for future generations.

Choose Higher Yields Cartridges

If you choose high capacity cartridges for your ink or toner supplies, the benefit is that you get more pages to print than standard yield and plus it works out to be cheaper as well.

For example The Brother TN3330 Standard Capacity Black Toner Cartridge gives you 3,000 Pages for average market price of £62, while the Brother TN3380 High Capacity Black Toner Cartridge gives you almost triple that; giving you 8,000 Pages for approx price of £96. If you buy the Brother TN3390 Super High Capacity Black Toner Cartridge, then it gives you a massive 12,000 Pages for a fantastic price of approx £108. You can see which one is a better offer.

I hear you saying how does this save the environment? Well simple, if you buy a cartridge that lasts much longer then you would reduce the amount of cartridges that you dispose of in a year, so that means less cartridges are being emptied out into harmful landfill sites.

So next time buying ink or toner cartridges for your printer, check to see if high capacity, extra high capacity (also referred to as super high capacity) is offered for your printer.

Choose Multi-Pack Deals

At inkntoneruk we offer multi-packs, twin packs and even triple packs for both inks and toners.

For example the Samsung SCX-4216D3 Black Toner Cartridge is both offered as a twin pack as well as a triple pack. An example of a multi-pack that we offer is the Brother TN-230 Toner Cartridge Multi-Pack which comes with a Black, Cyan, Magenta and Yellow toner included in the pack.

Buying multi-packs means that it is delivered to you in one package, rather than sending you supplies out in different postages and packages with more paperwork attached to it. You reduce the need for unnecessary paperwork and packaging.

Choose Compatibles and Re-fills Options

This is probably the best way to help minimise your need to replace your toner or ink cartridges. Refill is only offered to most ink cartridges. If you refill your ink cartridges, not only you save by far a huge amount of money, but you minimise the need to throw away your empty cartridges.

For example at inkntoneruk we offer Budget Refills for the Canon MG3150 Ink Cartridges e.g. Canon PG-540XL High Capacity Black Ink Cartridge that only costs approx £10 whereas the Canon originals is dearer, costing you £17. You will never have to throw away your ink cartridges just keep recycling them.

Recycling is the most crucial action you can take to protect nature. Next time don’t throw away your empty ink cartridges but give us a call on 0208 216 5571 or visit and see if we offer refills for your ink cartridges (if not we can most of the time offer budget compatibles or re-filled inks for your printer).

We also offer Budget and Premium compatible toner cartridges that are much cheaper than buying the original manufactured toners.

For example we sell the HP Laserjet Pro 400 MFP (M425 Series) Toner Cartridges that are ridiculously cheap. The budget compatibles will only cost you £21, the premium compatibles will cost you £58 – still cheap. BUT if you go for the HP originals it will cost you £128 (although it’s expensive for the originals, we can proudly say that we are still cheaper than any other retailers that sell cartridge consumables).

Buying compatibles or re-manufactured toner cartridges for your printer is a much better environmental choice because you are using recycled products that can be re-used over a long period of time and also you save between 20 to 50% of the cost.

Recycle your Cartridges

Don’t throw away your empty cartridges, send them to us and we can start recycling your inkjet cartridges. You will be doing your bit for the environment and making a difference.

When you buy from us you will receive a freepost envelope for you to send your empty cartridges. However please note that only certain inkjet cartridges can be recycled and reused as inkjet cartridges again. For more details on recycling your empties or if you want to send your empty inkjet cartridges now or you have any questions, you can email us at

It’s your choice to make the difference. Even though the above suggestions seem small, every small change makes a difference and will have a huge impact to the environment if everyone followed in the same steps. Have a peace of mind and educate others so that World Environment Day isn’t just for one day, make people aware to preserve the environment every day. You live in this world, so take care of it.

Yours sincerely;


Toni B

Without CMYK, Even Your Dream Will Be Monochrome!

Can you imagine dreaming in black and white? It is believed by some experts that if you are over 55 and were brought up watching black and white (monochrome) TV then you may have dreamed in black and white and still are.

You can imagine how life would be like without colour, simply dull! Luckily we are aware of what colour is. But are you aware of the CMYK colour model which consists of four colours – Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key (Black). This colour model is used in colour printing process to give you the desired colours you require. Each of the colour mixes together on a white paper to portray the desired colour on the printed paper.

Colour is very important in our every day life, whether we use it for printing or filling up or re-manufactured ink cartridges, we need the colours to visually see everything in a different perspective.

All printers, whether it’s a HP, OKI, Dell or Brother Printer uses the CMYK colour model for their ink cartridges. However depending on what type of printing machine you use, some top end printers like the Canon Pro 9500 Pixma Printer supports the use of inks that are specially formulated for printing photographs. And these inks are labelled as Photo Black, Matte Black, Photo Cyan etc. Even though it is better to have a separate ink cartridges for each of the colours e.g. a separate cartridge for black and separate for magenta and so on, it is common to buy a single cartridge that contains the 3 colour mixtures CMY and these ink cartridges are referred to as Tri-colour (3 Colours – CMY).


Why is colour important for everyday life?

Colour is what makes any texts really stand out and differentiate from others. What makes a good website is the theme of the colour being used and how it makes the website engaging as well as trustworthy. Colour in logos brings out brand awareness and establishes your logo so that people become familiar with them. Only seeing a monochrome logo or website can be daunting and not very interesting.

But it’s not just about the visuals. Colours can also affect your other senses and play with your emotions. In school days you probably have learnt that Red is described as anger or alarming colour, Blue is portrayed as cold etc. Even in road traffic signs you will see the type of colours used to warn pedestrians and drivers e.g. red means stop and green means go.

There are so many psychological meaning behind colours and well known brands have picked up on this and started incorporating this finding into their brand logos. This useful image below tells us the meaning behind colour and the brands that are using these colours.

Here is a nice chart for CMYK colours and what they can mean;

Cyan- emotionally Cyan colour can refer to relaxation, calmness, and loneliness.

Magenta- psychologically Magenta colour can show emotions of love, romance, fighting, blood, and royalty.

Yellow- this Yellow colour portrays lively, energetic, happiness, excitement, flowers, and summer.

Black- the Black colour is synonyms to wealth, power, sadness, depression, fear, death, and mourning.

cmyk chart

So next time when your printing your artwork from your Canon or Epson printer you might want to rethink before you print about the type of colours you have used and change it since you will have a better understanding of what they mean.

Remember: Need Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black Ink or Toner for your Printer – Think InkNTonerUK

Yours sincerely;


Toni B