My parents are using their HP printer most of the time to print text documents but every now and then they also use it to print a picture they have shot with their digital camera.
Their normal printer settings have been optimized heavily so that the ink cartridges last longer. This includes the exclusive use of black for all text documents for instance and a quality setting that uses as little ink as possible without interfering with the quality of the printout.
Their problem was that they always had to change the settings when they wanted to print a picture that they took with the digital camera. Here is what I did so that they did not have to change those settings all the time.
You all know that it is possible to add additional printers to your system. What most users do not know is that you can also add the same printer again and configure it with different settings. What I did was I install the printer again in Windows Vista.
This had the result that they had access to two printer profiles now. I highly recommend you name the printers appropriately so that you can easily distinguish between them. I named the first Print Text Documents, the second Print Photos so that it was easy enough to select the right printer for the print job. I kept the text printers settings as it was already optimized for printing documents, and modified the settings of the photo printer to print photos in color using the best quality possible.
No magic involved here, sorry. Whenever they want to print a photo they simply use the second profile with the name Print Photo. It's theoretically possible to create additional profiles if the need arises, for instance to print documents in color as well at times.
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