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Monday, July 16, 2012

Which are printer friendly fonts to save money with your printing jobs?

Printer ink is expensive, either black and white or color. In this article we are learning about use of 'printer friendly fonts and how we can save money with printer ink? Printer friendly fonts can help you save with printing jobs.
Fonts like Arial, Times News Roman, Courier, Helvetica, etc. are generally used in most of the cases, but which one is the most economic typeface when it comes to printing?

A Dutch printing company did some research and found that Century Gothic and Times New Roman fonts use far less ink or toner than Arial and Sans Serif. In fact, they found that Century Gothic uses around 30% less ink than Arial. They carried out a case study at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay who spent around $100,000 per year on ink; they switched from Arial to Century Gothic and saw a saving of around $10,000 per year.


Reducing your font size is another great way to save money; if you normally type in font size 12, reduce it to 11 or 10. Avoid using the “bold” button. The simple fact is that the bigger or thicker your text looks, the more ink or toner you will need to use to get it on to paper.

A study determined the ink usage of these different typefaces. In this study ballpoint pens were used to hand draw the same text at the same size but using different fonts and the results were:
Garamond* followed by Courier turned out to be the most economic fonts of them all while Impact and Comic Sans consumed the maximum ink.
This is definitely not a “scientific study” but you still get the idea.
* Most Harry Potter books are set in 12pt Adobe Garamond.

The most printer friendly fonts:
  • Century Gothic


  • Times New Roman
  • Calibri
  • Verdana
  • Arial
  • Sans Serif
  • Trebuchet
  • Tahoma
  • Franklin Gothic Medium
  • Another way to save on ink – set your printer to black only and draft mode.
    For educational printing jobs and create flash cards or similar documents, it is recommended to use line drawing or clip art and if needed we can color it with simple 'poster paints' to make it attractive.
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