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Your Color Copier and Coverage

Color coverage is a term that all Seattle companies that use printers need to understand. Unfortunately, many businesses do not thoroughly understand what this term means. For this reason, they end up paying more money every single month for their toner.

In its simplest form, the term color coverage refers to the amount of a blank sheet of paper that gets covered in ink. However, if a person asked you what you thought the maximum color coverage is, no doubt you would say 100 percent. Technically, that is not correct. In fact, the maximum color coverage for every single sheet of paper is about 380 percent.

You may be asking yourself how this is possible. Well, what you need to remember is that there are four color cartridges. There is cyan, magenta, yellow and black. On each sheet of paper you can only print on about 95 percent of the page since there will always be a margin that cannot be printed on. So, a page that was completely printed black would have a 95 percent color coverage. Conversely, a page that was printed completely orange would have around a 160 percent color coverage, using both the yellow and magenta inks.