What Happens When a Printer Runs Out of Yellow, Magenta or Cyan Ink? - National Printer Repairs National Printer RepairsWhat Happens When a Printer Runs Out of Yellow, Magenta or Cyan Ink? - National Printer Repairs

What Happens When a Printer Runs Out of Yellow, Magenta or Cyan Ink?

CMYK is a subtractive colour model used in many different printers. It works by using a combination of cyan, magenta, yellow and black ink or toner cartridges (hence the name) in order to make all the colours needed for basic printing. The way in which these colours are mixed, determines the result of the colour on your paper. But what happens if one of these colours runs out?

In the case of a printer running out completely of one ink cartridge, it will automatically result a different colour. For example, if you were expecting reds and instead got yellows, it more than likely means your magenta inker/toner cartridge has run out. This is because magenta combines with yellow to create red, so in the absence of magenta, you are left with only yellow.  The other thing you may notice when magenta runs out, is your blues appear turquoise (or cyan) as the combination of magenta and cyan makes blue.

The absence of cyan is likely to cause your greens to appear less vibrant and your blues to turn pink or at the least, with pink tinges. Using the same principal, the absence of yellow results in reds appearing pinker and greens appearing more turquoise.

Black is given the initial K in this printing method to avoid confusion with the Red, Green, Blue (RGB) acronym where B is blue. Black can be achieved one of two ways, either by combining 100% of yellow, magenta and cyan, or by using its own separate black cartridge. You are always going to get a better result with a separate cartridge, but if your black happens to run out, your printer will combine the other colours by default to achieve the closest possible result to black.

For printer cartridge replacement, contact National Printer Repairs today.

Posted on November 24, 2017 | Posted by Paul V
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