My printer is unable to print on glossy paper, resulting in prints like:

enter image description here

The printer is a HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 3525, and the paper is 240 GSM "High Glossy Inkjet Photo Paper" marked as "Water Resistant, Super White Instant Dry" (in case it matters).

While printing, I chose "HP Everyday Photo Paper, Glossy" (though the paper I'm using is not from HP, this seemed like the closest option):

enter image description here

When that didn't work, I also tried "Other photo papers", to no avail. These seem like the only options that seem to match my paper.

How do I get my printer to print on this paper?

  • 1
    \$\begingroup\$ As I wrote, it's a HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 3525. It has only one black. And it's the same cartridge type I've been using for a few years — HP 685, purchased straight from HP, so it's unlikely to be a fake. I checked both the labels on the cartridge and what the printer reports. \$\endgroup\$ Aug 16, 2015 at 3:33

1 Answer 1


This turns out to have a simple, non-technical, amusing answer: I was loading the paper upside down. The glossy side should be face down, but I'd loaded it face up. Once I fixed that, it started working.


Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.