I've been trying to print photos on my printer (set on highest quality) and sometimes they come out nice, then the quality will automatically change and loose clarity and have stripping, etc. I've uninstalled and reinstalled the printer driver but it didn't help!
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Whats the question?? if poor quality printing, it could be dirty ink cartridges, dirt on the print head, poor quality paper ??? try looking at the printer settings, sometimes they may be set to economy rather than top quality printing.
Actually as you told that you have replaced ink cartridge sometimes ago so with the new ink the effect of primary colors is more and when you print on the high quality the effect of primary color is more. If you are printing the photos with software the try to print it on medium quality, even on low quality, The result will be fine. You can change the setting of printing in any software. After a time while when the ink will be used the result will automatically fine even on High quality.
I hope you have a clear picture in your mind.
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After you click print, and just before you print, go to your 'printing preferences' or 'print settings' in the popup window. From there, cycle through the tabs, and ensure that 'print quality' is NOT at draft and IS on normal or high quality. Alternatively, you change the 'print resolution' in this window, if the option is available. Resolution is usually given in 'dpi' so choose the highest 'dpi' value. This should hopefully give you darker prints
Without knowing the make and model of your printer and your scanner or your operating system, I will make some general suggestions to you:
1.This can happen if you have begun to use generic ink rather than the ink made by the printers maker. Have you changed to a brand other than the brand of your printer?(If you have you may be able to change the way the photo looks by follow the instructions for printer settings below.)
2.It may be a problem with the settings for your printer. To find them, please follows these instructions:
>Right clickon the printer we are discussing
>Choose PRINTING PREFERENCES
You should now be at a window with several tabs. Paper/Quality is the page where you can change to the type of paper you are using and change from the lowest to the highest quality of print. (fast-fastnormal-normal-best). Please set your printer for the paper you are using and for the quality you want. (the better the quality, the more ink you use.)
Next you can open the Color tab and under color management I keep Colorsmart/sRGB selected.
You may also open the Advanced settings tab and change the way the photo looks. Please make very small changes until you see what the photo is going to look like. I also recommend that you set the printer for the smallest photo paper that you have and experiment with printing things very small until you like the way it looks, since printing photos takes a lot of ink.
When you are finished with adjustments to your printer settings, click apply and ok. and close the window. You will need to know how to get to this place, so if you are not familiar with it, please write it down.
3. You can change the coloring of your photo under several different settings in whatever photo program you are using. Look for hue and saturation, color,lightness and brightness, etc. and experiment on a photo with those settings.
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the pixma printers use the large black tank in most modes like text and standard (default) or fast photo printing .. thats most economical when you are using just plain paper .... it will switch to the small black tank only if you select "High" quality mode .. that black matches the nature of the color inks much better and results in really good color pictures if you are using Gloss or Matt high quality photo paper .. you can select the quality level by the following ... when you start to print, a window comes up where you can select which printer you want ... at the right of this window is "preferences" .. click that .. now select the type of paper and "High" quality mode .... now the printer will slow down but will provide really nice results and it will use the small tank black ink instead of the large tank ....the small tank is only used for "high" quality photo prints which is only needed for high quality photo paper .. if you havent tried that yet you might want to get some glossy photo paper (either Canons or Costco has great stuff if you want a lot, like 150 sheets) but most glossy paper will work except colors might need tweeking for some ... print a nice photo in the high quality mode and you should be really impressed .. and you will be using your small black ink tank .. you might want to make the first few pictures small (2x3 inch) untill you are sure everything is the way you want it .. i usually print in the top left corner first .. then reinsert the same paper and try again right next to that .. i do that until i get the colors perfect .. then i print big .. 5x7 or even 8x10 on a new sheet... the high quality mode can be selected for just plain paper and it will use the special black ink but it doesnt result in a better picture .. so no point in doing that unless you want to experiment .. if you never print high quality photos then you will never use the small tank black ink .. it will still be used up eventually because of normal head cleaning the machine does automatically .. ...
grey scaling does not select the special ink unless you select "High" for the quality setting .. then yes you can print using that small tank black ..again it will buy you a lot if you are using High quality photo paper ... almost nothing for plain paper but at least it will allow you to use that ink .. ..
What paper are you using.
Use canon paper and EZphoto print .
Tou will be amazed .
These printers mix the 3 colors to make a black in photos.
So if you have shadows or black in the photos they will lack contrast
If you are using Glossy paper, when you go to print make sure to go into the printer Properties from the Print dialog box and select Glossy paper in the type. This will put the printer into it's highest print quality mode.
So from most windows applications, it would be :- CTRL-P (to print with dialog box for changes) Click on Properties Select a Media type of glossy photo paper Select standard or high print quality.
p.s. you may need to experiment which if the media types gives you best quality for the paper your using, unless it's Canon paper and then just match it up.