Scanning any document. Latest scan - legal size, B&W, 300dpi, a survey so lines and text. Views fine on monitor, prints out fuzzy, non legible. Have tried printing on 2 different printers, same result.
Text and lines, look like they have grey/black shading behind them making them fuzzy and unreadable.
Looked at scanned documents from several months ago same problem.
So can this fuzzy print problem be fixed and how do I fix the older scanned documents?
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Normally, you do this in the software that you use to view the photo or document. Usually print options or preview - if a photo, and you use Windows Vista / office - MS office picture manager - you simply open it in this program, print, then select the media destination (letter, legal m,etc), then fit to page, half page, etc. Or you can physically change the file size using this same tool (many other views can do this too), tools, resize, and name your pixel size. The advantages to doing this at print time, is that you dont mess with the original, and you get to see the result.
I have a Brother MFC-8840Dn (full legal-size flatbed as well as document feeder). I use Windows XP Pro and a USB connection. I'm not sure my fix works with other Brother models or different Windows operating systems, but it's a way to start troubleshooting at least.
I've always been able to print legal-sized pages from word processing or spreadsheet programs and receive legal-sized faxes. But I never could make legal-sized photocopies or PDF scans. The image was always cut off at Letter size. The fix is a Brother Utility set-up setting:
*** Go to Start / All Programs / Brother / MFL-Pro Suite MFC 8840Dn / Scanner Utility. (This link may also be called something like Scanner Settings.)
*** At the "Maximum Scanning Size", select "Legal" instead of "Letter/A4".
*** Click OK and restart your PC for the new setting to take effect.
It's like magic -- I can now scan a full legal-sized PDF, whether on the flatbed or through the ADF. I also tried a compressed TIFF scan and it came out fine.
**** Make sure your software and/or Brother Control Center scanning configurations are set to Legal if that's what you want for the particular image scan. The Brother Utility setting simply enables the option of choosing the larger legal-sized paper, which then allows the full legal-sized image scan, Youalways have to set your software to make that choice, just as you would to make and print smaller images on Letter, A4, envelopes, etc. (NOTE: I always start scans through software on my PC, like Adobe Acrobat or PaperPort, and the Utility Setting fix is working fine. However, I just tried pressing the SCAN button on the front panel of the MFC itself with a legal-sized document on the flatbed and through the document feeder. I still got Letter-sized image scans. So, there must be another setting somewhere for starting scans directly from the MFC that I'll locate later.)
I was about to buy a different brand of scanner because of the frustration with legal-sized images. It's like having a new scanner now :) I hope this Utility Setting info helps you troubleshoot your legal-sized image problem.
1. From the MP Navigator screen, select "Scan with Scanner Driver" in lower left corner.
2. When in ScanGear MP, select the Advanced Mode tab
3. At Input Settings, select Document (ADF) for document type
4. Set paper size in next window
5. Click Scan button at bottom
I need some more information are the lines horizontal or vertical? Does it print fine from the computer? Does this problem only happen when you scan an item in and then print it or copying an item then print it? Also when you get this output do you have some of the text and lines or just lines?