Question about Canon imagePROGRAF W8400 InkJet Printer
We have a Canon 8400 and are trying to print a grayscale, black only image. We have a grayscale photo and we also have a full-color poster with some black only/grayscale text. We cannot get the grayscale to print without color in it. It keeps printing with a lot of magenta. We have tried many different color settings and paper profiles. The full-color poster needs to be printed on matte paper. How can we get a grayscale/black ink only image to print with black ink only?!
SOURCE: Canon MP830 - extreme ink useage
According to a service manual for a similar Canon printer, the grayscale printing should only use the Pigment Black ink PGI-5BK.
On fast it is 300x300dpi with 1 pass, standard is 600x600dpi with 1 pass and high is 600x600 with 4 passes.
On plain paper in colour it is meant to still only use the C/M/Y and again the big pigment black ink PGI-5BK, it only uses the smaller black ink once you set it to use a photo type paper in the printing settings.
Posted on Jan 25, 2008
Selecting grayscale only will also make use of your color. when u select grayscale, look under the print options and select black cartridge only and for more economic printing, use fast draft or draft printing.
Posted on Jun 09, 2009
Should be an option in the printer driver to do this.
and either Colour or Paper/Quality should have an option to print in Greyscale or Colour
Posted on Aug 31, 2009
bukes1 is actually right. I have the same printer and I'm having the same problem. The MP980 has a black, pixel black, cyan, magenta, yellow, and a grey cartridge, so 6 all together. The grey replacement cartridge is not readily available at a store. You have to purchase it online. I don't understand why Canon does not include it in the color multi-pack. It's quite a nuisance, because when the cartridge runs out you can't print at all.
Posted on Nov 11, 2009
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