Right color balance standard print setting, but wrong in high rez
When I print in the basic factory "standard" setting the color balance is fine. As soon as I set to a glossy paper and a higher detail the colors suddenly print out muddy and way off color balance. If there is text it still comes out the right color, but any background image is very bad and purplish.
I have reinstalled the driver, reset the printers so as to wipe the list of customized settings I had compiled over time, but to no avail.
Anyone have a clue as to what is going haywire here?
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have you checked the ink levels? sometimes the black runs out before other colors because it is used more commonly. it could be that the device is unable to detect that it has no black ink and therefore will not notify you that it has run out. i suggest trying a replacement ink and seeing if that solves the problem, if not, then there is a problem with the hardware of the printer.
If there is no improvement with the quality of printing following such maintenance as print head cleaning, a FINE Cartridge is probably empty. Replace the empty FINE Cartridge with a new one. When replacing a FINE Cartridge, check the model number very carefully. The printer will not print properly if a wrong FINE Cartridge is used, or installed wrong. Replacing a FINE Cartridge When a FINE Cartridge runs out of ink, replace them using the following steps. 1 Ensure that the printer is on. 2 Open the card slot cover first and then open the front cover. The FINE Cartridge holder moves to the left. 3 Remove the empty FINE Cartridge. Color: CL-51 [High Yield] Photo: CL-52 The standard Color FINE Cartridge (CL-41) can be installed as option. -Handle the FINE Cartridge carefully to avoid staining clothing or the surrounding area. -Discard the empty FINE Cartridge according to the local laws and regulations.
sounds like you either have econo-mode set which would be in the printer driver or your screen colors do not match your printer colors. Your easiest test is to open mspaint and create a block of just one basic color like yellow. If it prints fine then the programs you are trying to use are not sending the right color instructions to the printer. Never expect a low end color such as this to match your screen out of the box, it will not happen. You either have to accept the color difference or spend the money to buy a color matching device which creates custom drivers for your printer and screen so they look the same.
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 .. ..
Have the photo printer run a test/alignment page. Make sure you are not running out of one color. Anytime the image runs heavy on one color typically means another color is empty or low and not blending properly.
You can also check the settings to see if it is printing in Draft/Normal/Best Mode. Depends on the settings and application used to control this. Best uses more ink and of course provides the best image. Photo quality paper if you want the best looking pictures. Printing on standard bond will cause some bleeding and saturate the paper. (Looks feels wet) This will give the image a slight blurring dull look. Depends on the quality of the paper used also. Hope this helps!
I am not sure what out of position refers to but if it is a setting in the printer this should fix it.
Restoring the factory-set defaults returns all of the settings to the factory defaults.
Restore the factory-set defaults
Use the (LEFT ARROW) or the (RIGHT ARROW) button to select Service, and then press (SELECT).
Use the (LEFT ARROW) or the (RIGHT ARROW) button to select Restore defaults, and then press (SELECT).
The device automatically restarts.
This can differ b/n manufacturer and models, but basically what you have to do is get in to the printer properties window. Go to File>Print. In the box that pops up, make sure your printer is selected and click the "properties" window. THere is usually a tab that says "Printing Preferences", but like I said, this can vary. Just go thru all tabs and if you are looking to print in black, look for an entry that says "Print in grey scale" or "Economy Print". That should resolve your issue. Be sure to click OK in the box when you're done :O)