Not sure if you are using XP or Vista. I'm speaking from Vista but XP should apply, too.
1. You could have the 'Print in Grayscale' box checked. It is under Printing preferences > Color. 2. Your color cartridge may be empty. Print a test page to make sure. 3. Make sure print quality is Normal or Best. 4. There is a "Print all text as Black" in the Advanced tab. Make sure it is Disabled.
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Have a look at your printer software settings. You may have it set to black and white only. There may also be a driver that was missed during installation to allow colour printing. Try reinstalling the software.
It could be the print setting on your computer.
If you're using Windows, with your document open, go to File > Properties/Preferences. In the Print Setup tab, make sure to select "Print using all available ink" in the Ink Use section.
On Mac you can select Color in Print Setting in any expanded print dialog.
Hello, your printer makes black from cyan, magenta and yellow when you tell it to prin black and white photographs. In the Printer Preferences you will find an option that is called: Print in High Resolution Grayscale using only the black cartridge. If you check this function your printer will print only black and white with grayscale and will not use the color cartridge.
He's not saying that the black cartridge won't print (which would warrant cleaning the heads, or messing with the cartridges) -- I have the same problem that MarkDan is having as well... no matter what you select as the output from any "Print" dialog window, the HP 21xx and 12xx series printers _always_ print in full color. You can choose Black and White, Greyscale, Color -- doesn't matter what you choose in the dialog boxes, it utterly ignores you, and will always print in color.
I have no idea why it does this, but it's eating a _ton_ of color ink for no good reason. I have searched all over the Web and on HP's site, but solution has been found.
The paper you print on is not relevant.
What happens is the green tint is the actual printer delivering all the colours to give a 'composite' black.
On shiny photo paper this is emphasized where as on plain paper the colour is absorbed and shows as intended.
So what can you do?
Move away from black and go for a tint such as sepia.