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Blotchy color on glossy paper

My pictures are printed out fairly well on plain paper but when I use glossy paper the image is patchy - regular grainy effect. I have tried many different paper type settings and Fast/Standard/High print quality but it's useless. My picture is a portion of a large 72 dpi photo. I copy it into Word, adjust the size in Word and print from there. Am I doing something wrong? What can you advise?

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  • greyowl7 Jan 10, 2008

    That link is about laser printers! Mine (Canon iP4200x) is an inkjet.

  • greyowl7 Jan 10, 2008

    No, it's HP inkjet semi-glossy 170g

  • greyowl7 Jan 11, 2008

    Yes, octacon. I made a 5 x 3 table in Word and placed the pic in one cell, wrote which printer settings I intended to use (paper type and print quality) and printed it twice: plain paper and semi-glossy. Then I moved the pic to another cell, changed the printer settings and printed again twice on the SAME 2 SHEETS of paper. Repeated for 15 different combinations. The "high" quality printouts on the plain paper were all rather good (no difference between various paper type settings). All the printouts on glossy were blotchy; "fast" and "standard" for "plain paper" setting were also very pale.

  • greyowl7 Feb 18, 2008

    I can hardly believe it, but you're right! It took me a while to buy some Canon glossy paper and try it out, but it gives good pix where the HP paper gave streaky, blotchy images.
    Thanks for the tip. Viktor

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    When set paper to photopaper (glossy or mat) the blue color is not used for printin

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Hi,

Are you using Canon glossy paper?

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    Damen Wong Jan 10, 2008

    According to Canon paper heavier than 105 grams is not recommended. Here are the exact words from Canon.



    Unusable paper



    Do not use the types of paper listed below.


    Using these types of paper may cause paper jam or problems in the printer as well as deteriorated print results.



    - Folded, wrinkled, or torn paper

    - Wet or soiled paper

    - Excessively thin paper: Paper lighter than 64 gm2 (17 lb) (tracing paper, thin letter paper, etc.)


    - Excessively thick paper excluding Canon authentic paper : Paper heavier than 105 gm2 (28 lb) (cardboard, corrugated paper, etc.)

    - Paper smaller than 54 mm (W) x 86 mm (H) (2.13" x 3.39")

    - Non-rectangular paper

    - Paper with adhesives or staples

    - Paper in bound form (such as a notebook)

    - Photo postcards or postcard with image seals

    - Non-empty envelopes

    - Envelopes with double flaps or flaps with adhesive

    - Embossed or coated paper, post cards, and envelopes

    - Paper with holes (loose-leaf, etc.)

    - "cut" plain paper or "cut" memo pad.

  • Damen Wong
    Damen Wong Jan 10, 2008

    The exact image that you print on regular paper (and comes out fine), comes out blotchy on glossy paper?

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    Damen Wong Jan 11, 2008

    Is there any way you can get your hands on another brand of glossy paper (or perhaps full glossy paper)? I suspect the problem here is with the paper.

  • Damen Wong
    Damen Wong Feb 18, 2008

    I am glad it worked out for you =)



    Thanks for using FixYa!

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Hi
This link will take you to common problems and how to use glossy paper.
http://support.gateway.com/s/tutorials/Tu_844855.shtml
see it, and let me know if that didnt solved your problem

Posted on Jan 10, 2008

  • Santiago Vallejo
    Santiago Vallejo Jan 10, 2008

    Have you changed the type of paper before printing? if not your printer will think it is normal paper, and that might be why it is blotchy.
    Remember that you need the special glossy paper for printing, and to change your paper type.
    you can see how to change the paper type here
    http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/contro...

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