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PHOTO APPEARANCE My prints appear faded or washed out. Can you please tell me how to solve this? I have changed the ink cartridges and i am still having the same problem.

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  • nanny2caleb Feb 27, 2008

    It ended up being something with my Adobe program. Thanks tho!

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After clicking on "Print", after the Print Window appears, click on the "Advanced" button at the bottom. Then check the following:
(For the next settings, click on the drop down arrows on the right side to see your options.)
Make sure your Printer is set to "MP160".
Presets can be left on the default "Standard" or you can choose your paper, depending on what you are printing on.
Then for the drop down bar that says "Copies & Pages", choose "Quality & Media" then make sure your Print Mode is set to "Printing a top-quality photo". (Mine was set to "Printing a composite document" which resulted in the faded photos.)
Click "Print" and your photos should once again come out like what you see on your screen.
I should also mention that I use a Mac and so these options are what I'm seeing in my pop up print windows.

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Check your printer settings, If your printer is set on draft mode the prints may appear faded washed out, turn up the quality of the printing and this should solve the problem.

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