Changing Printer Driver Settings
Printing with HP Photosmart printers is controlled by the driver software that is installed during the printer driver installation. Changes to the printer preferences can be set and changed in the Preferences dialog box.
Changing preferences from within a software application
Preferences set from within a software application will only change settings for the application or the current document, depending upon the application. The methods of accessing the dialog box will differ, depending on the software program being used. One of the following methods will usually open the Preferences dialog box from within the application:
- Click File , Print , then click the Preferences or Properties button.
- Click File , Print Setup , then click the Preferences or Properties button.
- Click File , Print , Setup , then click the Properties button.
- Click Print , Properties , then click Printer Assistant .
Changing the default settings
Preferences changed from within the printer driver will change the default settings for the printer. One of the following methods will open the printer driver Preferences dialog box:
- Click the Taskbar Printer icon.
- Right-click the applicable Photosmart icon in the Printers folder, then click Printer Preferences from the pop-up menu.
- Right-click the applicable Photosmart icon in the Printers folder, click Properties from the pop-up menu, and then click the Printer Preferences button on the General tab.
Printer setting definitions
The driver settings are explained below.
The Printing Shortcuts tab allows for quick selection of printing activities by automatically selecting the best driver settings for a particular task. The tab shows only relevant setting options based on the activity selected.
In the What do you want to do? drop down box, select from the following printing activities:
- General every day printing
- Photo printing-borderless
- Photo printing- with white borders
- Two-sided, duplex, printing
- Presentation printing
- Fast/economical printing
- Postcard printing
If desired, make manual selections to the settings. Any driver settings made here will be applied to the other driver tabs.
Print Tasks Quick Sets
Driver settings for the following tasks can be automatically selected by choosing the task from the Quick Sets drop-down menu:
- Default print settings
- 2 pages printed on one sheet
- Automatic two-sided printing, main tray
- Borderless photo, 4 x 6 in.
- Borderless photo, 8.5 x 11 in.
- Draft text or text with color printing
- Economical 4 x 6 inches photo, HP Everyday Photo Paper
- No. 10 envelope
- Professional photo-quality printing
- Professional text or text with color printing
New Quick Sets can be added by performing the following steps:
- Type a new Quick Sets description in the Print Tasks Quick Sets box.
- Choose the appropriate paper size in the Size is: drop-down menu.
- Choose the appropriate paper source in the Source is: drop-down menu.
- Choose the appropriate paper type in the Type Is: menu.
- Choose the appropriate Print Quality.
- Click Save to save the new Quick Set.
To delete a Quick Set, select the desired Quick Set and click Delete .
|Size is||Use the drop-down menu to select from a list of standard media sizes support by the printer.|
|Borderless printing||A check in this box will limit the choices in the Size is drop-down to only sizes supporting borderless printing.|
|Custom||Click the Custom button and follow the directions below to use a paper size that is not available from the drop-down list.|
|Source is||Upper tray
– pulls paper from the upper tray|
Lower tray – pulls paper from the lower tray when the optional 250-sheet paper tray accessory is installed. This selection cannot be used with the automatic paper-type sensor. Select Plain Paper from the Type is drop-down list.
Upper then lower – pulls paper from the upper tray until the tray is empty, then pulls paper from the lower tray
Lower then upper – when the optional 250-sheet paper tray accessory is installed, pulls paper from the lower tray until the tray is empty, then pulls paper from the upper tray. This selection cannot be used with the automatic paper-type sensor. Select Plain Paper from the Type is drop-down list.
|Type is|| Automatic – the paper sensor in the printer determines the paper type|
Plain paper – set printer for optimal results on plain paper
HP Premium Photo Paper – set printer to product optimal results on HP Premium Photo Paper
More – select other paper types from a comprehensive list of HP papers
Setting a custom paper size
To define a custom paper size, do the following:
- On the Paper/Quality tab, click the Custom button. The Custom paper size dialog box opens.
- In the Name drop-down list, select a paper size name.
- Select the unit of measure, Inches or Millimeters .
- Type the proper dimensions in the Width and Length boxes. The minimum and maximum paper dimensions appear beneath each box.
- Click Save to save the custom paper size.
- Click OK to exit the Custom Paper Size dialog box.
Use the drop-down box to select from the following choices:
|Print Quality setting||Definition|
|Fast Draft||Print quality is reduced to 300 x 300 dots per inch (dpi). This print quality setting is intended for occasional use only as the higher speed produces the greatest stress on the print mechanism. This print mode uses color space profiles to control color output.|
|Fast Normal||Slightly less quality than Normal, but higher quality than Fast Draft. The printing resolution is set to 600 x 600 dpi. This print mode uses color space profiles to control color output.|
|Normal||The resolution for this mode is 600x600 Dots Per Inch. The print speed is slightly slower than Fast Normal and Digital Photography is enabled. This print mode uses color space profiles to control color output.|
|Best||This is the highest recommended print quality setting. It uses HP’s patented PhotoREt color processing technology for best results. The reported resolution is 600 x 600, however PhotoREt will provide enhanced results.|
|Maximum dpi||This is the slowest print mode available and uses the most computer resources. The resolution is 1200 x 1200 dpi (optimized to 4800 x 1200 dpi), however PhotoREt technology is not used.|
The default selection will be the recommended setting for the currently selected paper type.
Click the HP Digital Photography button to open the HP Digital Photography Options dialog box.
HP Digital Photography
Select from the six options above to enhance the quality of digital photos. In most applications, the default settings will provide the best digital print.
|Red eye removal||Click On to reduce or remove red-eye in a photo.|
|Contrast enhancement||Adjusts the contrast. Click Automatic to allow the printer software to balance the contrast automatically.|
|Digital flash||Adjusts the exposure in dark areas of photos to bring out detail. Click Automatic to allow the printer software to balance lightness and darkness automatically.|
|SmartFocus||Enhances the image quality and clarity. Click On to allow the printer software to focus the image automatically.|
|Sharpness||Adjusts the sharpness of a photo. Click Automatic to allow the printer software to set the level of sharpening for the image automatically.|
|Smoothing||Softens an image. Click Automatic to allow the printer software to set the level of smoothing for the image automatically.|
Print Task Quick Sets
Selecting, adding, or deleting Print Task Quick Sets can also be done from the Finishing tab.
NOTE:Some options may appear dimmed and are available only when a corresponding setting is selected. For example, selecting Two or more from the Pages Per Sheet option causes the Print Page Borders and Page Order Is: options to become available.
|Rotate||Select to rotate the image.|
|Rotate by 180 degrees||Select to rotate the image 180 degrees.|
Print Task Quick Sets
Selecting, adding, or deleting Print Task Quick Sets can also be done from the Effects tab.
The following settings in the Effects tab allow for easy resizing when printing documents or images:
|Print document on||Choose a different paper size to print on.|
|Scale to fit||Resizes the document or image to fit on the selected paper size.|
|% of normal size||Either type in a desired percentage, or move the slider bar until the desired percentage is shown to create a custom size.|
|Watermarks||Choose from Confidential, Do Not Copy, Draft, For Your Eyes Only, or Top Secret.|
|First page only||Select to print the watermark on the first page only.|
|Edit||Click on Edit and follow the directions below to create a customized watermark.|
New watermarks can be added by performing the following procedure:
- In the Watermarks box, click Edit.
- After the Watermark Details dialog box opens, click New in the Current Watermarks box.
- In the Watermark Message box, delete Untitled #1 (named by default), and type in a new watermark message.
- Choose the Message Angle. Select either Diagonal, Horizontal, or Angle. If Angle is selected, use the Up Arrow and Down Arrow buttons to choose the desired angle. The default angle setting is 45 degrees.
- In the Font Attributes box, choose the desired font Name, Color, Shading, Size, and Style for the new watermark.
- Click OK to save the new watermark.
Print Task Quick Sets
Selecting, adding, or deleting Print Task Quick Sets can also be done from the Basics tab.
|Portrait/Landscape||Select Portrait (tall) or Landscape (wide).|
|Mirror image||Click Mirror image for reverse printing, such as iron-on decals.|
|Front to back||Prints the last page of the document first, so that the first page of the document is on top of the finished print job.|
|Back to front||Prints the first page of the document first, so that the last page of the document is on top of the finished print job.|
Driver setting Definitions
|Copies||Select the number of copies to print.|
|Collate||Check this box to have multiple copies of the document collated within the print job. Pages will print 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3 instead of 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 3.|
|Print preview||Check this box to show print preview before each print job.|
|Ink Volume||Adjusts the amount of ink printed on the page. The lighter the ink volume, the faster the printout will dry.|
|Dry Time||Provides extra drying time for slow-drying printouts. The printer will hold onto the printout until the dry time has elapsed.|
|Variable Overspray||Select the amount of overspray for borderless photos.|
|Low Memory Mode||Check this box if the computer does not have enough memory/disk space to print the requested print job.|
Print Task Quick Sets
Selecting, adding, or deleting Print Task Quick Sets can also be done from the Color tab.
|Print in grayscale||Check this box to print document in grayscale.|
|High Quality||When printing in grayscale, will use color cartridge to provide optimal range of grays.|
|Black print cartridge only||When printing in grayscale, will only use the black print cartridge. Use this selection to save ink from the color cartridge.|
Click the Advanced color settings... button to open the Advanced color settings dialog box.
Advanced Color settings
Use the above options to adjust how colors appear in printed photos.
- Use Saturation, Brightness, and Color tone to affect how overall colors are printed.
- Adjust the Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black sliders to specify the level of each color that is used in printing.
The preview picture in the upper right will demonstrate how the selected changes will affect the final printout. Click OK to save the adjustments and to return to the Color tab.
Color management defines the range of colors that can be printed. The printer software translates the colors of an image from the current color settings to the color management option that is selected.
Select one of the following options in the Color management drop-down list:
|ColorSmart/sRGB||Common standard color space, appropriate for most print jobs. Used for most Web-based documents and current imaging devices.|
|AdobeRGB||When using AdobeRGB to print from a professional software program, turn off the color management program and allow the printer software to manage the color space. Use the AdobeRGB setting for images that were originally created in the AdobeRGB color space.|
|Managed by application||Use this option to allow the program from which you are printing to manage the color of the photo.|
If experiencing print quality issues or problems with the functioning of the printer, click the Service this device button to open the HP Photosmart Toolbox.
|Align the Printer||Aligns the print cartridges for the optimum print quality.|
|Print a Diagnostic Page||Prints a diagnostic test page that indicates how the print nozzles are working.|
|Calibrate Color||Balances the color tints on printed pages when both photo and color pens are used. Perform when color tints have visibly shifted towards yellow, magenta, or blue.|
|Clean the Print Cartridges||Performs a print cartridge cleaning when print quality has decreased noticeably or when recommended by the troubleshooting instructions.|
|Print a Test Page||Prints a test page to verify that the printer is working correctly.|
Estimated ink level
The Estimated Ink Level tab shows a graphic estimate of how much ink is left in the black and tri-color print cartridges. This is an estimate only, the actual ink levels may vary.
Click Print Cartridge Ordering Information to open the Print Cartridge Ordering Information dialog box.
Click Order Online to order print cartridge replacements from HP.
Click Print Page to print a page with the print cartridge reorder information on it.
Click OK to close the Print Cartridge Ordering Information dialog box.
To apply any changes to the configuration settings, click Apply .
To restore factory defaults, click Factory Settings .
|Automatic Two-Sided Printing Module||Check this box when the Automatic Two-Sided Printing Module is installed.|
|Auto Two-Sided Print Accessory with small printing tray||Check this box when the Auto Two-Sided Print Accessory with small printing tray is installed .|
|Display Print Settings Confirmation Dialog||This setting has no discernable effect.|
|Display Status Window||When this box is checked, a status message will appear before each print job.|
|Attempt to Use Hardware ECP||The Attempt to Use Hardware ECP option is not available on all printer models, and may appear dimmed if not available.|
Click Configure Status Messages to select which status messages to show, and to set the status report rate.
Click the Configure Wireless Settings button to configure settings for a Bluetooth connection. The HP bt300 wireless printer adapter must be used in conjunction with the printer to enable Bluetooth printing.