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Changing Printer Driver Settings

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Introdution

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.

Printing shortcuts

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.

Paper/Quality

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:
  1. Type a new Quick Sets description in the Print Tasks Quick Sets box.
  2. Choose the appropriate paper size in the Size is: drop-down menu.
  3. Choose the appropriate paper source in the Source is: drop-down menu.
  4. Choose the appropriate paper type in the Type Is: menu.
  5. Choose the appropriate Print Quality.
  6. Click Save to save the new Quick Set.
To delete a Quick Set, select the desired Quick Set and click Delete .

Paper Options

SettingDefinition
Size isUse 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 isUpper 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:
  1. On the Paper/Quality tab, click the Custom button. The Custom paper size dialog box opens.
  2. In the Name drop-down list, select a paper size name.
  3. Select the unit of measure, Inches or Millimeters .
  4. Type the proper dimensions in the Width and Length boxes. The minimum and maximum paper dimensions appear beneath each box.
  5. Click Save to save the custom paper size.
  6. Click OK to exit the Custom Paper Size dialog box.

Print Quality

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 NormalSlightly 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 dpiThis 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.
Setting Definition
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.

Finishing

Print Task Quick Sets

Selecting, adding, or deleting Print Task Quick Sets can also be done from the Finishing tab.

Document Options

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.
Driver setting Definition
Print on both sides Prints on both sides of a single sheet of paper.

Preserve layoutPrinting on two sides may increase the document's top margins to correctly align the two sides. This may result in a smaller printable area. Check this box to allow the printer software to reduce the size of the page so that extra pages are not created. Leave this box unchecked to leave the content size unchanged, which may result in additional pages being created.
Flip pages up Prints pages with a wider space along the top of the page for stapling or binding.

Booklet layout is: Choose Right Edge Binding or Left Edge Binding to print pages with a wider space along the right or left for stapling or binding.
Print on one side Prints on only one side of a sheet of paper while in booklet mode.
Pages per sheetSelect the number of pages to print per sheet of paper.

Print page borders Prints borders around multiple pages on a single sheet of paper.
Page order is: Select from Right, then Down ; Down, then Right ; Left, then Down ; or Down, then Left .

Poster Printing

Driver settingDefinition
Poster printingPrints an image across a selected number of sheets of paper. For example, 2 x 2 printing uses four sheets of paper.

Rotate

Driver settingDefinition
RotateSelect to rotate the image.
Rotate by 180 degreesSelect to rotate the image 180 degrees.

Effects

Print Task Quick Sets

Selecting, adding, or deleting Print Task Quick Sets can also be done from the Effects tab.

Resizing Options

The following settings in the Effects tab allow for easy resizing when printing documents or images:
Driver setting Definition
Print document onChoose a different paper size to print on.
Scale to fit Resizes the document or image to fit on the selected paper size.
% of normal sizeEither type in a desired percentage, or move the slider bar until the desired percentage is shown to create a custom size.

Watermarks

Driver settingDefinition
WatermarksChoose from Confidential, Do Not Copy, Draft, For Your Eyes Only, or Top Secret.
First page onlySelect to print the watermark on the first page only.
EditClick on Edit and follow the directions below to create a customized watermark.
New watermarks can be added by performing the following procedure:
  1. In the Watermarks box, click Edit.
  2. After the Watermark Details dialog box opens, click New in the Current Watermarks box.
  3. In the Watermark Message box, delete Untitled #1 (named by default), and type in a new watermark message.
  4. 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.
  5. In the Font Attributes box, choose the desired font Name, Color, Shading, Size, and Style for the new watermark.
  6. Click OK to save the new watermark.

Basics

Print Task Quick Sets

Selecting, adding, or deleting Print Task Quick Sets can also be done from the Basics tab.

Orientation

Driver setting Definitions
Portrait/LandscapeSelect Portrait (tall) or Landscape (wide).
Mirror imageClick Mirror image for reverse printing, such as iron-on decals.

Page order

Driver settingDefinitions
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 frontPrints the first page of the document first, so that the last page of the document is on top of the finished print job.

Copies

Driver setting Definitions
Driver settingDefinitions
CopiesSelect the number of copies to print.
CollateCheck 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

Driver settingDefinitions
Print previewCheck this box to show print preview before each print job.

Advanced Features

Driver settingDefinitions
Ink VolumeAdjusts the amount of ink printed on the page. The lighter the ink volume, the faster the printout will dry.
Dry TimeProvides extra drying time for slow-drying printouts. The printer will hold onto the printout until the dry time has elapsed.
Variable OverspraySelect the amount of overspray for borderless photos.
Low Memory ModeCheck this box if the computer does not have enough memory/disk space to print the requested print job.

Color

Print Task Quick Sets

Selecting, adding, or deleting Print Task Quick Sets can also be done from the Color tab.

Color options

Driver settingDefinition
Print in grayscaleCheck this box to print document in grayscale.
High QualityWhen printing in grayscale, will use color cartridge to provide optimal range of grays.
Black print cartridge onlyWhen 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

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:
Driver setting Definition
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.

Services

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.

Toolbox options

Device setting Definition
Align the PrinterAligns 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 ColorBalances 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.

Configuration

To apply any changes to the configuration settings, click Apply .
To restore factory defaults, click Factory Settings .
Accessories
Device settingDefinition
Automatic Two-Sided Printing ModuleCheck this box when the Automatic Two-Sided Printing Module is installed.
Auto Two-Sided Print Accessory with small printing trayCheck this box when the Auto Two-Sided Print Accessory with small printing tray is installed .
Messages
Device setting Definition
Display Print Settings Confirmation DialogThis setting has no discernable effect.
Display Status WindowWhen this box is checked, a status message will appear before each print job.
Performance
Device settingDefinition
Attempt to Use Hardware ECPThe Attempt to Use Hardware ECP option is not available on all printer models, and may appear dimmed if not available.
Status Messages
Click Configure Status Messages to select which status messages to show, and to set the status report rate.
Wireless Settings
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.

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