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Understanding and Optimizing Print Quality Settings

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Understanding print quality settings

Print quality settings affect how light or dark the print is on the page and the style in which the graphics are printed. You can also use the print quality settings to optimize the print quality for a specific media type.
You can change the settings in the printer properties to accommodate the types of jobs you are printing. The following are the settings:
  • ProRes 1200: This setting provides fine-line detail at 1200 x 1200 dpi. (LaserJet 1022 only)
  • FastRes 1200: This setting provides 1200 dpi effective output quality (600 x 600 x 2 dpi with HP Resolution Enhancement technology [REt]).
  • 600 dpi: This setting provides 600 x 600 dpi output with Resolution Enhancement technology (REt) for improved text.
  • EconoMode (Save Toner): Text is printed using less toner. This setting is useful when you are printing drafts. You can turn on this option independently of other print quality settings.
Change the print quality settings as follows:
  1. Access the printer properties (or printing preferences in Windows 2000 and XP).
  2. On the Finishing tab (the Layout tab for some Macintosh drivers), select the print quality setting you want to use.
NOTE:Not all printer features are available in all drivers or operating systems. See the printer properties (driver) online Help for information about the availability of features for that driver.
NOTE:To change the print quality settings for all future print jobs, access the properties through the Start menu in the Windows task bar. To change the print quality settings only for the current software application, access the properties through the Print Setup menu in the application you are using to print.

Optimizing print quality for media types

Media type settings control the temperature of your printer's fuser. You can change the settings for the media that you are using to optimize the print quality.
The HP LaserJet printer provides a number of print modes that allow the unit to adapt more specifically to the printer's media environment. The following tables provide an overview of the driver print modes.
NOTE:When using the CARDSTOCK, ENVELOPE, LABEL, and ROUGH modes, the printer pauses between pages and the number of pages per minute decreases.
Driver print default modes
ModeMedia
PLAIN75 to 104 g/m2 (20 to 27 lb)
LIGHT< 75 g/m2 (20 lb)
HEAVY90 to 105 g/m2 (24 to 28 lb)
CARDSTOCKCardstock or thick media
TRANSPARENCY4-mil, 0.1 monochrome overhead transparencies (OHTs)
ENVELOPEStandard envelopes
LABELStandard HP LaserJet labels
BONDBond paper
ROUGHRough paper
COLORPlain media
LETTERHEADPlain media
PREPRINTEDPlain media
PREPUNCHEDPlain media
RECYCLEDPlain media
VELLUMPlain media

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