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Definitions of Printing Preferences in HP Photosmart Software

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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.
Preferences set from within a software application will change only the settings for the application or the current document, depending upon the application.

Definitions of Printing Preferences in HP Photosmart Software

The printing preferences settings are explained below.


Figure 1: Advanced tab


Copy CountSelect 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.

Document Options

Printer Features
OverspraySelect the amount of overspray for borderless photos.
Dry TimeProvide extra drying time for slow-drying printouts. The printer will hold onto the printout until the dry time has elapsed.
Ink VolumeAdjust the amount of ink printed on the page. The lighter the ink volume, the faster the printout will dry.
Layout Options
Page order 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.

Printing shortcuts

Figure 2: Printing Shortcuts tab
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 menu, select from the following printing activities:
  • General everyday printing
  • Photo printing - borderless
  • Photo printing - with white borders
  • Two-sided (duplex) printing
  • Presentation printing
  • Fast/economical printing
  • Postcard printing
  • Hagaki printing
If desired, make manual selections to the settings. Any driver settings made on this tab will be applied to the other driver tabs.


Figure 3: Paper/Quality tab

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
  • 10 x 15 cm borderless photo
  • 4800 x 1200-optimized dpi photo printing
  • A4 borderless photo
  • Borderless photo, 4 x 6 inches
  • Borderless photo, 4 x 6 inches (tab)
  • Borderless photo, 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Economical 4 x 6 inches photo, HP Everyday Photo Paper
  • Hagaki card borderless printing
  • Hagaki card with white border printing
  • No. 10 envelope
  • Photo with white border, 4 x 6 inches
  • Photo with white border, 8.5 x 11inches
  • Professional photo-quality printing
  • Professional text and graphics
  • Two-sided (duplex) printing

Paper Options

Size isSelect the media size from a list of standard media sizes supported by the printer.
Borderless printingSelect Borderless printing to limit the choices in the Size is drop-down menu to only those sizes supported by borderless printing.
Borderless auto fitSelect Borderless Auto Fit to automatically resize the image the fit the page.
Custom Click Custom and follow the directions below to use a paper size that is not available from the Size is drop-down menu.
Source isSelect Automatically Select to pull paper from the main tray. If the main tray is empty, paper is pulled from the photo tray.

Select Main tray to pull paper from the main tray until the main tray is empty.

Select Photo Tray to pull paper from the photo tray until the photo tray is empty. This option is available only for the following paper sizes:
  • 4 x 6 inches
  • Hagaki
  • A6
  • Photo L
  • Index Card 3 x 5 inch/4 x 6 inch
  • 10 x 15 inch
  • L89 x 127 mm
Type isSelect Automatic to have the paper sensor in the printer determine the paper type.

Select Plain paper to produce optimal results on plain paper.

Select HP Premium Photo Paper to produce optimal results on HP Premium Photo Paper.

Select More to select other paper types from a comprehensive list of HP papers.

Print Quality

Use the Print Quality drop-down menu to select from the following choices:
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 because 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 600 x 600 dpi. 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 the HP-patented PhotoREt color processing technology for best results. The reported resolution is 600 x 600 dpi, but PhotoREt provides enhanced results.
Maximum dpiThis is the slowest print mode available and uses the most computer resources. The resolution is 1200 x 1200 dpi and is optimized to 4800 x 1200 dpi. HP PhotoREt technology is not used.
The default selection is the recommended setting for the currently selected paper type.

Real Life Digital Photography

Click Real Life Digital Photography to open the HP Digital Photography Real Life technologies dialog box.
Figure 4: HP Digital Photography Real Life technologies dialog box
Select from six options 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.
Photo brightening Adjusts the contrast. Click Automatic to allow the printer software to balance the contrast automatically.
Adaptive lighting 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.


Figure 5: Effects tab

Print Task Quick Sets

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

Resizing Options

The following settings in the Effects tab allow for easy resizing when printing documents or images:
Setting Definition
Print Document OnPrints the document or image on a different paper size.
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.


WatermarksSelect 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.
Figure 6: Watermark Details dialog box


Figure 7: Finishing tab

Print Task Quick Sets

Selecting, adding, or deleting Print Task Quick Sets can 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 and Posters drop-down menu causes the Print Page Borders and Page Order options to become available.
Setting Definition
Print on Both Sides (Manually) Prints on both sides of a single sheet of paper.

Preserve LayoutPreserving the layout when printing on two sides may cause an increase in the top margin of the document to correctly align the two sides. This may result in a smaller printable area. Select this box to allow the printer software to reduce the size of the page so that extra pages are not created. Leave this box unselected to leave the content size unchanged. This 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 Select Right Edge Binding or Left Edge Binding to print pages with a wider space along the right or left for stapling or binding.
Pages per Sheet and PostersSelect the number of pages to print per sheet of paper.

Poster Printing

Prints an image across a selected number of sheets of paper. For example, 2 x 2 printing uses four sheets of paper.

Print Page BordersPrints borders around multiple pages on a single sheet of paper.
Page OrderSelect from Right, then Down; Down, then Right; Left, then Down; or Down, then Left.

Print Preview

Show Print PreviewCheck this box to show a print preview before each print job.


Setting Definitions
Portrait/LandscapeSelect Portrait (tall) or Landscape (wide).
Rotate by 180 degreesClick Rotate by 180 degrees to rotate the image 180 degrees.
Mirror imageClick Mirror image for reverse printing, such as iron-on decals.


Figure 8: Color tab

Print Task Quick Sets

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

Color Options

Print in GrayscaleCheck this box to print the document in grayscale.
High QualityWhen printing in grayscale, will use the color cartridge to provide the optimal range of grays.
Black OnlyWhen printing in grayscale, will use only the black print cartridge. Use this selection to save ink in the color cartridge.

Advanced Color Settings

Click Advanced Color Settings... to open the Advanced color settings dialog box.
Figure 9: Advanced Color Settings dialog box
Use the advanced color settings to adjust how colors appear in printed photos. The advanced color settings include the following:
  • Brightness, Saturation, and Color Tone: used to affect how the overall colors are printed.
  • Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black sliders: used to specify the level of each color that is used in printing.
The preview picture that displays in the After box demonstrates how the selected changes will affect the final printout.

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 menu:
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.


Figure 10: Services tab
The Service this device icon opens the HP Photosmart Toolbox.

HP Photosmart Toolbox

Device Services
Figure 11: Devices Services tab
Setting Definition
Align the Print CartridgesAligns the print cartridges for the optimum print quality.
Clean the Print Cartridge(s) Cleans the print cartridge(s) when print quality has decreased noticeably or when recommended by the troubleshooting instructions.
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.
Print a Test Page Prints a test page to verify that the printer is working correctly.
Estimated ink level
Figure 12: Estimated Ink Levels tab
The Estimated Ink Level tab in the HP Photosmart Toolbox 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.
Ink level status indicatorStatus of ink level
Check mark Indicates that the level of ink in the ink cartridge is acceptable.
Triangle with an exclamation pointIndicates that the ink level is getting low and a new ink cartridge should be available.
A large letter X Indicates that the ink cartridge is empty and should be replaced.
Click Ink Cartridge Information to open the Ink Cartridge Information dialog box.
Figure 13: Ink Cartridge Information dialog box
Figure 14: Configuration tab
The Display Ink Status Window displays an ink status message before each print job.
The Factory Settings restores factory defaults.
Configure Bluetooth Settings
The HP bt300 wireless printer adapter must be used in conjunction with the printer to enable Bluetooth printing.
Figure 15: Configure Bluetooth Settings tab
The Passkey is a four-digit code that is set on the printer.
Reset Device Access clears all bonded devices from the memory of the printer.
Make device visible to other Bluetooth devices allows any Bluetooth device within range to discover and use the printer. This is the default setting for your HP device. If this option is not selected, only sending devices that have stored the Bluetooth device address for this printer can discover and use the printer.
Select the level of security for the printer.
Low Select Low to allow any Bluetooth device to print to the printer. A printer set with a low security level does not require a Passkey code.

This is the default security level setting.
High Select High to require a passkey from a Bluetooth-enabled device before allowing the device to send a print job to the printer.

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