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simonvee 04-20-2014 07:38 AM

Printing Very Light and Faded

This is the first time that I printed from my Mac and noticed that the quality was poor. I print photos from 'Preview' and when it came out the color was very bad (light/faded and poor definition).

1. My ink is full (all cartridges)
2. When I print from a Windows computer the image was perfect!
3. I tried using a different app, aside from preview, and the result was the same. That is, I printed by importing the image to Firefox and printed from there.
4. I adjusted the printer settings on the actual printer to 'high quality'
5. I fiddled around with the print settings on both Preview and Firefox but it made no difference

Please advise.

gsahli 04-20-2014 08:30 AM

Which printer? which driver (find that in Print & Scan prefs)?
Have you adjusted the print settings in the Print Dialog, in the pull-down menu on the lower right side?

simonvee 04-20-2014 01:54 PM

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Here is the screen shot

gsahli 04-20-2014 02:53 PM

Did you install the software from a download or a CD?
This document from Apple shows driver version as the one that gets automatically installed when you add the printer.
OS X: Printer and scanner software available for download

simonvee 04-21-2014 01:23 AM

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I managed to upload a new driver. Same results though. Very strange

simonvee 04-21-2014 12:03 PM


For everyone's reference if they ever encounter the same problem:

Despite that I was printing on plain paper, I changed the setting to 'photo glossy' paper and this made the difference.

osxx 04-21-2014 01:10 PM

Make sure you do not have draft mode set as this will give a light gray instead of black.

simonvee 04-21-2014 01:23 PM

Cool, thanks!

A couple of questions though...
1. How do a set it so that it is not on 'draft' mode?
2. What is draft mode used for? In other words, why do they implement that mode?

osxx 04-21-2014 02:21 PM

Mine is in printer settings under media quality and its used to save ink .

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