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    Printing Very Light and Faded

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    Printing Very Light and Faded
    Hi,

    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.

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    Printing Very Light and Faded

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    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?
    Last edited by gsahli; 04-20-2014 at 08:35 AM.

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    Printing Very Light and Faded

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    Here is the screen shot
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    Printing Very Light and Faded

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    Did you install the software from a download or a CD?
    This document from Apple shows driver version 10.7.1.0 as the one that gets automatically installed when you add the printer.
    OS X: Printer and scanner software available for download

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    Printing Very Light and Faded

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    I managed to upload a new driver. Same results though. Very strange
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    Printing Very Light and Faded

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    Solved!!

    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.

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

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    Printing Very Light and Faded

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    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?

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    Printing Very Light and Faded
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    Mine is in printer settings under media quality and its used to save ink .

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