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HP Deskjet F735 All-in-One - Faded or Dull Colors in Printouts

Issue
The product is working, but colors in the printout appear faded or dull in comparison to the original.
Solution
Follow these steps to resolve the issue.
Match the paper type to the project. If the paper is too fibrous, the ink applied by the printer might not fully cover the print surface.
  1. In the software application you are trying to print from, click File and then click Print. The Print dialog box opens.
  2. Select your product and then click Preferences. The printer Properties dialog box opens.
  3. Click the Features tab.
  4. Review the following options on the Features tab, and then make any necessary changes.
    • Print quality: If you are not satisfied with the quality of your printouts, increase the print quality. To print more quickly, decrease the print quality.
    • Paper type: If one of the options matches your paper type exactly, choose the matching option rather than Automatic.
    • Resizing Options: Make sure the selected option matches your paper size.
  1. Press and hold the Cancel button (), and then press and hold the Start Copy Color button ().
  2. Release both buttons. The diagnostic page prints.
    Figure : The diagnostic page
The product can print with different combinations of ink cartridges. Different cartridge combinations print different diagnostic page patterns. Identify which cartridge printed which part of the diagnostic page to determine the faulty cartridge.
    Figure : Layout of the extended self-test report
  1. Printed by the left (color) cartridge
  2. Printed by the right (black) cartridge
Check the ink-level indicator bars printed in the middle of the diagnostic page. The printed image of the ink-level indicator bar shrinks as you use ink. If the print quality becomes unacceptable and either ink cartridge is low on ink, replace the ink cartridge.
  note:
The ink-level indicator might be inaccurate or unavailable for cartridges used in other products, including refilled or remanufactured cartridges.
Figure : Left (color) and right (black) cartridge ink levels
  note:
Ink level warnings and indicators provide estimates for planning purposes only. When an indicator shows low-ink levels, consider having a replacement ink cartridge available to avoid possible printing delays. You do not need to replace ink cartridges until print quality becomes unacceptable.
If the product and ink cartridges are working correctly, few or no lines are missing from the grid-like patterns on the diagnostic page. None of the colors should be missing. Also, there should be no streaks of ink on the page.
Missing lines or streaked bars
Color bars will often streak if ink levels are low. If a pattern shows more than a few missing lines, or there are streaks on the bar, the corresponding ink cartridge is not functioning correctly.
Figure : Color block with missing lines
If the diagnostic page shows missing lines or streaked bars, click here to continue troubleshooting (c01480470) (in English).
Missing colors
If any of the color patterns or bars are missing completely, the cartridge is not functioning correctly.
  note:
If the product is printing in reserve mode, without all the cartridges installed, the patterns associated with the missing cartridge will also be missing.
    Figure : The yellow pattern and bar are missing
  1. Normal test page
  2. Yellow pattern and bar missing
If any of the patterns or bars are entirely missing from the diagnostic page, click here to continue troubleshooting (c01480143) (in English).
Ink smears
If the diagnostic page shows smeared ink, the cartridges are not functioning correctly.
Figure : Smeared ink
If the diagnostic page shows smeared ink, click here to continue troubleshooting (c01480529) (in English).

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