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HP Designjet T120 and T520 ePrinter Series - Advanced print settings

The rest of this chapter explains the various print settings that you can use. These methods offer a relatively large number of settings in order to satisfy all requirements.
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In general you are recommended to use the default settings unless you know that they do not meet your requirements.
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If you intend to reuse a particular group of settings repeatedly, you can save those settings under a name of your own choice and recall them later. A saved group of settings is known as a 'quick set' in the Windows printer driver.

Select print quality

The printer has various print-quality options because best-quality printing requires some loss of speed, while fast printing implies some reduction in print quality.
Therefore, the standard print-quality selector is a slider that allows you to choose between quality and speed. With some paper types, you can choose a compromise position between the two.
Alternatively, you can select from the custom options: Best, Normal and Fast. If you select Fast, you can also select Economode, which uses a lower rendering resolution and consumes less ink. It therefore increases printing speed even further, but reduces print quality. Economode can be selected only from the custom options (not from the slider).
There is also a supplementary custom option that may have an effect on print quality: Maximum detail. See High-quality printing.
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In the Windows driver dialog, the rendering resolution for your job is displayed in the Custom Print Quality Options dialog box (select Custom options and then Settings).
Rendering resolution is not shown on Mac.
You can select print-quality options in the following ways:
  • In the Windows driver dialog: go to the Paper/Quality tab and look at the Print Quality section. If you select Standard Options, you will see a simple slider with which you can select speed or quality. If you select Custom Options, you will see the more specific options described above.
  • In the Mac OS X Print dialog: go to the Paper/Quality panel and look at the Quality Options section. If you select Standard quality options, you will see a simple slider with which you can select speed or quality. If you select Custom quality options, you will see the more specific options described above.
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You cannot change the print quality of pages that the printer is already receiving or has already received (even if they have not started to print yet).

Select paper size

Paper size can be specified in the following ways.
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The paper size specified here should be the paper size in which the document was created. It is possible to rescale the document to a different size for printing. See Rescale a print.
  • In the Windows driver dialog: select the Paper/Quality tab, then select your paper size from the Document Size list.
  • In the Mac OS X Page Setup dialog: select your printer from the Printer list, then select your paper size from the Paper Size list.
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    If your application offers no Page Setup dialog, please use the Print dialog.

Custom paper sizes

If you want to choose a paper size that is not included in the list of standard paper sizes, there are various different ways to specify it.
Use the Windows printer driver
  1. Select the Paper/Quality tab.
  2. Press the Custom button.
  3. Enter the name and dimensions of your new paper size.
  4. Press OK. The new paper size is automatically selected.
A custom paper size created in this way has the following characteristics:
  • The paper size is permanent. It will not disappear if the driver is closed or the computer is turned off.
  • The paper size is local to the printer queue. It will not be seen from other printer queues in the same computer.
  • In Domain server networks, the paper size is local to the computer. It will not be seen from other computers sharing the printer queue.
  • In Workgroup networks, the paper size will be shared among all the computers sharing the printer queue.
  • If the printer queue is deleted, the paper size is deleted with it.
Use Windows forms
  1. Windows Vista or XP: From the Start menu, or from the Control Panel, select Printers; then, from the File menu, select Server Properties.
    Windows 7: From the Start menu, or from the Control Panel, select Devices and Printers, then Select a Printer, then Select Print Server Properties.
  2. In the Forms tab, check the Create a new form box.
  3. Enter the name of your new paper size.
  4. Select Units (Metric or English).
  5. Enter the dimensions of your new paper size. Leave the margins as 0.00.
  6. Press the Save Form button.
  7. Go to the printer driver, and select the Paper/Quality tab.
  8. Select More… from the drop-down list of paper sizes.
  9. Select your new paper size from the group of Custom sizes.
Above is an example in Windows 7.
A custom paper size created in this way has the following characteristics:
  • The paper size is permanent. It will not disappear if the driver is closed or the computer is turned off.
  • Restricted users cannot create paper forms. The “manage documents” role in the Windows Active Directory is the minimum required.
  • The paper size is local to the computer. It will be seen in all the printer queues that have been created on the computer and that support paper of that size.
  • If a printer queue is shared, this paper size will appear in all the client computers.
  • If a printer queue is shared from another computer, this paper size will not appear on the driver´s document size list. A Windows form in a shared queue needs to be created in the server.
  • If the printer queue is deleted, the paper size is not deleted.
Use the Mac OS X printer driver
  1. Go to the Page Setup dialog.
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    If your application offers no Page Setup dialog, please use the Print dialog.
  2. Select Paper Size > Manage Custom Sizes.

Select margins options

By default, the printer leaves a 5 mm margin between the edges of your image and the edges of the paper, increased to 17 mm at the foot (trailing edge) of cut-sheet paper. However, you can change this behavior in several ways.
  • In the Windows driver dialog: select the Paper/Quality tab and then the Margins/Layout button.
  • In the Mac OS X Print dialog: select the Margins/Layout panel.
You will then see at least some of the following options.
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Under Mac OS X, the available margins options depend on the paper size selected.
  • Standard. Your image will be printed on a page of the size you have selected, with the default margin between the edges of the image and the edges of the paper. The image should be small enough to fit between the margins.
  • Oversize. You should load paper that is larger than the size you selected in the application or driver. If you cut off the margins after printing, you will be left with a page of the size you selected, with no margins remaining between your image and the edges of the paper. This is useful when you want your image to cover the whole area of the paper.
  • Clip Contents By Margins. Your image will be printed on a page of the size you have selected, with the default margin between the edges of the image and the edges of the paper. In this case, if the image is the same size as the page, the printer assumes that the extreme edges of the image are either white or unimportant, and do not need to be printed. This may be useful when your image already contains a border.

Print on loaded paper

To print a job on whichever paper is loaded in the printer, select Any in the Paper Type option of your printer driver.
  • In the Windows driver dialog: select the Paper/Quality tab, then select Any in the Paper Type drop-down list.
  • In the Mac OS X Print dialog: select the Paper/Quality panel, then select Any in the Paper Type drop-down list.
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Any is the default Paper Type selection.

Rescale a print

You can send an image to the printer at a certain size but tell the printer to rescale it to a different size (normally larger). This may be useful:
  • If your software does not support large formats
  • If your file is too large for the printer's memory—in this case, you can reduce the paper size in your software and then scale it up again using the front-panel option
You can rescale an image in the following ways:
  • In the Windows driver dialog: go to the Features tab and look at the Resizing Options section.
    • The Print document on option adjusts the image size to the paper size you have selected. For example, if you have selected ISO A2 as the paper size and you print an A3-sized image, it is enlarged to fit the A2 paper. If the ISO A4 paper size is selected, the printer reduces a larger image to fit the A4 size.
    • The % of actual size option enlarges the printable area of the original paper size (the page minus the margins) by the percentage indicated, then adds the margins to create the output paper size.
  • In the Mac OS X Print dialog: select the Paper Handling panel, then Scale to fit paper size, and select the paper size to which you want to scale the image. If you want to increase the size of the image, make sure that the Scale down only box is unchecked.
If you are printing to a single sheet, you must ensure that the image can actually fit onto the sheet, otherwise the image will be clipped.

Print a draft

You can specify fast draft-quality printing in the following ways:
  • In the Windows driver dialog: go to the Paper/Quality tab and look at the Print Quality section. Move the print-quality slider to the extreme left ('Speed').
  • In the Mac OS X Print dialog: go to the Paper/Quality panel and move the print-quality slider to the extreme left ('Speed').
You can specify even faster draft-quality printing by using Economode, as follows. This is intended mainly for documents containing only text and line drawings.
  • In the Windows driver dialog: go to the Paper/Quality tab and look at the Print Quality section. Select Custom Options, then set the quality level to Fast and check the Economode box.
  • In the Mac OS X Print dialog: go to the Paper/Quality panel and set the quality options to Custom, then set quality to Fast and check the Economode box.

High-quality printing

You can specify high-quality printing in the following ways:
  • In the Windows driver dialog: go to the Paper/Quality tab and look at the Print Quality section. Move the print-quality slider to the extreme right ('Quality').
  • In the Mac OS X Print dialog: go to the Paper/Quality panel and move the print-quality slider to the extreme right ('Quality').

If you have a high-resolution image

If your image has a resolution greater than the rendering resolution (which you can see in the Custom Print Quality Options box under Windows), print sharpness may be improved by selecting the Maximum Detail option. This option is available only if you are printing on glossy paper and you have selected Best print quality.
  • In the driver dialog (Mac OS X Print dialog): select Custom instead of Standard print-quality options, then check the Maximum Detail box.
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The Maximum Detail option results in slower printing with photo papers, but it does not increase the amount of ink used.

Use paper economically

You may be able to save some roll paper by using the following options:
  • In the Windows driver dialog: select the Features tab and then Remove top/bottom blank areas and/or Rotate by 90 degrees or Autorotate.
  • In the Mac OS X Print dialog: select the Finishing panel, then Remove Blank Areas.

Use ink economically

Here are some recommendations for making economical use of ink.
  • For draft prints, use plain paper and move the print-quality slider to the left end of the scale ('Speed'). For further economy, select custom print quality options, then select Fast and Economode.
  • Clean the printhead only when needed. Cleaning the printhead can be useful, but it uses a small amount of ink.
  • Leave the printer permanently turned on so that it can maintain the printhead in good condition automatically. This regular printhead maintenance uses a small amount of ink. However, if it is not done, the printer may need to use much more ink later to restore the health of the printhead.
  • Wide prints make more efficient use of ink than narrow prints, because printhead maintenance uses some ink, and its frequency is related to the number of passes made by the printhead.

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