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HP Designjet Z5200ps Photo Printer - Paper presets

Each supported paper type has its own characteristics. For optimum print quality, the printer changes the way it prints on each different paper type. For example, some may need more ink and some may require a longer drying time. So the printer must be given a description of the requirements of each paper type. This description is called the paper preset. The paper preset contains the ICC profile, which describes the color characteristics of the paper; it also contains information on other characteristics and requirements of the paper that are not directly related to color. Existing paper presets for your printer are already installed in the printer's software.
However, as it is inconvenient to scroll through a list of all paper types available, your printer contains paper presets only for the most commonly used paper types. If you have a paper type for which your printer has no preset, you cannot select that paper type in the front-panel display.
There are three ways to assign a preset for a new paper type.
note:
You can use a maximum of 30 custom and additional paper types. To delete a custom or additional paper preset, go to the Color Center and select Paper Preset Management > Delete Paper Preset. Paper presets provided with your printer cannot be deleted.

To install a downloaded paper preset

  1. After finding the right paper preset at http://www.hp.com/go/Z5200ps/paperpresets/ or at the paper manufacturer's Web site, click the Download Now button and save the paper preset (“.oms” file) on your computer.
    note:
    If you do not find the paper preset you want on the Web, you may find that it has been added to the latest firmware for your printer. You can check the firmware release notes for information, see Update the firmware.
  2. Before starting to install the new preset, make sure that the printer is idle and the print queue is stopped. Installing a new paper preset will interrupt any printing that is in progress.
  3. Start the HP Utility or the Embedded Web Server.
    • In the HP Utility, select the Color Center and then Import Paper Preset.
    • In the Embedded Web Server, select the Setup tab, then Paper preset management, then the Import tab.
  4. On the Import page, select the paper preset file that you downloaded in step 1.
  5. Click the Update button and wait for the update process to finish. It may take some time. The printer will automatically restart when the update is complete; wait until it has restarted and the front panel indicates that it is ready.
  6. Check that the new paper type appears in the Additional paper or Custom paper category in your printer's front panel.
  7. Synchronize the new paper type with the driver by opening the HP Utility. Select your printer, then the Color Center tab, then Paper Preset Management and Synchronize Paper Presets ( button under Mac OS).
Now that you have imported the paper preset, you can select the paper type from the front panel and from the driver. The ICC profile for the new paper type is ready to use by your application.

To create your own paper preset

Before using a custom paper type with your printer, you should add a paper preset for the new paper. You can create a new paper preset using the HP Color Center in the HP Utility.
The paper preset name will appear in the printer driver and the front panel.
To create a paper preset, you can follow this simple procedure:
  1. Go to the Color Center tab in the HP Utility for Windows, or to the HP Color Center group in the HP Utility for Mac OS.
  2. Select Create New Paper Preset.
  3. Enter your paper's name.
    note:
    The paper's commercial name is likely to be the most understandable for other users of the printer.
  4. Select a paper category from the drop-down menu. The paper category determines the amount of ink used and other basic printing parameters. For more information, see the online help in the Color Center, and http://www.hp.com/go/Z5200ps/paperpresets/. The available categories are:
    • Bond and Coated Paper: Fiber-based, thin papers with a matte surface. These papers use matte black ink, relatively low ink limits and high carriage position.
    • Photo Paper: Photo-base, relatively thick papers with a variety of finishing from matte to satin to glossy. These papers use photo black ink, with the exception of Photo Matte Papers, relatively high ink limits and low carriage position, with the exception of Baryte and Photo Matte Papers. Generally they will print with the starwheels up.
    • Proofing Paper: A variety of papers from matte to satin and glossy used to simulate commercial printing with high color accuracy requirements.
    • Fine Art Material: Canvas, matte and paper-base photo materials used for high-quality fine art printing. These papers use matte black ink, with the exception of Canvas Satin and Pearl papers, which use photo black. They all use high carriage position with high ink limits.
    • Film: Synthetic film-base materials that generally use photo black, with relatively low ink limits and high carriage position.
    • Backlit: Synthetic translucent materials that use photo black with high ink limits, high carriage position and starwheels up.
  5. Click Next under Windows, Continue under Mac OS.
  6. Load your custom paper, see Load a roll into the printer or Load a single sheet. You will find the paper name in the Custom paper category in the front panel.
  7. Choose the ICC profile name in the Color Center. This is the name you will use to select the profile in your application.
  8. Click Next under Windows, Continue under Mac OS.
  9. If the paper type permits, the printer performs a color calibration (about 10 minutes) and creates the ICC profile (about 20 minutes).
Now that you have created the paper preset, you will be able to select the paper type from the front panel and from the driver under the Custom paper category. The ICC profile for the new paper type will be ready to use by your application.
You can export the new paper preset to your computer and use it on other HP Designjet Z5200 series printers. In the Color Center, select Paper Preset Management > Export Paper Preset, then follow the instructions on the screen. To install the preset on another printer, see To install a downloaded paper preset.

Advanced paper preset creation

Advanced paper preset creation involves a process of trial and error, in which you modify the printing properties of your new preset to obtain the best print quality.
  1. Go to the Color Center tab in the HP Utility for Windows, or to the HP Color Center group in the HP Utility for Mac OS.
  2. Select Paper Preset Management.
  3. Under Windows, select Create Paper Preset. Under Mac OS, click +.
  4. Enter your paper's name.
    note:
    The paper's commercial name is likely to be the most understandable for other users of the printer.
  5. Select a paper category from the drop-down menu. The paper category determines the amount of ink used and other basic printing parameters. For more information, see the online help in the Color Center, and http://www.hp.com/go/Z5200ps/paperpresets/. The available categories are:
    • Bond and Coated Paper: Fiber-based, thin papers with a matte surface. These papers use matte black ink, relatively low ink limits and high carriage position.
    • Photo Paper: Photo-base, relatively thick papers with a variety of finishing from matte to satin to glossy. These papers use photo black ink, with the exception of Photo Matte Papers, relatively high ink limits and low carriage position, with the exception of Baryte and Photo Matte Papers. Generally they will print with the starwheels up.
    • Proofing Paper: A variety of papers from matte to satin and glossy used to simulate commercial printing with high color accuracy requirements.
    • Fine Art Material: Canvas, matte and paper-base photo materials used for high-quality fine art printing. These papers use matte black ink, with the exception of Canvas Satin and Pearl papers, which use photo black. They all use high carriage position with high ink limits.
    • Film: Synthetic film-base materials that generally use photo black, with relatively low ink limits and high carriage position.
    • Backlit: Synthetic translucent materials that use photo black with high ink limits, high carriage position and starwheels up.
  6. If you wish, use the Change Printing Properties button to change the following properties:
    • Paper Thickness: This is relevant to carriage height or platen gap. You should choose High if your paper weighs over 250 g/m² or if it does not have a plastic coating.
    • Dry Time: The recommendation is to use Automatic by default and move to Extended if needed.
    • Starwheels: Print with the starwheels up or down.
    • Cutter: Enable or disable the cutter.
    • Global Ink Limit: Initially it can be left as it is and modified later on, based on printing results.
    note:
    When an option is grayed out, that means that it is not available for the selected paper type.
    Some paper types are available with different ink limits (less/normal/more ink). Ink limits are generally proportional to color gamut volume, but a higher ink limit can cause printing artifacts (bleed, coalescence, etc.) in some cases. HP papers have fine-tuned ink limits while other papers use generic ink limits.
  7. Click Next under Windows, Continue under Mac OS.
  8. Load your custom paper, see Load a roll into the printer or Load a single sheet. You will find the paper name in the Custom paper category in the front panel.
  9. Under Windows, select yes when asked to calibrate paper. Under Mac OS, select Paper Preset Management > Calibrate Paper. For more information on color calibration, see Color calibration.
  10. You can print an image of your choice to check for color gamut, coalescence, mottle and bronzing. If the results are not satisfactory, you can change printing properties and launch another calibration. For instance:
    • For better color gamut, increase the ink limit or select a "more ink" variant of the same paper type if available.
    • To reduce coalescence, decrease the ink limit or select a "less ink" variant of the same paper if available.
    For more information, see the online help in the Color Center.
  11. With your final printing properties, you can now create an ICC profile for the paper using one of the following options:
    • The standard process with the Color Center (see Color profiling)
    • A third-party profiling program
  12. Once you have created and adjusted the ICC profile for your paper, you can link this profile to the paper preset with the Color Center: select Paper Preset Management > Install Profile. If you have used the standard Color Center profiling process, this step is not necessary because the profile is linked automatically to the paper preset.
For more information on the processes available in the Color Center, see A summary of the color management process.
Now that you have created the paper preset, you will be able to select the paper type from the front panel and from the driver under the Custom paper category. The ICC profile for the new paper type will be ready to use by your application.
You can export the new paper preset to your computer and use it on other HP Designjet Z5200 series printers. In the Color Center, select Paper Preset Management > Export Paper Preset, then follow the instructions on the screen. To install the preset on another printer, see To install a downloaded paper preset.

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