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HP Designjet 500, 510, and 800 Series Printers - Media Guidelines

Introduction

The HP Designjet 500, 510, and 800 series printers support several types of media. Choosing the best media type for your needs is an essential step in ensuring good image quality.
To get the best printing results, use only genuine Hewlett-Packard media. The reliability and performance of Hewlett-Packard media products have been developed and thoroughly tested, and all Hewlett-Packard printing components (printer, ink system, and media) have been designed to work together to provide trouble-free performance and optimal image quality.

Important information about media and other media

To help achieve the best print quality, note some important points:

Determining the best image quality

The quality of some images may be reduced if you do not use the correct media for your application. For example, images with large regions of color, where large quantities of ink are needed to fully saturate the color, will print well on HP Heavy Weight Inkjet Media. On HP Coated media, the same images might cause the media to wrinkle and then come into contact with the printheads, smearing the print and risking damage to the print head. However, it is important to note, a dense saturation of ink may cause any paper-based media to wrinkle.

Loading the media

  • Whenever you load a roll or a sheet, the display screen on the printer's front panel prompts you to specify the media type you are loading. It is essential to choose the correct media profile to ensure good image quality. If the media is already loaded and you are unsure which media type was specified, go to the printer's front panel and select:
  • Highlight the Paper Menu icon on the printer's front panel and the media type that is loaded will be displayed on the screen.

Print quality settings

Make sure the appropriate print-quality setting (Best, Normal or Fast) is selected. You can set the print quality either from your software or from the printer's front panel (software settings override any print-quality settings configured in the printer). The combination of media type and print-quality settings instruct the printer how to place the ink on the media--for example, the ink density, dithering method, and number of printhead passes necessary to achieve the best results.

Media handling

  • Handle film and glossy media by the edges or wear cotton gloves. Skin oils can interact with the ink and cause it to smear.
  • Although the ink systems supplied with the printer have good light fastness, colors will eventually fade or change if exposed to sunlight over a long period of time.
  • Rewrap partially used rolls if they are not being used.
  • Always keep unused rolls in their plastic wrapping to prevent discoloration; do not stack rolls.

Availability and usage of print media

HP Premium Printing Material
Usage
Recommended Print
Quality Setting
HP Bright White Inkjet Media (Bond)
90g/m2 (24 lb) - 45m (150 ft)
Drafts
Final Versions
Fast or Normal
Normal or Best
HP Vellum
75g/m2 (3 mil) - 45m (150 ft)
Archives
Best
Normal or Best
HP Natural Tracing Media
75g/m2(3 mil) - 45m (150 ft)
Drafts
Final Versions
Fast or Normal
Normal or Best
HP Coated Media
96g/m2(26 lb) - 45m (150 ft)
Final Versions
Normal or Best
HP Heavyweight Coated Media
130g/m2 (35 lb) - 30m (100 ft)
Final Versions
Normal or Best
HP Matte film
198g/m2(5 mil) - 36m (120 ft)
Final Versions
Archives
Normal or Best
Best
HP High-Gloss Photo Media
207g/m2(8 mil) - 30m (100 ft)
Photographic Glossy Finish
Normal or Best
HP High-Gloss Photo Media
158g/m2(6 mil) - (30m) (100 ft)
Photographic Glossy Finish
Normal or Best
HP Semi-Gloss Photo Media
158g/m2 (6 mil) - 30m (100 ft)
Photographic Low-glare, Satin Finish
Normal or Best
HP Media-Based Semi-Gloss
158g/m2 (6 mil) - 30m (100 ft)
Photographic Low-glare, Satin Finish
Normal or Best
HP Clear film
174g/m2 (4 mil) - 22m (75 ft)
Final Versions
Archives
Transparencies
Normal or Best
Normal or Best
Normal or Best
HP Translucent Bond
67g/m2 (3 mil) - 22m (75 ft)
Drafts
Final Versions
Fast or Normal
Normal or Best
HP Studio Canvas
368g/m2 (20 mil) - 10m (35 ft)
Photographic, art, maps, signage
Normal or Best
HP Satin Poster Media
162g/m2(5.5 mil) - 30m (100 ft)
Posters
Normal or Best
HP Banners with Tyvek
140g/m2 (10 mil) - 15m (50 ft)
Indoor/Outdoor
Banners, water-resistant
Normal or Best
HP Colorfast Adhesive Vinyl
140g/m2 (10mil) - 15m (50 ft)
Promotional signage
Normal or Best

Print times for selected print quality

Print Quality
Time (in seconds)
Mono Lines on Bond
Color Lines on Coated Media
Images on Coated Media
Images on Glossy Media
Fast
96
96
234
480
Normal
216
216
550
690
Best
360
285
940
990

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