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Printing

Printing has never been easier or more flexible. Print from computers and mobile devices with the use of a variety software, customizable options and advanced settings.

Mobile Printing

You can print to your printer from many mobile devices using direct printing by connection to the same network.

Print from mobile devices

HP Mobile Printing information and resources can be found at www.hp.com.

See http://www.hp.com/go/designjetmobility.

Print from Android

For Android printing, install and enable the HP Print Service App from Google Play.

You can download the App from: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hp.android.printservice&hl=en, if it is not already installed in your device. You must have Android KitKat 4.4 or later.

  1. Open the document or photo you want to print, and tap the menu icon, then Print.

  2. Choose your printer from the list.

  3. Check the print settings, then tap Print.

Print from Apple iOS or Android with HP Smart App

Connect and print wirelessly from an Android or Apple smartphone or tablet.

  1. Open HP Smart App and browse for the document or photo you want to print.

  2. Go to Edit to adjust the output if necessary.

  3. Tap Print.

Chromebook with HP Print for Chrome

Printing from Chromebook devices is as easy as installing the HP Print for Chrome extension from the Chrome Web Store.

  1. Choose your content. Open the document or photo you want to print, tap the menu icon and select Print.

  2. Choose your printer. Select it from the list of printers that appears.

  3. Check that the correct printer and print settings are selected. Tap Print and collect your printed documents.

Print with HP Click

HP Click is an easy-to-use tool designed for people who want a reliable way of printing.

Ideal for a broad range of graphics and technical applications, including posters, roll-up banners, info-graphic presentations, maps, and CAD documents. See http://www.hp.com/go/clickDesignJet.

Printing from a computer using a printer driver

This is the traditional way of printing from a computer.

The correct printer driver must be installed on the computer (see Connecting the printer), and the computer must be connected to the printer by network or USB cable.

When the printer driver has been installed and the computer is connected to the printer, you can print from a software application by using the application's own Print command and selecting the correct printer.

Advanced print settings

Advanced print settings can be used when the defaults do not meet your requirements.

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.

Tip:

In general you are recommended to use the default settings unless you know that they do not meet your requirements.

Tip:

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 are supplementary custom options that may have an effect on print quality: Maximum detail. See High-quality printing.

You can select print-quality options in the following ways:

  • In the Windows driver dialog: Go to the Paper/Quality or Paper tab (depending on the driver version) and look at the Print Quality section. If you are using Standard Options, you will see a simple slider with which you can select speed or quality. If you select Custom Options or Advanced (depending on the driver version), you will see the more specific options described above.

Windows driver V3

Windows V3 Driver

Windows driver V4

Windows v4 driver.
Note:

If the print quality is set from your computer, it overrides the print-quality setting in the front panel.

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

The paper size can be specified and the document can be rescaled if necessary.

Note:

The paper size specified should be the paper size the document was created at. 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 size from the Document Size list.

    Note:

    If your application offers no Page Setup dialog, use the Print dialog.

    Note:

    If the paper size is set from your computer, it overrides the paper size setting in the front panel.

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 (version 3)

The following steps provide the complete procedure for this topic.

  1. Click the Paper/Quality tab.

  2. Click Custom.

  3. Enter the name and dimensions of your new paper size.

  4. Click OK. The new paper size is automatically selected.

Use the Windows printer driver (version 4)

The following steps provide the complete procedure for this topic.

  1. Click the Paper tab.

  2. Click Document size.

  3. Enter the dimensions of your new paper size into the two fields in the custom area.

  4. Click the arrow button.

Use Windows forms

To create a new Windows form:

A custom paper size created with the printer driver 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.

  1. From the Start menu, or from the Control Panel, click Printers then from the File menu, select Server Properties.

    Windows 7: From the Start menu, or from the Control Panel, click Devices and Printers, then Select Printer.

  2. In the Forms tab, check the Create a new form box.

  3. Enter the name and dimensions of your new paper size. Leave the margins as 0.00.

  4. Click the Save Form button.

  5. Go to the printer driver, and select the Paper/Quality or Paper tab (depending on the driver version).

  6. Select More… from the drop-down list of paper sizes.

  7. Select your new paper size from the group of Custom sizes.

A custom paper size created with Windows forms 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.

Select margins options

The printer leaves a margin between the edges of your image and the edges of the paper by default.

By default, the printer leaves a 5 mm margin between the edges of your image and the edges of the paper. However, you can change this behavior in the following ways:

  • In the Windows V3 driver dialog: Select the Paper/Quality tab and then click the Margins/Cutter setting button. In the Layout and Margins window, you can see the options described below.

  • In the Windows V4 driver dialog: Select the Layout tab and then check the Layout Mode area, where you can see the options described below.

    If you want to change the default cutter options, select the Output tab, and click the Roll options.

You will then see at least some of the following options.

  • Standard or Use application settings (depending on the driver architecture). 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 Use printer settings in the Paper Type option of your printer driver.

  • In the Windows driver dialog: Select the Paper/Quality or Paper tab (depending on the driver version), then select Use Printer Settings in the Paper Type drop-down list.

Note:

Use printer settings 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 Layout/Output or Paper tab (depending on the driver version) 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 Fit to 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.

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.

Preview a print

Previewing a print on the screen allows you to check the layout of the print before printing, which may help you to avoid wasting paper and ink on a bad print.

  • To preview a print under Windows, you have the following options:

    • Use the HP Print Preview application:

      Check the Show preview before printing box, which you can find in the right bottom corner of the driver dialog. Click Print, then wait a few seconds for the HP Print Preview application to be launched.

      Check that the preview of the job is what you wanted. If so, click Print, otherwise click Cancel; you can readjust the driver settings before trying again.

      Note:

      The Show preview before printing box appears in the driver dialog only if HP Print Preview is installed in your computer.

    • Use your application's print preview option.

  • To preview a print under macOS, you have the following options:

    • Use your application's print preview option.

    • There is no Preview button at the bottom of the Print dialog box in the latest versions of macOS. A print preview is always shown at the upper left of the Print dialog box for most applications.

    • Choose the HP Print Preview option from the PDF menu at the bottom of the Print dialog box. The print preview is displayed by a separate HP Print Preview application.

Print a draft

You can specify fast draft-quality printing in the following ways:

  • In the Windows driver dialog: Go to the Paper/Quality or Paper tab (depending on the driver version) and look at the Print Quality section. 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 or Paper tab (depending on the driver version) and look at the Print Quality section. Select Custom Options or Advanced (depending on the driver version), then set the quality level 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 or Paper tab (depending on the driver version) and look at the Print Quality section. Move the print-quality slider to the extreme right ('Quality').

If you have a high-resolution image

You can improve print sharpness when using glossy paper.

If your image has a resolution greater than the rendering resolution (which you can see in the Custom Print Quality Options), print sharpness may be improved by selecting the Maximum Detail option.

This option is available only if you are printing on photo paper and you have selected Best print quality.

Note:

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.

Using the following options:

In the Windows driver dialog:

  • With a version 3 driver: Click the Paper/Quality tab, then the Margins/Cutter settings button and check the Remove blank areas box.

  • With a version 4 driver: Click the Output tab, then the Roll option and check the Remove blank areas box.

You can also select the Layout/Output or Layout tab (depending on the driver version) and then select one of the Rotation options.

Use ink economically

There are some recommendations you can follow to save ink.

  • Check the print preview on your computer before you print and avoid wasting paper on prints containing obvious mistakes. See Preview a print.

  • For draft prints use plain paper, select Print quality, then Fast. For more economy, select 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 maintain 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.

Color management

Your printer has been engineered with advanced hardware and software features to ensure predictable and dependable color results.

  • State-of-the-art HP printheads and HP inks

  • Dedicated color resources for most available paper types

Color management options

Reproduce colors as accurately as possible on all devices. When you print an image, you see very similar colors to the image on your monitor.

Color management is highly dependent on the paper type loaded on the printer, so take care to select the correct preset for the paper type used. The color management options for your printer can be selected from the Color options section in the Windows driver dialog. In some applications you can make the choice in the application itself. Consult HP Support Center for information about how to use the color management options in your application.

  • Application-Managed Colors: Your application must convert the image colors to the color space of your printer and paper type, using the ICC profile embedded in the image and the ICC profile of your printer and paper type.

  • Printer-Managed Colors: Your application sends the image to the printer without any color conversion, and the printer converts the colors to sRGB. This source profile emulates the characteristics of the average computer monitor. This standard space is endorsed by many hardware and software manufacturers and has become the default color space for many scanners, cameras, printers, and software applications.

    Printer color management is completed using a set of stored color tables. ICC profiles are not used. This method can produce very good results with supported HP paper types.

Printing in grayscale or black-and-white

There are a number of ways to convert all the colors in your image to shades of gray.

  • In your application program: Many applications provide this option.

  • In the Windows driver dialog: In the Color mode selection, tap Print in Grayscale. Only black ink is used to print, except if the paper loaded is glossy, in which case colored inks are used to compose the gray shades. You can also select Print in pure black and white for black and white output only, with no gray shades. In this case only black ink is used to print. The Print in pure black and white option is not supported when you print on glossy paper.