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Advice for non-color printing


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#1 markcy

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Posted 23 February 2014 - 08:15 PM

I'm familiar with what I need to create my materials, it's all text and balck/white photos.
 
For my need the quality of a photo fine (manuals, manuscript prep for publisher instruction, etc) from printer I'd been using for years. Photos high resolution scanned in grayscale inserted in appropriate text area of a document, then adjust text length and photo size to print area dimension parameters.
 
Working with my prior scanner (a Brother 2070) all fine as needed except I hit a project needing 2 sided printing (required)
 
So yesterday bought a new Brother HL-5470DW and assumed I could print out this 800 pages project as I always had, just both sides.
 
wrong

 

Trying both the text and graphics setting options, at lowest setting (300), and lowest density all images are so dark it's worthless. Far as I can tell it's printing in black and white, rather than grayscale, and found no option to chose.

 

Is their a software band-aid or do I have to return this and get something else??? And if so anyone recommend a specific model ?? Have a 1 page sample but don't see ability to upload images from my drive.

 

Can't believe how lousy all looks compared to the dinosaur I had.

 

Help !!!!



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Posted 12 March 2014 - 11:56 AM

I'm not sure I understand your question, but I get the sense that you are confused about "black and white" photography and a black and white printer meant for text only. Even if a photo is black and white, it still needs to be printed using a standard color photo printer in order to look anything like the original. black and white, as it refers to photography, is really a misnomer, as the different shades of black, white, and gray add up to an image as complex and subtle as one of its colored counterparts.



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