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Optimize your Print Performance

Copiers and printers are not cheap. If you are going to be spending money every month on an office machine, you should make sure you are getting the most out of it. Sadly, many people don’t utilize their copiers and printers to the best of their abilities. It’s not difficult to optimize your print performance, as long as you understand what you need to do.

To optimize your print performance you need to understand that your printer has certain settings. You cannot expect to print a text document, followed by a color image and have them both come out brilliantly without adjusting the settings in-between.

The color printers that are in offices today are able to print truly amazing colors. The technology increases yearly and gives you more ability than ever to print incredible colors in-house. However, if you don’t correctly adjust your settings then you could be left with dull, boring prints.

Follow these simple steps to get the most out of your color prints.

  1. Set your print resolution. Make sure that it is as high as it can go. Most printers have settings that go as high as 1800 x 600 dpi, or even 2400 x 1200. More dpi means better pictures.
  2. Set your print driver. Make sure you change from the text setting to the photo setting. This will prepare your printer for a bolder image.
  3. Set print drive to full color. This will open a new range of colors available.
  4. Use Adobe PostScript print drive. Your greens, blues, and reds will be changed into cyan, magenta, yellow, and black values. This will create a fully color spectrum.
  5. Check your digital format. Jpeg, PDF, and PNG will create better images than TIFF or Bitmap photo.

Remember, your printer does not know what you are trying to do. You cannot reasonably expect that your printer will give you great colors just because you are printing a color image. Optimize your print performance by changing your settings and you will start to see a difference immediately.