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    I am getting blurry printouts of images from my printer. Allow me to explain:

    Please see attached test.jpg file.
    This file is a scan of some text printed out from a word document (located on the top),
    and then the same text applied to an image and then printed out (located on the bottom)
    You will notice that the text on top is clear and the text on bottom it blurry and looks like it has a shadow.
    The top text looked the same before and after printing, but the bottom text that was in an image became
    blurry after printing.

    Any help on why this is happening and how to solve it would be greatly appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HandyAndy View Post
    I am getting blurry printouts of images from my printer. Allow me to explain:

    This file is a scan of some text printed out from a word document (located on the top),
    and then the same text applied to an image and then printed out (located on the bottom)
    Printers often have different modes available for printing text and pictures. Have you checked your printer properties to see if you are printing the Picture in draft mode? If you are try changing to a higher quality mode.

    Also, what quality did you scan the picture with? Printing can't add anything to a low quality picture.

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    You mean the second line is text converted or grabbed to an image? How did you convert it, and what format was it converted into?

    If you used too great a compression in a compressed image conversion (eg .jpg) - or if you make a small image and then zoom it up to make it larger - or if you use a poor image type for converting text to - then you can get pretty poor results.

    So can you explain exactly what you did to get the results you got please.

    In the attachment (which is a jpg screen grab from a Word document)

    Line 1 is text as written
    Line 2 is the same line screen grabbed as a jpg and pasted back in
    Line 3 is text in a Photo program (MS Photo Draw) saved as a mix (non-compressed) file and pasted in
    Line 4 is the same pic from Line3, but saved as a gif and pasted in
    Line 5 is the same again but saved as a smaller gif pasted in then zoomed up

    Just to show you what variable results you can get. So it can all depend what you want to acheive, what tools you use to do it, and what parameters you use in those tools.
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    Sorry for not responding sooner, but I have been busy today (or yesterday rather since it is almost 1am here).

    Okay, I don't think either of you understand, and I don't blame you.
    Lets forget about the attachment from my first post "test.jpg".

    I have attached two files this time which can be seen below:
    "before.jpg" (on top) is a picture I drew in good old Paint Brush. (Please no comments on my artistic abilities )
    "after.jpg" (on the bottom) is a scan of "before.jpg" after I had printed it out. I scanned it so that you could see what I see on the paper.
    For your information:
    The photo was printed with the quality setting set to best.
    I understand that the photo lost some of its quality through the scanning process.
    I can tell from looking at the printout and comparing it to "after.jpg", that the color or contrast is now lighter.
    My concern is the following:
    Looking at "before.jpg" you can see that the lines are sharp and thin.
    Then look at "after.jpg" and now you can see sort of a doubled or cross eyed
    looking blur, causing the lines to look out of "alignment".
    Which I have also followed my printers procedure to align the cartridges many times.

    I do not remember changing any print settings in the past other then the print quality,
    which I do remember the only difference between "Best", "Normal", and "Fast Draft" was
    the speed at which it printed and the boldness.

    before.jpg:
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    after.jpg:
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    Have you recently changed your OS or printer? If yes to either, perhaps updated drivers for the printer would help solve your issue.
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    I have not changed my printer or operating system. I did just get finished reinstalling my printer driver software.
    I went to the manufacturers web site hp.com, and made sure I downloaded the latest version.
    After following all the installation steps and restarting my computer I had then reprinted before.jpg I also made sure that it printed in the "best" mode.

    Unfortunately, my result was exactly the same.
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    How does a test page printout look? (From the printer properties.) That may tell you if there is a software or a hardware problem.

    Colour printer? What does a printout in (e.g.) red look like?

    From looking at your scanned printout, I'm inclined to suspect a clogged or past-its-best printer cartridge.

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    I printed a test page which looks nice and sharp.
    I then printed a new drawing that I made of a red square frame with a black square frame inside.
    The result was that the red lines were nice and sharp and the black lines were fuzzy like in the after.jpg file.
    This made me believe that the problem is with my black ink cartridge.
    The only thing I don't understand is that black text prints out perfect as it did in the test page.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HandyAndy View Post
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    The only thing I don't understand is that black text prints out perfect as it did in the test page.
    Some printers will use the black ink cartridge for black that is on a plain white background, but a mixture of the other colours to create a black that is next to other colours. How does black text appear when it is on a red square rather than on a blank page?

    You haven't told us what make and model of printer you are using.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StuartR View Post
    Some printers will use the black ink cartridge for black that is on a plain white background, but a mixture of the other colours to create a black that is next to other colours. How does black text appear when it is on a red square rather than on a blank page?

    You haven't told us what make and model of printer you are using.
    I made a new drawing to print which has a solid red square with the following drawings on it:
    Text, a small solid black square, vertical and horizontal thin black lines.
    My results where:
    The text was black with a light blue shadow effect, and both the black vertical & horizontal lines had the same effect except that it was more visible on the horizontal ones.

    Would that be caused by the color cartridge then?

    Now I only wish I had some extra ink for this printer to try another cartridge.

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    Are you using genuine HP ink cartridges? One common cause of this kind of quality issue is refilled or third party cartridges.

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    Have you gone into the Maintenance section of your printer software and done any maintenance ?? Try cleaning the printheads and see if that helps.
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    I am using genuine HP cartridges.

    The printer is now cleaning the cartridges this. (Clickety Clack Clack....and out comes a page of black text repeated down the page and getting very small in size, also the bottom of the page has 6 boxes of varying colors. All of which looks great.)

    I have printed the test image again with no success.
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    If your printer prints fine on test and "normal" text prints, then IMO the issue must be to do with the images themselves.

    What you are giving us though is an observed effect. What is it you are actually needing to do in work terms - there may be a way to achieve this which does not lead to this effect.

    You said "I then printed a new drawing that I made of a red square frame with a black square frame inside" - can you tell us exactly how you made the drawing, and how you saved it, in what format, and how you printed it - with program names please. EDIT - I'm sorry - I see you did say you are using PaintBrush.

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    Try the same exercise with bitmaps .bmp files and gif, and tif - and see if any of them produce better results.

    In my hello examples, you see how much better a mix file image is - that's because it's uncompressed, essentially.

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