Have you ever printed something with the expectation that it would look more or less the way it does on your computer screen, only to get completely different results on paper? While differences in resolution can create a disconnect between print quality and on-screen quality, you may need to make some adjustments to get the most out of your printer.
Diagnosis: Your print quality is most likely lacking due to the settings on your printer. These may be default settings, or you may have previously chosen them for a different project and forgotten to revert back to your normal settings.
- Try adjusting the color levels, brightness, and contrast in your printer’s settings.
- Increase the print quality in your printer’s settings/properties menu. Choose “best quality” or the equivalent for your printer.
- Instead of regular office printer paper, opt for a paper type that comes with a smooth, coated surface. Depending on the project you’re working on, you might choose glossy, low-gloss, or matte paper.
- Make sure you’ve selected the right paper type in your printer driver. If your printer thinks you’re using a different type of paper, it may affect how toner is applied to the page.
- If one side of your paper is not usable (due to something like a glossy surface), make sure you insert the pages correctly so that the text/image appears on the correct side.
Solution: Try making manual adjustments to the settings menu for your printer. You may be able to find the print quality you need by making a few simple changes. You can also try changing the type of paper you’re using – just be sure your printer knows that you’re using that type of media.