Managing color options
Setting color options to Automatic typically produces the best possible print quality for color documents.
However, in some situations, you might want to print a color document in grayscale (black and shades
of gray) or to change one of the printer's color options.
Using Windows, print in grayscale or change the color options by using the settings on the Color
tab in the printer driver.
Print in Grayscale
Selecting the Print in Grayscale option from the printer driver prints a document in black and shades
of gray. This option is useful for printing color documents that will be photocopied or faxed.
When Print in Grayscale is selected, the printer goes into monochrome mode.
Automatic versus Manual color adjustment
The Automatic color adjustment option optimizes the neutral gray color treatment, and the edge
enhancements that are used for each element in a document. For more information, see your printer-
driver online Help.
Use the Manual color adjustment option to adjust the neutral gray color treatment, and the edge
enhancements for text, graphics, and photographs. To gain access to the Manual color options, on the
Color tab, click Manual, and then click Settings.
Manual color options
Use the Manual color adjustment to adjust the Color (or Color Map) options.
Photographs setting also controls the text and graphics.
Halftoning is the method by which the printer mixes the four primary colors (cyan, magenta, yellow, and
black) in varying proportions to create millions of colors. Halftone options affect the resolution and clarity
of your color output. The two halftone options are Smooth and Detail.
The Smooth option provides better results for large, solid-filled print areas. It also enhances photos
by smoothing out fine color gradations. Choose this option when uniform and smooth area fills are
the most important attributes.
The Detail option is useful for text and graphics that require sharp distinctions among lines or
colors, or images that contain a pattern or a high level of detail. Choose this option when sharp
edges and details are the most important attributes.
The Edge Control setting determines how edges are rendered. Edge Control consists of two
components: Adaptive Halftoning and Trapping. Adaptive Halftoning increases the edge sharpness.
Automatic is the default setting and is recommended for printing all color documents.
Some software programs convert text or graphics to raster images. In these cases, the