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Weird print issue

Discussion in 'Corel' started by GVP, Oct 31, 2018.

  1. GVP

    GVP Active Member

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    Greetings! For internal use, we quite often print to our black & white laser rather than the color printer. Using Corel X5, it's coming out weird. For example a black rectangle with white text over, prints out as a grey dithered box with black text? Printing the same thing from another program prints correctly. Any ideas or suggestions? I assume it is a setting in Corel, but what?
     
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  2. 2B

    2B Very Active Member

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    do you have multiple pages within that file?
    depending on your printer settings, it could be reading/combining multiple pages when you try to print

    have you switched your view to wireframe to see if there are any hidden layers
     
  3. GVP

    GVP Active Member

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    Thanks - but no, definitely not that. Even creating a simple test page produces the weirdness. If I have two identical lines of type, set one to black (C0,M0,Y0,K100) and the other to white (C0,M0,Y0,L0) they both print black!
     
  4. WhiskeyDreamer

    WhiskeyDreamer Professional Snow Ninja

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    does it look correct in the print preview?
     
  5. GVP

    GVP Active Member

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    Yes, looks correct on screen. I'm going to see if there's a printer driver update to try, although it printed ok from a different program
     
  6. WhiskeyDreamer

    WhiskeyDreamer Professional Snow Ninja

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    That's weird. Because if the preview is correct, I would think it's in the printer settings. Have you double checked them all?

    Not that I think this would apply, but what version do you have? I know the Student version doesn't allow printing in color. Maybe there's something like that going on. Can you save it to a PDF and have it print fine?

    OR, a better question would be, were you able to print this same file correctly before today?
     
  7. iPrintStuff

    iPrintStuff Prints stuff

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    Have you tried flattening the PDF? Sometimes we get problems on our digital machines that’s sorted with flattening the PDF, usually something to do with drop shadows/transparency. That or we tick the “composite overlay” button. Not sure if you have one of those! Would depend on softwarez
     
  8. GVP

    GVP Active Member

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    I'm convinced it's a weirdness between the printer and X5. The same file printed via X3 comes out fine, as well as via Illustrator.

    Anyhow, after a bit of tinkering I solved the issue using the Canon XPS driver instead of the regular Canon one - just in case anyone else has the same problem.
     
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