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HP Color LaserJet 2605 Series Printers - Windows HP PCL 6 Unidriver features

Introduction

The HP Color LaserJet 2605 series printer includes two HP PCL 6 unidrivers: the HP Color LaserJet 2605 PCL 6 driver and the HP Color LaserJet 2605dn_2605dtn PCL 6 driver. The HP Color LaserJet 2605dn_2605dtn PCL 6 driver includes support for the auto duplexing feature that comes standard with the HP Color LaserJet 2605dn and HP Color LaserJet 2605dtn printers.

Access to drivers

To gain access to driver settings from within most software programs, click File , Print , and Properties . The appearance and names of the driver tabs that appear can vary, depending on the operating system. These settings apply only while the software program is open.

You can also control the drivers directly from the Printers folder. These settings change the default settings used across all software programs.

  • In Windows 2000, click Start , Settings , Printers , right-click the printer name, and then click Printing Preferences to gain access to the same set of driver tabs that the software program controls.

  • In Windows XP, click Start , Printers and Faxes (Windows XP Professional) or Printers and Other Hardware Devices (Windows XP Home) to gain access to the same set of driver tabs that the software program controls.

If, after right-clicking the printer name, you click Properties , you gain access to a different set of tabs that control the driver behavior and driver connections. For information about the Properties tabs, see the following sections.

Printing Preferences driver tabs

The Printing Preferences driver tabs change the default settings that are used across all software programs. Follow these steps to gain access to the Printing Preferences tabs.

  1. Click Start , Settings , and then click one of the following:

    • for Windows 2000, click Printers .

    • for Windows XP Professional and Windows Server 2003, click Printers and Faxes .

    • for Windows XP Home, click Printers and Other Hardware Devices .

  2. Right-click the printer name, and then click Printing Preferences .

The following Printing Preferences tabs are available:

  • Advanced

  • Paper/Quality

  • Effects

  • Finishing

  • Color

  • Services

Properties driver tabs

The Properties driver tabs control the driver behavior and driver connections. Follow these steps to gain access to the Properties tabs.

  1. Click Start , Settings , and then click one of the following:

    • for Windows 2000, click Printers .

    • for Windows XP Professional and Window Server 2003, click Printers and Faxes .

    • for Windows XP Home, click Printers and Other Hardware Devices .

  2. Right-click the printer name, and then click Properties

The following Properties tabs are available:

  • General

  • Sharing

  • Ports

  • Advanced

  • Security

  • Device Settings

  • About

The Device Settings and About tabs are HP driver tabs and are described in this guide. The other Properties tabs are Windows tabs. For information about those tabs, see the documentation that came with your computer.

Help system

The HP Color LaserJet 2605 PCL 6 and PS emulation unidrivers include a full-featured Help system to provide assistance with printing and configuration options. The following Help options are available.

“What's this?” Help

"What's this?" Help is supported in Windows 2000 and Windows XP. You can gain access to "What's this?" Help messages in any of the following ways:

  • Right-click a control and click What's this? , and a pop-up Help window appears.

  • Click the ? button in the upper-right corner of the frame, next to the X , to change the cursor to an arrow with a question mark. Use this special cursor to select a control, and the pop-up Help window for that feature appears.

  • Press the F1 key, and the Help window for the currently selected control appears.

Context-sensitive Help

Click the Help button on a driver tab or in a dialog box, and context-sensitive Help appears.

Constraint messages

Constraint messages are unsolicited messages that appear in response to specific actions you take. These messages alert you to selections that are illogical or impossible given the capabilities of the printer or the current settings of other controls. For example, if you click Print on Both Sides and then change the paper type to Transparency , a message appears asking you to resolve this conflict.

1: A typical constraint message

Whenever a constraint message appears with Resolve all conflicts for me automatically or I will resolve the conflict myself buttons, the action of the buttons is as follows:

  • To reject the change that was just made, returning the control to its previous value, click Resolve all conflicts for me automatically and then click OK .

  • To accept the change that was just made, allowing you to go back into the driver settings to resolve the conflict, click I will resolve the conflict myself and then click OK .

HP Postscript level 3 emulation support

The HP Postscript level 3 emulation maintains full compatibility with Adobe PS level 3 when PS level 3 soft fonts are purchased from Adobe.

Users of Adobe-licensed applications might also have the right to use the Adobe PS level 3 print drivers from Adobe with the HP LaserJet printer Postscript level 3 emulation PPD, available on the HP LaserJet printer software CD or from the HP Web site. When using the Adobe PS level 3 print driver, users must comply with all Adobe licensing agreements, as stated on the Adobe Web site at www.adobe.com/support/downloads/license.html Non-HP site .

Advanced tab features

Follow these steps to gain access to the Advanced tab.

  1. Click Start , Settings , and then click one of the following:

    • for Windows 2000, click Printers .

    • for Windows XP Professional and Windows Server 2003, click Printers and Faxes .

    • for Windows XP Home, click Printers and Other Hardware Devices .

  2. Right-click the printer name, and then click Printing Preferences .

  3. Click Advanced .

You can use the Advanced tab to change the layout of printed pages. Use this tab to configure special controls that are not commonly used, as well as features such as paper size and copies, in the driver.

2: Advanced tab – HP PCL 6 Unidriver

3: Advanced tab – PS Emulation Unidriver

The Advanced tab contains the following controls:

  • Paper/Output settings

  • Graphic settings

  • Document Options settings

Paper/Output settings

The Paper/Output setting contains the Copy Count settings.

Copy Count setting

This driver setting is useful for software programs that do not provide a copy count. If a copy count is available in the software program, set the copy count in the software program. Copy Count specifies the number of copies to print.

The number of copies that you request appears in the Copy Count option. You can select the number by typing in the box or by using the up and down arrows on the right side of the text box. For the HP Color LaserJet 2605 series printer, valid entries are numbers from 1 to 9999. The copies value will not advance from the maximum number (9999) to 1 when the up arrow is used, or change from 1 to the maximum number (9999) when the down arrow is used. When you click another group box or leave the Advanced tab, invalid entries into the edit box (such as non-numerical input, numbers less than 1, or numbers greater than 9999) change to the last valid value that appeared in the box. The default number of copies is 1.

Because you can set the number of copies you want from some software programs, conflicts can arise between the software program you are using and the driver. In most cases, the software program and the driver communicate, so that the number of copies set in one location (such as the program) will appear in the other (such as the driver). For some programs, this communication does not happen, and the copies values are treated independently. For these programs, setting 10 copies in the program and then setting 10 copies in the driver will result in 100 copies (10 x 10) being printed. It is recommended that you set the number of copies in the program, wherever possible.

Graphic settings

The Graphic settings contain the following controls.

  • Image Color Management settings

  • TrueType Font settings

Image Color Management settings

This control lists the available Image Color Management (ICM) options used for printing color graphics. ICM, a set of calculations for color matching, makes it possible for programs to adjust colors before printing so that the color of images displayed on the screen more closely match the color of images when printed. The following options are available:

  • ICM Method . The ICM Method setting specifies how to print your color graphics. The default setting for ICM Method is ICM Disabled . The drop-down menu beside this setting contains the following options:

    • ICM Handled by Host System . Click this option if you want the calculations for color matching to be performed on the host computer before it sends the document to the printer

    • ICM Handled by Printer . Click this option if you want the calculations for color matching to be performed on your printer. In this case, a set of rules for mapping the colors will be created and downloaded to the printer (which must be Postscript language level 2 or higher). The printer will use these rules to adjust colors in the document.

  • ICM Intent . The ICM Intent setting specifies how color images are created to produce the best-looking image on the printed page.

    • If you are printing a chart or using fully saturated, bright colors, click Graphics to achieve the best quality.

    • For photographs or pictures where the colors blend together, click Pictures to maximize the contrast.

    • If your document uses a color that you need to match exactly, and you are sending the document to a printer that has that specific color of ink, click Proof .

    • If you want to preview the color settings from another printer, click Match .

TrueType Font settings

This option specifies the TrueType font settings. The following settings are available.

  • Substitute with Device Font . This setting causes the printer to use equivalent fonts for printing documents that contain TrueType fonts. This permits faster printing; however, you might lose special characters that the printer font does not support. This is the default setting.

  • Download as Softfont . This setting causes TrueType fonts to be downloaded and used for printing, instead of using printer fonts.

Document Options

The Document Options settings contain the following controls:

  • Advanced Printing Features

  • Print Optimizations (HP PCL 6 Unidriver only)

  • PostScript Options (PS Emulation Unidriver only)

  • Printer Features

  • Layout Options

Advanced Printing Features

When the Advanced Printing Features setting is Enabled , metafile spooling is turned on and theFinishing tab options such as Page Order , Booklet Layout , and Pages per Sheet are available, depending on your printer. For normal printing, leave the Advanced Printing Features setting at the default (Enabled ). If compatibility problems occur, you can disable the feature. However, some advanced printing features might still be available in the print driver, even though they have been disabled. If you select an advanced printing feature in the print driver that has been disabled on the Advanced tab, the feature is automatically turned on again.

Print Optimizations (HP PCL 6 Unidriver only)

The default setting for Print Optimizations is Enabled . When this feature is enabled and your document contains overlapping text and graphics, text placed on top of a graphic might not print correctly. If the printed output is not correct, you can disable this feature. When disabled, print optimization features, such as substituting device fonts for TrueType fonts and scanning for horizontal and vertical rules, are turned off.

PostScript Options (PS Emulation Unidriver only)

The following PostScript options appear in the PS Emulation Unidriver:

4: Advanced tab - PS Emulation Unidriver - PostScript Options

  • PostScript Output Option

  • TrueType Font Download Option

  • PostScript Language Level

  • Send PostScript Error Handler

PostScript Output option

The PostScript Output Option specifies the output format for PS files. Generally, you use the default setting, Optimize for Speed , to print your documents.

To create a file that conforms to the Adobe Document Structuring Conventions (ADSC), click Optimize for Portability . Each page of the document will be a self-contained object. This is useful if you want to create a PS file and print it on a different printer. If you want to include the file as an image in another document that is printed from a different software program, click Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) . The Archive Format creates a PS file that you can use later.

TrueType Font Download option

The TrueType Font Download Option specifies how TrueType fonts are downloaded. The default setting of Automatic allows the PS driver to decide which format is best.

  • If you want to download the TrueType font as a scalable outline font, click Outline .

  • To download the TrueType font as a bitmap font, click Bitmap .

  • If your printer is a TrueType rasterizer printer, click Native TrueType to download the TrueType font as an outline font.

PostScript Language Level

The PostScript Language Level option specifies which PS language level to use, from 1 to 3. The highest level supported by the HP Color LaserJet 2605 is 3, and this is the default setting. Some printers support multiple levels.

It is usually best to select the highest number available, because a higher language level provides more features. In some instances you should use level 1, such as when you are printing a file to disk, and that file will be printed by someone who uses a level-1 printer.

Send PostScript Error Handler

The Send PostScript Error Handler setting specifies whether a PS error-handler message is sent. If you want the printer to print an error page when an error occurs in the print job, click Yes . The default setting is Yes .

Printer Features

The following Printer Features are available:

  • Print All Text as Black

  • Send True Type as Bitmap (HP PCL 6 Unidriver only)

  • Raster Compression (HP PCL 6 Unidriver only)

  • Alternative Letterhead Mode

Print All Text as Black

The Print All Text as Black feature is Disabled by default. When Enabled is selected, the driver prints all text as black regardless of the original document text color. Color text is printed as black, except for white text, which remains white. (White text is a reliable method of printing reverse typeface against a dark background.) This setting does not affect graphic images on the page, nor does it affect any text that is part of a graphic. Print All Text as Black remains enabled only for the current print job. When the current print job is completed, Print All Text as Black is automatically disabled.

Send TrueType as Bitmap (HP PCL 6 Unidriver only)

Send TrueType as Bitmap provides an alternative for those software programs that encounter problems when using TrueType fonts for special graphic purposes such as shading, rotation, or slanting. The setting is Disabled (off) by default. The TrueType fonts are first converted to bitmap soft fonts before downloading. The Enabled setting causes the driver to send TrueType fonts to the printer as outlines, which retains the standard format (outline) of the fonts.

Raster Compression (HP PCL 6 Unidriver only)

Use the Raster Compression feature to select the graphics compression method:

  • Automatic . The software determines the best compression method to use.

  • Best Quality . Forces the software to use a lossless compression method. (Lossless means that no data is lost during compression.)

  • Maximum Compression . Where applicable, requires the software to always use a lossy compression method (some data is lost). Choosing this option increases the print speed performance, but does decrease print image quality.

Alternative Letterhead Mode

When selected, this option enables you to always load letterhead or preprinted paper the same way for all print jobs, whether you are printing on one side of the sheet or on both sides of the sheet. Load the paper as you would for printing on both sides. See the user documentation that came with the printer for instructions about loading letterhead for printing on both sides. If the printer tray has an icon that indicates to load the paper either face-up or face-down, load the paper opposite of the orientation shown. When this option is selected, the printer speed slows to the speed required for printing on both sides.

Layout Options

The Layout Options include the following:

  • Page Order

Page Order

Page Order specifies the order in which the pages of your document are printed. Front to Back prints the document so that page 1 prints first. Back to Front prints the document so that page 1 prints last. The Back to Front setting is useful if you are printing to a face-up output bin to achieve output in the correct order.

The page-ordering operation works on whole sheets of paper rather than on individual logical pages. Accordingly, if you set Pages per Sheet (on the Finishing tab) to be greater than one, the ordering of logical pages on a physical sheet of paper does not change.

Paper/Quality tab features

Follow these steps to gain access to the Paper/Quality tab.

  1. Click Start , Settings , and then click one of the following:

    • for Windows 2000, click Printers .

    • for Windows XP Professional and Windows Server 2003, click Printers and Faxes .

    • for Windows XP Home, click Printers and Other Hardware Devices .

  2. Right-click the printer name, and then click Printing Preferences .

  3. Click Paper/Quality .

Use the Paper/Quality tab to specify the size, type, and source of the media for your HP Color LaserJet 2605 series printer. You can also use this tab to indicate different paper-selection choices for the first page, other pages, and back cover of the document.

5: Paper/Quality tab

The Paper/Quality tab contains the following controls:

  • Print Task Quick Sets group box

  • Paper Options group box

  • Document preview image

  • Print Quality group box

Print Task Quick Sets

The first group box in the upper portion of the Paper/Quality tab is Print Task Quick Sets . Because they are all the same control, any change to the Print Task Quick Sets group box that is made on the Paper/Quality tab affects all the Printing Preferences driver tabs that have the Print Task Quick Sets setting:

  • Paper/Quality

  • Effects

  • Finishing

  • Color

Use the Print Task Quick Sets setting to store the current combination of driver settings (except the settings on the Advanced and Services tabs, where the setting is not available). Print Task Quick Sets are either preset by network-administrator settings or user-defined printing specifications (such as media size, pages per sheet, and so on). The Print Task Quick Sets setting does not appear on the driver Properties tabs.

The following selections are available in the Print Task Quick Sets drop-down menu:

  • Default Print Settings

  • User Guide Print Settings

  • Type a new Quick Set name here

Default Print Settings

When you select Default Print Settings , nearly all of the settings are restored to the combination that existed after the driver was installed (the original settings). However, if the attribute combinations that are associated with watermark definitions, custom paper sizes, or the User Guide Print Settings quick set have been changed or deleted, the original settings are not restored.

Type a new Quick Set name here appears in the Print Task Quick Sets menu automatically if no other driver settings have been changed since the driver was installed, or if all of the driver settings match the original settings. Otherwise, the setting in the Print Task Quick Sets menu is the same label that appeared when you last closed the printing Properties dialog box by clicking OK .

User Guide Print Settings

The User Guide Print Settings option provides a Print Task Quick Sets for optimal printing of the HP Color LaserJet 2605 series User Guide .

Type new Quick Set name here

By default, the Print Task Quick Sets menu is set to Type new Quick Set name here . When you change any of the default settings on any of the Printing Preferences driver tabs and you want to save the configuration as a Print Task Quick Set, highlight the words Type new Quick Set name here , type the name you want for your new Print Task Quick Set, and then click Save . Print Task Quick Sets are saved in the system registry. To delete a Print Task Quick Set, select it from the drop-down menu and click Delete .

Administrators can predefine Print Task Quick Sets for their users. These administrator Print Task Quick Sets are defined on the server and are available to users, but usually cannot be modified by users. Users can also define Print Task Quick Sets for their own use. User-defined Print Task Quick Sets are described later in this section.

You can store a maximum of 25 Print Task Quick Sets on a particular system. If you attempt to save too many, a message box appears that reads, "There are too many Print Task Quick Sets defined. Please delete some before adding new ones."

Paper Options group box

The settings specified in the Paper Options group box on the Paper/Quality tab apply to all of the pages of the document. The following figure shows the Paper Options group box and the selections available by default.

6: Paper Options group box

The appearance of the Paper Options group box changes when the Use Different Paper/Covers check box is selected. The following settings in the Paper Options group box are available:

  • Size is: drop-down menu

  • Source Is: drop-down menu

  • Type is: drop-down menu

  • Use Different Paper/Covers options

Size is: drop-down menu

The Size is: drop-down menu lists all of the supported media sizes.

You can specify size for all the settings in the Paper Options group box. You must use the same size of media for the entire print job. That is, if the print job uses Letter-size media, any option that you select from the available Use Different Paper options must also use Letter-size media.

Certain software programs can override the size command and specify different media sizes within a single document.

For the Other Pages and Back Cover settings, you can select a source (tray) and media type that differ from the settings selected for First Page . If a conflict exists among media source, media size, and/or media type, and you choose to keep the conflicting settings, the settings are processed in the following order: media size, media type, and then media source.

Because driver settings are overridden by media-size settings in most software programs, it is generally best to use the driver to set media size only for software programs that lack a media-size setting, such as NotePad, or when you are producing a book or a booklet that does not require different media sizes.

When you use a software program with a media-size setting, you can specify different media sizes within a single document by using the Use Different Paper/Covers options. For more information, see Use Different Paper/Covers options .

Follow these steps to create a custom paper size.

  1. Click Start , Settings , and then click one of the following:

    • for Windows 2000, click Printers .

    • for Windows XP or Windows Server 2003, click Printers and Faxes

    • for Windows XP Home, click Printers and Other Hardware Devices .

  2. Click the File menu, Server Properties , and then the Create a new form check box.

  3. Specify a name and dimensions for your paper size, and then click Save Form .

    This new paper size will be included in any list of paper sizes in the driver and application tabs. The print dialogs for various software programs also often have settings that allow you to create custom paper sizes.

Use Different Paper/Covers check box

When the Use Different Paper check box is selected and different options are configured, the Size is: , Source is: , and Type is: menus change, offering a variety of options. For more information, see Use Different Paper/Covers check box .

Source Is: drop-down menu

Use the Source is: drop-down menu to specify the source tray to use for printing a document. The list of source trays depends on the printer accessories. Any optional source trays that are installed through the Device Settings tab also appear here.

The Source is: drop-down menu can contain the following options:

  • Automatically select

  • Printer Auto Select

  • Priority input slot (Tray 1)

  • Tray 2 (250-sheet multipurpose tray)

  • Tray 3 (optional 250-sheet tray)

The default setting is Automatically Select . When this setting is selected, the printer uses the source tray that supports the media size that you have selected. If you select a source tray other than Automatically select , make sure that the correct media size is loaded in the source tray.

Type is: drop-down menu

The Type is: drop-down menu shows all the paper types that the HP Color LaserJet 2605 series printer supports. When you use the default setting, Unspecified , the printer uses the default media type, which is usually Plain .

The following standard paper types appear in the lists.

Standard paper types and engine speeds
Paper type
Engine speed
Unspecified
Full
Plain
Full
Preprinted
Full
Letterhead
Full
Transparency
Half speed (5 ppm)
Prepunched
Full
Labels
Half speed (5 ppm)
Bond
Half speed (5 ppm)
Recycled
Full
Color
Full
Light (< 70 g/m2 )
Full
Heavy (90 to 105 g/m2 )
Half speed (5 ppm)
Cardstock (106 to 177 g/m2 )
Half speed (5 ppm)
Light Glossy (75 to 105 g/m2 )
Half speed (5 ppm)
Glossy (106 to 120 g/m2 )
Half speed (5 ppm)
Heavy Glossy (121 to 163 g/m2 )
Half speed (5 ppm)
Tough Paper
Half speed (5 ppm)
Envelope
Full
Heavy Envelope
Half speed (5 ppm)
HP Premium Cover (200 g/m2 )
Half speed (5 ppm)
HP Color Laser Photo Paper, Glossy
Half speed (5 ppm)

The default setting is Unspecified , and the program selects the media type. If you select a different setting, make sure the correct media type is loaded in the tray that you selected in the Source is: setting.

Use Different Paper/Covers options

You can print books that include different media types by using the Use Different Paper/Covers options.

When you select the Use Different Paper/Covers check box, the following settings can appear in the group box, along with associated options:

  • Front Cover

  • First Page

  • Other Pages

  • Last Page

  • Back Cover

To use Use Different Paper/Covers options, you must configure the setting for the print job. Each option for the Use Different Paper/Covers setting is described in the sections that follow this procedure. Use the following instructions to configure the setting.

To configure the Use Different Paper/Covers options for a print job

For each option, you can set a different tray using the Source Is: drop-down menu. For some options, the Type is: drop-down menu is also available.

  1. To use different paper or cover stock, select the Use Different Paper/Covers check box. A list of options appears in the dialog box. The full set of selections is visible when you use the down arrow button to the right of the list to scroll.

  2. To use different media for the pages within the print job, select the appropriate option (Front Cover , First Page , Other Pages , Last Page , or Back Cover ) in the dialog box. A check mark appears to the left of the option when you change a setting using the Source is: or Type is: drop-down menus.

  3. Click OK to print.

    You must use the same size of media for the entire print job. All options that you select from the available Use Different Paper/Covers options use the size selected in the First Page settings.

    When you change the type and source of the paper and covers, the settings you select remain configured until you close the application software.

Each option for the Use Different Paper/Covers setting is described in the following sections, in the order they appear in the pane below the Use Different Paper/Covers check box.

Front Cover and Back Cover options

Use these options to include a blank or preprinted front cover or back cover on a document.

The following figure shows the Front Cover setting and options. These options are the same for the Back Cover setting.

7: Front Cover setting

The Front Cover and Back Cover options are as follows:

  • Add a Blank or Preprinted Cover check box

  • Source is: drop-down menu

  • Type is: drop-down menu

When you select Front Cover or Back Cover , you must also select the Add a Blank or Preprinted Cover check box to enable the setting. When you select this check box, the Source is: and Type is: drop-down menus become available and a check mark appears next to the Back Cover option.

The Back Cover options are not available when the Booklet Layout setting is enabled on the Finishing tab. For two-page-per-sheet (2-up) booklet printing, you can obtain a cover by selecting different media for the first page only. The back cover setting is unavailable, because this page would otherwise be printed in the middle of a booklet.

The Source is: setting specifies the source tray to use for adding a back cover to the document. The list of source trays depends on the printer accessories. Any optional media trays that are installed through the Configure tab also appear here. For more information about the Source is: setting, see the Source Is: drop-down menu section of this chapter.

The Type is: drop-down menu shows all of the media types that the printer supports. For more information about the Type is: drop-down menu settings, see the Type is: drop-down menu section of this chapter.

First Page, Other Pages, and Last Page options

Use these options to select an alternative media size, type, or source for the first page, other pages, or last page of a document. The following figure shows the appearance of the Paper Options group box when you select the Use Different Paper/Covers check box.

8: First Page , Other Pages , and Last Page options

The First Page , Other Pages , and Last Page options are as follows:

  • Size is: drop-down menu

  • Source is: drop-down menu

  • Type is: drop-down menu

The Size is: driver setting for the first page applies to the entire print job. When this is set, the setting becomes unavailable for all the other Use Different Paper/Covers options.

Document preview image

The document preview image is a line-drawn image of a page that represents graphics and text. The document preview image is always oriented so that the contents of the page are right-side-up. The document preview image appears in the upper-right corner of the following Printing Preferences driver tabs:

  • Paper/Quality

  • Effects

  • Finishing

  • Color

Switching between tabs does not change the location or appearance of the document preview image. When you move the cursor over the document preview image, the cursor changes from an arrow to a gloved hand. You can toggle between portrait and landscape page orientation by clicking the image.

Print Quality group box

The Print Quality group box provides options that control resolution and digital imaging settings. The group box includes the following options:

Print Quality drop-down menu

The Print Quality drop-down menu contains the ImageREt 2400 resolution option. This setting produces 2400 dpi color output quality through HP Image Resolution Enhancement Technology (ImageREt) 2400. This setting is selected by default.

HP Digital Imaging (PCL 6 unidriver only)

Click the HP Digital Imaging button to open the HP Digital Imaging Options dialog box.

9: HP Digital Imaging Options dialog box

The HP Digital Imaging settings should be used only on high-resolution images (600 dpi or higher) that are printed on photograph-quality paper. These settings are not recommended for text.

The following settings can be adjusted on the HP Digital Imaging Options dialog box:

  • Contrast Enhancement . This setting has an Automatic check box and a slide bar ranging from Off to High . Use the Contrast Enhancement setting to increase image contrast for a more visually pleasing result. This filter is useful with flat images (images in which much of the image content is compressed into a small dynamic range of pixel values). Flat images may result from low lighting, environmental haze, or camera or scanner limitations.

  • Digital Flash . This setting has an Automatic check box and a slide bar ranging from Off to High . Use the Digital Flash setting to adjust lighting levels to reveal areas in shadow. The filter locates dark areas in an image and brings out detail without degrading other features in the image.

  • SmartFocus . This setting has settings are Off and On options. Use the SmartFocus setting to increase the apparent resolution of lower resolution images. Many images that are downloaded from the Internet or from digital cameras can be compressed because of size restrictions, and might exhibit pixilation artifacts when printed. SmartFocus upscales the image to the printer resolution without accentuating these artifacts.

  • Sharpness . This setting has an Automatic check box and a slide bar ranging from Off to High . Many images are improved by increasing their sharpness. Use the Sharpness feature locates edge detail and makes it more prominent. The filter detects regions that contain significant variations in pixel value along a number of different vectors (which denotes edges) and then applies a filter to enhance detail.

  • Smoothing . This setting has an Automatic check box and a slide bar ranging from Off to High . Just as many images benefit increased sharpness, many images are improved by smoothing, which decreases noise artifacts that are often created by digital cameras or scanners. When you select Smoothing , the filter locates areas that contain abrupt changes in pixel value by comparison with surrounding pixels (which denotes noise) and then applies a filter to smooth the output.

Effects tab features

Follow these steps to gain access to the Effects tab.

  1. Click Start , Settings , and then click one of the following:

    • for Windows 2000, click Printers .

    • for Windows XP Professional and Windows Server 2003, click Printers and Faxes .

    • for Windows XP Home, click Printers and Other Hardware Devices .

  2. Right-click the printer name, and then click Printing Preferences .

  3. Click Effects .

Use the Effects tab to create unique paper effects such as scaling and watermarks.

10: Effects tab

The Effects tab contains the following controls:

  • Print Task Quick Sets group box

  • Resizing Options group box

  • Document preview image

  • Watermarks group box

Print Task Quick Sets

Use the Print Task Quick Sets control to store the current combination of driver settings that are found on all other Printing Preferences driver tabs. Print task quick sets are either preset or user-defined printing specifications, such as paper size and pages per sheet. For more information, see Print Task Quick Sets in the Paper/Quality tab section of this guide.

Resizing Options group box

The Resizing Options group box consists of the following controls:

  • Actual Size (default)

  • Print Document On setting

  • Scale to Fit option

  • % of Normal Size setting

Actual Size setting

Actual Size is the default setting. It prints the document without changing the document size.

Print Document On setting

Select the Print Document On option button to format the document for one paper size and then print the document on a different paper size, with or without scaling the image to fit the new paper size.

The Print Document On control is disabled by either of the following conditions:

  • The % of Normal Size value is not 100.

  • The Pages per Sheet value (on the Finishing tab) is not 1.

When Print Document On is selected, the drop-down menu shows the media sizes on which you can print. The list contains all of the standard media sizes that are supported by the selected media source and any custom sizes that you have created. When Print Document On is selected, Scale to Fit is automatically selected.

Scale to Fit option

The Scale to Fit option box specifies whether each formatted document page image is scaled to fit the target paper size. By default, Scale to Fit is selected when Print Document On is selected. If the setting is turned off, then the document page images will not be scaled, and are instead centered at full size on the target paper. If the document size is larger than the target paper size, then the document image is clipped. If it is smaller, then it is centered within the target paper. The following illustration shows preview images for a document that is formatted for legal-size paper and where the Print Document On check box is selected, and the target size is specified as Letter .

11: Preview images - Legal on Letter; Scale to Fit off (left) and on (right)

When the size for which the document is formatted (that is, the logical size) differs from the target size, the preview image uses a dashed gray line to show the boundaries of the logical page in relation to the target page size.

% of Normal Size option

The % of Normal Size option provides a slider bar to use for scaling the percentage setting. The default setting in the entry box is 100% of normal size. Normal size is defined as the paper size that is selected within the driver or what the driver receives from the software program (if the software program does not negotiate the paper size with the driver). The driver scales the page by the appropriate factor and sends it to the printer.

The limits of the range are from 25 to 400%, and any values outside the range are adjusted to those limits as soon as the focus is removed from the control (that is, when the Tab key is pressed or another control is selected).

Any change to the scale also changes the page preview, which increases or decreases from the upper-left corner of the preview.

The slider bar controls the scale directly. The value in the edit box changes as the scroll bar indicator is dragged, and the preview image is updated to the new image scale. Each click the scroll bar arrows increases or decreases the scale by 1%. Each click the slider bar affects the scale by 10%.

You cannot achieve an exact value by dragging the scroll bar indicator at the default Windows resolution; use the scroll bar indicator to approximate the appropriate value, and then use the scroll bar arrows to refine the value.

The following settings disable % of Normal Size :

  • Print Document On (on the Effects tab) is selected

  • Pages per Sheet (on the Finishing tab) is not 1

Document preview image

The document preview image is a line-drawn image of a page that represents graphics and text. The document preview image is always oriented so that the contents of the page are right-side-up. The document preview image appears in the upper-right corner of the following Printing Preferences driver tabs:

  • Paper/Quality

  • Effects

  • Finishing

  • Color

Switching between tabs does not change the location or appearance of the document preview image. When you move the cursor over the document preview image, the cursor changes from an arrow to a gloved hand. You can toggle between portrait and landscape page orientation by clicking the image.

Watermarks group box

Use the Watermarks feature to select a watermark, create your own custom watermarks (text only), or edit an existing watermark. The following watermarks are preset in the driver:

  • (none)

  • Confidential

  • Draft

  • SAMPLE

The drop-down menu shows alphabetically sorted watermarks that are currently available on the system, plus the string "(none)", which indicates that no watermark is selected. This is the default setting. Any watermark selected from this list appears in the preview image.

When the First Page Only check box is selected, the watermark is printed only on the first page of the document. The First Page Only check box is disabled when the current watermark selection is "(none)".

Watermarks are applied to logical pages. For example, when Pages per Sheet is set to "4" and First Page Only is turned off, four watermarks appear on the physical page (one on each logical page).

Click Edit , and the Watermark Details dialog box appears.

12: Watermark Details dialog box

The dialog box shows a preview image and provides options for creating a new watermark and controlling the message angle and font attributes.

Click OK to accept all of the changes that are made in the Watermark Details dialog box. However, clicking Cancel does not cancel all of the changes. If you make changes to a watermark and then select a different watermark or click New , all of the changes made to the previous watermark are saved, and only the current, unsaved changes can be canceled.

Current watermarks

The Current Watermarks group box contains a list of available watermarks, both predefined watermarks that are available in the driver and any new watermarks that you have created.

Creating a new watermark

  1. Click New .

    The new watermark appears in the Current Watermarks list and in the Watermark Message edit box as "Untitled" until you name it.

  2. To name the new watermark, type the selected watermark text in the Watermark Message edit box.

    The name that you type in the Watermark Message field appears in the following locations:

    • in theCurrent Watermarks group box in the Watermark Details dialog box

    • in the Watermarks group box on the Effects tab

      You can have no more that 30 watermarks in the Current Watermarks list at one time. When you reach the limit of 30 watermarks, the New button is disabled. The (none) setting is one of the 30 definable watermarks; you can customize names for the other 29 watermarks.

      To edit an existing watermark, select the watermark in the Current Watermarks list. If you change the Watermark Message for that watermark, you are, in effect, creating a new watermark.

Deleting a watermark

  1. Select the watermark in the Current Watermarks list.

  2. Click Delete .

  3. A warning appears asking whether you are sure you want to delete the selected item.

    • Click Cancel if you want to keep the watermark.

    • Click OK to delete the selected watermark.

Watermark message

The Watermark Message is also the name that identifies the watermark in the Current Watermarks list, except when more than one watermark has the same message. For example, you might want several different watermarks with the message DRAFT, each with a different typeface or font size. When this occurs, the string is appended with a space, a pound sign, and a number (for example, Draft #2 ). When a number is added, the number two is used first, but if the resulting name is also in the list, then the number increases until the name is unique (Draft #3 , Draft #4 , and so on).

Message angle

Use the controls in the Message Angle group box to print the watermark in different orientations on the page; the selection of a particular setting affects only the angle of the string placement. The following settings are available:

  • Diagonal . This is the default setting . Select this setting to place the text along a line that spans the lower-left to upper-right corners of the page.

  • Horizontal . Select this setting to place the text along a line that spans the mid-left and mid-right edges of the page.

  • Angle . Select this setting to place the text at the specified angle across the page. Use the numeric spin box to select the angle.

Font attributes

Use the controls in the Font Attributes group box to change the font and the shading, size, and style of the font.

The Font Attributes group box contains the following controls:

  • Name drop-down menu

  • Color drop-down menu

  • Shading drop-down menu

  • Size spin box

  • Style drop-down menu

Name drop-down menu

The Name drop-down menu lists fonts that are currently installed on the system. The default is language-dependent.

Color drop-down menu

The Color drop-down menu provides a fixed, unalterable set of color choices, in palette/color name-pair form, for the watermark. The triplet values for these colors are shown in the following table.

Watermark color values
Setting
Gray
Red
Yellow
Green
Cyan
Blue
Magenta
Lightest
255
255
255
255
232
232
255
255
232
232
255
232
232
255
255
232
232
255
255
232
255
Very Light
224
224
224
255
224
224
255
255
224
224
255
224
224
255
255
224
224
255
255
224
255
Light
192
192
192
255
192
192
255
255
192
192
255
192
192
255
255
192
192
255
255
192
255
Med Light
160
160
160
255
160
160
255
255
160
160
255
160
160
255
255
160
160
255
255
160
255
Medium
128
128
128
255
128
128
255
255
128
128
255
128
128
255
255
128
128
255
255
128
255
Med Dark
96
96
96
255
96
96
255
255
96
96
255
96
96
255
255
96
96
255
255
96
255
Dark
64
64
64
255
64
64
255
255
64
64
255
64
64
255
255
64
64
255
255
64
255
Very Dark
32
32
32
255
32
32
255
255
32
32
255
32
32
255
255
32
32
255
255
32
255
Darkest
0
0
0
255
0
0
255
255
0
0
255
0
0
255
255
0
0
255
255
0
255
Shading drop-down menu

The default Shading setting for new and preset watermarks is Very Light . The following range of shades is available from the Shading drop-down menu.

  • Lightest

  • Very Light (default)

  • Light

  • Medium Light

  • Medium

  • Medium Dark

  • Dark

  • Very Dark

  • Darkest

These values represent the intensity of the gray that is used. A choice of Light produces a lightly saturated gray watermark. A choice of Lightest produces the lightest shade of watermark; Darkest produces a black watermark.

Size spin box

Font sizes from 1 to 999 points are available from the Size menu. The default point size is language-dependent. The choice of Regular , Bold , Italic , and Bold Italic is available from the Style drop-down menu.

Style drop-down menu

The choice of Regular , Bold , Italic , and Bold Italic is available from the Style drop-down menu. The default Style setting for new and preset watermarks is Regular .

Default settings

The default settings for new watermarks are Arial font, Gray color, Very Light shading, 80 points, and Regular style. The default settings for preset watermarks are Arial font, Very Light shading, and Bold style. The default point size for preset watermarks is language-dependent, and varies.

Finishing tab features

Follow these steps to gain access to the Finishing tab.

  1. Click Start , Settings , and then click one of the following:

    • for Windows 2000, click Printers .

    • for Windows XP Professional and Windows Server 2003, click Printers and Faxes .

    • for Windows XP Home, click Printers and Other Hardware Devices .

  2. Right-click the printer name, and then click Printing Preferences .

  3. Click Finishing .

Use the Finishing tab to print booklets and control the media output.

13: Finishing tab - HP PCL 6 Unidriver

The Finishing tab contains the following controls:

  • Print Task Quick Sets group box

  • Document Options group box

  • Document preview image

  • Orientation group box

Print Task Quick Sets

Use the Print Task Quick Sets control to store the current combination of driver settings that are found on all other Printing Preferences driver tabs. Print task quick sets are either preset or user-defined printing specifications, such as paper size and pages per sheet. For more information, see Print Task Quick Sets in the Paper/Quality tab section of this guide.

Document Options

The Document Options group box contains the following controls.

  • Print on Both Sides or Print on Both Sides (Manually) check box

  • Flip Pages Up option

  • Booklet Layout drop-down menu

  • Pages per Sheet drop-down menu

  • Print Page Borders check box

  • Page Order drop-down menu

Print on Both Sides and Print on Both Sides (Manually) check box

The Print on Both Sides option controls the automatic duplexing function of the printer and is available only on the HP Color LaserJet 2605dn and the HP Color LaserJet 2605dtn printers, which have a duplexing unit installed.

The Print on Both Sides (Manually) option controls the manual duplexing function of the HP Color LaserJet 2605 printer, and allows manual duplexing on the other HP Color LaserJet 2605 printers for media types that are not available when using the automatic duplexing unit, such as cardstock and thick media.

Automatically printing on both sides

The duplexing unit in the printer prints on two sides of a sheet of paper when the Print on Both Sides option is specified in the print job. The Print on Both Sides option is off (not selected) by default. Selecting the option makes the Flip Pages Up and Booklet Printing options available.

Automatically printing on both sides is not supported by the following paper types and sizes.

Paper types and sizes supported by automatic duplexing
Paper Types
Paper Sizes
Unspecified
Plain
Preprinted
Prepunched
Bond
Recycled
Light
Heavy
Light Glossy
Glossy
A3
A4
B4(JIS)
Letter
Legal
8.5x13
Manually printing on both sides

Select the Print on Both Sides (Manually) check box to print on the second side of the media for the HP Color LaserJet 2605 printer, which does not have a duplexing unit installed. Also select the Print on Both Sides (Manually) check box on the HP Color LaserJet 2605dn and the HP Color LaserJet 2605dtn printers for media types that are not available when using the automatic duplexing unit, such as cardstock and thick media.

If a duplexing unit is installed and manual duplexing is enabled in the driver, the printer automatically prints on both sides of media types that are supported for automatic duplexing (A3, A4, B4(JIS), Letter, Legal, and 8.5x13 only), and media types that are not supported.

To achieve the best print quality when printing on the second side of the page, the printer makes adjustments to its print modes. When you select a media type, you are, in effect, instructing the printer to use a group of settings (such as fuser temperature and print speed) to print the media with the best possible quality. This group of settings is known as print mode. A different print mode is used with each media type. Print-mode adjustments for the second side of a duplexed page are automatic.

Select the media type that corresponds to the media you are using for the print job. The following media types have a different print mode when you manually print on the second side:

  • Plain

  • Preprinted

  • Letterhead

  • Prepunched

  • Bond

  • Recycled

  • Color

  • Light 60-75 g/m²

  • Heavy 90-105 g/m²

  • Light Glossy 75-105 g/m²

  • Glossy 106-120 g/m²

Cardstock media can be manually printed on the second side, but there is no change to the print mode. Transparencies and Labels should not be manually printed on the second side.

To make the Print on Both Sides (Manually) check box available in the document options, enable the Allow Manual Duplexing option on the Device Settings tab in the Properties print-driver tabs. See the Installable Options section of this chapter.

If you want to print on both sides manually while using media that is supported by automatic duplexing, you must select and apply the Not Installed setting on the Duplex Unit (for 2-Sided Printing) option on the Device Settings tab.

Follow these steps to manually print on both sides.

  1. Select the Print on Both Sides (Manually) check box.

  2. Click OK . The even-number pages of the document print.

  3. When the control panel shows the MANUALLY FEED message, insert the stack of media (on which the even-number pages have been printed) as indicated in the following figure.

    14: Print on Both Sides Instructions

    When you have completed the steps that appear in the dialog box, the second half of the print job prints on the back side of the stack of media. The driver does not require the program to specifically support odd- and even-page printing, because the driver coordinates this function.

Flip Pages Up option

Select the Flip Pages Up check box, which is enabled only when Print on Both Sides is selected, to specify the duplex-binding option. By default, the Flip Pages Up check box is not selected. The following table shows the results of selecting this box, depending on the paper orientation that you select on the Finishing tab.

Page orientation
Orientation (Finishing tab)
Flip Pages Up selected
Flip Pages Up not selected
Portrait
Short-edge binding
Long-edge binding
Landscape
Long-edge binding
Short-edge binding

When Print on Both Sides is selected, the document preview image changes to show a spiral binding along either the left edge or the top edge of the page. In addition, a folded-over corner appears in the lower-right portion of the preview image, indicating that printing occurs on the back side. An arrow on the folded-over corner points in the direction that the pages would be flipped if they were bound together.

Short-side binding is for print jobs with pages that read by flipping over like the pages of a calendar. Long-side binding is for print jobs with pages that read by turning like the pages of a book.

Booklet layout drop-down menu

The Booklet Layout drop-down menu, visible when Print on Both Sides is selected, offers choices that are based on the current paper size. The default setting for the Booklet Printing drop-down menu is Off .

  • Left Edge Binding

  • Right Edge Binding

When you select Left Edge Binding or Right Edge Binding , the document preview image changes to show the location of the binding. If the Pages per Sheet setting is on the default setting of 1, it automatically changes to 2 pages per sheet . If you change the Pages per Sheet setting manually to 4, 6, 9, or 16 pages per sheet, the booklet setting is disabled. See the Printing a booklet section of this chapter for more information.

The Booklet Layout setting is disabled when A6 or B6 (JIS) is selected as the media size, and an incompatibility error message appears when you click OK to close the driver.

Book and booklet printing

The HP Color LaserJet 2605 series printer supports book and booklet printing.

A book is a print job consisting of at least two pages that can have a different media type for the front cover, first page, other pages, last page, or back cover. Use the Front Cover , First Page , Other Pages , Last Page , and Back Cover settings on the Paper/Quality tab (available when you select the Use Different Paper/Covers check box) to select different media for these pages.

A booklet is a print job that places two pages on each side of a sheet that can be folded into a booklet that is half the size of the media type. Use the Booklet Layout drop-down menu on the Finishing tab to control booklet settings.

Printing a booklet

Complete the following steps to print a booklet.

  1. Click File , Print , and thenProperties .

  2. Click the Finishing tab and select the Print on Both Sides check box.

  3. In the Booklet Layout drop-down menu, select the type of booklet printing that you want (for example, Right Edge Binding ).

  4. Click OK in the print driver.

  5. Click OK in the Print dialog box to print.

Printing a book

You can print a book in which the front cover, first page, other pages, last page, and back cover are printed on different media types. For more information, see the Paper/Quality tab features section of this chapter.

Pages per Sheet drop-down menu

Use the Pages per Sheet option to select the number of pages that you want to print on a single sheet of media. If you choose to print more than one page per sheet, the pages appear smaller and are arranged on the sheet in the order that they would otherwise be printed. The Pages per Sheet drop-down menu provides six settings:

  • 1 page per sheet (this is the default)

  • 2 pages per sheet

  • 4 pages per sheet

  • 6 pages per sheet

  • 9 pages per sheet

  • 16 pages per sheet

When you select an option other than 2 pages per sheet , booklet printing is unavailable.

Print Page Borders check box

Related controls indented beneath the Pages per Sheet edit box are Print Page Borders and Page Order , which become active when Pages per Sheet is greater than 1.

Print Page Borders sets a line around each page image on a printed sheet to help visually define the borders of each logical page.

Page Order drop-down menu

The Page Order drop-down menu contains four selections:

  • Right, then Down

  • Down, then Right

  • Left, then Down

  • Down, then Left

The preview document image changes to reflect alterations in these settings, as shown by the examples in the following illustration.

15: Page-order preview images

  • 2 pages per sheet

  • 4 pages per sheet

  • 6 pages per sheet

  • 9 pages per sheet

  • 16 pages per sheet

Document preview image

The document preview image is a line-drawn image of a page that represents graphics and text. The document preview image is always oriented so that the contents of the page are right-side-up. The document preview image appears in the upper-right corner of the following Printing Preferences driver tabs:

  • Paper/Quality

  • Effects

  • Finishing

  • Color

Switching between tabs does not change the location or appearance of the document preview image. When you move the cursor over the document preview image, the cursor changes from an arrow to a gloved hand. You can toggle between portrait and landscape page orientation by clicking the image.

Orientation group box

The Orientation group box contains the following options:

  • Portrait option button

  • Landscape option button

  • Rotate 180 degrees check box

  • Mirror Image check box

Portrait option button

Select this feature to print your document in Portrait orientation. This is the default setting.

Landscape option button

Select this feature to print your document in Landscape orientation.

Rotate by 180 degrees check box

Select this feature to rotate the document image on the paper 180°. For example: If the return address on an envelope is smudged, try using this setting and feed the envelope so that the return address area is fed into the printer first.

Mirror Image check box (PS Emulation Unidriver only)

Click the Mirror Image check box to reverse the horizontal coordinates of the printed document.

Color tab features

Follow these steps to gain access to the Color tab.

  1. Click Start , Settings , and then click one of the following:

    • for Windows 2000, click Printers .

    • for Windows XP Professional and Windows Server 2003, click Printers and Faxes .

    • for Windows XP Home, click Printers and Other Hardware Devices .

  2. Right-click the printer name, and then click Printing Preferences .

  3. Click Color .

Use the Color tab to specify predefined color-option settings or to fine-tune the color treatments and half-toning. Color output can also be converted to grayscale.

16: Color tab

The Color tab contains the following controls:

  • Print Task Quick Sets group box

  • Color Options group box

  • Document preview image

Print Task Quick Sets

The Print Task Quick Sets control is available on each Printing Preference tab, and is used to store the current combination of driver settings found on all of the other tabs. Print Task Quick Sets are either preset or user-defined printing specifications, such as paper size and pagers per sheet. For more information, see Print Task Quick Sets in the Paper/Quality tab section of this guide.

Color options

Use the Color Options group box to adjust the independent color controls. The settings affect the print job color rendering and print quality. The Color Options group box contains the following controls:

  • Automatic option (default)

  • Manual option

  • Settings button (opens the Color Settings dialog box)

  • Print in Grayscale check box

Automatic color settings

Use the Automatic option for default coloration settings that automatically fine-tune your color printer output. The HP Automatic default color settings provide high-quality output for most color printing needs.

Manual color settings

To change the default coloration settings, select the Manual option, and then click the Settings button. The Color Settings dialog box appears.

To change the settings, make your selections using the drop-down menus in the Color Settings dialog box, and then click OK . The following figure shows the Color Settings dialog box:

17: Color Settings dialog box

The Color Settings dialog box gives you independent control of the following settings:

  • Text

  • Graphics

  • Photographs

  • General

Text, Graphics, and Photographs settings

Use these sections to adjust the Neutral Grays setting for each control.

Neutral Grays setting

The Neutral Grays drop-down menu controls the selection of a device-dependent color table that is embedded in the printer firmware. The options are Black Only or 4-Color . You can adjust the Neutral Grays setting independently for Text , Graphics , or Photographs .

  • Black Only. This option generates neutral colors (grays and black) by using only black toner. This option guarantees that neutral colors do not have a color cast. Black Only is the default setting for the Text and Graphics components.

  • 4-Color. This option generates neutral colors by combining all four colors of toner, which produces smoother gradients and transitions to non-neutral colors. It also produces the darkest possible black. The default setting for Photographs is 4-Color .

General

Use the General setting group to control the Edge Control , RGB Color , and Halftone settings for all color printing.

Edge Control

Edge Control determines how edges are rendered. Edge Control consists of Adaptive Halftoning and Trapping. Adaptive Halftoning increases the edge sharpness. Trapping reduces the effect of color-plane misregistration by slightly overlapping the edges of adjacent objects.

The Edge Control option contains the following settings:

  • Off. The Off setting turns off Trapping and Adaptive Halftoning.

  • Light. The Light setting provides minimal trapping. Adaptive Halftoning is set to On .

  • Normal. The Normal setting provides the default trapping settings. Adaptive Halftoning is set to On.

  • Maximum. The Maximum setting provides the most trapping. Adaptive Halftoning is set to On.

RGB Color

The RGB Color settings affect the color treatment for object types and determines how colors are rendered. The following options are available.

  • Default (sRGB). This option interprets RGB color space (sRGB), which is the accepted standard for many software companies and organizations such as Microsoft and the World Wide Web Consortium. Default (sRGB) is the default setting for all components.

  • Vivid. This option uses the full range of the printer's capabilities, producing colors that are more deeply saturated than those on your screen. If you use Vivid color, blues and greens will likely appear darker in print than on your monitor. Vivid color is useful for business graphics and other documents that require deep, rich colors.

    This setting uses the sRGB color table for the HP Color LaserJet 2600n printer.
  • Device. This option sets the printer to print RGB data in raw device mode. To render photographs correctly when this option is selected, you must manage color in the software program in which you are working or in the operating system.

  • AdobeRGB (1998). Select AdobeRGB (1998) for documents that use the Adobe RGB color space rather than sRGB. For example, some digital cameras capture images in Adobe RBG, and documents that are produced with Adobe Photoshop® use the Adobe RGB color space. When printing from a professional software program that uses Adobe RGB , turn off the color management in the software program and allow the printer software to manage the color space.

  • Photo/Image. Photo/Image interprets the RGB color as if it was printed as a photograph using a digital mini-lab, rendering the deeper, more saturated colors differently than Default mode. Use this setting for printing photos. For best results, use HP Glossy Laser Paper with this setting.

If your software program converts text and graphics to raster, the Photographs settings also control the Text and Graphics settings.

Halftone

The Halftone setting controls the selection of a device-dependent halftone algorithm that is embedded in the printer firmware. The Halftone options, Smooth and Detail , affect the resolution and clarity of your color output.

  • Smooth. This option provides better results for large, solid-filled print areas. It also enhances photographs by smoothing out fine color gradations. Select this option for uniform and smooth area fills.

    • Cyan - 155 lines per inch (lpi)

    • Magenta - 155 lpi

    • Yellow - 212 lpi

    • Black - 155 lpi

  • Detail. This option is useful for text and graphics that require sharp distinctions among lines or colors, or for images that contain a pattern or high level of detail. Select this option for sharp edges and detail.

    • Cyan - 190 lpi

    • Magenta - 190 lpi

    • Yellow - 200 lpi

    • Black - 212 lpi

Print in Grayscale

Select Print in Grayscale to print a color document in black and white. This option is useful for previewing preliminary copies of slides and hardcopy output quickly or for color documents that will be photocopied or faxed.

Services tab features

Follow these steps to gain access to the Services tab.

  1. Click Start , Settings , and then click one of the following:

    • for Windows 2000, click Printers .

    • for Windows XP Professional and Windows Server 2003, click Printers and Faxes .

    • for Windows XP Home, click Printers and Other Hardware Devices .

  2. Right-click the printer name, and then click Printing Preferences .

  3. Click Services .

18: Services tab - HP PCL 6 Unidriver

The Services tab contains the Select a destination drop-down menu with the following selections:

  • Support and troubleshooting

  • Product manuals

  • Check for driver updates

  • Orders supplies

If you have Internet access, select any of these items and click Go! to open the corresponding HP Web page.

Device Settings tab features

Follow these steps to gain access to the Services tab.

  1. Click Start , Settings , and then click one of the following:

    • for Windows 2000, click Printers .

    • for Windows XP Professional and Windows Server 2003, click Printers and Faxes .

    • for Windows XP Home, click Printers and Other Hardware Devices .

  2. Right-click the printer name, and then click Properties .

  3. Click Device Settings .

The Device Settings tab contains controls for media-handling devices and controls for managing the HP Color LaserJet 2605.

Various options are available on the Device Settings tab depending on whether you are using the HP PCL 6 Unidriver or the PS Emulation Unidriver. The following figures show the Device Settings tab for each of these drivers.

19: Device Settings tab - HP PCL 6 Unidriver

20: Device Settings tab - PS Emulation Unidriver

The Device Settings tab contains the following controls:

  • Form to Tray Assignment options

  • Font Substitution Table options

  • External Fonts option (HP PCL 6 Unidriver only)

  • Installable Options options

  • Additional Device Settings for the PS Emulation Unidriver

Form to Tray Assignment

A network administrator can use Form to Tray Assignment to specify the media size in each input tray.

The HP Color LaserJet 2605 series printer supports more than one source of media. You can assign a form (which defines the media size and margins) to each of your printer media sources. When a form is matched to a source, you can select the form when you print. The printer prints from the tray to which that form is assigned.

Network administrators can use the Form to Tray Assignment setting to specify, in the driver, the media size that is loaded into each available input tray. The use of forms constrains the choices that are available in the media-size list on the Advanced tab in the Printing Preferences driver tab set. This constraint prevents (or reduces the likelihood of) tying up the printer with paper-mount messages that occur when users request sizes or types that are not available.

The trays listed in the Form to Tray Assignment setting include standard trays and optional accessory trays.

The input trays listed in the Form to Tray Assignment setting are also listed as media sources on the Paper/Quality tab.

Configuring the trays

  1. Select the appropriate tray in the Form to Tray Assignment list.

  2. Use the drop-down menu to select the media size (form) that is loaded in that tray.

  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the remaining trays.

  4. Click OK to enable your settings, or, if necessary, click the Cancel button to reconfigure all the trays, and remove the size and type constraints that you have specified on the Paper/Quality tab.

Font Substitution Table

Clicking this option opens the Font Substitution Table and makes available the options for changing the TrueType-to-PostScript font mapping. The following figure shows the Device Settings tab with the Font Substitution Table open.

21: Font Substitution Table

External Fonts (HP PCL 6 Unidriver only)

Use the External Fonts option to install and remove external fonts for the printer. External fonts can be soft fonts or DIMM fonts.

Clicking the External Fonts option causes the Properties button to appear. Clicking the Properties button opens the Font Installer dialog box.

22: Font Installer dialog box

Installing external fonts

Follow these steps to install external fonts.

  1. Click Start , Settings , and then click one of the following:

    • in Windows 2000, click Printers

    • in Windows XP, click Printers and Faxes

  2. Right-click the name of the printer, and then Properties .

  3. Click the Device Settings tab.

  4. Click the External Fonts option. The Properties button appears.

  5. Click the Properties button. The Font Installer dialog box appears.

  6. Type the name and path of the font metric file in the Printer Font File Location text box, or click Browse to locate the file on your computer. The font file names appear in the Font(s) to be Added window.

  7. Select the fonts that you want to add, and then click Add . The fonts are installed and the file names appear in the Installed Font(s) window.

  8. Click OK to close the Font Installer dialog box.

Removing external fonts

  1. Click Start , Settings , and then click one of the following:

    • in Windows 2000, click Printers

    • in Windows XP, click Printers and Faxes

  2. Click the Device Settings tab.

  3. Click the External Fonts option. The Properties button appears.

  4. Click the Properties button. The Font Installer dialog box appears.

  5. The external fonts that are installed appear in the Installed Fonts window. Select the fonts that you want to remove, and then click Remove . The fonts are removed.

  6. Click OK to close the Font Installer dialog box.

Installable Options

This section provides information to configure the printing options that you can install for the HP Color LaserJet 2605. The following controls are available:

  • Duplex Unit (for 2-Sided Printing)

  • Allow Manual Duplexing

  • Printer Memory

  • Mopier Mode

  • PostScript Passthrough (PS Emulation Unidriver only)

  • JPEG Passthrough (PS Emulation Unidriver only)

Duplex Unit (for 2-Sided Printing)

The HP Color LaserJet 2605 printer does not have a duplex unit installed. The setting is disabled by default for this printer model.

The HP Color LaserJet 2605dn printer and the HP Color LaserJet 2605dtn printer come with a duplex unit installed. This setting is enabled by default in these printer models.

Allow Manual Duplexing

Use this setting to allow printing on both sides of a page using manual two-sided printing.

Printer Memory

This option matches the setting to the amount of memory that is installed in the printer. The driver generates ranges of memory that can be selected, up to the maximum that the printer can accept. The driver can use this information to manage how the print driver uses the printer memory.

Mopier Mode

This feature requires at least 128 MB of RAM.

The multiple-original print (mopy) function is an HP-designed feature that produces multiple, collated copies from a single print job. Multiple-original printing (mopying) increases performance and reduces network traffic by transmitting the job to the printer once. The remainder of the copies are printed at the fastest speed. All documents that are printed in mopier mode can be created, controlled, managed, and finished from the computer, which eliminates the extra step of using a photocopier.

The HP Color LaserJet 2605 supports the transmit-once mopying feature when the Mopier Mode setting on the Device Settings tab is Enabled .

When you use the HP PCL 6 Unidriver or the PS Emulation Unidriver, mopying is performed in one of two ways: either through the software or through the printer hardware. When the mopier is enabled, mopying takes place through the printer hardware by default. One copy of a multiple page print job is transmitted once through the network to the printer, together with a printer job language (PJL) command directing the printer to make the specified number of copies.

When you disable the mopier, you are not necessarily disabling mopying, which the driver can still perform through the software rather than the printer hardware (the mopying path that is disabled when you change the Mopier Mode setting to Enabled ). However, a multiple-copy print job that is sent when the mopier is disabled loses the advantage of transmitting the print job once, because the job is sent through the network for each copy.

Mopier Mode and Collation

Mopying and collating print jobs are independent but closely related functions. Mopying, the ability to send original print jobs to the printer, is performed by the print driver. Collating can be controlled by either the print driver or the document software program. The mopying mode is selected by default in the driver, and can be disabled by changing the Mopier Mode setting on the Device Settings tab to Disabled.

You can control collation through the print driver by selecting or clearing the Collated check box on the Advanced tab. You can clear the check box, which is available only when the Copy Count option is set to more than 1 copy, to allow the software program to control collation.

To receive uncollated multiple copies of a print job, you must clear the Collated check box and make sure that the software program collation feature is not selected.

PostScript Passthrough (PS Emulation Unidriver only)

PostScript Passthrough is enabled by default, and must be enabled for most print jobs. This option provides additional capabilities for some software programs when printing to a Postscript driver.

Options such as watermarks, n-up printing, and booklet printing might not print correctly from some software programs when PostScript Passthrough is enabled because such programs send Postscript information to the printer that the driver cannot control. Other software programs might print using these options without problems.

If you encounter problems while printing, select Disabled and print your document again. In some cases, disabling PostScript Passthrough might cause unexpected behavior in the software program.

JPEG Passthrough (PS Emulation Unidriver only)

The following options appear under the JPEG Passthrough setting:

  • Disable. Images sent as JPEG are printed as bitmaps, resulting in faster printing.

  • Enable. Images sent as JPEG are printed as JPEG (JPEG passthrough).

  • Auto. Detects the printer connection type and either disables JPEG passthrough for network (TCP/IP) connections or enables JPEG passthrough for parallel (LPT), DOT4, and USB connections.

Additional Device Settings options (PS Emulation Unidriver only)

In addition to these options, the Device Settings tab for the PS Emulation Unidriver also includes the following options.

  • Available PostScript Memory options

  • Output Protocol options

  • Send CTRL-D Before Each Job options

  • Send CTRL-D After Each Job options

  • Convert Gray Text to PostScript Gray options

  • Convert Gray Graphics to PostScript Gray options

  • Add Euro Currency Symbol to PostScript Fonts options

  • Job Timeout options

  • Wait Timeout options

Available PostScript Memory

This option specifies the amount of available PS memory. The available PS memory is a subset of the printer's total physical memory. It is usually best to use the default setting, which is determined by your printer manufacturer.

Output Protocol

This option specifies the protocol that the HP Color LaserJet 2605 uses for print jobs. The following options are available.

  • ASCII . (default) When you click ASCII , data is sent in ASCII format (7-bit), which might take longer to print but can be sent through any I/O channel, such as a USB or network port.

  • TBCP . When you click TBCP (Tagged Binary Communications Protocol), all data except special control characters is sent in binary (8-bit) format. The binary formats can be sent over USB or serial communications ports at a faster rate than by sending data in ASCII format.

  • Binary . When you click Binary , all data except special control characters is sent in binary (8-bit) format. The binary formats can be sent over USB communications ports at a faster rate than by sending data in ASCII format.

Send CTRL-D Before Each Job

This option specifies whether the HP Color LaserJet 2605 series printer will be reset at the beginning of every .PS document. The default setting is No . Ctrl-D resets the printer to its default setting to ensure that previous print jobs do not affect the current print job. Ctrl-D might cause a print job to fail if the printer is connected through a network. If your document fails to print when sent to a printer connected through a USB port, change No to Yes .

Send CTRL-D After Each Job

This option specifies whether the HP Color LaserJet 2605 series printer will be reset at the end of every .PS document. The default setting is Yes . Ctrl-D resets the printer to its default setting to ensure that future print jobs are not affected by the current print job. Ctrl-D might cause a print job to fail if the printer is connected through a network. If your document fails to print when sent to a network printer, change Yes to No .

Convert Gray Text to PostScript Gray

This option specifies whether to convert the true gray (RGB value) in text to the gray that the PS Emulation Unidriver provides. The default setting is No .

Convert Gray Graphics to PostScript Gray

This option specifies whether to convert the true gray (RGB value) in graphics to the gray that the PS Emulation Unidriver provides. The default setting is No .

Add Euro Currency Symbol to PostScript Fonts

This option specifies whether to augment the device fonts with the euro character. The default setting is Yes .

Job Timeout

This option specifies how long the document can take to get from the computer to the HP Color LaserJet 2605 series printer before the printer stops trying to print the document. If you specify 0 seconds, the printer continues trying to print indefinitely. The default setting is 0 seconds . You can use the spin box to change this value to a maximum of 32,767 seconds.

Wait Timeout

This option specifies how long the HP Color LaserJet 2605 series printer waits to get more PS information from the computer. After the specified time passes, the printer stops trying to print the document and prints an error message. If you are trying to print a very complicated document, you might want to increase this value. If you specify 0 seconds , the printer waits indefinitely. The default setting is 300 seconds . You can use the spin box to change this value to a maximum of 32,767 seconds .

About tab features

Follow these steps to gain access to the About tab.

  1. Click Start , Settings , and then click one of the following:

    • for Windows 2000, click Printers .

    • for Windows XP Professional and Windows Server 2003, click Printers and Faxes .

    • for Windows XP Home, click Printers and Other Hardware Devices .

  2. Right-click the printer name, and then click Properties .

  3. Click About .

The About tab provides detailed information about the driver. It contains an overall build number (in parentheses after the model name) along with specific information about each of the components. The information varies according to the HP Color LaserJet 2605 model number, driver, date, and version numbers.

23: About tab

The About tab lists driver installation file names and their version numbers. The About tab also indicates whether the driver was autoconfigured, whether administrator preferences were set, the date the driver was last configured, and whether the configuration is default or user-defined.

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