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Chapter 9. Troubleshooting > Poor Print Quality

Poor Print Quality

The main complaint with printing occurs when print quality doesn't meet your expectations. Here are a few suggestions for addressing print quality problems:

  • Make sure your inkjet cartridges aren't clogged. Once my black ink cartridge clogged and it took me an hour to figure out that the clog caused color photos to print oddly. Your printer manual should tell you how to clear clogs.

  • Change your ink cartridges. It's possible that one is low on a specific color and not yet reporting the problem.

  • Use different paper. You'd be amazed how much better print quality is on paper designed for photo printing.

  • Make sure your paper is loaded correctly to print on the printable side. It's usually whiter or glossier than the other side.

  • Make sure you select the appropriate settings in the Print dialog for your printer to use high-quality mode.

  • If iPhoto put a low-resolution warning icon on the picture in the Print dialog's small preview, there isn't enough data in the image to print at the size you requested. Print at a smaller size. See “Dealing with Warning Icons,” later in this chapter.

  • CMYK files, which you can create in some programs (but won't come from a standard digital camera), don't print correctly in iPhoto. Try converting them to RGB.

  • Verify that the problems aren't inherent to the original image. If so, you may have to edit the image in another program to correct the issue.



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