IBM INFOPRINT COLOR 1464, INFOPRINT COLOR 1454 User Manual

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Infoprint Color 1454 & 1464

 

Help guide

G510-4097-00

Infoprint Color 1454 & 1464

 

Help guide

G510-4097-00

Help guide

Help Menu pages

Other Help Menu pages available include:

Color quality guide

Clearing jams guide

Printing guide

Print quality guide

Connection guide

Repetitive defects

Print media guide

 

guide

 

 

Moving guide

Setup Guide

The Setup Guide provides information about setting up the printer and its options.

Publications CD / User’s Guide

The publications CD contains a User’s Guide which provides information about loading paper, clearing error messages, ordering and replacing supplies, installing maintenance kits, and troubleshooting. It also provides general information for administrators.

Drivers CD

The drivers CD contains the necessary printer drivers to get your printer up and running.

It may also contain printer utilities, screen fonts, and additional documentation.

Help guide

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Other languages

The Help Menu pages, User’s Guide, and Setup Guide are also available on the publications CD.

Color quality guide

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Color quality guide

This Color Quality guide is intended to help users understand how operations available on the printer can be used to adjust and customize color output. A brief description of the purpose and operation of the functions available that affect color output is provided. Additionally, some helpful suggestions are provided on how to use these functions to produce desirable color output and to solve certain color related problems commonly experienced by users.

Color Menu

Selections available in the Color Menu provide the user with multiple options that can adjust color characteristics of the printer.

Note: Values marked by an asterisk (*) are the factory default settings. Values selected in the printer PostScript or PCL drivers for Windows will override printer settings.

 

Menu item

Purpose

Values

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Print Mode

To determine whether files are

Color*

 

 

 

printed in a monochrome grayscale

 

 

 

 

Black & White

 

 

 

or in color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Color

To adjust the printed color to better

Auto*

Applies different color conversion tables to each

 

Correction

match the colors of other output

 

object on the printed page depending on the

 

 

devices or standard color systems.

 

type of object and how the color for each object

 

 

 

 

is specified.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Off

No color correction is implemented.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manual

Lets you customize the color conversion tables

 

 

 

 

applied to each object on the printed page

 

 

 

 

depending on the type of object and how the

 

 

 

 

color for each object is specified. Customization

 

 

 

 

is performed using the selections available

 

 

 

 

under the Manual Color menu item.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Print

To define the number of dots printed

4800 CQ*

Default setting.

 

Resolution

per inch (dpi).

 

 

1200 dpi

Provides the highest resolution output which

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

generates preferable output for certain images

 

 

 

 

and graphics. This setting also provides

 

 

 

 

increased gloss.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toner

To lighten or darken printed output, or

5

If Print Mode is Black & White, a setting of 5

 

Darkness

conserve toner.

 

increases toner density and darkness to all print

 

 

Note: Setting Toner Darkness to

 

jobs (PCL or PostScript). If Print Mode is Color,

 

 

 

a setting of 5 is the same as 4.

 

 

values of 1, 2, or 3 is only effective

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

when using the PostScript driver.

4*

Default toner darkness setting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

Reduction in toner consumption.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

Further reduction in toner consumption.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Maximum reduction in toner consumption.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Menu item

Purpose

Values

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Color

To provide users with the ability to

Cyan

-5, -4, -3, -2, -1, 0*, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

 

 

 

Balance

make subtle color adjustments to

 

-5 is maximum decrease

 

 

 

Magenta

 

 

 

 

printed output by increasing or

5 is maximum increase

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

decreasing the amount of toner being

Yellow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

used for each color plane individually.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: This function is only applied to

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

files printed using the PostScript

Reset

Sets values for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and

 

 

 

 

driver.

Defaults

Black to 0 (zero).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Color

To assist users in selecting colors to

sRGB

Prints RGB samples using sRGB Display color

 

 

 

Samples

be printed. Users can print color

Display

conversion tables.

 

 

 

 

samples pages for each of the RGB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sRGB Vivid

Prints RGB samples using sRGB Vivid color

 

 

 

 

and CMYK color conversion tables

 

 

 

 

 

conversion tables.

 

 

 

 

used in the printer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The color samples pages consist of a

Off–RGB

Prints RGB samples using Off (or no) color

 

 

 

 

series of colored boxes along with the

 

conversion tables.

 

 

 

 

RGB or CMYK combination that

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vivid

Prints RGB samples using Vivid color

 

 

 

 

creates the color observed for each

 

 

 

 

 

conversion tables.

 

 

 

 

particular box. These pages can be

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

useful in helping users decide which

US CMYK

Prints CMYK samples using US CMYK color

 

 

 

 

RGB or CMYK combinations to use

 

conversion tables.

 

 

 

 

in their software applications to

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Euro CMYK

Prints CMYK samples using Euro CMYK color

 

 

 

 

create the desired printed color

 

 

 

 

output.

 

conversion tables.

 

 

 

 

 

Off–CMYK

Prints CMYK samples using Off (or no) color

 

 

 

 

 

 

conversion tables.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vivid CMYK

Prints CMYK samples using Vivid CMYK color

 

 

 

 

 

 

conversion tables.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manual Color

To let users customize the RGB or

RGB Image

• sRGB Display*: Applies a color conversion

 

 

 

 

CMYK color conversions applied to

 

 

table to produce output that approximates the

 

 

 

 

each object on the printed page.

 

 

colors displayed on a computer monitor.

 

 

 

 

Color conversion of the data

 

• sRGB Vivid: Increases color saturation for

 

 

 

 

specified using RGB combinations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the sRGB Display color conversion table.

 

 

 

 

can be customized based on object

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preferred for business graphics and text.

 

 

 

 

type (text, graphics, or image).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

• Off: No color conversion is implemented.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

• Vivid: Applies a color conversion table that

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

produces brighter, more saturated colors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RGB Text

sRGB Display

 

 

 

 

 

 

sRGB Vivid*

 

 

 

 

 

RGB

 

 

 

 

 

Off

 

 

 

 

 

Graphics

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vivid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CMYK

• US CMYK*: Applies a color conversion table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

to approximate SWOP color output.

 

 

 

 

 

 

• Euro CMYK: Applies color conversion table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

to approximate EuroScale color output.

 

 

 

 

 

 

• Vivid CMYK: Increases color saturation for

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the US CMYK color conversion table.

 

 

 

 

 

 

• Off: No color conversion is implemented.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Menu item

Purpose

Values

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Color Adjust

To manually recalibrate the color

No selections exist for this operation.

 

 

 

 

conversion tables, adjusting for

Pressing Select initiates this operation.

 

 

 

 

variations in output that can occur as

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a result of changing conditions, such

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

as room temperature or humidity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Color Saver

To conserve toner. If selected, this

On

Applies a lower Toner Darkness level.

 

 

 

 

setting will override Toner Darkness

 

Toner Darkness setting is ignored.

 

 

 

 

settings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Off*

Prints using Toner Darkness setting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solving color quality problems

This section is intended to help answer some basic color-related questions and to describe how some of the features provided in the Color Menu can be used to solve typical color problems.

Note: You should also read the quick reference page entitled “Solving Print Quality Problems,” which provides solutions for common print quality problems, some of which may affect the color quality of the printed output.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about color printing

What is RGB color?

Red, green, and blue light can be added together in various amounts to produce a large range of colors observed in nature. For example, red and green light can be combined to create yellow light. Televisions and computer monitors create colors in this manner. RGB color is a method of describing colors by indicating the amount of red, green, and blue light needed to reproduce a particular color.

What is CMYK color?

Cyan, magenta, yellow, and black inks or toners can be printed in various amounts to produce a large range of colors observed in nature. For example, cyan and yellow can be combined to create green. Printing presses, inkjet printers and color laser printers create colors in this manner. CMYK color is a method of describing colors by indicating the amount of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black needed to reproduce a particular color.

How is color specified in a document to be printed?

Software applications typically specify document color using RGB or CMYK color combinations. Additionally, they commonly let users modify the color of each object in a document. Since the procedures to modify colors will vary depending on the application, refer to the software application Help section for instruction.

How does the printer know what color to print?

When a user prints a document, information describing the type and color of each object in the document is sent to the printer. The color information is passed through color conversion tables that translate the color into appropriate amounts of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black toner needed to produce the desired color. The object type information lets different color conversion tables be used for different types of objects. For example, it is possible to apply one type of color conversion table to text while applying a different color conversion table to photographic images.

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Should I use the PostScript or PCL driver for the best color? What driver settings should I use for the best color?

The PostScript driver is strongly recommended for best color quality. The default settings in the PostScript driver will provide preferred color quality for the majority of printouts.

Why doesn't the printed color match the color I see on my computer screen?

The color conversion tables used in Auto Color Correction mode generally approximate the colors of a standard computer monitor. However, because of technology differences that exist between printers and monitors, there are many colors that can be generated on a computer screen that cannot be physically reproduced on a color laser printer. Color match can also be affected by monitor variations and lighting conditions. Read the response to the question “How can I match a particular color (such as a color in a corporate logo)?” on page 5 for recommendations on how the printer Color Samples pages may be useful in solving certain color matching problems.

The printed page appears tinted. Can I slightly adjust the color?

Sometimes a user may consider printed pages to appear tinted (for example, everything printed seems to be too red). This can be caused by environmental conditions, paper type, lighting conditions, or user preference. In these instances, Color Balance may be used to create more preferable color. Color Balance provides the user with the ability to make subtle adjustments to the amount of toner being used in each color plane. Selecting positive (or negative) values for cyan, magenta, yellow, and black under the Color Balance menu will slightly increase (or decrease) the amount of toner used for the chosen color. For example, if a user believes the overall printed page to be too red, then decreases to both magenta and yellow could potentially improve color preference.

Is it possible to increase the gloss in the printed output?

Additional gloss can be obtained by printing using the 1200 dpi Print Resolution setting.

My color transparencies seem dark when projected. Is there anything I can do to improve the color?

This problem most commonly occurs when projecting transparencies with reflective overhead projectors. To obtain the highest projected color quality, transmissive overhead projectors are recommended. If a reflective projector must be used, then adjusting Toner Darkness settings to 1, 2, or 3 will lighten the transparency.

What is Manual Color Correction?

The color conversion tables applied to each object on the printed page when using the default Auto Color Correction setting will generate preferred color for the majority of documents. Occasionally a user may want to apply a different color table mapping. This customization is accomplished using the Manual Color menu and the Manual Color Correction setting.

Manual Color Correction applies the RGB and CMYK color conversion table mappings as defined in the Manual Color menu. Users may select any of four different color conversion tables available for RGB objects

(sRGB Display, sRGB Vivid, Vivid, and Off) and any of four different color conversion tables available for CMYK objects (US CMYK, Euro CMYK, Vivid CMYK, and Off).

Note: The Manual Color Correction setting will not be useful if the software application does not specify colors with RGB or CMYK combinations, or in certain situations where the software application or the computer operating system adjusts the colors specified in the application through color management.

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How can I match a particular color (such as a color in a corporate logo)?

Occasionally users have a need for the printed color of a particular object to closely match a specific color of interest. A typical example of this situation is when a user is trying to match the color of a corporate logo. While instances can occur in which the printer cannot exactly reproduce the desired color, users should be able to identify adequate color matches for the majority of cases. The Color Samples menu items can provide useful information in helping to solve this particular type of color matching problem.

The eight Color Samples options correspond to color conversion tables in the printer. Selecting any of the Color Samples options will generate a multiple-page printout consisting of hundreds of colored boxes. Either a CMYK or RGB combination will be located on each box depending on the table selected. The observed color of each box is the result obtained by passing the CMYK or RGB combination labeled on the box through the selected color conversion table.

The user can scan the color samples pages and identify the box whose color is the closest to the desired color. The color combination labeled on the box can then be used for modifying the color of the object in a software application. The software application Help section should provide instructions for modifying the color of an object. Manual Color Correction may be necessary to utilize the selected color conversion table for the particular object.

Which Color Samples pages to use for a particular color matching problem depends on the Color Correction setting being used (Auto, Off, or Manual), the type of object being printed (text, graphics, or images), and how the color of the object is specified in the software application (RGB or CMYK combinations). The following table identifies which Color Samples pages to use:

Color specification of

Classification of

Printer Color

Color Samples pages to print

object being printed

object being printed

Correction setting

and use for color matching

 

 

 

 

RGB

Text

Auto

sRGB Vivid

 

 

 

 

 

 

Off

Off - RGB

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manual

sRGB Vivid*, Vivid, sRGB Display, Off

 

 

 

 

 

Graphic

Auto

sRGB Vivid

 

 

 

 

 

 

Off

Off - RGB

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manual

sRGB Vivid*, Vivid, sRGB Display, Off

 

 

 

 

 

Image

Auto

sRGB Display

 

 

 

 

 

 

Off

Off - RGB

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manual

sRGB Vivid*, Vivid, sRGB Display, Off

 

 

 

 

* The default Manual setting.

Note: The default values for the Manual CMYK classifications are US CMYK for 100V and 110V machines and Euro CMYK for 220V machines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Color specification of

Classification of

Printer Color

Color Samples pages to print

 

object being printed

object being printed

Correction setting

and use for color matching

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CMYK

Text

Auto

 

 

US CMYK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Off

 

 

Off - CMYK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manual

US CYMK*, Vivid CMYK, Off, Euro CMYK*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graphic

Auto

 

 

US CMYK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Off

 

 

Off - CMYK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manual

US CYMK*, Vivid CMYK, Off, Euro CMYK*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image

Auto

 

 

US CMYK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Off

 

 

Off - CMYK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manual

US CYMK*, Vivid CMYK, Off, Euro CMYK*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* The default Manual setting.

Note: The default values for the Manual CMYK classifications are US CMYK for 100V and 110V machines and Euro CMYK for 220V machines.

Note: The Color Samples pages are not useful if the software application does not specify colors with RGB or CMYK combinations. Additionally, certain situations exist where the software application or the computer operating system will adjust the RGB or CMYK combinations specified in the application through color management. In such a situation, the resulting printed color may not be exactly as expected based on the Color Samples pages.

Printing guide

Get the most out of your printer by properly loading the trays and setting the types and sizes. Never mix media types within a tray.

Note: Paper Size cannot be adjusted when auto size sensing is enabled. Auto size sensing is enabled by default for printer trays, but is not available for the multipurpose feeder.

Load paper or other print media

To help prevent jams:

Flex all stacks of print media back and forth to loosen them, and then fan them before loading. Do not fold or crease the print media. Straighten the edges of the stack on a level surface.

Do not exceed the maximum stack height. Overfilling may cause jams.

Never remove paper trays while a print job is printing. It could damage the tray or the printer.

Loading 500-sheet trays

1 Remove the tray.

2Squeeze the front guide lever and slide the guide to the front of the tray.

3Squeeze the side guide lever and slide the guide to the correct position for the size paper you are loading.

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4Flex the sheets back and forth to loosen them, and then fan them.

5Place the paper against the back left corner of the tray, print side down.

6Squeeze the front guide lever and slide the guide until it firmly touches the stack of paper.

7Reinstall the tray.

8If you are loading a different type of media than was previously loaded in the tray, change the Paper Type setting for that tray on the operator panel. See “Set Paper Type and Paper Size” on page 2.

Loading the multipurpose feeder

1 Open the multipurpose feeder.

2 Squeeze the paper guide lever and slide the guide all the way toward the front of the printer.

3 Flex the sheets back and forth to loosen them, and then fan them.

4 Arrange the stack of print media correctly for the size, type, and print

method you are using.

5Place the print media, print side up, along the left side of the multipurpose feeder, and then push it in as far as it will easily go. Do not force the media.

6Squeeze the paper guide lever and slide the guide until it lightly touches the side of the stack.

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