B8850 Black and White photo printing

Asked by tenspd137

Hi - as you can see, I asked this question about two years ago. At the time, printing my B/W photos with just the black pen or composite (CMYK) gray was no really an option for me. It appears that hplip has gone through several releases since then and I was wondering if hplip now uses the B8850's photo black and photo gray for B/W prints or if it still only uses composite or regular black ink. I have been editing in linux and the printing off windows, but I would really love to dump windows.

If this isn't a feature yet, could you tell me where to make a feature request? It would be great if hplip allowed the use of the various photo inks for printers that have them.

Also, I have not done any tests recently, does color use C /M /Y /Light C, Light M or just CMY still?

Thanks for your time!

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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) said :

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tenspd137 (dcday137) said :

Bump - anyone? I know that I could experiment and figure this out myself, but ink is real expensive.

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Suma Byrappa (suma-byrappa) said :


I have not verified this. But as far as I know, no work has been done on this in the last two years.

You can submit your feature request at https://bugs.launchpad.net/hplip . Please select the value "Wishlist" for the "Importance".


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David Vincent-Jones (davidvj) said :

I am getting good B/W results now.
Specify "Manual Feeder" for the top tray with heavy paper.
Set Color to "Grey" and use "Best" for quality.
I set the appropriate paper information into my software.

hope this helps.

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