C3400n User’s Guide
The printer drivers supplied with your printer provide several
controls for changing the color output. For general use the
automatic settings will suffice, providing reasonable default
settings that will produce good results for most documents.
Many applications have their own color settings, and these
may override the settings in the printer driver. Please refer to
the documentation for your software application for details on
how that particular program’s color management functions.
Factors that affect the appearance of prints
I f y o u w i s h t o m a n u a l l y a d j u s t t h e c o l o r s e t t i n g s i n y o u r p r i n t e r
driver, please be aware that color reproduction is a complex
topic, and there are many factors to take into consideration.
Some of the most important factors are listed below.
Differences between the range of colors a monitor or
printer can reproduce
>Neither a printer nor a monitor is capable of reproducing the full
range of colors visible to the human eye. Each device is restricted
to a certain range of colors. In addition to this, a printer cannot
reproduce all of the colors displayed on a monitor, and vice versa.
>Both devices use very different technologies to represent color. A
monitor uses Red, Green and Blue (RGB) phosphors (or LCDs), a
printer uses Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black (CMYK) toner or
>A monitor can display very vivid colors such as intense reds and
blues and these cannot be easily produced on any printer using
toner or ink. Similarly, there are certain colors, (some yellows for
example), that can be printed, but cannot be displayed
accurately on a monitor. This disparity between monitors and
printers is often the main reason that printed colors do not match
the colors displayed on screen.
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