Phaser 560


Special printing features

Controlling color density

The printer's front panel provides an interface to adjust the density of the toner applied to the media. This feature compensates for the changes in color intensity that can occur as toner cartridges or the imaging unit age. Follow these steps to adjust the color density:

  1. Press the Menu button on the front panel. The display reads:

  2. Press the right arrow button so that the display reads:

  3. Press the Menu button to enter the Calibrate Colors menu.

  4. Press the right or left arrow button so that the display reads:

  5. Press the Menu button. The display reads:

  6. Press the Print button to print the Color Reference Page.

    The current density setting for each color is indicated by the dashed line enclosure and the numeric value (-10 to +10) next to each color. The page also shows the ranges that you can select in the front panel. In the example on the next page, the density setting for each color is the default, 0.

  7. Compare the printer's current density settings on the Color Reference Page with the samples on the Color Density Samples card (found inside the back cover pocket of the Quick Reference Guide).

    1. Place the Color Reference Page on at least two sheets of clean white paper in a well-lighted area.

    2. Align the hole in the cyan color density sample on the Color Density Samples over the cyan column on the Color Reference Page.

    3. Decide which block on the Color Reference Page most closely matches the density of the cyan sample on the Color Density Samples. Make a note of the value (-10 to +10) associated with that block (you will need the value for Step ).

    4. Repeat Steps b and c for each color.

  8. Use the Calibrate Colors menu in the printer's front panel to adjust the density according to the numbers you recorded in Step .

  9. After changing the density setting for any or all of the colors, reprint the Color Reference Page, which shows the following:

  10. When you finish adjusting the colors, press the button until the front panel displays Ready.

The following table shows the selections available in the Calibrate Colors menu, along with a brief explanation of each function.

Calibrate Colors menu selections

Menu item* What it does How it works
Adjust light/dark
<---- ----> Menu

Lightens or darkens all toner colors.

Lighter/Darker:+0 *
<---- ----> OK

Lightens or darkens all toner colors.

The current Light/Dark setting reflects the average value of the four separate density settings. Each increment adjusts all four density values up or down the same amount. The available adjustment range is limited so that no single color exceeds the ±10 value limit.

Adjust each color
<---- ----> Menu

Controls the color density for each color independently.

Color Reference Page
<---- ----> Print

Prints a sample of the current density setting and a range of settings for each color.

Adjust <color>:
<---- ----> Menu

Enters the menu to calibrate a single color.

Adjust <color>:+0 *
<---- ----> OK

Calibrates the indicated color.

Reset adjustments
<---- ----> Menu

Resets the color calibration to the default settings.


* An asterisk (*) on the front panel selection indicates the current setting.

Using the Quick Collate option

The Quick Collate option in the supported drivers performs document collation in the printer. This is faster than the Collate option that exists in some applications because applications send each page to the printer in sequence, as many times as necessary to provide the requested number of copies. With the printer's Quick Collate option, the job is sent only once, and then multiple collated sets are produced by the printer.


Note: The Quick Collate option is only available with the Extended Features configuration of the printer.
Application collation

Phaser 560 Quick Collate

The number of pages that can be collated at one time depends on these factors:

According to these factors, the printer collates in sequential sets as many pages as will fit in the available memory. For example, you have a 6-page job and you request 4 copies. Because the fourth page is complex and consumes all available memory, only the first three pages fit in the printer's (or hard disk's) available memory. The fifth and sixth pages are relatively small. In this case, the printer divides this job into three segments and prints in this manner:

Collation hints and tips

Output order

Make sure that you select Output Face Down or uncheck the
Output Face Up box, depending on the driver you are using.

Increasing the collation capacity

To increase the number of pages that the printer can collate at one time, consider one or more of the following changes:

Quick Collate and the Check Print option

When you use the printer's Quick Collate option in combination with the Check Print option, only the first page of the first set is printed before pausing for review.

Previewing with Check Print

This feature is available only with the printer's Extended Features configuration. When sending a multiple-page file to the printer through the driver, you can select Check Print to preview the first page of the job and determine if the print is to your liking before proceeding with the remainder of the job. This is especially useful when printing a large job.

The ability to access Check Print from the driver is enabled and disabled in the printer's front panel. You can also set the timeout in the front panel (the timeout is the amount of time the printer will wait after sending the first page of a file, before it continues with the remainder of the job).

The factory default for Check Print is disabled; the default timeout is 5 minutes. Follow these instructions to enable Check Print in the front panel and select the option in the printer driver:

  1. While the Ready message is displayed in the front panel, press the Menu button. Use the left arrow (<---) or right arrow (--->) buttons to scroll through the selections until the following message appears:

  2. Press the Menu button. Use the arrow buttons to scroll through the selections until the following message appears:

  3. Press the Menu button. The following message appears:

    The asterisk (*) indicates the current setting. By default, Check Print is enabled. Pressing an arrow button toggles the selection between enabled and disabled. Pressing the OK button activates the new selection.

  4. To change the Check Print Timeout (the amount of time the printer pauses before completing the print job), press the Menu button when the front panel displays Check Print Timeout. The front panel displays this message:

  5. Press the arrow buttons to scroll through a list of pre-set timeouts: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 30 minutes, 1 hour, 8 hours, 24 hours, and Infinite. The asterisk (*) indicates the current setting. Press OK to activate your selection.

  6. Select Check Print in a supported driver.

  7. Check your first print. At the Check Print message on the printer's front panel, press one of the buttons:

Image Smoothing

Image Smoothing is selected from the printer's front panel (in the Printer Defaults menu) as well as in supported printer drivers. Image Smoothing blends adjacent colors in an image so that color transitions are less noticeable.

This feature is typically used when the image being printed is at a lower resolution than the printer's output resolution. For example, printing an image downloaded from the World Wide Web at 72 dpi using the printer's 600 or 1200 dpi. Images printed using Image Smoothing appear with less sharp detail but with smoother color transitions. Image Smoothing does not affect images downloaded at more than half the printer's resolution. Due to extra internal printer calculations, printing may take longer with Image Smoothing on.

Options

Hints

If you do not have a supported printer driver, you can use the PostScript utility files shipped on the printer's CD-ROM or diskettes. Refer to the on-line manual on the printer's CD-ROM for instructions on downloading utility files.

Automatic tray switching

When your printer has a Lower Tray Assembly installed, you can easily run large jobs without having to replace media often.

  1. For automatic tray switching to work properly, make sure that you have three of the same media trays.

  2. Load the same type and size media (for example, A4 paper) in three identical media trays.

  3. Install a tray in each of the trays slots in the printer.

  4. Select the media tray by type (paper, transparency, or legal) in either the printer's front panel or the printer driver.

Getting job information

The printer's front panel includes an Info buttonthat provides the following information for a particular print job:

To access this information, follow these steps:

  1. Press the Info button on the front panel.

    The printer displays the first message.

  2. Press More to view each of the subsequent messages.

The Info button also provides important information when the printer requires user interaction. Refer to Printer information for details.

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