'True' black and white printing

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  1. Fate

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    Hey all,

    I was wondering how you can print of a black and white image without the blue tint that i seem to get when i try. I want just a simple black and white :)

    Thanks in advance,

    Fate
     
  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    What are you using to print them?
     
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    A printer :D sorry... *shoots self*

    Um its an Epson Photo 830
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I don't know about that specific printer...but typical color printers don't do so well with B&W.

    There are inkjet printers that are more suited to B&W printing...but they have many different inks/cartridges. Some even have several types of black.

    You might be able to get better results with yours, if you calibrate it right. Try Google... here is an article I found http://www.vividlight.com/Articles/2215.htm
     
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    Fate my suggestion would be to mark the black option in your preferences prior to printing....it should be an option for your printer! I use epson and that is what I do to get rid of the blue tinting...hope this helps! : ) You could pm me if you need help finding the option!
     
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    Thanks guys :D
     
  7. Torus34

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    If yout printer has a black and three colored ink cartridges, just pull out the color cartridges.
     
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    My Stylus Photo 960 prints fairly neutral. Confirm that you are using the correct print driver. Photo gal pointed out the print settings. It is important to know all of those. Convert the file to greyscale in your image editing program.
     
  9. DocFrankenstein

    DocFrankenstein Clinically Insane?

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    Use silver halide printer ;)

    Seriously - there are printers which accept gray inks to give "real" BW prints. Look into later epson and canon models.

    Silver halide is cheaper and lasts longer for sure.
     
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    wait do you mean silver halide paper as in 'normal' printing, or are you actually saying to use silver halide inks?? odd...
     
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    What's weird with a print of mine is I had a black and white image but there was a distinct tint of green on some of the plants. This has been desaturated and had a gradient map black to white on it btw.
     
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    My HP photsmart has the option of replacing the colour cartridge with a tri "colour" black/grey one. Not used it as the images, while not true B&W are close enough for my needs.

    One thought, are you desaturating or grayscaling digital images? and are you adjusting the contrast as well?
     

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