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Fine-tuning print jobs in CorelDRAW

Fine-tuning print jobs in CorelDRAW

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Fine-tuning print jobs

Problems sometimes occur when you are printing text to a non-PostScript printing device; for example, lower numbers of fountain steps can result in banding. You can specify the number of steps in the fountain fills in a print job. A higher value results in a smoother blend, but the printing time is longer. You can decrease printing time by specifying driver compatibility for non-PostScript printing devices.

If a printing device has difficulty processing large bitmaps, you can divide a bitmap into smaller, more manageable chunks by setting an output threshold. If any lines appear when the printing device prints the chunks, you can set an overlap value to produce a seamless image.

When printing color print jobs to a black-and-white printing device, you can specify whether to print in black or grayscale.

You can rasterize a page of a print job. Rasterizing a page converts it to a bitmap and improves the print speed when printing to non-PostScript printing devices.

To reduce file size, you can downsample bitmaps. Because bitmaps are made up of pixels, when you downsample a bitmap, the number of pixels per line decreases, which decreases the file size.

 

Process to specify fountain steps in a print job

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To specify fountain steps in a print job

1. Click File Print.

2. Click the Misc tab.

3. Type a value in the Fountain steps box.

  • Specifying the number of fountain steps in the Fountain fill dialog box will override the settings you specify on the Misc page. For information about specifying the
     number of fountain steps in the Fountain fill dialog box, see "To change the fountain fill print and display quality.

 

Process to specify driver compatibility settings

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To specify driver compatibility settings

1. Click Tools Options.

2. In the list of categories, double-click Global, Printing, and click Driver compatibility.

3. Choose a non-PostScript printing device from the Printer list box.

4. Enable any of the check boxes that correspond to the settings you want to specify.

 

Process to choose a threshold and chunk overlap

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To choose a threshold and chunk overlap

1. Click Tools Options.

2. In the list of categories, double-click Global, and click Printing.

3. From the Option list, choose one of the following:

    • Bitmap output threshold (K)

    • Bitmap chunk overlap pixels

4. Choose a value from the Setting list box.

 

Process to print color print jobs in black or grayscale

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To print color print jobs in black or grayscale

1. Click File Print.

2. Click the Misc tab.

3. Enable one of the following options:

    • All colors as black

    • All colors as grayscale

 

Process to rasterize a page

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To rasterize a page

1. Click File Print.

2. Click the Misc tab.

3. Enable the Rasterize entire page check box, and type a number in the box to set the resolution.

 

Process to downsample bitmaps

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To downsample bitmaps

1. Click File Print.

2. Click the Misc tab.

3. From the Bitmap downsampling area, enable any of the following check boxes and type a value in the corresponding box:

    • Color

    • Grayscale

    • Monochrome

Downsampling bitmaps affects them only when their resolution is higher than the resolution specified in the Bitmap downsampling area.

 

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