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Setting the Print Quality

The Output Settings group and the Driver Options define all the settings related to the quality of the output.

Color correction

If this setting is not checked, incoming jobs are assumed to already have color correction.

Color settings

Clicking this button will launch the Color Settings dialog box. (See Configuring the System for Color Printing for more information.)

Ignore Overprint

Check to ignore any overprinting that was set up in the design stage. This can be useful if you want to save the time and output media needed to do overprinting.

If you check Ignore Overprint, your output will automatically be changed so that it will not use features that depend on overprinting. For example, output that had been set up to use color trapping will now output untrapped.



Select the preset to load the settings relevant to the Advanced tab from the preset. Only the settings relevant to the Advanced tab (media, color mode, dither type, etc.) will be loaded from the preset.

When finished, click Done.

Loading settings from a preset only affects the Advanced tab; it does not set the job to automatically use that preset in Production Manager.


Select the media type your job will be printed on.

Print mode

Select the desired quality of your printout.

Color mode

If your output device supports multiple color modes, then you can select one of the supported color modes here.


Choose an appropriate DPI for your job. A higher DPI produces higher quality output but increases the processing time.

Dither type

Selects the dither type, or the pattern in which the individual dots that make an image are applied to the media.


Clicking the Screen button will launch a dialog box when the Angled Screen dither type is selected. You can adjust frequency, angle and shape for each output channel (CMYK).

Gradient smoothness

Select Normal, Enhanced or Super. The higher settings cause the software to render gradients using more elaborate algorithms that produce smoother dithering.

Output profile

Output profiles are created for the combination of ink, media, resolution and dither type of your output device. When selecting a profile, be sure to select the profile that matches these criteria.

Select Add to add ICC output profiles from another source.

Select the ICC profile and click Open.


Clicking the Properties button will launch the Profile Properties dialog box, which contains information pertaining to the ICC output profile that has been chosen under Output profile and also UCR/GCR settings.


Click to launch the Linearization dialog box.



Density adjustment

Selecting a density file applies the ink density adjustments created in Color Profiler. If you do not wish to apply a density adjustment, set this field to None.


Ink Limits

Set the ink limit for each color of ink to the maximum percent coverage that the device can output without causing bleeding or drying issues, then click OK.

Print substrate

If checked, the color of the drawing area will be printed with the design.

Print dimensions and labels

Selects if the labels and dimensions added with dimension/label tools will be printed with the design.

Print as separations

Check to print each color plane separately.




You can select to print one color channel or all color channels as a separate job.


Print separations in color

Check to make each process color separation print in the appropriate color of ink. If this option is not selected, all process color separations will print in black.

Separations for spot colors will always print in black.

Use printer spot colors

Allows you to map the spot color used in the design to specific ink in the printer. (See Printing with Spot Colors for more information.)

Compatible with Object Color Control

Sends raw color data to Production Manager to allow color management and color mapping.

  • If this setting is checked, Input Profile and Rendering Intent settings are taken from the Color Settings dialog box and are therefore ignored in the Color Specs dialog box. (See Configuring the System for Color Printing for more information about the Color Settings dialog box.)

Labels and marks

Check Print Marks to print the selected type of mark. Set Color to the ink color that will be used to print the marks. The available types of print mark are:


Crop Marks

Adds crop marks to the output to aid in trimming the printout.


Standard marks

Standard marks intended for aligning color separations.



Color swatches for each color of ink will be printed around the job.


Overlap Marks

Overlap marks will be printed, indicating how the tiles of a tiled job should overlap.


Tonal Scale

Color swatches containing blended CMY colors and a gray scale will be printed around the job.



Marks will be printed at the corners of the job indicating its outside margins.



A border will be printed around the outside edge of the job.



Print Color Bands

Prints a thin strip of each ink color along the selected edges of the print to show that all print heads are firing.


Clicking this button opens the Contour Options dialog box. (See Setting Contour Cut Options.)

Driver Options

Clicking this button opens the Driver Options dialog box. (See Setting Driver Options.)

See Also

RIP and Print Dialog Box - Advanced Tab