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Fuzzy type when printing from Adobe applications

New Here ,
Jan 28, 2019 Jan 28, 2019

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I've been struggling with a problem for some while now. I bought a new b/w laser printer (Brother DCP-L2530DW) and every time I print from an Adobe application (ID, AI, Acrobat....) all the type gets printed very fuzzy (see attached image).

So far, neither Brother’s nor Adobe’s support could help me resolve this issue. Maybe anyone had the same problem before?

macOS 10.12.6

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 28, 2019 Jan 28, 2019

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It seems like it has to be the printer driver from Brother. I've seen no one else report this problem before.

I've never used a Brother printer. I stick with HP.

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I have HP and am suffering from this same issue. I have tried to change things to no avail

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 28, 2019 Jan 28, 2019

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I wonder if there’s not a rasterize everything option in the print driver that somehow got turned on.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 28, 2019 Jan 28, 2019

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Brother Printers send RGB composite data to printer. You can try from the print menu > Output > Select "Text as Black"

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Jan 29, 2019 Jan 29, 2019

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Jeffrey_Smith​ Thanks for the tip! But I already tried every print setting including this one.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 29, 2019 Jan 29, 2019

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Here's something to try in an attempt to isolate the problem. Export the InDesign file as a PDF. Is the type fuzzy in the PDF? Print to your printer from the PDF instead of the InDesign file. Still fuzzy? If so, it's something with your printer/driver. If not, it could be an InDesign setting.

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New Here ,
Jan 29, 2019 Jan 29, 2019

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Same result when printing from a PDF unfortunately. The type never looks fuzzy on-screen though, only when printed.

As I said, I only have the problem when printing from Adobe. TextEdit, Pages, etc. works fine. Not sure if it's a printer/driver issue then..

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 29, 2019 Jan 29, 2019

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The InDesign version looks like it has a halftone screen. Try setting your Appearance of Black>Printing/Exporting preference to Output All Blacks as Rich Black:

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Jan 29, 2019 Jan 29, 2019

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Thanks but I already had these exact settings enabled.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 29, 2019 Jan 29, 2019

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Can you try this from acrobat?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 29, 2019 Jan 29, 2019

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Thanks but I already had these exact settings enabled.

What is the fill color of the text? Is it the default CMYK [Black]? What happens if you fill with a black 0|0|0 RGB swatch?

The "color" of CMYK black in InDesign depends on the document's CMYK profile and isn't usually absolute black.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 29, 2019 Jan 29, 2019

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I have an old Brother and it will halftone CMYK [Black] on the print conversion to either Composite RGB or Grayscale (depends on the assigned document profile).

Here's a document scan of  CMYK 0|0|0|100 vs. RGB 0|0|0:

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Adobe Employee ,
Jan 30, 2019 Jan 30, 2019

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Hi Alexander,

I would like to know if the steps suggested above worked for you, or the issue still persists.

Kindly update the discussion if you need further assistance with it.

Thanks,

Srishti

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