HP Photosmart 8450The following screens show the various options of the print driver under Windows XP Pro. From what I saw in the manual, the same options are also available in the Mac OS driver but not tested by me.
Lets you select a Print Task (General everyday printing, Photo borderless, Photo with borders, Two-sided duplex, Presentation, Fast/economy, Postcard), Print quality (Fast draft, Fast normal, Normal, Best, Maximum dpi), Paper type (HP Premium Plus Photo Paper, Premium Photo Paper, Premium High-gloss Film, Everyday Photo Paper semi-gloss or matte, Photo Paper, Advanced Photo Paper or other photo paper), Paper Size ranges from 4x6" to 4x12" panorama (including the metric sizes) and different selections are displayed depending on whether the borderless option has been selected. The most common default settings are automatically selected depending on the Print Task chosen but can be overridden as desired by the user. Click on the "HP digital photography" button to access the next screen.
From here you can enable and adjust various options that are used to enhance digital
photos. Red-eye removal, dial in your own values for Contrast Enhancement, Digital Flash
improves detail in shadow areas or over-exposed areas, Sharpness, Smoothing or SmartFocus
which enhances quality and clarity in low-resolution immages.
The Print Task Quick Sets lets you select or define and save frequent printing jobs and
can "remember" all of your settings for easy recall. There are pre-defined sets for: 2
pages printed on one sheet, auto 2-sided printing, borderless 4x6" photo, borderless
8.5x11" photo, draft text, economy 4x6" photo, No. 10 envelope, professional photo quality
printing and professional text and/or text with color printing.
Paper Source options: Upper tray, Lower tray, Upper then lower, Lower than upper
or Rear tray. Paper Type options: Automatic, Plain paper, HP Premium Plus Photo Paper
or more (leads to a sub-menu of ALL paper types). Print quality options: Fast draft,
Fast normal, Normal, Best, Maximum dpi.
The Paper Size choices are numerous with the five custom selections possible allowing for 3.0 - 8.5 inches wide by 5.0 - 24.0 inches long. Shown here are just some of the predefined paper sizes:
The Finishing page has options for printing on both sides with booklet binding on the
right or left edge, page borders, page order. # of pages per sheet. Poster printing
options: 2x2, 3x3, 4x4 or 5x5 and Rotate by 180°
The Effects page has resizing and scaling options and the ability to import and print a visible watermark on each page if desired.
The Basics page lets you set the orientation (portrait or landscape) or mirror if
printing on backlight inkjet film. Select the page order (front to back or back to
front). Number of copies and whether to collate or not. And to enable the Print
Preview option (see further below.)
Clicking on the Advanced button brings up this page of settings.
The 8450 offers enhanced color management capabilities.
Check the "Print in grayscale" for the best looking B&W prints or for normal color
printing the options are:
Colorsmart/sRGB, Adobe RGB or Managed by application. For most users the default
Colorsmart/sRGB will yield excellent results. The printer software also offers ICC
profile support to give more knowledgable users greater flexibility in color management.
Click on the Advanced button to gain access to the individual controls for saturation,
brightness and color tone plus separate control of the amount of cyan, magenta, yellow and
The Services page gives you access to maintenance options (align the printer, print
test page, clean cartridges, calibrate color and print a sample page.
From here you can also check the estimated ink levels in the installed cartridges.
And check the current hardware configuration.
Here's the Print Preview screen. I always enable the print preview option, it is your last chance to visually confirm that you have scaled the image properly and have selected the right media size. It can save you from wasting a piece of expensive photo paper because you had 4 x 6-inch media selected instead of 8.5 x 11-inch or vice-versa.