Generating a High Resolution Print Job

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QUESTION :

I have a document that I need to print in as high a resolution as possible (I’ll be printing to a file, so hardware limitations are irrelevant), but the existing PCL drivers that I’m using only appear to go up to 300 DPI.

How can I configure a driver to print at something much higher than that, for example, 1200 DPI?

ANSWER :

It’s going to depend on the printer driver you are using. Since you are going to file you can probably pick pretty much any printer driver you want.

I did some testing and the HP Universal Printer Drivers (as an example) will go up to 600DPI when used with a file (they claim 1200DPI, but it’s not actually available).

You can get the 32-bit version of the HP UPD here.

One of our B&W laser here is a Brother 1650DN, and it supports up to 1200 DPI. If I use its driver for a new printer that prints to FILE: I can pick 1200 DPI — so there are drivers out there that’ll do >300DPI, you just have to find one that works. 🙂

Also, ensure that whatever you’re printing is in a resolution that high, or you’re just printing a 300 DPI (or worse, screen DPI of like 72) at 1200DPI, so it’ll look the same even with the higher output DPI.

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