How to print in black and white in Leopard

Discussion in 'macOS' started by computerman-8, Oct 30, 2007.

  1. computerman-8 macrumors member

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2007
    #1
    I have an HP PSC 1350 series printer and since I'm a newbie and I was wondering in Leopard how to print in black and white. It was easy in Tiger.

    Thanks.
     
  2. DrSmiley macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2008
    #2
    Printing in B/W in Leopard

    Hey Computerman-8. I have the same question/problem. Judging from the numerous (i.e., none) responses, I guess either no one knows, or its not possible to print in black/white in Leopard. I'm sending a request to Apple to bring back the Quartz Filter available on Tiger. My printing costs have definitely doubled since using Leopard.
     
  3. HLdan macrumors 603

    HLdan

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2007
    #3
    You can print in Grayscale under the Color Matching option on the printer driver but there's no option for B/W.
     
  4. 01jamcon macrumors 6502a

    01jamcon

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2006
    Location:
    London
    #4
    I don't know how your computer and printer are set up, but using my HP printer, in any program, I just go normally to print, then select from a drop down menu the paper type/quality and select the colour drop down menu and choose grayscale. Ok, a bit long winded but it works for me on leopard.

    Maybe have a look in case any drivers have been updated or you might need to install software that came with the printer, I know you shouldn't need to, but it might help.
     
  5. Sorkvild macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2007
    #5
    There is a way, it is just a million more steps than how to do it in Tiger. Go to File->Print. Click the PDF button, then choose Open PDF in Preview. Now that you are in Preview, go to File->Save As. There you can choose to enable the Black & White Quartz filter.

    Hope this helps, I really want to know why they made it so much more difficult.
     
  6. skunk macrumors G4

    skunk

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2002
    Location:
    Republic of Ukistan
    #6
    Greyscale is not the same as black and white. This has irritated me, too.
     
  7. skunk macrumors G4

    skunk

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2002
    Location:
    Republic of Ukistan
    #7
    Clever, but ludicrous. :rolleyes:
     
  8. DrSmiley macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2008
    #8
    Printing in B/W in Leopard

    Hey MacFriends: I have spent the better part of today working on this problem. I think I have it figured out.
    First of all this problem is definitely printer dependent because each print driver and utility is different. My first suggestion is to be sure to update your print driver for Mac OS X 10.5. I went to the HP.com website and downloaded the newly updated driver especially for Leopard ( I have an HP C4280 printer).
    Next, I installed the new driver and rebooted my Mac. The new print driver has some new tabs and options. Here is what I did: File>Print>Paper Type/Quality(located in the pull down menu under Orientation and Scaling). Here, I now have three new tabs labelled: Paper; Color Option; Ink. Under the Paper tab, choose Color:Grey Scale. Under the Color Option tab, choose: Black Print Cartridge Only. Under the Ink tab, slide the arrow left toward light one line/bar (this will save us up to 33% ink). Then go back up to the Presets pulldown menu near the top of the page and choose Save or SaveAs and give it a useful name (Black/White/Grey). Give it a try and let us know. [The reply Sorkvild posted above only worked for the saved PDF, but did not change my default settings.]
     
  9. 2005R53 macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2008
    #9
    I think you nailed it, DrSmiley!

     
  10. jezzastern macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2008
    #10
    Printing B/W or Grayscale in Leopard

    Another thing that you can do, if your color printer driver does not give you the option to print in B/W or grayscale, is to set up a monochrome printer by adding another printer that is identical to your color printer, calling it, say, HP - Monochrome. Then go to the ColorSync utility, and associate the generic grayscale or generic B/W profiles to that printer. After that, whenever you use the HP - Monochrome printer, it will print in graycale or B/W, depending on which profile you selected in ColorSync.

    This works for me - it hope it will help you.
     
  11. Darran macrumors member

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2008
    Location:
    Singapore
    #11
    I am connecting to my HP deskjet 2120 printer (connected to my PC) via my router. The options in which I have with regards to printing is extremely limited. I can't seem to find a way to print in B/W. Does installing the printer drivers help in having more options for using network printers?
     
  12. jezzastern macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2008
    #12
    Installing updated printer drivers may or may not help in having more printing options. In any case here's what you can do, without having to install new printer drivers, Darran. Assuming that you have already set up your HP deskjet 2120 printer to print in colour and can print in colour using this printer, then all you have to do is add a new printer by going to System Preferences -> Print and Fax, and pressing the "+" tab. You should be able to find your HP desjet 2120 as an option. Select this printer, and name it "HP deskjet 2120 B/W". Press the "Add" tab to add the "HP deskjet 2120 B/W" printer to your system. Then go to the ColorSync utility, and associate the generic grayscale or generic B/W profiles to the HP deskjet 2120 B/W printer. After that, whenever you use the HP deskjet 2120 B/W printer, it will print in graycale or B/W, depending on which profile you selected in ColorSync.

    I hope this helps.
     
  13. Darran macrumors member

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2008
    Location:
    Singapore
    #13
    The Mac support for HP printer drivers is pathetic, I only had errors when the installation was done. I will try out the suggestion you wrote and get back to you. The only alternative is to use the filter in the preview PDF but I find that too troublesome for my liking.
     
  14. nyturralde macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2008
    #14
    This worked. Thank you so much

    :D
     
  15. rickogorman macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2008
    #15
    This worked for me

    The other solutions here didn't work for me. I've a HP PSC1215, and apparently this is a 'color-only' printer. Right, whatever. I tried doing the associate grayscale profile trick, but OS X wouldn't let me associate the generic gray profile with my printer, though I could associate other profiles. So it seems that to print grayscale, I have to save it first as grayscale, which is ridiculous, when Apple used to have the option to use the Quartz filters to print in grayscale.
     
  16. MisterMe macrumors G4

    MisterMe

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2002
    Location:
    USA
    #16
    Selection of color, grayscale, and B&W printouts for standards-compliant Mac applications are controlled by the print driver and always have been.
     
  17. rickogorman macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2008
    #17
    I don't know which to blame--HP or Apple. But in 10.4, my wife's MB has the option under the print options to choose from various filters including B&W. In 10.5, I get the same choices under filters if I want to save the pdf, but not for print. Now, that seems like an OS 'feature' to me, and that's my impression from what I've read elsewhere.
     
  18. distantrhythm macrumors newbie

    distantrhythm

    Joined:
    May 1, 2010
    Location:
    The Far North
    #18
    Worked for me as well

    I have a psc 1210, and got the same results. Installed the newest driver, and tried to associate the ColorSync generic grey profile without success. I also tried to change the ColorSync to generic grey profile under Color Matching in the pull-down menu within the print dialog box to see if it would work on a one-time basis, and the doc printed in color anyways.

    So I agree that the only way to print a doc in black and white is to do a save as from a PDF Preview, as Sorkvild pointed out originally.
     

Share This Page