Printing in black only

openSUSE 13.1 64bit KDE

My bank sends PDF statements in various colors. My laser printer prints only black. Some of the colors are unreadable. What can I do to correct this?

Thanks in advance.

On 2014-05-25 22:36, ionmich wrote:
>
> openSUSE 13.1 64bit KDE
>
> My bank sends PDF statements in various colors. My laser printer prints
> only black. Some of the colors are unreadable. What can I do to correct
> this?

Depends.

For example, If I want to print this message, using Thunderbird, as I
am, from the print dialog of Thunderbird I see a “color options” tab.
the last entry is “print colours as gray”, so I would use it.

It depends on the application used, the desktop, and the printer
capabilities.

Wait, hold on… I misunderstood. Your printer is black only, so what
you need is altering the contrast or the shading… Wow. I can do that
for a page or two, with a graphic editor. Automatically… dunno.

Try different printer driver?


Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 13.1 x86_64 “Bottle” at Telcontar)

Yes, tell us which printer model and driver you are using. Some postscript drivers offer only basic options. Maybe there is more advanced vendor-specific one available.

BTW, the active ppd file is located in /etc/cups/ppd/, and should be able to show the driver details.

Printer - Samsung ML 2010
Driver - Samsung ML-2010 Foomatic/gdi installed by YaST.

Yes, I think that is the recommended driver for your printer.

FWIW, this page suggests that the ML2010 is supported by the unified driver, so that may be worth a shot.
http://www.bchemnet.com/suldr/alternatives.html
http://www.bchemnet.com/suldr/suld.html

As Carlos already suggested, it may be that you need to adjust the PDF via a graphic editor first (eg import with gimp).

You could also try printing to file first. Are they readable as a ‘greyscale’ copy of the coloured version the bank sends?

On 2014-05-26 10:56, deano ferrari wrote:
> As Carlos already suggested, it may be that you need to adjust the PDF
> via a graphic editor first (eg import with gimp).

I don’t know if someone has made a ps to ps processor to replace colours
with suitable greys, changing contrasts and curves. It is doable, but I
have no idea if it has been done.

I would have a look at the imagemagick tools.

http://www.imagemagick.org/Usage/


Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 13.1 x86_64 “Bottle” at Telcontar)