[scribus] Slower printing with grays

Owen rcook at pcug.org.au
Wed Oct 30 07:58:21 UTC 2013

> Am 29.10.2013 15:59, schrieb john Culleton:
>> On Tue, 29 Oct 2013 11:43:30 +0100
>> Rolf-Werner Eilert <eilert-sprachen at t-online.de> wrote:
>>> Currently I'm working on a little brochure in b/w made for
>>> being printed on our copier.
>>> When I have gray elements (gray letters or gray polygons) on
>>> the pages, they will print much slower than pages with only
>>> 100 % black elements. The difference is big: instead of
>>> "instant" print, it will take 4 - 8 seconds for the RIP to
>>> make up the page. I know, printing pictures is slower, too.
>>> But here there are only homogeneous gray areas.
>>> My first thought was, I had cloned some gray colours out of
>>> the CMYK black one (with the K slider to 50, 60, 70 %). Making
>>> RGB colours out of them didn't help, however.
>>> Is there any way to speed up printing such pages?
>>> Rolf
>> Have you tried saving the file as pdf and then printing that
>> file from e.g., Acrobat Reader or (for Linux) Okular?
> Yes, this is precisely what I do here: Making a PDF and printing it
> from
> Okular or KPDF or Reader + kprinter.
> I've been printing a lot of documents made with Scribus to this copier
> in the last years, and I know a bit the results in advance. Once a
> month, I have to print A3 duplex containing some pictures, inline pdf,
> or gray areas, and that takes about 12 - 15 seconds for each double
> page
> to start printing.
> But simple A4 has always printed (almost) at once, with some second or
> two delay when there are many pictures on the page. So this is new to
> me, and I will have to print this new document more than once. It
> would
> be nice if I could find out the reason and speed it up a bit, because
> it
> will have to print duplex and at least 10 copies of about 12 - 14
> pages
> when it's ready.
> Does the way the colors are defined have any influence on printing
> output to "Grayscale" printing? This was the only idea I've had what
> made be "wrong". If making e. g. a 60 % gray by defining it via the
> view (K slider), will the printer have to recalculate the CMYK
> definition to RGB or something like this?

I just searched Google "print grayscale slow" and while you don't say
the type of printer, if it is an injet, the mechanics of getting gray
will slow down the print speed. See

Anyway, if that's no help to you, do you have the correct and/or the
latest driver?


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