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June 1, 2010 5:14 AM   Subscribe

MS Powerpoint Question: I am using MS Powerpoint 2000 on Vista and am trying to print my slides on an HP colour laser printer and here is my problem:

1. Printing whole slides causes significant colour distortion (logo colour changes from maroon to golden!) and pie charts get discoloured.

[toner levels are fine]

2. Same logo cut and paste in any other program prints absolutely fine

3. Emailing slides to another computer with HP colour laser printer has the same problem

4. Exporting in pdf has same problem

5. Printing handouts instead of slides print the colours well!!

Go figure!
posted by london302 to Computers & Internet (8 answers total)
Do you have the box ticked under Tools>Options>Print>Print Inserted objects at printer resolution?
posted by MuffinMan at 5:43 AM on June 1, 2010

If you are getting the same problem in pdf, could you try printing to jpg (using pdfcreator for example). It's not efficient in terms of storage though.
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth at 6:21 AM on June 1, 2010

If you send me the file (or a few pages from the file), I'll try printing it here and see what happens. MeMail me and I'll give you my rl email.
posted by The Dutchman at 9:57 AM on June 1, 2010

IAAPP (I am a PowerPoint professional) This is indeed a weird issue. A few thoughts. My first impulse is to say there's something up with the print driver, but your export to PDF has the same issue. What are you using for that conversion? I think the first thing I'd do regardless is make sure you're updated to the latest version of your print driver.

I'll post again if I think of anything else.
posted by The Dutchman at 10:06 AM on June 1, 2010

Weird. Are your logo images in a weird format/corrupt/funky? Are they embedded in the document? If you print to e.g. XPS Document Writer does it still happen?
posted by katrielalex at 12:29 PM on June 1, 2010

Response by poster: Thanks all for your input:

1. Muffinman : I cant find tool settings in powerpoint or in my printer (maybe im being very stupid here)

2. Dutchman: I have tried using both Adobe as well as Cutepdf so it seems to me that the problem is centred around the process which converts the screen image to print image. I did end up finding colour settings in Windows vista but am too afraid to touch them. Any experts?

Please keep posting your ideas I really appreciate your help.
posted by london302 at 5:34 AM on June 2, 2010

I know it's crazy, but I'd still update the HP print driver to rule it out. They can do weird and unreasonable things. Worst case is that it does nothing.
posted by The Dutchman at 9:21 AM on June 2, 2010

I don't have anything to add, except that I've recently dealt with a similar issue (a much more minor blue-to-green shift).
posted by jmevius at 12:20 PM on June 2, 2010

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