What Does Color Fine Mean When Printing?

With almost everyone having a printer in their homes and offices, as a professional, you have to stand out and deliver exceptional work. Usually, quality printing involves more than just quality papers and a good printer; you have to know how to operate that good machine, else you’ll just be ordinary. 

With printers, quality is measured in dots per inch (DPI). If you can manage more dots, then you can be assured of higher-quality prints. Thankfully, every machine has different DPI levels, with some going all the way up to 2400. Reading on, you will understand how you can achieve fine print quality.

What Does Color Fine Mean When Printing?

Color fine simply means better print quality than normal and faster print speed than photo printing. This option is excellent in the sense that it produces the highest quality without compromising on speed. When producing documents, you can choose a resolution that allows you to achieve excellent quality at speed faster than photo printing.

Color Fine Mean When Printing

On the other hand, fine print quality is the most outstanding printing method and has a DPI of 2400. It’s the best way to print crisp photos and images as it reveals the details in an unmatched way. However, with the high DPI in color fine printing, the data is usually higher than in the normal method. Thus, the process takes longer.

How Do I Make My Printer Print Better Quality?

It’s possible to buy a high-quality printer and still produce substandard documents. While you may not have a problem printing simple documents and notes, projects like photos and marketing flyers, high-end brands require a minimum DPI of 1200; if you can do 2400, the quality will be even better. Apart from the resolution adjustments, this is how you make your printer produce better quality.

How Do I Make My Printer Print Better Quality
  • Clean the print head- if your documents have lines cutting across and photos have some colors missing, it means you need to clean your print head nozzles as they may be congested.
  • Align the print head- vague prints with misaligned and unusually darker or lighter vertical lines cutting across may be a sign of a skewed print head.
  • Check the ink quality- pigment inks are preferable as they are water-resistant and cover a broader range of colors.
  • Change your printer settings- if you’re operating under default settings, it’s advisable to change to the best quality.

Color Fine Setting- How To Do It In Different Printers

Sometimes you may try everything from print head cleaning to aligning and improving ink quality but still realize something is off about your projects. At this point, the immediate thing to check should be your printer settings. This is how you do color fine setting in; 


  • Click the star icon on your computer, select control panel, hardware, and sound, then devices and printers.
  • Right-click the Brother tag and select ‘Printing preferences.’
  • Select the highest resolution that is, ‘Give priority to print quality 600 * 600 dpi (select the highest dpi option) and click ‘apply.’


  • Open the printer setup window.
  • Click print quality, choose custom, then click set.
  • A dialogue box will open.
  • Use the slider to select your desired quality level and click OK. 


  • Open your screen and type ‘Devices’ on the bottom left search area.
  • Click devices and printers.
  • Right-click the printer icon.
  • Select ‘print preferences.
  • Change print settings and click OK.


  • On the bottommost left, type ‘settings’ on the search bar
  • Click devices, printers, and scanners, and select ‘manage’
  • Right-click and select ‘printing preferences’
  • Open the settings and review your resolution accordingly
  • Click OK to apply the changes

Pro-tip- by choosing the photo print quality, you set your printer to print the finest quality but at the lowest speed, so start working on your projects early to avoid disappointments. Alternatively, you can do fine color printing.

Normal Vs Fine Quality 

Fine and normal printing options vary considerably in quality and speed. You can adjust your printer settings desirably depending on the project type. Here’s some critical information for your perusal;

Normal Vs Fine Quality
  • Color fine quality has low compression, thus producing better prints than normal.
  • Fine quality is slow and tends to use more ink than normal printing because the higher the resolution, the lower the speed.
  • Fine printing is ideal for photographs and images, while normal is good for ordinary documents. 

Your printer comes with lots of variations to fit your different needs. The best way to go about your operations is to understand your machine. Do not merely operate with default settings while you have a lot more exciting options under the cover. A smart printer user keeps adjusting their settings depending on the nature of the tasks at hand and projected results.

Final Words

If you make that manufacturer’s manual your friend, you’ll rarely have issues delivering the best. It’s an obvious thing that most machine users rarely consider. The internet also comes as a handy tool in case you don't have time to peruse through the manual. Whatever it takes, ensure you know how best to operate your printer and use all the functions to optimize your performance.

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