Let's suppose that we have a monochrome laser printer and we want to print a project.

Which is the "right" type of black described by RGB and/or CMYK values that we have to choose in our editing software (e.g. Illustrator/PShop, etc), in order to achieve the true—not fade—black delivered by the printer by default? without being necessary to fine tune the amount of black in print settings. Any recommendations?

I've read this answer but I guess that there is a (color) difference between a black printed by a CMYK machine and a black printed on the paper by a monochrome printer. Otherwise, this answer could answer my Q.

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    This will depend on the printer driver surely, which depends on what printer you have. And what OS you're running Illustrator/Photoshop on. Feb 25, 2016 at 11:04
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    I think you can find the answer there: graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/5611/…
    – dimshik
    Feb 25, 2016 at 11:13
  • @ Andrew There is indeed an option in the printer driver to choose a deep or softer black but... I am referring at the pre-print phase; As long as a black could be described by #000000 in web for example and in (offset) print industry black is defined by other values, I was just wondering if there is a similarity in approaching this.
    – user124853
    Feb 25, 2016 at 11:14
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    I think that probably the safest is simply CMYK 0,0,0,100, but Andrew Leach is right: the printer driver is going to be the arbiter of this and probably not configurable. Note that built tones are probably going to be screened.
    – Yorik
    Feb 25, 2016 at 14:55
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    My point is that anything we learn from this will be applicable to the specific model and even driver revision for the printer and may not have any user configurability. In my personal experience, I have seen devices determine that there are raster images and therefore the whole thing must be a photo, so the fonts get screened. Me? I design in greyscale for 1-color output.
    – Yorik
    Feb 25, 2016 at 20:33


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