HP Officejet Pro 8500 - Ink is smearing

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Ink is smearing

Check the print settings

When you print documents that use a lot of ink, allow more time to dry before
handling the printouts. This is especially true for transparencies. In the printer
driver, select the Best print quality, and also increase the ink drying time and
reduce the ink saturation, using the ink volume under the advanced features
(Windows) or ink features (Mac OS X). However, note that decreasing ink
saturation might give printouts a "washed-out" quality.

Color documents that have rich, blended colors can wrinkle or smear when printed
using the Best print quality. Try using another print mode, such as Normal, to
reduce ink, or use HP Premium Paper designed for printing vivid color documents.
For more information, see

Change print settings


Check the media type

Some types of media do not accept ink well. For these types of media, ink will dry
more slowly and smearing may occur. For more information, see

Select print media


Make sure that the media in the tray matches the media type selected in the printer