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This picture should show you what I mean. I'm trying to print a musical score but keep getting this gray background tone. I've adjusted levels and gamma but results are inconsistant and not well visualized by the software. Is there a way to simply turn off this tone? It seems to be an automatic adjustment but I can't find any way to change it. I'm printing to PDF and then to my HP Laserjet printer.

Thanks

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14 minutes ago, perfidious said:

This picture should show you what I mean. I'm trying to print a musical score but keep getting this gray background tone. I've adjusted levels and gamma but results are inconsistant and not well visualized by the software. Is there a way to simply turn off this tone? It seems to be an automatic adjustment but I can't find any way to change it. I'm printing to PDF and then to my HP Laserjet printer.

Here is a real stab in the dark. You may be seeing the effect of the transparency. The notes and clefs etc are black, the background is clear and your viewer is showing a grey background.

Another thing to try would be to use File > Export... and export to PDF instead of File > Print > Print to PDF.

Could you set the background to transparent to see if there is a checkerboard pattern underneath the music. In Publisher it is in the Document Setup window.

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Does the HP print the grey?

Could we see the layers panel for that page in Publisher/Photo/Designer? Which application are you using?

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Affinity Designer 2.3.1 | Affinity Photo 2.3.1 | Affinity Publisher 2.3.1 | Beta versions as they appear.

I have never mastered color management, period, so I cannot help with that.

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Does it happen if you Export to PDF, rather than Printing to PDF?

Can you share your Affinity document with us? Also, where did it come from?

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