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Printing Black Boxes | How to Fix Your Pictures
You’ve purchased and downloaded a beautiful resource, but are having problems because it is printing black boxes instead of images. This, friend, happens more often than you think. Don’t worry, I am here to try and help you fix the black box printing problem.
**Tip: Bookmark this blog post for future reference…just in case it happens when you are printing out your favorite teacher resources.
Pictures are Printing as Black Boxes
Nearly a year ago, I first heard of this problem on a popular teacher forum. I thought the black box printing error would never happen to me. Then, BAM…it happened! Sadly…it happened time and time again.
As a teacher, I often purchased and downloaded resources the night before school starts, or the morning of a lesson, only to run into this printing problem. Ugh, it’s frustrated as all get out! And, as a teacher author on Teachers Pay Teachers, I have had feedback from amazing teachers like you who’ve also had problems printing.
If you are reading this, I am guessing you know exactly what I am talking about. If not, the picture below is an example of how pdf graphics are printing as black boxes. These Superhero Calendar card have an image in the lower right corner that are printing as a black box. Let’s look at how you can easily fix the printing problem if this happens to you.
How to Fix the Black Box Printing Error
Over the past year, I have played around with switching the browser that I’m opening and printing from. For example, I would open and print from google chrome, then try from Explorer or Safari. This fixed the pdf printing problem sometimes, but not always.
With the help of the TPT staff, I learned the better way to solve the problem is with the following steps:
- Make sure you are using the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader – rather than a preview application on Macs or a web browser. This is the most important step.
- If you already have the updated version of Adobe Acrobat Reader, open the resource using Adobe and do the following:
- Choose File –> Print
- Click on Advanced
- Check the “Print as Image” box and click OK.
- Click the Print button
Fixing Printing Issues on a Mac
Thankfully, Holly, has written in with a tip for mac users.
She said: “For those on a mac, there is no “advanced” box. Mac users need to click on the file, hold it down and press Command. Then, tell the file to open in Adobe.”
After doing so, you should be able to print as normal.
It’s Not the Creator’s Fault
As frustrating as this problem is, please remember this is a technical issue, and not the seller’s, or creator’s, fault.
Too often, people because frustrated and immediately choose to leave negative feedback – assuming the seller made the mistakes when creating the content. This is not the case.
Content creators and teacher bloggers work VERY hard to bring you high quality resources. If there is a problem with the resource itself, and not just printing issues, then be sure to reach out the seller and let him/her know. You can do this by contacting them via email, or on TPT you can contact them through the Q and A tab on their storefront.
I’m sure they will be more than willing to make things right.
Once resolved, be sure to leave feedback on the sellers page. Did you know you can earn credits towards free resources on TPT? Not sure how? You may want to check out my blog post, How To Get Free Resources on TPT.
We live in an a time where technology can be very useful. Printing learning resources as needed is a valuable tool to have. Unfortunately, the technology doesn’t always work as planned. Try the above tips to solve the problem with printing black boxes, and your resources will be looking as beautiful as the seller intended.
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