What you describe sounds like banding. This can be caused by using a draft or low quality setting, but it can also be caused by a setting in the software.
Look in preferences or the help file for something called fountain stripes. If this is set to 64 or less it might be causing the problem. I don't have PSP installed so cannot check for you. I'm surprised no other PSP users have passed by yet.
I was invited to a serious camera club lecture from a guru who makes a good living from CDs and lectures on using Photoshop. He can do almost anything with this app.
He startled everyone with the plea NOT to use PSP for printing! I think this is because there are so many variables still to be set before the print is on the paper.
It might be that you could avoid banding by arranging colour separated layers of the primary yellow cyan and magenta which theoretically will combine to black at full saturation, and add black as well to a lesser intensity.
I can't visualise the bit that is worrying you, but essentially PSP is a bitmap program not a vectored one like Illustrator or CorelDrw. If you are trying to blend a colour in Corel Draw you have to specify how many stages, the more the better to avoid the bands of shading.
Back to another print progamme. I agree that the printer is capable of a nice smooth gradient, why not try printing from something slightly less heavyweight in this case?
James55...Quality or Speed option, we have made all the correct adjustments and taken the correct options within the Printer and I understand what you are saying thanks :-)
Pesala, I had a look for banding and Fountain stripes, but nothing there:-((
Diemmess, I have used PSP for a long time, and like it, and I have not tried another programme, perhaps I should! specifying the number of stages within CoralDraw sounds a great idea, hang on a minute.....no! I've just looked to see if PSP has this option, it appears not :-((
I'll plod on, thanks for all the imput:-)
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