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Printing from Digital Camera


Hello. I recently bought a Sony Mavica CD500 digital camera. It can take pictures up to 5 megapixels. My question is probably basic but I am a beginner and frustrated!! I would like to be able to take a picture using 3.1 megapixels and print them as 4x6 photos. Everytime I try this it (the printer) tells me that the paper isn't big enough. I'm using 4x6 paper and changing the printer properties to 4x6. Sometimes I get lucky using another photo program however it never turns out exactly 4x6. Sometimes either the top and bottom gets cut off or it is too short. It's really irritating as I am wasting all of this photo paper. Can someone please tell me how to print 4x6 photos. You may have to go step by step with me because I'm a beginner. Thanks in advance.


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11/26/2003 5:14:21 AM

 
doug Nelson   This happens to us film photographers, too. This is because the dimensions of the 35mm frame, and, in this case, the dimensions of the CCD in your camera, are not proportional to common paper sizes (4 x 6, 5 x 7, 8 x 10). Some cameras have a 3:2 setting in the resolution menu. 3:2 is proportional to 6 x 4, so it should fit. there's no 3:2 setting, go into Image/Image Size in Elements or Photoshop and UNcheck Resample, leave Constrain Proportions checked. Enter a resolution of about 240. Enter 6 as the long dimension. The short dimension will be less than 4, probably, but you can live with that.


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11/26/2003 10:32:04 AM

 
doug Nelson   This happens to us film photographers, too. This is because the dimensions of the 35mm frame, and, in this case, the dimensions of the CCD in your camera, are not proportional to common paper sizes (4 x 6, 5 x 7, 8 x 10). Some cameras have a 3:2 setting in the resolution menu. 3:2 is proportional to 6 x 4, so it should fit. there's no 3:2 setting, go into Image/Image Size in Elements or Photoshop and UNcheck Resample, leave Constrain Proportions checked. Enter a resolution of about 240. Enter 6 as the long dimension. The short dimension will be less than 4, probably, but you can live with that.


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11/26/2003 10:32:24 AM

 
doug Nelson   This happens to us film photographers, too. This is because the dimensions of the 35mm frame, and, in this case, the dimensions of the CCD in your camera, are not proportional to common paper sizes (4 x 6, 5 x 7, 8 x 10). Some cameras have a 3:2 setting in the resolution menu. 3:2 is proportional to 6 x 4, so it should fit. there's no 3:2 setting, go into Image/Image Size in Elements or Photoshop and UNcheck Resample, leave Constrain Proportions checked. Enter a resolution of about 240. Enter 6 as the long dimension. The short dimension will be less than 4, probably, but you can live with that.


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11/26/2003 10:33:06 AM

 
doug Nelson   This happens to us film photographers, too. This is because the dimensions of the 35mm frame, and, in this case, the dimensions of the CCD in your camera, are not proportional to common paper sizes (4 x 6, 5 x 7, 8 x 10). Some cameras have a 3:2 setting in the resolution menu. 3:2 is proportional to 6 x 4, so it should fit. there's no 3:2 setting, go into Image/Image Size in Elements or Photoshop and UNcheck Resample, leave Constrain Proportions checked. Enter a resolution of about 240. Enter 6 as the long dimension. The short dimension will be less than 4, probably, but you can live with that.


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11/26/2003 10:33:40 AM

 
doug Nelson   Sometimes it happens to us four times. Sorry; I was trying to get this through by repeating the process.


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11/26/2003 10:50:27 AM

 
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