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R.M. Fusco

Printing the Right Size Image

I am having trouble with printing. This has long been a struggle for me. What do I have to do to get the exact size image printed on an 8.5 X 11 sheet of paper? Say, for instance, I want to print an 8 X 10 image. The image size that prints is always slightly smaller than that ... like 7.875 X 9.875. What do I do to get the actual image size to print? Thank you,

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1/19/2007 8:13:01 AM

W.    It could be because your printer and print-nozzle head cannot print 'bleeding' prints (printing right up to the edges and actually a little over them). So the print software recalculates to stay away from those edges.

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1/19/2007 8:29:53 AM

BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/28/2002
  R.M., first you have to make sure your printer can print borderless pictures. Some printers can, and some cannot. If your printer can print borderless pictures, then make sure 'borderless' is selected in the printer setting and the margins are set to 0. Hope this helps.

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1/19/2007 10:21:06 AM

Melissa Papaj
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/28/2005
  I have found that I will size the whole image (for a 4X6 say)to 3.9X5.9 and then place it on a second layer of a true 4X6, basically giving it a border, but when you print it, it may have a very small pencil-line border or none at all...Hope this helps.

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1/23/2007 7:07:15 PM

Dale M. Garvey   Don't know what program you are using, but in Photoshop I find the clicking under File> new I can set the frame I want. I then place the image in the frame. This is very handy when ordering prints on line.

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1/24/2007 8:13:31 AM

BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/8/2006
  I was wondering if you were doing any cropping before trying to print the image? You can (with most programs) set the size of the crop area so it will print exactly to size. I had the same problem as you, until I realized I wasn't paying attention to crop size. Again I'm not sure if that's a factor for you.

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1/24/2007 10:30:40 AM

Glenn Ruhl   From R.M.'s description of trying to print an 8 x 10 on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper, I don't think borderless vs. non-borderless is the issue. R.M., you didn't mention what brand of printer you are using, but I've had lots of problems adjusting print size also, using an Epson. I suspect there may be some kind of clash between the printer driver and the operating system print functions. One suggestion that seems to have helped for me is to check whether there are any updated printer drivers for your printer. I downloaded a new one for my printer from the Epson site and I'm having fewer problems now.

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1/24/2007 2:17:25 PM

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