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1  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Test Strip function - how to rotate images? on: December 15, 2020, 03:15:02 AM
Fred and Mike, thank you both for your help - I appreciate it.
2  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Test Strip function - how to rotate images? on: December 14, 2020, 03:25:37 AM
I had tried it with IntelliCenter and IntelliSpace. It wasn't until I turned Auto Cropping OFF that I could successfully fit the two images on one sheet. That confuses me because the video says to turn the scissors on.
3  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Test Strip function - how to rotate images? on: December 12, 2020, 09:03:15 PM
I've watched the video "teststrip" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yby04h2K-zo several times and I must be missing something. In that video, Fred is able to get two separate images on one sheet of paper at the desired image size.

I thought I have followed the video step-by-step, but I have not been successful. Here's what I've done:

Paper orientation is portrait, both images are portrait.

Under Printers and Settings I set the paper size to 8.5 x 11. I add my two images by clicking on the plus sign on the thumbnails and have chosen Fit to Page and Crop Scissors on.

Then I go to the Full Page Editor and click the Test Strip icon until the image size is 5.12 x 6.84 and repeat for the second image but only one image appears on the page. It's not until I make them 3.28 x 4.38 do they both appear at the same time (side-by-side).

If I could get them to rotate they would both fit on the paper at 5.12 wide. I have tried setting the paper to Landscape but when I do so, the images rotate also - which leaves me with the same issue, except in the other direction. I have tried this with auto rotate on and off.

I would be grateful if someone could point out what I'm doing wrong. Thanks.
4  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Printing multiple postcards on one sheet... on: August 14, 2020, 12:55:54 AM
In Photoshop I will be making one document containing five copies of the same photo. Then a separate document with five copies of the same text for the back.

The attached drawing shows the image layout (one for photos, one for texts) centered on the canvas of the document.

The PRO-1000 specs say the minimum side margins are 0.13" - so I was thinking I could create a Photoshop document with a canvas 10.73 wide.

Will the centering in QU get me reasonably close to being in register horizontally? If yes, should I use Center or IntelliCenter?

5  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Printing multiple postcards on one sheet... on: August 13, 2020, 07:55:25 PM
I'm printing on one 11" x 17" sheet five-up of 4.25" x 6" postcards. (Once I get this to work, I'll do thirteen-up on 17 x 22.) Printer is Canon PRO-1000.

To make the images and their respective texts to align (register), do I:

1. center my images and texts (horizontally) in the Photoshop document,
2. make the document slightly smaller than 11 x 17,
3. and rely on centering in QU?

If yes, what QU Placement Method do I use?
6  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: QU won't let me print desired size/resolution... on: December 06, 2019, 04:25:58 PM
I appreciate the reply, Mike.

I apologize for the trouble - I discovered the "problem" was me. I did not consider that the 8.5 x 5.5 worked and the 8.5 x 11 did not because the 8.5 x 11 (two-up) was such that the leading edge of the image was the top of the image. With the 8.5 x 5.5 (one-up), the leading edge of the image was the right side. I was not comparing apples to apples. See screenshots.

You said "I have in Photoshop two-up on a canvas size of 8.153 x 10.253".  What are you accomplishing there, and why such an oddball canvas size?  You can't fit two 8.5 x 5.5 prints on an 8.153 x 10.253 canvas.  So I'm not sure what you are doing in Photoshop (and why).

My desired result is a folded notecard 4.25 x 5.5, which requires paper size of 8.5 x 5.5. My "image" (the photo on the front of the card and the text on the back) has a minimum 0.25" border on all sides, hence my thinking that what I wanted to do should work.

Once I cropped the canvas size to 8.0 x 10.6, it worked. I have learned (for the nth time) that the printer/software doesn't know the difference between canvas size and image size.
7  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: QU won't let me print desired size/resolution... on: December 05, 2019, 07:15:25 PM
Just tell Qimage in Custom SPecific Size that you want 4.25 x 5.25

Thank you for your reply, Fred A.

I don't understand how it works if I tell Qimage that I want 4.25 x 5.25. I need to use one sheet of 8.5 x 11 paper to make two 4.25 x 5.5 note cards - one card folded requires paper 8.5 x 5.5.

And why did the 8.5 x 5.5 test work fine (for one card) but when I expanded the canvas to fit two-up, it did not work?
8  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / QU won't let me print desired size/resolution... on: December 05, 2019, 05:43:13 PM
I'm using QU to try to print 4.25 x 5.5 note cards. I have in Photoshop two-up on a canvas size of 8.153 x 10.253.

QU won't let me print that on one page unless it reduces the image to fit on one page.

In QU I have chosen Media size as 8.5 x 11 and I have in Prints > Custom (Special Sizes) Use ORIGINAL/embedded size. Original size is set to 300 PPI, same as the document in Photoshop.

In an attempt to remedy the issue, I reduced the canvas size slightly. While that got me closer (judging by a reduction from 306 to 305 PPI as reported when hovering over the preview image), I would have had to reduce the canvas size more than would seem practical to satisfy the Confirm dialog.

I am not trying to print full bleed. I successfully printed exactly one-half this size (one-up on a 5.5 x 8.5 sheet) as a test so I don't understand why twice the size did not work.

Would it work to set Sizing Method to BORDERLESS even though I'm not actually wanting a borderless print?
9  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: RawCache folder: safe to not backup? on: August 22, 2019, 02:39:38 AM
I appreciate the reply.

The Plugins\Export folder is even larger. If I should lose that folder does it mean I would no longer be able to use the Job Log to reprint past jobs? If yes, is there any practical way or workaround to minimize the size of the Export folder? It's already at 12 GB and I'm a relatively new user.

Thank you!
10  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / RawCache folder: safe to not backup? on: August 22, 2019, 12:57:26 AM
In order to save space on my backup drive and cloud storage, is it safe to not back up the RawCache folder?

I don't understand the folder's function but I don't think I'm using whatever QU feature is associated with it. It contains images from only four dates and those dates are almost a year old.
11  Forum Rules, Status, and Info / Forum Feedback, Status, Issues, etc. / Re: Cannot reply to thread: Internal Server Error... on: July 31, 2019, 08:09:13 PM
Anyone? Now I'm unable to reply in another forum. This happens in Firefox  and Chrome.
12  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Print at a given resolution? on: July 21, 2019, 06:47:58 PM
Thank you for the video, Fred. That helps for when I want to put multiple images on one sheet.

How do I make a single-image test print without using the test strip feature? For instance, I want to print a 6x6 image on a 5x7 sheet of paper and I don't want the image sized to fit the paper - I know that it will be cropped.

What I've tried: I go to the Prints tab and choose Custom, then enter a value into "Size of the side you know" and choose LONG or SHORT. I then get the following Confirm dialog:

Selected print size is larger than one page.
Do you want prints to span multiple pages?

Answering "Yes" will cause images to be printed across
multiple pages. Answering "No" will reduce
print size to fit on a single page.

Which doesn't give me the choice to do what I want: crop the image. I do tick the radio button for "On - crop image to obtain print size" but it doesn't seem to make any difference.
13  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Print at a given resolution? on: July 16, 2019, 08:05:25 PM
I have an image that will be printed at 258 ppi when I print it from Qimage. It's a 10 x 12.66 image, so it requires an 11 x 17 sheet of paper. Under the Prints tab, I'm using Custom and specifying one dimension.

I want to use the Test Strip tool to print (perhaps four 4 x 5) sections on an 8.5 x 11 sheet.

I can't figure out how to do that because it appears I must declare the paper size first and if I set paper size to 8.5 x 11, QU wants to fit the image to that paper, which changes the resolution.

Is there a way to print test strips on an 8.5 x 11 sheet and retain the desired resolution?
14  Forum Rules, Status, and Info / Forum Feedback, Status, Issues, etc. / Cannot reply to thread: Internal Server Error... on: July 15, 2019, 01:54:53 PM
I've been trying since 07-11-19 to reply to the thread at http://ddisoftware.com/tech/printers/test-image-prints-poorly-(color-matching)/

... and I get the following:

Internal Server Error
The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.
Please contact the server administrator at root@localhost to inform them of the time this error occurred, and the actions you performed just before this error.
More information about this error may be available in the server error log.

I have been able to reply to another thread in that time. Is there an issue with the forum?
15  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Sharpening in Photoshop AND Qimage? on: July 12, 2019, 04:49:00 PM
...sharpen in Photoshop if you are doing creative sharpening like sharpening only some layers or subjects...

If I sharpen some part of the image in Photoshop, is it best to do ALL sharpening in Photoshop or is it okay to apply final overall sharpening in QU (as long as it's not over-sharpened)?
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