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clinchfield
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« 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?
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« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2019, 10:01:59 AM »

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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?

I have a decent video on this that I made a couple of years ago.

Based on an older version of Qimage, but you will see past that.

""Qimage has a Test Strip feature which, is rarely used, and often misunderstood .

Setting the scene: You have a great shot that has been cropped and now you want to make a few 13 x 19 prints. (or larger).
You put the image into the queue, and Qimage reports 79 ppi.
Perhaps, someone emailed an image in reduced size.
There may be a wedding gown involved with fine detail in the embroidery etc. Maybe a head shot of grandma smoking a cigar... wrinkles and all.
Will the print do the dress justice? Will grandma's face show up looking real with wrinkles and pores?

You would rather not waste an expensive sheet of large quality paper if you can avoid it.

Test Strip in Qimage to the rescue!!

With the image in the queue, enter the PAGE EDITOR screen.

Time to play the video.

https://youtu.be/Yby04h2K-zo

See it through to the end  Depending on your settings, set video to HD 1080p
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« Reply #2 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:

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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.
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« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2019, 07:06:52 PM »

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.

If you are using a 5x7 sheet of paper, I presume you are using borderless printing and your page size is 5x7.  Just add a 6x6 print.  If you are asked if you want it to span multiple pages (poster mode), say yes so it retains the 6x6 size.  Then click that Edit Page button to open the page editor and click the test strip button once.  You'll automatically get a test strip that fits on the 5x7 page; cropped without resizing the print.  Also, note that once you click that test strip (vice icon) button on the page editor, you can select any size you like.  Even if you add a 6x6 to an 8.5 x 11 page, for example, you can click the test strip button which puts that print into test strip mode.  After that you can right click on the print, select "New Size" and select 5x7 and it'll be a 5x7 crop of your 6x6.  In other words, once you click test strip, that print will remain in test strip mode until you click the scissors icon on the print to remove it.  Once in test strip mode, you could even go back to the main window and click "2x3" or "4x6" print size and they'll all be crops of your originally selected size (6x6 in this case).  You can modify what part of the image is cropped per Fred's video (in the page editor cropping tool).

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Mike
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