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Author Topic: Photo note card margins  (Read 4811 times)
tomc
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« on: May 09, 2010, 04:16:38 PM »

I've started printing note cards on Museo 5.25" by 10.50" note card stock. This then folds to give a 5.25" square note card printed front and back.

I defined a custom paper size of 5.25" by 10.50" for my R2400 printer, and set up QImage to print 1 column and 2 rows. Layout is centered.

The resulting image on the front isn't quite centered. Top margin is 0.84" and the bottom is 1.0". The left margin is 0.10" and the right margin is 0.16". The latter is more obvious and annoying.

What is the best way to deal with this?

Tom
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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2010, 05:26:42 PM »

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The resulting image on the front isn't quite centered. Top margin is 0.84" and the bottom is 1.0". The left margin is 0.10" and the right margin is 0.16". The latter is more obvious and annoying.

What is the best way to deal with this?

Tom,
I am trying to replicate your instructions.
I get 2 prints on the page (defined as 5.25 wide and 10.50 tall in size)
My prints are 5.02 x 5.13 each.
That is defined by you telling Qimage to print one column and two rows of prints.

I check the Full page editor for placement, and I show 0.12 inches all the way around.
The layout placement is Template Centered because you selected Columns and Rows to define the page.

Please read over what I did and tell me what I have that is different from your setup.
I attached some screen snaps to show the preview panel, and the Full Page Editor with all the margins showing with either image selected.
You get 0.12 on all sides.
Check your printer driver to see if you set anything in there that would alter Qimage's location settings.

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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2010, 06:44:05 PM »

Thanks Fred,

In the full page editor, I had 0.12" for both left and right margins. QImage wouldn't let me increase the left and decrease the right, probably because the 0.12" is a minimum allowed. No luck with manual placement either.

Then I more carefully measured the paper's width and found it to be slightly wider than 5.25".

That inspired the fix I came up with: lie in the printer setup and claim the paper is 5.30" wide. QImage then put in larger left and right margins. The larger left margin is what I needed. The larger right margin is harmless.

Apparently the printer's left/right registration isn't quite accurate for this note card stock.


Tom
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« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2010, 08:15:41 PM »

Hi Tom,
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QImage wouldn't let me increase the left and decrease the right,
Where did you try to do this?
You can't do it in the Full Page Editor but you can in the menu Page Formatting\Page Margins. You can even put in negative values.
This technique is used to correct small, but consistent, transport registration errors, when expansion is turned off for borderless printing.
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« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2010, 08:43:33 PM »

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You can't do it in the Full Page Editor but you can in the menu Page Formatting\Page Margins.

Thanks. One more QImage feature that I hadn't encountered yet. I'll give it a try when I do another run of the note cards.

Tom
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