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 on: Today at 03:17:34 PM 
Started by repdetect - Last post by repdetect

"I wonder if you've modified the set of sizes you normally use -"

Good call Terry-M. That seems to be what I have done. I didn't realize sizes in Print Size Cue could be changed and I apparently inadvertently added 8.5x11 a longtime ago and the cue recently reloaded the default sizes. So I changed the top Print Cue sizes to ones that I typically use, deleted ones I'll never use, and all is well. They now pop up in my Crop Wizard.

Thanks much.

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 on: Today at 03:13:19 PM 
Started by bgrigor - Last post by admin
I would go for Fred's solution first: try to correct the problem at the source.  But even if that's not possible, there is a solution that is better than centering across the roll.  Failing correcting the feed issue, if you know the paper might drift as much as 1/4 inch (as an example), just add 1/4 inch border on the left and right.  Go to the page margins and add .25 in the "additional" margin on the left and right.  That's the only way you can ensure that the left and right 1/4 inch of the roll is not printed upon.

Roll drift would only be a problem if you are printing with no margins: where for example, you try to print 44 inches width on a 44 inch wide roll.  Then you have no leeway on the sides.  When doing that, even IF you centered prints on the roll, you can still run into the situation where you have two 22 inch wide prints across the page... or four 11 inch wide prints: basically any combination that adds to 44 inches wide.  In that instance, it'll still allow you to print that, but centering the prints will result in nothing happening because they are already centered as there is no "slack".

So the solution is go add a 1/4 inch, 1/8 inch, or whatever margin is needed so that your printable area is now 43.5 inches or 43.75 inches.  That margin will ensure that the left and right 1/4 inch, 1/8 inch, or whatever slack you choose is never printed.

Mike

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 on: Today at 03:00:11 PM 
Started by repdetect - Last post by admin
Now, coming back to the Crop wizard in the image editor and the possible reason you may have "lost" some sizes. The wizard shows the first 9 sizes in the current set of sizes showing in the Print tab list. If you load a different set you will get 9 different sizes. See attached screen shots below.
I wonder if you've modified the set of sizes you normally use - or loaded a different set?

Terry

This is the key.  The crop wizard is an older tool and is rarely used anymore, but if you use it, be aware that it shows the first 9 sizes in your size list.  If you don't use larger sizes like 24x36 down to 10x12, just right click and delete those sizes from your size list.  You could also rearrange the sizes so the smaller sizes show at the top instead of the larger ones.  Either way, you can make the print size list show your most-used 9 print sizes at the top of the list.  Then those sizes are the ones you see in the crop wizard.

Mike

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 on: Today at 01:24:53 PM 
Started by bgrigor - Last post by Fred A
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Due to the fact that some roll stock (e.g. thick fine art paper) will slowly "drift" left or right, I tend to center my prints so I get consistent margin widths. Therefore, it would be great to have a mode of Intellicut that packs the images for optimum cutting, but also centers the images so that if there is any waste, it is equally distributed around the outside

Brad,
Reading Terry's engineering thoughts, caused me to call a friend who is a prominent professional photog and who prints all the time on a very large format printer on roll paper.
I asked if he ever ran into such a problem as you described.
He answered very simply that he had and others too, but the solution was to make sure the end caps on the spindle / spool were on tight so the roll cannot slide side to side at all on the spool.
Could this be the solution for you?
Fred (and Terry)

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 on: Today at 12:28:01 PM 
Started by bgrigor - Last post by Terry-M
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That way, if the roll drifts left or right, I won't lose any image when I trim off the left and right edges.
I have no experience of large roll feed printers but my first reaction to your request is - sort out the source of the problem.
Why is the roll drifting; is there a problem with the printer and its mechanical set-up, is it old and worn?
I've not seen any other users of large format printers mention this problem on the forum.
Terry

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 on: Today at 12:19:08 PM 
Started by repdetect - Last post by Terry-M
Hi
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I found entering it each time an annoyance. Annoyance gone.
I think QU has moved on considerably wrt workflow since the crop wizard was first introduced - I've known it all my QU life too!
The "normal" workflow would now be to select the print size from the prints tab, crop scissors on and then adjust crop position/size in the page editor. QU remembers that setting next time you print that image at a size with the same aspect ratio. This is what Fred has recommended too.
This work flow means it's easier to change the print crop aspect ratio if you change your mind later on. Remember too, selecting a size in the IMAGE editor is not really a linear size (images don't have inches or mm, only pixels), it's an aspect ratio. Hence it's more logical, imo, to do that using the print features.

Now, coming back to the Crop wizard in the image editor and the possible reason you may have "lost" some sizes. The wizard shows the first 9 sizes in the current set of sizes showing in the Print tab list. If you load a different set you will get 9 different sizes. See attached screen shots below.
I wonder if you've modified the set of sizes you normally use - or loaded a different set?

Terry

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 on: Today at 11:31:25 AM 
Started by repdetect - Last post by repdetect
Well there's no accounting for memory at my age I guess.

Thanks much Fred A, the procedure you outlined for saving print/crop sizes works well.

I found entering it each time an annoyance. Annoyance gone.

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 on: Today at 05:56:21 AM 
Started by ozphoto - Last post by Fred A
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Every time I place an image on the layout it is all pixelated and I have tried several photos now and it says it is 387 PPI which is good so this is not so good.

Also is there a way to rotate the photo before I place it on the layout?

I have the ultimate demo to see how Qimage works so any help would be appreciated.

Hi Mark. Welcome.

We do need a lot more information from you in order to simulate what you are doing.
The location of where you place your image is usually the Print view screen.  (For us old folks, a layout is reserved for a premade template.)
So I will assume you placed an image into the queue and you see it in the print view panel. That's where it says, 387  ppi.

Let's tackle the pixel issue first. Rotating is easy.

Origin of the image? Raw or Tif or JPG, and from what source......camera? 
Did you run it through another program before it got to QU?
What is the resolution of the image? 
Do you get the same issue on all your images?

If you right click on a the thumbnail, and select Image examiner, what do you see at 100 and 200% magnification?
OK Let's see if we can figure this out.

Fred

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 on: Today at 05:41:08 AM 
Started by repdetect - Last post by Fred A
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Is it possible to add an 8.5 x 11 crop selection in the crop wizard box?

I proof with it all the time. It would be more useful to me than 16x20 or 24x36.

It would really be nice if we could put whatever sizes we want in the crop wizard rather than only the defaults there now. 2 or 3 anyway

Sir,
I would be happy to call Mike's attention to your post. He sees it anyway, just takes a few days.

I know what he will say...
 Crop Wizard was designed to offer quick common sizes to the user. It has long been surpassed by giving the user the ability to make his own with a click of the mouse.
This method below is much more versatile as well as needing no extra attention on your part.

I have all the versions of QU, give me the last version number you had before upgrading.  (I am still willing to recheck for you.)

In the meantime, all I have to do is make a new or revised print size of 8.5 x 11. See screen snap 055
This will be permanent, use it any time.
Add your image to the queue with CROP SCISSOR ON.
When you go into the editor screen the aspect ratio will be 8.5 x 11, and there will automatically be a check in the Crop Lock box.
From that point on, any crop you draw will hold that ratio.  See screen snap 054.

Maybe you have a special situation that needs more detail?  What printer? What paper size? Whqat size print?

Fred



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 on: August 15, 2017, 08:30:52 PM 
Started by ozphoto - Last post by ozphoto
Every time I place an image on the layout it is all pixelated and I have tried several photos now and it says it is 387 PPI which is good so this is not so good.

Also is there a way to rotate the photo before I place it on the layout?

I have the ultimate demo to see how Qimage works so any help would be appreciated.

Cheers Mark

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