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 1 
 on: July 21, 2019, 07:06:52 PM 
Started by clinchfield - Last post by admin
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).

Regards,
Mike

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 on: July 21, 2019, 06:47:58 PM 
Started by clinchfield - Last post by clinchfield
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.

 3 
 on: July 17, 2019, 07:51:14 PM 
Started by admin - Last post by admin
http://www.ddisoftware.com/qimage-u

v2019.124      Jul 17, 2019

Priority: Low

2019.124 improves the "Printer profile" dropdown on the main window with new (and more direct) options for finding your profiles.

Specific details are listed at the top of the changelog: http://www.ddisoftware.com/qimage-u/2018-changelog.txt

Mike

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 on: July 17, 2019, 07:50:58 PM 
Started by admin - Last post by admin
http://www.ddisoftware.com/qimage-u

v2019.124      Jul 17, 2019

Priority: Low

2019.124 improves the "Printer profile" dropdown on the main window with new (and more direct) options for finding your profiles.

Specific details are listed at the top of the changelog: http://www.ddisoftware.com/qimage-u/2018-changelog.txt

Mike

 5 
 on: July 17, 2019, 05:01:31 PM 
Started by repdetect - Last post by Fred A
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As a  long time user of both the Pro-100 and Qimage, thanks for this great info! I had not been doing much with either lately, but now back into it, I am having a heck of a time with overly-dark prints, and this appears to be the solution.
Can I ask, what are your printer/driver/ICC etc. settings?
Thanks!
I too love my Pro 100
Of course, the settings in Qimage and also the Quality setting in the driver reflect the paper selection and of course the matching profile in Qimage.
I had the same problem with profiling the monitor and the ips was a godsend.
I always bear in mind that the print is made with no interference from the monitor.
Therefore, with all set correctly for a proper print (Matching to NONE and proper profile that matches the paper) will produce the accurate print.
OK... Now all you need to do is to fiddle with the monitor brightness and contrast controls on the monitor, and match the print and the monitor with the print in a decent light source.
You are not worried about the color. The profile and Qimage and the driver take care of that.
You only are concerned with Brightness and Contrast.
Match that, and you should be fine.
Fred

 6 
 on: July 17, 2019, 04:14:02 PM 
Started by vdr - Last post by vdr
I found what I had failed to see in the Edit Preference -- at the bottom I failed to see "Include File Types".  After selecting, there were NO file types selected.  Selected the file types and now all is working correct
Guess my eyes are finally getting as old as my Birth Certificate -- ha,

Vernon.... 

 7 
 on: July 17, 2019, 03:40:07 PM 
Started by repdetect - Last post by LumixGuy

Ok, sorry I don't know your name, but I have a Canon Pro 100 and love it to pieces as I told another person on here who just bought one.

I do not know if your monitor is profiled (properly) or at all.
But for the moment let me fill you in.
Terry is the expert monitor profiling person if you need advice there.
I had a Spyder Pro that I used for a long time, but Windows 10 doesn't support it.
The good news is that most decent IPS LCD monitors hold their colors pretty well, so a factory RGB comes very close.

The problem is your monitor is too bright. That causes you to darken the image to compensate, or even an image that is rteally too dark looks good to you.

Profiling the monitor aside, because I don't know if you have done or will do,
This works.
Use Canon Premium Luster or SG-201 Canon premium Semi Gloss and the proper profile that should be assigned to the paper type.
Setting the driver to  COLOR adjustment NONE, Quality to Highest, and paper type to match, Make a nice 8 x 10 or bigger print.

Let that print dry for 12-24 hours. This is very important as the dye ink will cure and lighten up.
Now, under a decent Ott light or at least a lamp with a color temp of 5000-5500K, compare your print to your screen. Reduce brightness and contrast until you match that print.
If you are using a Canon profile and Canon paper, it is printing the image regardless whether your monitor is bright or dark, on  or off.

You will come out so close you will be astonished.
Of course, nothing beats a proper monitor profile, but until then, try this.
OTT lights are around 25 dollars

Fred

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As a  long time user of both the Pro-100 and Qimage, thanks for this great info! I had not been doing much with either lately, but now back into it, I am having a heck of a time with overly-dark prints, and this appears to be the solution.
Can I ask, what are your printer/driver/ICC etc. settings?
Thanks!

 8 
 on: July 17, 2019, 10:01:59 AM 
Started by clinchfield - Last post by Fred A
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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
Fred

 9 
 on: July 16, 2019, 08:05:25 PM 
Started by clinchfield - Last post by clinchfield
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?

 10 
 on: July 16, 2019, 05:41:26 PM 
Started by vdr - Last post by vdr
Mike, I hope I correctly followed the details in your post but I failed to get the normal display that allows selecting a file to add to Quue.

It obviously is something I am not doing correct. --or-- maybe I need to allow more time or getting back to normal from my medical issues.

Thanks for your and Fred's help.

I believe when this overall function was working properly, all I had to do was to click the primary folder name for it to display all files in a folder -- from which one or more could be selected to add to Queue.
 
 

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