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1  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate Wish List / Re: AI resolution vs interpolation on: March 21, 2021, 10:18:22 AM
I would always use QI interpolation, as it is optimised for the exact size you are printing. Also, working with the much larger files created will always place more stress on your computer, take up storage and take longer to process.
Are they better than QI? Who knows, but if you are a QI user, I would leave it to QI.

Brian P
2  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate Wish List / Re: Working with Super Resolution DNG created by ACR 3.2 on: March 21, 2021, 10:11:41 AM
The 'enhanced'  .dng file is the same as any other .dng file, and will open in QImage in exactly the same way as anything other raw file.

Brian P
3  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Cutting/trimming lines/marks on: February 24, 2021, 11:28:14 AM
Edit, Preferences, Print and Page Formatting, Page Margins in Qimage, and enter the margins on each side to give you a 400x500mm printable area in the middle of the paper?  Then when sizing your prints, use "Fit to Page" size because you've made your "page" 400x500mm.

I think the problem with this is that the print size is 297 x 420 mm, not 400 x 500. You can't place a print that size in a 400 x 500mm page and get the corner marks at 400 x 500.
As this is a limited number of prints using canvas size in a photoshop action may be a better solution.

4  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Cutting/trimming lines/marks on: February 22, 2021, 07:55:48 PM
Ernst, the problem is with uneven borders, 10mm top and bottom and 47mm on each side. I agree that trimming first is undesirable, but in this case I think it may be the best way.

5  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Cutting/trimming lines/marks on: February 21, 2021, 06:51:07 PM

I think trimming the paper to 500 x 400 first would be my choice, it is easy to set up some sort of guide for the trimmer, and you will always have to trim the prints anyway.

Brian P
6  Mike's Software / Qimage / Re: QImage cannot read (most) of my images on: February 05, 2021, 11:04:00 AM
The file wouldn't open in Photoshop either, see screenshot. It opened in Affinity Designer, and it opened in QI when I re-exported it.
7  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: negative image on: February 03, 2021, 10:30:20 PM
I digitise my negatives with my Canon M5, and the 'Invert' command in Photoshop (Image>Adjustments>Invert) also reverses the curves in the same way as QI, but all further adjustments work the 'right' way round. Perhaps Mike could add 'Invert' to QImage.

Brian P
8  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: v2021.100 issues/comments on: November 23, 2020, 11:04:03 AM
I had to disable the firewall to install it.

Brian P
9  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Can Qimage help me with Word docs? on: October 08, 2020, 10:24:05 AM

You can export the word document as a PDF, then open it in Photoshop or Affinity and 'Save As' a .tif or .jpg, or use the QI plug-in.

Brian P
10  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Question On Custom Printer Profiles on: September 21, 2020, 08:52:45 AM
The correct way is to re-calibrate the monitor at a lower brightness (luminance) setting. It will take a little trial and error to find the right setting.

Brian P
11  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: aDDING tEXT on: August 28, 2020, 09:27:49 AM
Thanks, Avatar suitably attired

12  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / aDDING tEXT on: August 27, 2020, 12:06:19 PM

The old brain cells have failed and I can't remember how to add text to a photo.  Could someone point me to a tutorial?


13  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Qimage = lightroom on: December 06, 2019, 11:43:05 AM
To add to what Terry and Fred said, If you are using Lightroom and Photoshop The advantage of using QI for printing are:

Sharper prints
The ability to save complete printer setups, including Paper size, paper type, colour profile,  and borderless (if used), and recall them with a few clicks.
The ability to save the completed job after printing, and recall it at any time in the future if you want to do a reprint.
These last two are worth he money alone!
The ability to add one or two borders to prints
the ability to add free text, or extract text from IPTC data and place it anywhere on the print or the page
The ability to set up layouts or templates, where you simply add a new print, prints or multiple sizes of prints to a custom set-up.

There is also the ease of use, where you easily add photos to the page at the required size.

There are also many other features such as raw file conversion which I don't use, but the list above makes it invaluable to me.

14  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: PSD Files are washed out on: November 09, 2019, 10:50:11 AM

PSD is a  propitiatory Adobe format, and although it usually works in other programs there is never any guarantee that it will, as adjustment layers and smart filters can cause trouble. There is a setting in the PS preferences - Edit>Preferences> File Handling called 'Maximise PSD and PSD File Compatability' which should be set to 'Always', but it's best to avoid PSDs in general, as occasional problems will always occur. Saving as a maximum JPG is the best solution and will be faster to process, but if you are worried about compression saving as a TIF should work.


15  Technical Discussions / Computer Hardware / Re: Kiosk Setup on: July 03, 2019, 08:17:23 AM
I think this will need a ready-made solution, such as


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