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1  Technical Discussions / Computer Hardware / I’m back! on: April 23, 2012, 06:45:41 AM
Well! Where have I been? I had the not so bright idea of installing more RAM. One thing I had to do was update my BIOS. Needless to say my PC froze during the install, this rendered my motherboard useless, and I tried setting the jumper on the board to no avail. As it was a Medion PC and my motherboard wasn’t one I could simply buy on eBay I was stuck.

After XP Microsoft’s operating systems do not let one change ones motherboard to a different one (even the same manufacturer) and use the same operating system. I was moving to 64 bit anyway and I bought a 2TB hard drive installed a new operating system and used the old drive to extract the stuff I wanted.

So (IMHO) if one has say a HP, Dell PC etc and the motherboard fails don’t expect a simple answer unless it is a simple matter of obtaining a duplicate motherboard. Nothing I tried using the DVD which came with the computer resolved anything. I am old school and everything was backed up. It’s loading all the software and the updates which bugs me.

Kind regards

Shaun 
2  Technical Discussions / Printer Media / Re: Canon ‘fine Art’ 35mm margin – gone! on: March 13, 2012, 07:11:49 AM
I have sorted my margin problem out. IMHO Canon imposed this margin for no reason (other than it looks good, even if it is restrictive) and again IMHO they have lost a lot of sales.

I read that Hahnemuhle ICC profiles recommend Matt Photo paper for my Canon 9500. This gets around the 35mm margin. I have now printed 3 A4 and 2 A3+ prints with very small margins one at 10mm (just under ½ in. There seems to be no problem.


I also found this

http://www.martinbaileyphotography.com/podcasts.php?dt=df&ep=145#Ep145

Happy printing,

CheeRS

Shaun


3  Technical Discussions / Printer Media / Re: Canon Fine Art Paper Margin issues...and What QU gets up to! and why! on: March 12, 2012, 05:31:31 PM
Many thanks Terry, and hello all,

I suspect you now know, I am the world’s worst at explaining things! I am just grateful that everyone stayed with me on that one, I have an explanation – I am from Yorkshire!

Regarding whether QU can change driver settings or not, when Museum Etching paper is selected my driver insists on the 35mm margin, however, when I print poster 2x2 for example, my margin is 5mm isn’t QU changing my driver to do this? I only ask, just wondering.

I would appreciate one point of clarification. My preview sides are ‘greyed out’ I guess this is the 35mm margin. This is normal yes? This only applies when I select Museum Etching paper, which I am very fond of. Incidentally, I have ordered a few sample sheets of Hahnemuehle William Turner to try.

Off to learn QU with the videos

Kind regards

Shaun 
4  Technical Discussions / Printer Media / Re: Canon Fine Art Paper Margin issues...and What QU gets up to! and why! on: March 12, 2012, 07:34:15 AM
Thanks all,

I appreciate your kind help. I understand what people are saying but when I have printed QU does over ride Canon’s 35mm margin, I was just wondering how QU did this, that is all. I have some prints in which I have 5mm margin and I didn’t change my paper type, I must have done something but as I am new to QU I can't remember. They also printed without a problem, the enforced margin seems to be the sides of a landscape and QU only alters the top and bottom. This is what got me thinking as that is where the rollers would be.


I have sorted my margin problem out. IMHO Canon imposed this margin for no reason (other than it looks good, even if it is restrictive) and again IMHO they have lost a lot of sales. Yes evidence – well I use ICC profiles, I have made myself using Spyder 3 Studio SR and very good it is too, however, I read that Hahnemuhle ICC profiles are better. So I tried this out. Hahnemuhle say use Matt Photo paper for my Canon 9500. This gets around my 35mm margin. I have now printed 3 A4 and 2 A3+ prints with very small margins one at 10mm (just under ½ in. There seems to be no problem.

Thanks for the crop advice Terry I will use that I find QU to be so good I only wish I had found it years ago

I also found this

http://www.martinbaileyphotography.com/podcasts.php?dt=df&ep=145#Ep145



Kind regards

Shaun
5  Technical Discussions / Printer Media / Re: Canon Fine Art Paper Margin issues...and What QU gets up to! and why! on: March 11, 2012, 06:17:41 PM
Sorry about this Fred,

Thanks for your help

I am trying to print A4

Top right hand panel says 8.936 X 8.000 in.

If I select any other paper Canon will let me print without my 35mm margin.

Other paper A4 and if I select 8.00 X 10.00 in QU Print Properties the right hand says: 11.376 X 8.000 in.

Hope this helps you have to bear with me as I am but a simple joiner!

CheeRS

Shaun
6  Technical Discussions / Printer Media / Re: Canon Fine Art Paper Margin issues...and What QU gets up to! and why! on: March 11, 2012, 03:41:35 PM
Hi Fred,


I have just bought QU (IMHO) the best printer software out there. No more prating about in Photoshop!!!

 I am part of the gang now!

First, many thanks for your kind help

Sadly no to the first part my printable area is 8.936 x 8.000 in. As I have to select A4 35mm margin in my page set up this is a mandatory setting as I selected Museum Etching in Media Type.

The sides of my print preview are greyed out the top and bottom is white, I suspect 35mm. However, when I measure they are 29 to 30 mm

I too am not sure where my 8.94x6.38 came from. 8.94 is constant but the other measurement varies I suspect this depends upon my crop. I use ‘fit to Page’ in QU 5.95 seems the norm

When I get a message i.e.2X2 and I print as you say I am in Poster mode but as you say my margins are 5mm, but my media and paper are the same. This to me IMHO indicated QU is over riding my printer driver as the 35mm margin is mandatory.
 
CheeRS

Shaun

7  Technical Discussions / Computer Software / PC monitor calibration - Spyder or CalMAN on: March 11, 2012, 08:14:33 AM
Hi All,

I have a Spyder 3 meter along with the software. It is easy to use and the results are OK

I also have SpectraCal CalMAN 4 with the PC Client add-on. If there is anyone out there who has it I would be extremely interested in your thoughts.

I bought the kit with an X-rite eye-one meter, which I use to calibrate my projector (thePC add-on was free with an upgrade) and it is kept in a cool dark place as recommended. My Spyder is in the stand where it is open to heat/dust etc, which I suspect isn’t a good thing.

I have 2 hard drives on my PC one with Windows 7 32bit and one with Windows 7 64 bit.

The 64 bit is calibrated using my Spyder and as you know I have been concentrating on getting the hang of margins.

Last night I calibrated my 32 bit hard drive using CalMAN, another learning curve but I think I got there. The software IMHO isn’t user friendly, in as much as it guides one along but never explains enough. It can also take ages for SpectraCal to get back in touch. IMHO, what SpectraCal want is to ‘sell’ courses, however, it isn’t always practical or cost effective.

Once calibrated with CalMAN I can’t seem to get my Spyder to run so I have been reluctant calibrating my 64 bit machine.

Thoughts anyone?

Once again thanks
CheeRS

Shaun   
8  Technical Discussions / Printer Media / Re: Canon Fine Art Paper Margin issues...and What QU gets up to! and why! on: March 10, 2012, 04:10:31 PM
Hi Terry,

I have my paper size set to A4 and my paper is A4

The image in Print Queue is 8.94X6.38

When I printed the first page of 4 QU printed a ¼ of my image on a sheet of A4, however, top and bottom 35mm margins were in fact 5mm.

Hope this helps BTW I have made some progress. Please see my new post.

Kind regards

Shaun 
9  Technical Discussions / Printer Media / Canon ‘fine Art’ 35mm margin – gone! on: March 10, 2012, 03:57:08 PM
Hi All,

Use the Hahnemuhle ICC profile for the correct paper and set the paper as Matt Photo Paper, I find these settings an improvement over Canon’s settings . This also stops the enforced 35mm margin.

Kind regards

Shaun
10  Technical Discussions / Printer Media / Canon Fine Art Paper Margin issues...and What QU gets up to! and why! on: March 09, 2012, 08:30:20 PM
I am enjoying my new software – but... what is happening to my margins.

I use Museum Etching paper, which I like tremendously, however, my main gripe is the 35mm margin Canon insist on. Yes I know this is a Canon / user thing but... 

By accident I selected a paper size in which QU would use 2 sheets of paper. I only printed one sheet but QU over ruled the 35mm Canon margin. Top & bottom was 5mm. How did QU do this?

I reset my settings and printed the whole image – back to 35mm margins.

I then used the crop tool in Photoshop and cropped an image then used QU lovely print (well it was a little dark but that is another post. My ‘brightness control is set to 0’)

This time...24mm margin top and bottom. What is going on?

My objective would be to have a smaller margin but I would like some control over this. Clearly QU can overcome Canon’s insistence on a 35mm boarder, how is QU doing this?

Kind regards

Shaun
11  Technical Discussions / Printer Media / Re: I printed my first black and white photo - need help on: March 08, 2012, 06:48:01 PM
Hi Terry-M and All,

Very sorry about the delay in replying (work) I have everything set OK and I am happy with QU and my printer settings. I have also been doing a lot of reading regarding B&W photography – I have a lot to learn!

All other prints are fine regarding my monitor so I guess it is OK. I use a Spyder 3 meter, which I guess is also a minimum requirement. I do have an X rite meter and CalMAN 4, which I use to calibrate my Projector and what a learning curve CalMAN is! I also have the PC add-on so I could try it out.

I have been doing some test prints. However, I have used Canon’s Photo Rag for black and white and I am pleased with the results, So at this stage I am not concerned with my dark glossy print. I feel I have to get used to how B&W looks before I print as I have a tendency to use a red filter and the print never looks good.

Kind regards and CheeRS

Shaun
12  Technical Discussions / Printer Media / Re: To try to ‘get around’ Canon’s 35mm border on: March 04, 2012, 08:25:39 AM
Hi Terry,

Many thanks I understand now. I have only used Canon paper and they are obviously in my drop-down paper list. (Sorry for this silly question) but what would happen if I choose a paper, which isn’t in my drop-down menu.

Kind regards

Shaun   
13  Technical Discussions / Printer Media / I printed my first black and white photo - need help on: March 04, 2012, 08:22:21 AM


Hi All,

I printed my first black and white photo today; this is what I did: converted my photo in Photoshop using Nik software and saved it as a PSD fine. I then opened it in Qimage, everything looked OK. I then printed it using Canon Photo Glossy II. I used a custom profile I made using the paper and Spyder Studio SR.

The image is very dark the sky in most parts is completely black and not what was displayed on my monitor.

Any help / advice would be gratefully appreciated.


Shaun
14  Technical Discussions / Printer Media / To try to ‘get around’ Canon’s 35mm border on: March 03, 2012, 06:08:37 PM
Hi All,

To try to ‘get around’ Canon’s 35mm border, I selected Matt paper in the Canon driver, my ICC profile was still Museum Etching, which I created myself using Syper SR Studio, (which works fine). OK at this point, very small borders, however, when I printed my photo the colours were out, the image was flat and colourless.

I thought that if I had my own ICC profile everything would be fine, so could someone please explain why I have to set my paper in my printer driver to Museum etching.

Thanks in advance

Shaun   
15  Technical Discussions / Printers / Re: Canon Pixma Pro 9500 MKI Paper Size on: March 03, 2012, 01:33:37 PM
Hi Fred,

Many thanks for your post, and thanks, yes I am very happy with my printer, especially, now I use Qimage. I will buy a roll of paper. I use Hahnemühle museum etching, well Canon branded paper, but I can easily buy a roll direct.

Once again thanks

Shaun
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