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can't get image to print at correct size

Mar 8, 2012, 19:28
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can't get image to print at correct size
Hello, I'm a very new user to GIMP but have been using paint shop pro for quite some time - I still use version 7 Smile

Here's the situation: I received a pdf that I want to print so I imported it into gimp. It's 8.5x11 at 100dpi & two pages. So I imported it as two images (not layers) at same resolution settings. White out the unnecessary images go to print and then to printer preferences. 300 dpi is the smallest resolution on my printer so I also select 8.5x11 paper & 'sale to fit.' The resulting image is so large that approx only the top-left quarter of the doc prints.

OK, so in GIMP I go to 'Print Size' change the image resolution to 300 pixels: same result, exactly

Hmmm... print size isn't it, lets try 'Scale Image' at 300 pixels. Same result again... grrrrr

I tried both settings above with 'scale to fit' (printer) on & off with absolutely no changes to the printed image... very strange. Is gimp overriding my printer settings? If so how do I correct this?

Interestingly, when I re-sized the images in gimp (or thats what I thought I was doing with 'print size' & 'scale image') the size of the view-able image on the desktop in the application window did not change... the size of the window stayed the same, the zoom percentage did not change & most importantly the image did not change.

Finally, I checked if the original image prints correctly in Adobe Reader: No problem and it prints fine. Unfortunately, while I have what I need, I'm not one to give up that easily Smile and want to know if the issue is the printer, gimp or most likey me. LOL

Does anyone know why I can't get the image to print in GIMP at the correct size? I was really hoping to start using this application that I've heard several good things about - Thank you!

Windows XP Home SP3 - I just reformatted the hard drive last week so everything is a new clean install Smile
Hp Officejet 4215 all-in-one
GIMP 2.4.7
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Mar 9, 2012, 00:58
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RE: can't get image to print at correct size
Thanks for the replies!

First - How the heck did I end up with an old version? LOL corrected that!

Second - Thank you for the PDF education. Your explanation has cleared up a couple issues I've had with PDF's in the past but never followed through with - now I know why I've had so much trouble with 'em. The only reason I did this time was I really want to learn how to use GIMP Smile

Basically, now I know for PDF's - IF - I want to do anything simple like blank out some pics, i'll just import into GIMP (gotta use a higher resolution during the import process to get a decent image) save as a jpg/tff/gif and then re-open to make quick edits and print - after adjusting the size Smile Maybe i'll just stick with the old PSP version for the printing though Wink

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