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help please trying to print 3x5 pics on 6x4 paper

Jan 6, 2014, 18:53
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help please trying to print 3x5 pics on 6x4 paper
Hi

I have a Canon MG6350 which prints my pictures to a good standard (acceptable to me). I have received some picture frames for Christmas which are 5x3 inches. The printer does not print this size, min 6x4.

I was therefore trying to either print two 5x3 on 7x5 paper or a 5x3 print on 6x4 paper and obviously slightly cut them down appropriately, but no luck.

It sounds so easy!!

About 7 hours later and dozens of failures the cost of printing has sent me to yourselves for help. Huh

The pictures all vary in pixels etc as I have cropped some of them. It says on the details of the picture DPI 72

I have just started to use GIMP which allows me to change the print sizes and pixels or so it says under 'Image' but every time I try to print, it comes out full size on the 6x4 paper?

What i need i am afraid some idea of how to take my existing picture, Resize to 3x5 and then be able to print at this size. Does it need me to somehow have a file that is 6x4 with a 5x3 picture in it and cut it out.

From reading some comments is the DPI of my printer important - it prints apparently 9600 x 2400.

Any suggestions?

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Jan 6, 2014, 22:22
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RE: help please trying to print 3x5 pics on 6x4 paper
Try going into
Image > Print Size...

And change both the X & Y to 128.00 (this is your dpi)

Then print and measure it, it should be around 5 x 3.1

(If the pictures are smaller than 5x3 you will need to upscale them, what are the height & width of all the pictures you want to print to 5 x 3?)

Did it work? For the photos that are smaller than 5x3, what does it look like when you scale it up to 5x3? If it gets too blurry, you can try unsharp mask, let me know and I'll link you to some plugins than can help better upscale your photos.

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Jan 7, 2014, 12:04 (This post was last modified: Jan 7, 2014 12:09 by rich2005.)
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RE: help please trying to print 3x5 pics on 6x4 paper
To be honest, Gimp printing is not wonderful (unless you use linux and can setup gimp-gutenprint)

In Windows, whatever application you use for printing, it uses the Windows printer driver that comes with your printer, so as well as page setup and Gimp print-page setup you also have to set everything up in the printer properties.

Reported page size 3"x5", 6"x4" means diddly-poop, it is the size in pixels that matters.

But, you have my sympathy for owning a Canon, I thought I would fire up my old pixma ip4500 and grab some screenshots.

Try and print a custom size from the cassette, one setting cancels out other settings, the gimp print page setup dialog does would not pick up the printer settings. Very frustrating.

My advice,

1. Use something else for printing. A screenshot using XnViewMP. It even has a preset 3.5"x5" setting which might do. You still need to set up the printer dialogs, this ip4500 maybe not too much different from an MG6350. http://imgur.com/HMTT7No plenty of settings to consider.

2 Use gimp but do not print from the cassette, it copes much better with full sheets USletter or A4.
an example of setting up a template
New -> use a template say USletter 300 ppi or A4 300 ppi whatever paper you have but 300ppi
make a selection and set it to the 3" x 5" size
Image guides -> new from selection will add guides along the sides.
For tidyness, have View -> snap to guides on
screenshot: http://imgur.com/VAZ4iq2
Move the selection down and repeat new from selection. Repeat as many times as necessary, only going to get 3 @ 3"x5" anyway. Kill the selection. Save as an xcf file for use later, the guides will be saved.
Then it is a matter of open image -> copy -> swap to the template -> paste
Use the resize tool on the floating selection, make sure the height, depth link is joined, set the width to 5", ok and move the floating selection into position. Anchor the floating selection.
Sounds more complicated than it is.
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Jan 7, 2014, 12:52
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RE: help please trying to print 3x5 pics on 6x4 paper
Thanks very much for your replies.

I will give it a go over the next couple of days and see how i do

I really appreciate the quick response
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Jan 7, 2014, 14:41
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RE: help please trying to print 3x5 pics on 6x4 paper
(Jan 6, 2014 22:22)iForStyle007 Wrote:  Try going into
Image > Print Size...

And change both the X & Y to 128.00 (this is your dpi)

Then print and measure it, it should be around 5 x 3.1

(If the pictures are smaller than 5x3 you will need to upscale them, what are the height & width of all the pictures you want to print to 5 x 3?)

Did it work? For the photos that are smaller than 5x3, what does it look like when you scale it up to 5x3? If it gets too blurry, you can try unsharp mask, let me know and I'll link you to some plugins than can help better upscale your photos.

hi

when i change the x and y resolution to 128.000 the print size goes to width 40.5 inches and H 27 ins in the scaler on one picture, on another 27x 18 and the third 18x13?

should i just play with the x and y resolution until it says 5x3? for example the first one comes out at a X&Y resolution of 1037? and shows 5 x 3.333.

Where did you get DPI of 128 from?

Or have i totally got the wrong end of the stick? sorry to appear dumb - i am sure it is really simple when you know!!!

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Jan 7, 2014, 15:22
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RE: help please trying to print 3x5 pics on 6x4 paper
Yes, I got the dpi, by plugging in 5 x 3 into the print size it automatically will change the dpi.

This is why I asked "what sizes are your photos you wan't to scale to 5 x 3?" what are their original sizes.

It seems you have inconsistencies in your resolutions and your photos are bigger than 5 x 3 so this might be good news, its easier to scale down.

But like rich said, printing in Gimp isn't perfect/ that easy. It will take some trial and error.

So try his suggestion of programs first.

However...
If you must gimp to print it, (Then continue reading...)
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I'll need to know all the original sizes of your photos, whether the subjects in the photo are far away or close to the camera(details)

and if possible a sample size of your smallest photo & biggest photo. (screenshot both pics with the canvas title showing the Height & width at 100% zoom)
Example:
[Image: JRBBf.jpg]

* Include 2 photos / screenshots :
- One of your biggest photo that you want to print to 5x3
- One of your smallest photo that you want to print to 5x3

This will give me the range to give you an average DPI to set your canvas/image to in Gimp.
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