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Image size reduced when trying to print landscape.

Aug 18, 2011, 12:56
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Image size reduced when trying to print landscape.
I'm running the gaulntlet of a new member here but my searches came up with nothing, feel free to post an annoyed link to another thread :-)

I'm trying to print a landscape image but the image is reduced when printed. I open a new A4 sized template and make my image but when it comes time to print the image is smaller on the page than A4. Is there an easy solution to this? I have messed around with orientation both in GIMP and my printer settings, I have used the printers' "fit to page" setting and tried everything I can think of.
Thanks in advance.
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Aug 18, 2011, 13:48
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RE: Image size reduced when trying to print landscape.
Many printers (especially consumer-grade ones) do not allow border-to-border printing, so the printing area is smaller than the page size. Usually, the limit isn't on the width, but on the length, but to keep the aspect ratio, the driver must reduce both width and length. My printer-brand photo-grade paper has a "pre-cut" to easily separate the part that can't be printed.

My suggestion:
  • start your favorite word processor (MS-Word, OpenOffice) and try to create a page setup that completely fills the A4 paper, and print it...
  • two outcomes:
    • It didn't work. You have a printer that won't print border-to-border. Your best bet is to find a larger paper size that still fits the printer and leaves you with an A4 printable area.
    • It worked. Then if Gimp can't print the image, you can at least print it by inserting it in a word processor page, or using some other software (Windows image/fax viewer...). You can also try to tweak your printer driver, or lie about the paper size.

A4 paper has an aspect ratio of 1.4142 (square root of 2). Uncropped photos from compact cameras have an 4/3 (1.33) aspect ratio, so can often be printed full-width, the non-printable margins filling the 1.41 to 1.33 gap. Uncropped photos from DSLR have a 3/2 (1.5) aspect ratio, and won't fit anyway.

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Aug 19, 2011, 13:06
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RE: Image size reduced when trying to print landscape.
Thanks for the reply.

I opened a new document in OpenOffice (yes, I'm cheap!), removed the margins and typed a row of dashes at the top and a column of underscores on the left. The printer printed only the dashes, it didn't resize the image. My printer is a Canon iX4000 A3 printer.
When I'm in GIMP, I'm not merely re-sizing a photo, I'm making a poster by importing layers etc. My bottom layer is the same size as the A4 template so maybe this is the problem. Surely though if I choose the 'fit to page' option on the printer settings it should shrink the image to fit the page? It works this way in portrait mode when printing am A4 image onto and A3 piece of paper?
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Aug 19, 2011, 13:57
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RE: Image size reduced when trying to print landscape.
(Aug 19, 2011 13:06)Markle Wrote:  Thanks for the reply.

I opened a new document in OpenOffice (yes, I'm cheap!), removed the margins and typed a row of dashes at the top and a column of underscores on the left. The printer printed only the dashes, it didn't resize the image. My printer is a Canon iX4000 A3 printer.
So your page didn't print fully.

(Aug 19, 2011 13:06)Markle Wrote:  When I'm in GIMP, I'm not merely re-sizing a photo, I'm making a poster by importing layers etc. My bottom layer is the same size as the A4 template so maybe this is the problem. Surely though if I choose the 'fit to page' option on the printer settings it should shrink the image to fit the page? It works this way in portrait mode when printing am A4 image onto and A3 piece of paper?
Are you printing on A3 or A4 paper in the end? The height of A4 is exactly the width of A3, so you can't print A4 full-size on A3 paper if its not image and paper have different orientations

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Aug 19, 2011, 14:18 (This post was last modified: Aug 19, 2011 15:10 by Markle.)
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RE: Image size reduced when trying to print landscape.
No, it only printed a part of the page. I think you may be right though, I tried an image which was short of the template border and it has printed out just fine. I think I was relying on the printer sofware to do what I should have been doing myself. I still think it should have done it automatically but no problem. If I play with the allignment tool then I can find out the thinnest border the printer will print?


Edit:- It all seemed to be going so well until I accidentaly tried to print the landscape image onto the portrait paper (both A4). The printer obviously (ankd kindly) re-sized the image to fit the paper (so it is an A3 landscape image taking up half an A4 portrait piece of paper). After realising my error I went back to IMAGE>TRANSFORM>ROTATE 90 CLOCKWISE, then tried to print and ended up with the A5 image in portrait on the A4 portrait piece of paper.

Edit 2:- Hhmm, closing the image and opening it again solves the problem, thanks for you help though. Must be a quirk in one of the programs.
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