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    Default Software for printing

    Hi,

    Any kind soul can recommend any good printing software (freeware preferable) ?

    I normally do a image resize in PS before saving as jpeg for printing using the Canon printer.
    But i notice that the software tends to do some "resizing" of the image,
    and the final size does not turn out as i intended.

    eg.
    I resized an image to 8x10inch (203.2x254mm) 300dpi in PS,
    then extend the image width to 210mm by adding a 6.8mm border.
    I am thinking to print it out on a borderless A4 paper, then cut the A4 to 8x10inch.
    But somehow the final printout doesnt seems rite.

    Is there any software that can print "as is" without any kind of auto cropping ?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Software for printing

    looks like you are doing it wrong
    i have no problems with photoshop

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    Default Re: Software for printing

    When you are printing borderless, there will be a slight increase in size. If you want no size adjustments, turn off the borderless printing. Hope that helps.

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    Default Re: Software for printing

    Quote Originally Posted by redwine View Post
    But i notice that the software tends to do some "resizing" of the image,
    and the final size does not turn out as i intended.
    eg.
    I resized an image to 8x10inch (203.2x254mm) 300dpi in PS,
    then extend the image width to 210mm by adding a 6.8mm border.
    I am thinking to print it out on a borderless A4 paper, then cut the A4 to 8x10inch.
    But somehow the final printout doesnt seems rite.
    Since your image is already in 8" X 10", just center the image on the A4 photo paper
    and print as it is. You can then cut it after that.

    Problem is when you added the border, your final image size is 210mm X 297mm. And
    when you print it on A4 as it is, the printer will add the border and this make your image
    smaller. If you print borderless, the printer has to over-spray and that's make your final
    image bigger.

    Hope this helps.

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    Thanks...appreciate all the inputs.

    If you print the same file using Photoshop and other cheapo software,
    will there be a difference on the output quality ?
    assuming all the effects & color management are turn-off.

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    It's depend if you want color management or not. Some print software are not color
    managed. Even if turning off all the effects? & color management in the printer driver, you
    have to depend what info. the software are sending to the printer. Most likely there will be a
    big different in color output.

    Photoshop is color-managed where other cheapo software e.g. Windows Picture and Fax
    Viewer and etc are not. There will be a difference on the output quality.

    If you want consistency, you need an ICC/ICM printer/ink/paper profiles aware software e.g. Photoshop.
    Last edited by tim; 22nd January 2009 at 03:49 PM.

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