I am trying to print a 16"x 22" image on my 3880 and each time the 16" side prints at 16.25". I am printing from CS5 on a Win 7 PC and the Photoshop printer screen is set to 100% in the "scaled print size" section. In the Epson printer driver I have selected 17" x 22" paper and borderless printing since one side is the same width as the paper. Any ideas why this is happening? Dave Jolley
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I have found that borderless printing yields unpredictable results, especially on paper that is not the same size as the print that you want. Part of the reason is that when you print borderless, the printer driver bleeds some of the image off the edge of the paper. I suspect this is why you are getting 16.25 inches on the side where there is still paper to print on. The Auto-Expand setting, which is the default, will enlarge the image up to 3%.
You can adjust this amount of bleed in the printer options between min (the whole image but possibly with a thin white border) to max.
Like Mick suggests don't use borderless unless you intend to make a broderless print. Otherwise simply set the paper size to 17x22 (if in fact that is the paper size you are using), make sure the print is set to the desired size, center the print in the Photoshop print dialog and in the Epson printer Driver and you should get a perfectly sized and centered print. The problem (and I see this a lot) is that folks try to over-think the settings and want to alter the printer's behavior. That is really not necessary when you have the correct paper size to match, or accomodate, the size of the image.
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The problem may be that Dave is trying to print a 16 x 22 print on 17 x 22 paper. That means no margin on the short sides. (I don't think you can set the margins to 0 unless you select borderless, but I am not certain of that.)
My inclination would be to do a custom paper size of 16 x 22, even though you are using 17 x 22 paper, and set the paper to borderless with a min or mid setting for the expansion. But this could get to be an expensive experiment in terms of paper and ink for that large of a print.
>Mick, > >Okay I see, you're right. I would then reduce the longest side >of the image to fit within the papers longest side. Trying to >force an image size with no room to breathe is just asking for >frustration.
As a clarification, you can leave borderless turned on if you want to have more precise control over your exact page margins, just set the "image expansion" setting in the borderless settings dialog to "no expansion".