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01 January 2004, 04:26 PM
hey all,
i'm trying to print out a full page sized image out of photoshop - 8.5x11 inches, landscaped. the problem is that when i make the image size 8.5x11, it is actually larger than the printable area, so when i print the image it crops out the bottom and right side. through trial and error i could just narrow it down but i was wondering if there's a solid method of getting the right size printable area for images.

printing through an hp psc1210 (one of the scanner/copier/printer dealies) if that has anything to do with it.

thanks for any help...

01 January 2004, 04:32 PM
erm, from what i know its not an exact science, but theres a way to find out how far off you are

on the status bar (you may have to enable this on a pc by going to the windows menu) click the number left of the black arrow...this shows your doc against your page setup....its a small preview but gets you in the right area

another thought would be to look up your printers specs...

01 January 2004, 06:52 PM
Pshop 7 (or higher) has "File:Print with Preview..."
which is really great for removing the guesswork from printing.

If you are using an earlier version, i think you are unfortunately stuck with "Know your Printer" and good ol' "Trial and Error."

07 July 2005, 09:49 PM
Sorry, I īm trying to post picture for sketch of the week.

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07 July 2005, 08:01 PM
To print a true 8.5" X 11" from photoshop depends on two things:

Your printer and your image.

You need to have an image that is actually larger than 8.5 X 11, which is known as the "bleed" area. It may be necessary to add an additional 1/8" to 1/4" to all sides of the document, to accomidate the bleed. Another factor to consider is the printer that you are using. Does it allow you to print larger than 8.5 X 11 (like 11 X 14 or 13 X 19)? If it does, then you are in luck. If your printer only accomidates "Letter and Legal" sizes only, then you will find it difficuly to get a full bleed. Some photo printers that print only letter and legal sizes, do have the capability of printing a full bleed. The only problem with these printers is that you run a risk of smeared edges.

You might have to make a compromise and print the largest your printer will allow on an 8.5 X 11 and trim the paper down to simulate a full bleed. If you are needing a true full 8.5 X 11 bleed, you will have to print on larger paper and increase your source image in photoshop. Take a look at the attached image I have provided to get sense of what I a talking about.

I hope this helps,


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