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Old Jul 21, 2010, 3:27 AM   #1
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This is my first post here. I have been using Qimage some time now.Basicly I am happy with the product. However a couple of times I have torn my grey hairs. My knowledge of Qimage is still far from good, so some of the problems have been caused by this.

Here is one problem which I encountered the other day and I have not found a solution to it. The problem will probably pop up for me some day again and maybe somebody else has had too.

The other day I printed some photos with my Epson 3800. I planned to print four images to A4 sheet and then use my trimmer paper cutter to cut one sheet to four photos.

Because I had quite many photos I planned to make it easy. So I planned to use the paper cutter only three times per A4 sheet (one cut to halve the A4 and then same again with the two halves) ending with 4 photos from one A4.

I like to have white borders in my photos. I knew that Qimage has option to include white borders "automatically". This is where the troubles came. No matter what I tried I did not get even borders to my photos, so I ended up using the paper cutter a lot.

Afterwards I examined the task more closely, and I found out that it was not easy at all. There are a lot of variables involved (basically in two pieces of software: Qimage and the Epson driver).

Here is what I wanted to do:
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The size of A4 is 297x210 mm. That makes 148.5x105 mm per image. Using 10 mm border in each side leaves 128,5x85 mm (ratio 1.511765) for the image itself. The originals were 1.5 in ratio, so I had to crop them a bit to get ratio 1.511765.
I used Qimage Professional Edition (version 2009.268) with :
- Custom size 2 col x 2 rows
- Auto Cropping: Off
- Print Orientation: Unlock
- Borders: B
- Border 1: 5mm
- Border 2: 5mm
In the Epson driver I had:
- Source: Sheet
- Borderless: Yes
- Size: A4
- Page Layout: Layout: Output Paper: Same as Paper Size

This is the best I could produce. The borders are not the same in each side, however.

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The borders shown in the output from Epson Print Preview are exactly the same as in the actual print (the colours are not).

Here I used different colours for the borders to show the problem. In the final print the border colors are all white.

As you can see the borders are not the same:
1) In the top there is a small white border (0.5mm).
2) In the center there is a white border (1.5mm).
3) The bottom border is cropped (1mm).
4) In the left there is very small whiter border (less than 0.5 mm, hardly visible in the screen)

There is an option in Qimage I also tried. Page Formatting -> Borderless Overspray/Expansion -> Disable. This seemed to cancel the borderless option in the Epson driver and result was worse than above.

It is possible to change to the Amount Enlargement for the borderless print (Main -> Paper Settings -> Expansion). Changing the Expansion from Max (factory setting) to Mid or Min, gave also worse result in my case.

So that leaves the question: Is it possible to have exactly the same borders in 4 images in one sheet?

(I would not like to start calculating and including the borders in actual images itself).
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