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How can I customize photo size and print without cropping?

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Nov 18, 2012 10:50 AM

When I try to make a custom photo size, e.g. 5.5 x 5.5 (or sometimes even with standard sizes), the photo is automatically cropped and heads and feet get chopped off.  I am using iPhoto 11 version 9.4.2 and an Epson Stylus NX 430 printer.  How do I prevent this from happening? 

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,630 points)

    You can't.

     

    It's simple: if you take, say, a 6x4 image and try and print it at 5.5x5.5 then something, somewhere is going to go. So, you crop to decide what should be left out. Otherwise the software will.

     

    Regards

     

     

    TD

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,335 points)

    You need to set custom dimensions for both the paper size and the print size in the print settings.

     

    Set the paper size to the size of your large square piece of paper and the print size to the size of the area that your picture should fill, like this: paper size (20 x 20), print size (12 x 18)

     

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    Regards

    Léonie

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,335 points)

    No, the issue is that you need to set the print size differently from the paper size. You have to specify that the printed shape has a different aspect ratio than the aspect ratio of the paper. If you do not specify the two sizes together, they will have default values, and the printed image will have the same shape as the paper, no matter how you crop the image.

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