2 Replies Latest reply: Sep 18, 2008 11:59 AM by Jemster
Jemster Level 1 (5 points)
I'm trying hard to work out how to print out multiple copies of the same picture. I want to get 2 copies on each 4x6" sheet of photo paper and have followed all the steps...

Selected 1 picture, hit print, went to Settings, selected "Multiple of the same photo per page".

I then went to Print Settings, selected Borderless 4x6 (yes, the printer works fine with that usually - HP Photosmart C4280) and set the Print Size to 2x3 and the preview shows the 2 copies of the same photo side-by-side no problem.

So I hit OK, clicked on Print and...

It's not aligning with the left hand side of the 4x6 - it's not respecting the selected paper size. If I put in a sheet of A4 to test, the 2 pictures come out in the centre of the page (in the requested size). So as a result I can't print on the 4x6 paper as most of the picture gets printed on nothing!

Am I doing something wrong or is this some kind of bug in either iPhoto or the HP printer driver? Anyone had any success with this? If so, what kind of printer were you using?

20" iMac coreduo 2.0GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.4), HP Photosmart C4280
  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,551 points)

    Here's the workflow I used to get 2 2x3s on a 4x6:

    1 - select photo & click on print button
    2 - select 4x6 borderless and 2x3 print size
    3 - click Customize button
    4 - click on settings button
    5 - select "Multiple of same photo per page" (after clicking OK two photo are shown on the preview)
    6 - click on the Print button.

    Where I differ is that I don't go back to Print Settings to select the 4x6 paper size after Step 5. Give that a try.

    NOTE: Do a Print to PDF to check it out instead of printing on paper. That will save some paper in case it doesn't work.

    That gives me two photos on the 4x6. I'm using a Canon i850. I also get the same results with an Epson R280.

    TIP: For insurance against the iPhoto database corruption that many users have experienced I recommend making a backup copy of the Library6.iPhoto (iPhoto.Library for iPhoto 5 and earlier) database file and keep it current. If problems crop up where iPhoto suddenly can't see any photos or thinks there are no photos in the library, replacing the working Library6.iPhoto file with the backup will often get the library back. By keeping it current I mean backup after each import and/or any serious editing or work on books, slideshows, calendars, cards, etc. That insures that if a problem pops up and you do need to replace the database file, you'll retain all those efforts. It doesn't take long to make the backup and it's good insurance.

    I've created an Automator workflow application (requires Tiger or later), iPhoto dB File Backup, that will copy the selected Library6.iPhoto file from your iPhoto Library folder to the Pictures folder, replacing any previous version of it. It's compatible with iPhoto 6 and 7 libraries and Tiger and Leopard. Just put the application in the Dock and click on it whenever you want to backup the dB file. iPhoto does not have to be closed to run the application, just idle. You can download it at Toad's Cellar. Be sure to read the Read Me pdf file.

    Note: There's now an Automator backup application for iPhoto 5 that will work with Tiger or Leopard.
  • Jemster Level 1 (5 points)
    Thanks Toady!

    Looks like the sequence was the problem! Despite having the same options as I had before, following your sequence results in the correct image size being printed in the correct place.

    Strangely inconsistent but at least its now working as expected, cheers!