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Kirby Krieger Level 6 (12,510 points)

Hi.  Trying to print on roll paper for the first time, and rapidly going hairless.


I want my prints to use as much of the paper as possible, without being cropped.  So if I have a 2:3 image and I'm printing on (say an Epson 9900 loaded with) 24" paper, I want my image to be either 24"x36" borderless, or, with a 1" margin (for example), 22"x33".


I have tried all the custom and preset sizes, and Aperture so far has insisted on limiting the long dimension to 24" or 30" (depending on the setting).


Fwiw, I actually want to print w. a margin.  And I want to print the full width of the roll (24"), and use as much length as needed.


Thanks.  A quick reply is appreciated -- I'm trying to print now, and have use of the 9900 for another hour or so.


(I'm sure I'm doing something ignorant.)  Thanks.

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 (25,715 points)

    Are you selecting roll paper in the print dialog?


    Screen shot 2011-05-06 at 14.33.28.png

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 (12,510 points)

    I've tried 'em all. 


    With "Roll Paper" selected, I am allowed only one input dimension.  Seems this should be the roll width.  If I put 24" that is taken as the maximum dimension of the print, regardless of the orientation I select.





    Thanks Frank.

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 (25,715 points)

    Screen shot 2011-05-06 at 14.33.28.png

    You;re putting in 24 when I set the dimension to 36 it put 24 in the other box. Have you tried it that way?

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 (25,715 points)

    Screen shot 2011-05-06 at 14.56.13.png


    Just tried this set roll paper 24 inch then in image size I chose custom for size and set ti to 36 x 24 and it reset the paper size to 36 x 24

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 (25,715 points)

    Screen shot 2011-05-06 at 14.59.03.png


    With the above setting it says the print size is 24x36

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 (12,510 points)

    Kirby Krieger wrote:


    I've tried 'em all. 


    With "Roll Paper" selected, I am allowed only one input dimension.  Seems this should be the roll width. 

    I just tried 36" for the roll paper size, and am getting something close to what I want.  The image is not centered (the margins are wrong) but it looks like I'll get something close to 23.5" x 35".

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 (12,510 points)

    On this set-up, that results in a print rotated 90° from what you expect, with the printer clever enough to stop printing a couple of mm from the paper edge.  The image is the right size -- but the printer prints only the right-hand 2/3rds of it.


    I'm paying $4.50/sq. ft. ... of course, when people ask me for "pro" answers I usually think, "Hire a pro".  So I'm paying my apprentice dues. 


    The prints, fwiw, are shockingly fabulous, and deeply pleasing.

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 (12,510 points)

    This seems to work! 


    (It offends my sensibilities, but I haven't time to address that at present.)



  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 (12,510 points)

    Still working on this.  Thanks for your timely help yesterday.  The interaction of all of the paper and image and margin sizes and orientation has not proven to be (yet) predictable when selecting any of the roll paper settings.


    I'm rather surprised at this.


    As a side note, prints from the 9900 show a greater dynamic range than those from the 3880.  The colors are indistinguishable to the naked eye, but the increased dynamic range makes the 9900 prints appear a little brighter -- as if just washed.


    Of course, this could be caused by different profiles, etc.  (I'm using Epson Hot Press Natural on each, but haven't tested fresh prints made from paper from the same package.)


    Thanks again. I was in a bit of a pinch yesterday.  I was able to print what I needed.  Cheers.

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 (25,715 points)

    Glad you got the print to work. At those prices ....


    So was the final resolution setting both the paper type to roll setting the physical dimension of the roll there and then  setting the custom size also?



  • fabricerdz Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm trying to print on a roll paper with my Epson R2400 and I Aperture won't let me use the full width of my 13" roll.

    I've got a little yellow caution sign on the upper right corner of the image:


    My print paramter are:


    Paper size: Roll

    Orientation: Landscape

    Image Size: Maximum to fit

    No Margin



    If I hit the print button, then I've got an error message from the printer driver saying basically that the paper use is no in l ine with the print parameters.

    I double checked my roller and the paper in the printer, everything seems OK, the printer loaded the paper fine.


    If I reduce the width of my print tu 29cm then the image is printed but it's not in the middle on the page and I've got a huge margin on one side.


    Any thought ?


  • TomGiske Level 1 (0 points)

    I use the following technique, which works consistently:


    1) Specify the Paper Size as Custom rather than Roll, giving the Width (first spec) as the actual roll paper width (ie. 44 inches), and the Length (second spec) as the height (or width) of the paper cut you want.  [This avoids ambiguities about where the paper is going to be cut, and assures the image is centered on the paper.]


    2) Specifiy the image size exactly as you want it, always specifying the Width (first spec) as the side of the image you want to run across the paper (therefore, it is always shorter than the actual width of the paper roll).


    The next two steps are taken on the menu that appears when you hit the Print Button, by clicking the Layout Button and proceeding as follows:


    3) Within Printer Settings, select Roll Paper (avoid Roll - Banner because it does not allow automatic rotation of the image).


    4) Within Roll Paper Settings, select Auto Rotate under Auto Cut Settings.  Note that the width of your paper roll will appear in the box to the right. This will confirm that you set the proper roll width in Step 1 above. (Remember, you must first set Roll Paper in step 3 above, before it will let you specifiy Auto Rotate.)



  • kupu kupu Level 1 (0 points)

    TomGiske is smack on correct — after wasting a better part of the day not being able to print the exact sized prints on very specific roll paper while printing on my Canon iPF9100 through Aperture, I followed exactly what Tom wrote and bygolly it worked perfectly. Thank you, Tom, for humanizing and otherwise unhuman process. Best, John

  • ajgw Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Tom, I did that a few days ago and I though I was on the right way, so I printed two copies of a photo, but one by one. I specified a custom size paper with 17 inch wide and 13 inch height. Within that papersize I set my image size to 16 by 12 inch and printed. The paper came out of my Epson 11880 rotated and the size was perfect, but o wonder, the image was not correct: The first image was only 15.5 inch wide, the second printed with the same settings was 16.5 inch wide, the height scaled proportionally in both cases.


    I do not have any trouble printing as you wrote from a book layout from Aperture, because that doesn't use the stupid Aperture print dialog.


    For my images, I had them to export, scale them in Photoshop to the wanted dimensions and printed them with Preview – what a wonderful long workflow.


    Beside: I use Aperture 3.3.2 with OS Lion 10.7.4

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