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MAC USERS! Decal printing help, please.

May 28 2012 at 3:18 PM
David L. Veres  (Login dlveres)
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We have MACINTOSH computers. And I'm stumped.

* I created 1:72-scale MS 406 rudder stenciling in ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR.
* Then I opened the ILLUSTRATOR file at 600 dpi in PHOTOSHOP.
* I laser-printed the PHOTOSHOP file.
* And it printed to the correct size -- 2.5" x 0.875" -- on my laser printer.

*BUT* . . .

When I tried printing JPG, TIF and PSD versions *IN PREVIEW* on my wife's MACINTOSH. But *ALL PRINTED AT 320% OF THE ORIGINAL SIZE* -- i.e., fitting the output page width!

I tried changing every preference and setting I could find -- with identical, incorrectly sized "fit the page" results every time.

My wife has an HP Photosmart C4680 inkjet -- but does not have ILLUSTRATOR or PHOTOSHOP on her machine.

*HELP*, please. I just want to print my decal artwork to the correct size!

TIA!

David

e-mail: dlveres AT mac DOT com

 
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Tommy H. Thomason
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Try Printing Directly from Illustrator

May 28 2012, 3:24 PM 

With the artwork at actual size on the art board. It should result in 1:1. At least that's how it works for me.

 
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Tommy H. Thomason
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Ah, but your wife doesn't have Illustrator on her computer

May 28 2012, 3:28 PM 

Does her printer have a wireless connection that you can use to print from your computer?

 
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Tommy H. Thomason
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Another Trick

May 28 2012, 3:31 PM 

Add a rectangle surrounding the decal image that corresponds to something like 8x10. That will trick her printer into printing the decal to a smaller size to get the rectangle on the page. You'll have to cut and try to get the box the right size.

 
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David L. Veres
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That worked -- sort of!

May 28 2012, 4:21 PM 

In PREVIEW printing, the dialog box actually reads 97%. I I calculate that the output is close enough for 1:72 scale!

Thanks!

David

 
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David L. Veres
(Login dlveres)
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BTW . . . another comment . . .

May 28 2012, 4:51 PM 

To ensure output accuracy, I included a 10mm scale bar on my original ILLUSTRATOR file.

That's how I knew your "trick" essentially worked -- and that the original attempts were 320% of intended size.

Anyway, 97% at 1:72 scale is good enough for me.

Thanks, again!

DLV

 
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(Login ferdico)
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Also could convert the file to PDF

May 28 2012, 4:09 PM 

on the machine that has Photoshop and Illustrator, and try that on the Inkjet printer. PDF should import the correct dimendions to the printer, which seems not to be happening when the file is being opened by a different software. Or just builld a really big MS 406

 
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David L. Veres
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Tried that. Didn't work.

May 28 2012, 4:22 PM 

Thanks, anyway.

DLV

 
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John Ferdico
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Can't see how building a bigger MS 406 wouldn't work...

May 28 2012, 11:01 PM 

... good to hear you got it figured out!

 
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(Login MikeMaben)
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Set your page setup percentage...

May 28 2012, 4:11 PM 


...to 31.25




 
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David L. Veres
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Tried that. Didn't work.

May 28 2012, 4:23 PM 

Thanks, anyway.

DLV

 
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MichiganPete
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Just print directly from Illustrator

May 28 2012, 4:26 PM 

There's no need for the extra step via Photoshop. Just print straight out of AI and it will come out the correct size.

I suspect your problem lies in your printer driver software (in fact, I guarantee it).


 
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David L. Veres
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Again, my wife doesn't have ILLUSTRATOR

May 28 2012, 4:31 PM 

I have ILLUSTRATOR on my machine -- and print to a rather expensive laser machine. To avoid possibly damaging my printer, I wanted to output on her inkjet.

Thanks, anyway.

DLV

 
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(Login sierrascale)
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Share the printer connected to your wife's mac and

May 28 2012, 5:15 PM 


 
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David L. Veres
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*DUH* . . .

May 28 2012, 5:51 PM 

. . . should have thought of that! We have several MACs on our home network. And we've done that before.

Thanks, anyway, Bob. Tommy's "bounding box" trick worked. I'll try yours the next time.

Best,

DLV

P.S.: How's everything?

 
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nzdavidh
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Paste the image into a document

May 28 2012, 5:16 PM 

Paste the image into a word (what is the equivalent editor on a Mac) document and print that.

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David L. Veres
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Will try that next time, too. Thanks. (N/T)

May 28 2012, 5:55 PM 


 
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(Login ZergOvermind)
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In the "Print" dialog box, check the "Do Not Scale" option.

May 28 2012, 6:31 PM 

I'm guessing you had the "Scale to Fit Paper" option checked instead.

I'm not really a pompous ***; I just play one on HyperScale!

Michael McMurtrey
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David L. Veres
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Tried that. Didn't work.

May 28 2012, 6:46 PM 

As I said . . . I tried every preference and printing permutation. Only Tommy's "bounding box" worked.

BTW . . . Bob's recommendation to print over our network worked, too -- and directly from ILLUSTRATOR.

*DUH*.

DLV

 
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(Login ohohsaith)
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Printing in Adobe Photoshop often the printer controls the size

May 29 2012, 12:24 AM 

if your file is printing things 300% or what ever, change the image size in the printer set up files, or in Adobe reduce the image by 300%, change things in "preferences"

 
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bob
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make the file into a PDF will work perfect...

May 29 2012, 9:17 AM 

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