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I am getting very annoyed wasting photo paper trying to get this right and have no clue which part is wrong so hopefully someone out there can steer me in the right direction.

I am trying to print a size accurate photo that I created in GIMP.
The photo was set up to be 8" x 10" at 300 pixels per inch which I believe is usually a printer standard.
I am printing on letter sized photo paper (8.5x11) so I made my page 8.5 x11" (2550x3300 pixels) and have tried 2 ways of positioning the 8x10 photo inside that space.
1) Flush to the top left corner so all the excess white space is on the far right and bottom.
2) Offset by 1/8 of an inch to the right and down, the majority of excess white space is still on the far right and bottom.
My printer is an HP Envy 5530.

Every time I print I get something to not work right, the main problem is the image is printing larger than 8x10 (so i guess scaling up a bit).
My printer is set to borderless printing which still for whatever reason seems to want to cut off part of the image, typically it seems to be about 1/8" all the way around which is why I tried option 2 and figured it could cut off the useless white space i built into the photo, but the photo would still be sized to 8x10.
Its like there is a hidden margin setting somewhere even if the one I can see is set to 0" and borderless, but that doesn't explain the up sizing.
The 1/8" white space from option 2 will not show up on the printed product (which is fine), but the photo is printing more like an 1/8" larger so 8.125" x 10.125" or maybe a bit bigger, I don't recall exactly.

I have tried printing from:
1) The default Windows Photo Viewer both with and without the "fit photo to frame" checked (JPEG image).
2) MS Word with the image added to a page that has margins set to 0" all around.
3) Exported as a PDF and printed with the setting "Actual Size."
4) Likely one or 2 others I cant remember right now from being frustrated.

What do I need to do differently?
Is there a free software program out there that is best to print from and will keep things true to size?
Is something wrong with GIMP and I need to make my canvas size larger than 8.5x11 so that if I print with it "fit to page" the true photo will finally be 8x10 but will require trial and error on the excess size?
Is it something with my printer, which to me can't seem to be solved and will never work right?


I just want the final printed product to be an exact 8"x10" photo on a 8.5x11" piece of photo paper and I will cut off the excess white.
Who knew this would be so challenging!
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You're confusing size and resolution.

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I don't believe I am, unless the resolution i picked is somehow slightly off what the printer wants.
I thought printers typically do 300 ppi and maybe 600 and 1200 as well if you change some settings or something.

Your example is showing 72 pixels per inch, I have my image set to 300 pixels per inch so that the 8.5x11 page is also 2550x3000 pixels and the 8x10 image inside it is taking up 2400x3000 pixels.
If I built it around 72 ppi and printed that, it likely would not look very clear.

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What resolution are your photos?
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I dont recall for sure, I am at work now so I cant pull it up, but I have a very large single photo that I was splitting into (4) 8x10s so I suppose the portion I was using was at least 6000x4800.

The full size original (I cropped out some and scaled it a bit to evenly fit 300 ppi) was likely around 7000x5250 or more.

I basically took a very large photo and set it up into a 6000x4800 pixel image (20x16") and then split that in 4 individual images of 3000x2400 pixels (10x8") and lastly I added in white space to make each image portion 6600x2550 pixels (11x8.5") so that I can cut off the excess paper and line everything up to finally have a printed 20x16" single image.

I suppose I can try just printing the 10x8" image onto letter size paper and tell it to center or do something and hope it retains its true size/dimensions.
I just hate using up piece after piece of 8.5x11 photo paper.
The color ink doesn't bother me as I have it on subscription so I can use as much as I want.
I guess I can test print onto normal paper to see how the size is coming out since I have an entire ream that should last like 5+ years.
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Don't know your printer, but if you want to print a 8x10 print, you need to tell the printer that. If you just choose a paper size from say a drop down menu, the printer will attempt to print to it's size. So for example if you tell your printer to print to say a "Letter" size paper (8.5 x 11), the printer will try to print the image to that size print unless you specifically state the size you want to image to be. For example, in using my Epson 3880 printer through Photoshop, I tell the printer I want to use a letter size paper (8.5 x 11), yet I want my actual print to be 8 x 10, I tell the printer to use an 8.5 x 11 sheet, but print an 8x10 print....



In the example above I just resized the print to 8x10, and setup the printer’s parameters to print it that size. It just depends on your printer and/or your print program setup capabilities.

Some print programs (such as ImapgePrint) allow for more freedom and ease of use in setting up specific image print sizes as well as positioning as in this example…



In the above example the image is sized at 8x10 and is centered on the 8.5 x 11 sheet size; however, it could be repositioned easily by simply dragging it around. There will still be a boarder around the print, but you can even specify that. But again, it depends on the program and its sophistication. This is also where reading the manuals for your print programs come in.

And I wouldn't get too caught up in resolution size unless you are trying to print something too large, in which in this case it seems you're not. Thus your issue isn't a "resolution" issue.

Let us know if you have any more questions.
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Thanks Sygnus21, I will see if I can get anything like that to work for me.
I figured I was bypassing the need to tell it a different size since I just built my "photo" to have excess white space of 1/2" tall and 1" wide (10x8" on 11x8.5" paper) so that if it printed 100% of the image to 100% of the paper it would result in a perfect print.

I have a feeling its more an issue with my printer or driver and will have to try putting up with HP customer support.

I can retry printing through GIMP (basically a free photoshop), but I never had good results or the settings didn't work for borderless I think, so I always just exported to JPEG/PNG/etc and printed from a picture viewer or something more simple. This time I am more size sensitive so I finally need to figure out how to do it the way I want it to look.
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Thanks Sygnus21, I will see if I can get anything like that to work for me.
I figured I was bypassing the need to tell it a different size since I just built my "photo" to have excess white space of 1/2" tall and 1" wide (10x8" on 11x8.5" paper) so that if it printed 100% of the image to 100% of the paper it would result in a perfect print.

Not sure what you mean by perfect print, but if you want a borderless print, you need to tell the printer that. It also helps if you match the print to the paper size, other wise you have a mismatch in print proportion. I.e. there is no "8x10" paper so stretching an 8x10 print on a 8.5x11 paper will distort the image size - 8x10 is not 8.5x11.
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I have a feeling its more an issue with my printer or driver and will have to try putting up with HP customer support.

It could also be a limitation of the printer and driver used. Generally the more sophisticated (i.e. expensive) the printer is, the better the print driver and it's options are. This is also why some people use third party solutions for their print setup needs. Example ImagePrint gives me options neither Photoshop, Lightroom, or Epson's print driver can give. On the other hand ImagePrint is extremely expensive, and not really for everyone. That said, there are other far less expensive programs out there, you just have to look around. And some programs such as Adobe's Lightroom provides way more print driver options than some consumer based printers, including my Epson 3880. But yes, do call HP and tell them what you want to do. They'll let you know if the printer is capable or not.
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I can retry printing through GIMP (basically a free photoshop), but I never had good results or the settings didn't work for borderless I think, so I always just exported to JPEG/PNG/etc and printed from a picture viewer or something more simple. This time I am more size sensitive so I finally need to figure out how to do it the way I want it to look.

I've always heard good things about Gimp but never used or tried it. That said, there are plenty of print forums that can help you with your issues or questions such as this one here at DP Review - Printers and Printing. I used to frequent there a lot and go by ADMint.

Good luck.
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Not sure what you mean by perfect print, but if you want a borderless print, you need to tell the printer that. It also helps if you match the print to the paper size, other wise you have a mismatch in print proportion. I.e. there is no "8x10" paper so stretching an 8x10 print on a 8.5x11 paper will distort the image size - 8x10 is not 8.5x11.
By perfect I meant it is true to size so on paper it measures 8x10 and not 8.125x10.125 or something slightly off even though the computer claims it will be printing to exactly 8x10.
Also yes, I am doing borderless and telling the printer to do so as well.
The only time I don't think I can do borderless is through GIMP where it forces a minimum margin (I can't type in 0), but that would be a software limitation.
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It could also be a limitation of the printer and driver used. Generally the more sophisticated (i.e. expensive) the printer is, the better the print driver and it's options are. This is also why some people use third party solutions for their print setup needs. Example ImagePrint gives me options neither Photoshop, Lightroom, or Epson's print driver can give. On the other hand ImagePrint is extremely expensive, and not really for everyone. That said, there are other far less expensive programs out there, you just have to look around. And some programs such as Adobe's Lightroom provides way more print driver options than some consumer based printers, including my Epson 3880. But yes, do call HP and tell them what you want to do. They'll let you know if the printer is capable or not.
I don't plan to do this often so I am not looking to spend anything on software. Thank you for that suggestion though.
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I've always heard good things about Gimp but never used or tried it. That said, there are plenty of print forums that can help you with your issues or questions such as this one here at DP Review - Printers and Printing. I used to frequent there a lot and go by ADMint.

Good luck.
I went from having 0 experience using photo editing software to doing some amazing things with self-taught GIMP.
I tried it out because it was free and I can now see why so many people like to play around with Photoshop.
I assume Photoshop is better, more powerful, etc, but for me it is not worth the cost since i have no serious use or professional use for the suite.
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As is most things here I merely make comments/suggestions based on what’s posted.

Good luck in whichever way you choose to go.

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