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Printing images to scale Office TyAutDesigns 10 Oct 21:41
  Printing images to scale Steve Kinney 10 Oct 23:14
   Printing images to scale Robert Krawitz 10 Oct 23:51
  Printing images to scale Liam R E Quin 10 Oct 23:49
Office TyAutDesigns
2018-10-10 21:41:46 UTC (5 days ago)

Printing images to scale

Hello, I have a 36" plotter printer. I take pdf Images and resize them so the men in our shop can use them as a template for product that we make. GIMP is great with resizing however when I go to print the images they aren't coming out to scale. I tried messing with the page setup and print options but nothing has been able to work. In the print options I go to image settings and there is a section that I can change image dimensions but it won't let me change them. Anybody have any ideas where I am going wrong? Thanks!

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Steve Kinney
2018-10-10 23:14:44 UTC (5 days ago)

Printing images to scale

On 10/10/2018 05:41 PM, Office TyAutDesigns wrote:

Hello, I have a 36" plotter printer. I take pdf Images and resize them so the men in our shop can use them as a template for product that we make. GIMP is great with resizing however when I go to print the images they aren't coming out to scale. I tried messing with the page setup and print options but nothing has been able to work. In the print options I go to image settings and there is a section that I can change image dimensions but it won't let me change them. Anybody have any ideas where I am going wrong? Thanks!

The usual solution would be to export your finished image in JPG or PNG format, depending on the required resolution: JPG makes much smaller files but introduces some noise; PNG makes larger files with no added noise or loss of fine detail.

Then, import your finished image into a desktop publishing application like Scribus (Free Software), set the page size and image dimensions there, and export as PDF for printing.

This procedure should give very accurate results, although I would suggest carefully measuring a test printout to assure that the printer itself is not introducing any errors in scale or placement that would require adjustment to compensate.

:o)

Liam R E Quin
2018-10-10 23:49:17 UTC (5 days ago)

Printing images to scale

On Wed, 2018-10-10 at 21:41 +0000, Office TyAutDesigns wrote:

there is a section that I can change image dimensions but it won't let me change them. Anybody have any ideas where I am going wrong?

Not entirely - which Linux distribution are you using, and which GIMP version exactly?

You could try setting the prnt size (from the image menu, Print Size) and see if that works. You may have to create a custom page size for your printer, depending on what print system you're using.

Liam

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Robert Krawitz
2018-10-10 23:51:10 UTC (5 days ago)

Printing images to scale

On Wed, 10 Oct 2018 19:14:44 -0400, Steve Kinney wrote:

On 10/10/2018 05:41 PM, Office TyAutDesigns wrote:

Hello, I have a 36" plotter printer. I take pdf Images and resize them so the men in our shop can use them as a template for product that we make. GIMP is great with resizing however when I go to print the images they aren't coming out to scale. I tried messing with the page setup and print options but nothing has been able to work. In the print options I go to image settings and there is a section that I can change image dimensions but it won't let me change them. Anybody have any ideas where I am going wrong? Thanks!

The usual solution would be to export your finished image in JPG or PNG format, depending on the required resolution: JPG makes much smaller files but introduces some noise; PNG makes larger files with no added noise or loss of fine detail.

You could also try using the Gutenprint plugin, which allows you to resize the image dimensions.

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