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Category: Printing

76. Why do my borderless prints have borders?

Some photo printers claim to make borderless prints, but neglect to tell you that only Windows users get to take advantage of that feature. You must make sure you have the lastest drivers, and complain to the company if the mac drivers don't yet support borderless printing.
If your printer does support borderless printing on the Mac, and you have the proper drivers installed, it could simply be that your photo is not cropped properly. This would manifest itself as a bleed off two edges, and a border on the other two. For example, your photo may be 1600 x 1200, but that aspect ratio won't scale down to 4 x 6. Instead, it's 4 x 5.3.
Also note that 1600 x 1200 doesn't scale to 8 x 10 either. Nor will a photo previously cropped to 4 x 6. Suddenly, iPhoto's ability to Revert To Original becomes much more important, eh?
Please don't complain about having to crop your photos. The same issues happen when printing from 35mm film, only then, you're letting some tehcnician, or worse, a computer, handle the cropping for you. And borderless printing requires your 4 x 6 be slightly enlarged so the edges will bleed off the side: again, that's no different from printing in a darkroom.


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