Printing on non-standard paper sizes

I've got some "glossy" paper cards that I'd like to print some images onto that were taken with a digital camera. These cards have a perforated border about 1cm in from the edges.

The problem is that they are of a "non-standard" size, and when I set the custom paper size in the "paper setup" box, it ALWAYS starts printing at the top, even though I asked the thing to center it. Of course, this then over prints onto the perforated bit, and makes it look terrible.

I tried increasing the uppar margin which sometimes does the trick, but I'd much prefer it if the image was centered.

What am I doing wrong?

PoRL
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weedConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Groovy...suggesting cheating in photoshop has never gotten me points before..heh
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weedCommented:
whats your configuration?
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PoRLAuthor Commented:
I'm using a PS V4 on a PIII.450, with an Epsom Stylus 740.

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ArachnidCommented:
Try this...

In Print / Setup "Don't remember which"
Select "Crop Marks Centered"

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John
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Lobo042399Commented:
First...

What program are you using???

A page-layout program like PageMaker or QuarkXpress, or even an illustration package like Corel Draw should allow you to print in any size of stock as long as the printer tray can handle it....
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PoRLAuthor Commented:
Er.. I'm using Photoshop!

To be clear, I'm trying to print directly from photoshop as the images are "restored" photos that I'm not importing into another package.


PoRL
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weedCommented:
You could try to cheat it by adding a batch of white space around your image before printing it.
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Lobo042399Commented:
agree with weed....

you should make sure that the amount of white space is equal to the space around the card, tho....
i.e., say the card stock is 9.5 * 12 in., okay?? and it has an area of half an inch all around that will go out when cut.... then you resize your canvas in Photoshop accordingly so it matches exactly the size of the card... and you position the actual image the way you want it printed... This, of course, will rsult in a larger file, but...... can't always win, right????    ;)

Good vibes!!
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PoRLAuthor Commented:
GOOD plan!!!!!

Obviously, I'll have to add a bit for the printer margins, but I can soon find that out....

You tell me how to give you the points, and they're yours!
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Lobo042399Commented:
dammitt!!!

Good vibes!!!!

;)
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ArtGCommented:
This is an epson specific problem. When you go to properties select your "paper" index tab, select "photo paper 4x6 inches" just below that you have the option to select centered. Make sure your image is exactly 4" x 6" inb photoshop and it will print perfectly everytime.
You are very welcome.
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