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4x6 with inch blank area

why is there a  1 inch +blank on my 4x6 prints?  In addition the image gets cropped .   I have a canon S580 and win xp.  I had to download canon update driver for xp.  Ive  tried adobe  photodelux 4. 0 and Microsoft picture it.  When I look at preview pictures looks fine. When I print the results do not match preview picture.   Its like when  the margin is set to wide and one wants to adjust to allow image to fit.      Thanks Frank
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First of all, many printers will not print edge-to-edge unless they specifically are marketed as photo printers, and even then, you usually have to turn that feature on in the print settings when you want to print. Second, because the ratios for a CCD (the image capture chip in your camera) do not match the 4 X 6 ratio of the photo paper, you have either crop or slightly over-size your photo to get edge-to-edge printing in both directions - for example, a 1600x1200 picture printer at 300dpi would generate a 5.33"X4" photo - which would leave a .67" margin if printed edge-to-edge on 4X6 photo paper. If you add in the usual 1/4" or so of margin, instead of printing edge-to-edge, you'd wind up with about an inch of white space. Some software centers the photo, and some prints it so the white space is all at one end.

If you take your digital image to a photo lab that prints digital prints, they actually will print it just at the full 6" length. cutting off whatever in on either side of the now 4.5" width. To get your best results, you'll need to resize your photo to 6" length in your software, and then crop it on the sides down to exactly 4" wide, otherwise when you print, it will try to shrink it to fit the "over-wide" photo. And then make sure edge-to-edge printing is on.

I hope that helps,
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