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I am trying to print a doc in Photoshop and the A3 option is greyed out. If I look at the printer setting it is set to A3 as default!
The printer is a colour copier: Xerox docucolor 260.
Can anyone help?
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by:Martin_J_Parker
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Is it MacOs 10.5 and an HP printer?

From http://forums.adobe.com/thread/369902

Taken from HP's pdf:

"Why is the paper preset that I have just created grayed-out in my Mac driver?

In Mac OS X v10.5, when you try to select the paper preset that you have just created in your paper type list on the driver, it might be grayed-out. This is a problem of interaction between the color settings and the paper types in this operating system version. Just select Any in the paper type list of the driver, and the printer will work with the paper preset that you have selected in the front panel of your printer. " 
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by:MINDSUPERB
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HKFuey,

Just a suggestion in isolating the cause of the issue. Try to print any document using other applications like Word or Excel, then have a check if A3 options is greyed out as well. If the same issue occurs then it might be the printer software that has the issue.

Sincerely,

Ed

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by:HKFuey
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Hi MINDSUPERB,
A3 is available in XL, so the issue is with Photoshop.
Hi Martin, I will try the suggestion in your link and get back to you.
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Hi HKFuey,

I did a Google search trying my best to help you solve the issue and I found this thread that catch my attention. This may not the solution of your problem but it might interest you as well for its solution is far beyond on the issue that the thread is driving at. Here's the link:

http://www.devppl.com/forum/print-from-photoshop-but-comes-out-really-small-on-paper-vt12849.html

I copied the solution, that you may try as well.

I have been having the "small & shoved in the corner" printing problem from PS CS4 for some time now.
The solution is suprisingly simple.
Go into control panels and change the name of your FAX to something that is less similar to the printers name ("FAX 1" should do).
It solved the problem instantly!
Apparently PS CS4 confuses faxes and printers with too similar names.

Enjoy reading!

Ed
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by:HKFuey
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I think I solved it, not exactly sure how but I updated the Xerox drivers and also ran a fiery update for osx 10.6, I can now print to A3!
Thanks for the help!
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Thanks for the help
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