Setting up margins to print on double side matte paper; text inserts for CDs

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by Paul Soderman, May 4, 2007.

  1. I would like to print some CD inserts using Photoshop/Elements. I've
    done all of the work already, but have not been able to master the
    settings which would allow me to have the inner parts (that is, the
    rear of the double side matte paper where the text would appear, on
    the back of the photo cover/artwork) being lined up properly when the
    printing is done.

    In the print dialog box, I have "center" chosen but the margins do not
    print out exactly equal; the bottom margin (in landscape mode printing
    on 8.5x11 inch paper) gets printed at 1/2 inch from the edge of the
    paper while the top is about 7/8 inch. Also, the sides in landscape
    mode are not equal; the left being 1 and 15/16 inch and the right 1
    7/8 inch.

    All of the work is done on the same sized Photoshop "canvas" with the
    same settings for what will be the front and rear of the document I
    want printed. I know that there must be a way to have the pages
    properly printed out on the front and back of the double side matte
    paper, but I cannot figure out what I'm missing. FWIW, I have also set
    the calibration/registration marks in the "Print With Preview" dialog

    Thanks for any help!
    Paul Soderman, May 4, 2007
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  2. Paul Soderman

    Roy G Guest


    I don't know exactly, but I suspect that the differences are due to your
    printer using a larger margin at the beginning of the print job, so that it
    can pull the paper through.

    Can you set your printer to "No Margins"??

    Roy G
    Roy G, May 4, 2007
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  3. Paul Soderman

    Tom Nelson Guest

    Make a new file that's the maximum printable area of your printer (the
    printer manual probably contains this information). Select All then
    Select>Border 3 pixels (or so). Fill with black. You now have a
    document which prints all the way to the printable edges.

    Print your document on cheap paper. Turn it over and print it again.
    Put it against a window and measure the mismatch distance. To print in
    exact register, you must offset the second page by that amount.

    Tom Nelson
    Tom Nelson Photography
    Tom Nelson, May 5, 2007
  4. Paul Soderman

    KatWoman Guest

    I buy the pre-cut paper, it comes with a template (Avery, roxio, Nero, have
    I save my art work as jpg or tiff flattened
    then paste it into the template
    punch it out, no cutting needed

    but carry on you got some good advice here
    for what you are attempting

    you could try printing then cutting out your front side first
    then set the paper size to that new size
    then print the other side
    (if you have an edge-to-edge printer)
    KatWoman, May 5, 2007
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