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Printing: How to print FullBleed or "edge to edge" printing

Applies To
HPLIP Version: 
All
Printer(s): 
All
Linux OS Distribution(s): 
All
Required Steps: 

Important:

For fullbleed (or edge to edge printing) to work the "Fit to Page" option MUST be turned off.  You can turn off "fit to page" by running the HP Toolbox (hp-toolbox from terminal) then click the printer, click Printer Settings, click Image Printing and make sure that Fit to Page is "Off".

Fullbleed Printing Method Number 1: Using KView or Gwenview

../images/fullbleed_1.png

Image before scaled to correct size in GIMP

Steps:

  1. Open the image to be printed with with GIMP
  2. Click the "Image" toolbar.
../images/fullbleed_2.png

Image toolbar

  1. Click "Scale Image..."
../images/fullbleed_3.png

Scale Image dialog

  1. Click the "link" between Width and Height, this breaks the aspect link.
  2. Change the "pixels" drop down to "inches"
  3. Change the Width/Height to the appropriate paper size. Ie, Width "8.5" Height "11"
  4. Click "Scale", the image may change size in the GIMP viewer.
../images/fullbleed_4.png

Image after scaled to correct size in GIMP

  1. Click File "Save as..."
  2. Change the "Save in Folder.." and the file name to something other than the original file.
  3. Click "Save"
  4. Dialog may appear regarding "Image Quality", change this to 100.
  5. Click "Ok", the image should be saved.
  6. Close/Exit GIMP
  7. Open the image using KVIEW or GWenview. (right click, open with kview, etc)
  8. Click File then Print. The print dialog appears.
  9. Select the printer to be used to print.
  10. Click the "Properties" button.
  11. On the General Tab, verify, Page Size and Orientation.
  12. On the Margins Tab, verify, "Use custom margins" is checked. All margins set to 0.000.
  13. On the Driver Settings Tab, verify, Page Size, and Resolution, Ink Type, Media Type. The latter option MUST be something like "1200 dpi, Photo, Full Bleed, Black + Color Cartr., Photo Paper"
  14. Click Ok
  15. Click the Image Settings Tab
  16. Make sure "Fit image to page size" and "Center image on page" are checked.
  17. Click Print.

Fullbleed Printing Method Number 2: Using lpr

../images/fullbleed_1.png

Image before scaled to correct size in GIMP

Steps:

  1. Open the image to be printed with with GIMP
  2. Click the "Image" toolbar.
../images/fullbleed_2.png

Image toolbar

  1. Click "Scale Image..."
../images/fullbleed_3.png

Scale Image dialog

  1. Click the "link" between Width and Height, this breaks the aspect link.
  2. Change the "pixels" drop down to "inches"
  3. Change the Width/Height to the appropriate paper size. Ie, Width "8.5" Height "11"
  4. Click "Scale", the image may change size in the GIMP viewer.
../images/fullbleed_4.png

Image after scaled to correct size in GIMP

  1. Click File "Save as..."

Note: Make sure to save the filename is .ps (or postscript)!

  1. Change the "Save in Folder.." and the file name to something other than the original file.
  2. Click "Save"
  3. The "Save as Postscript" dialog will appear, change the "Unit" to Inches, and verify the demensions match for the paper size you are printing to.
  4. Click "Ok", the image should be saved.
  5. Close/Exit GIMP
  6. Open a terminal window.
  7. Goto the directory where you saved the image. Example:
cd ~/Desktop
  1. Enter this command:
lpr -Pprinter_name filename.ps

Fullbleed Troubleshooting

  1. Make sure that "Fit to Page" is Off.
  2. Make sure the image is scaled to the same size as the paper.
  3. Make sure the printer is set to fullbleed mode. This is found on the printer properties dialog or in the CUPS printer administration page.
  4. Make sure your printer is set to use the correct size of paper that you are trying to print on.
  5. Make sure the printer is set to the correct region and language.
  6. Make sure the print orientation is set correctly.

Special Note regarding orientation: If the page orentiation is portrait, and you want to print a fullbleed 3x5 photo, make sure the photo is scaled to 3" width, by 5" height. If you wish to print the image in the landscape orentiation make sure to scale the image to the correct size and orentiation.