Adjusting the settings in the print panel so that the print preview looks great is the first step on your way to perfect prints. Each printer will handle the formatting of your print on the printer’s paper slightly differently, so it is important to take some test prints to ensure the end result will look just like the preview.
The first and most important thing you can do is to set the paper size accurately. It may be helpful to use a ruler to measure the paper you are using, since not all paper will be exactly 4x6 or 5x7. Any variances discovered early can make the rest of the process to format the prints easier.
Padding allows you to add blank space to the top, bottom, left or right of your image that is sent to the printer. This can help you compensate if your printer is cutting off part of your photo or the sheets are not aligned correctly.
Most printers center the print on the paper, so your top padding should generally equal your bottom padding, and your left padding should generally equal your right padding, although this may not always be the case.
- Adding positive values to the padding will increase the margins
- Adding negative values to the padding will decrease the margins
- Start small! Make adjustments in 1/4 inch increments (0.25) to start.
- Don't change top/bottom padding and left/right padding at the same time. Change each “pair” at a time and then make a test print to see changes.
- You can also use padding to get clever results with sheets that already have content printed on them or leave a space for the guest to write on the photo after it prints.