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Custom Paper Sizes 

Printing custom paper sizes makes better use of your fabric. It could make the difference between being able to use a favorite fabric and not having enough.  

Custom sizes also allow you to print small scraps, Jelly Rolls and Nickels with Inklingo!  

Monkey with custom page size

You can print custom sizes with any ordinary Inkjet printer or all-in-one. (November 2012 Update) It is not hard. You could probably do it on your own, but it is so important that Monkey and I have described it in detail in this PDF. Print these directions and follow along step-by-step-by-step for all of Monkey's best tips.

PDFClick to view the PDF in your browser, or
Right Click and choose Save As to download and save to your hard drive.
(Remember where you put it!)

 

EXAMPLE (from HP printer manual):

Set a custom paper size

Use the Custom Paper Size dialog box to print on a special paper size. NOTE: This feature is not available for all paper types.

To define a custom paper size
1. Open the Printer Properties dialog box.
2. Click the Features tab.
3. In the Size drop-down list, select Custom.
The Custom Paper Size dialog box is displayed.
4. In the Name box, type a name for the custom paper size.
5. In the Width and Length boxes, type the dimensions of the custom paper size.
The minimum and maximum dimensions are displayed beneath Width and Length.
6. Click the unit of measurement: Inches or Millimeters.
7. Click Save to save the custom paper size.
8. Click OK to exit the Custom Paper Size dialog box.
9. To use the custom paper size, select its name in the Size drop-down list.

 

The steps for printing Custom Page Sizes are a little different on Mac, and can be summarized like this:

  • Open the shape collection in Adobe Reader.
  • File > Page Setup > Paper Size > Manage Custom Sizes
  • Click the + sign (bottom left).
  • Double click on the new untitled line in the box and name your paper size (e.g. Inklingo 7.25 x 12.25)
  • Tab to the Paper Size boxes to input the width and height.
  • Click OK to go back to Page Setup, and select Portrait or Landscape.

The screen shots in the PDF (above) show the steps on a PC, but it is still probably be worth a quick review by Mac users.

I get very few requests for help from Mac users, but several Inklingo quilters use Mac, so there is always friendly help available in the Inklingo Yahoo group.

 

NOVEMBER 2012

If your printer is more than a year old, you can probably print Custom Page Sizes.

If you cannot print Custom Page Sizes:

  1. Check the manufacturer's website to see if they have improved the driver. (A driver is a small piece of software.)
  2. If you still cannot enter a custom paper size, please contact the printer manufacturer and let them know you need this feature. They have the ability to provide updated drivers, but you need to know that you want this feature.

HP Support and Drivers

Epson Support and Drivers

Canon Support and Drivers

Please also see this FAQ (under the Support tab)

In the past, all Inkjet printers were capable of printing custom page sizes, but now it is a good idea to check the features before buying a new one, especially from HP.

If your printer software does not support custom sizes, please let me know. There are a few workarounds I can suggest.

 

 


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