Video – The Trick to Borderless Printing in Lightroom

Laying out your print is probably one of the first things you should do when you get to the Print Module in Lightroom. Part of this means picking the printer and paper size that you’re going to print on. Once you do that, the layout settings become more useful and you’ll be able to fine tune the layout. Since I see a lot of questions around this topic, I thought I’d take a few minutes to talk about borderless printing and some general print layout tips.

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Author: Matt Kloskowski

Matt is the full-time Director of Education for Kelby Media Group and a Tampa-based photographer. He's the Editor-in-Chief of Lightroom Magazine, the lead instructor on the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom LIVE Seminar Tour and author of several best-selling Photoshop books. Matt also hosts the world's top Lightroom blog, LightroomKillerTips.com, where he's built up a massive library of Lightroom videos, presets and tips. In addition to teaching Photoshop, Lightroom and photography seminars around the world, he's an instructor at Photoshop World and one of the full-time staff writers for Photoshop User Magazine.

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  1. The basic problem here is that Lightroom works differently to every other piece of software that is out there, including Photoshop. All other software allows you to create your document completely independently of the output device. Having to set up your printer settings first is just completely foreign to every computer user who has been trained by the behaviour of all other software.

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  2. Hi Matt….I’ve been following these videos on iTunes and suddenly iTunes reports that the Podcast URL is not valid.

    I also see that in your list of podcasts on your blog the link points to Kelby TV while the rest still seem to point to iTunes.

    It’s not that it’s bad to go to your website (it’s nice after all) but I watch quite a few podcasts in iTunes and don’t want to start having to go to several places to get them

    What’s up?
    Thanks

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  3. I’m just starting to look at the printing functionality in Lightroom. I love the creative layouts I’ve been able to make, but I’d rather send that these to Mpix, or other printing service, rather than trying to print them on the crappy inkjet printer I’ve got.

    Anyone know of a way to get these layouts out of Lightroom so they can be printed elsewhere? Or am I looking at having to do that in Photoshop?

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    • Choose to output to a file rather than a printer (look under Print Job, Print To).

      Actually, this is also another problem with Lightroom printing. You have to choose a printer to be able to size your prints even if you’re outputting them to a file. Crazy.

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      • Thank you very much! That’s exactly what I’ve been looking for.

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      • Another good tip for you…. I had trouble with this until I played around and figured it out… (for windows people, not sure on Mac’s) if your printer only does up to 8.5×11 but you want to print larger…
        Pick the “MS Office Doc. Image Writer” for your printer and configure it to the size and orientation you want. Then save as a template for future use. Pick print to JPG for the output and you can take the file or send it to a print shop for large prints.
        I have used this many times lately to print 16×20’s and 11×14’s but you can make it any size you want! Your only limit would be the resolution of your prints and the print house’s equipment capabilities.

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  4. Well, this video answered a lot of questions we had since the template video! Thanks!

    Matt, what layout do you recommend for “wallet size” photos? I am shooting my son’s graduation photos and wanted to be able to print those along with the standard 8 x 10’s and 5 x 7’s. Is the 4 x 5 template the correct one?

    –John

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  5. Thanks Anthony! That’s exactly what I’ve been looking for.

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  6. Love the improved LR3 print module and thanks Matt for your time and effort getting this info out. Word of warning to those using Canon Pro 9000 or 9500 with fine art paper (Hahnemuhle, Canson etc). The handbook advises using a 30mm border with these papers as the heads can snag on the paper edges and get damaged, so refer to your manual before attempting borderless prints.

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    • This is not entirely relevant I’m sorry, but can you or anyone using a Canon Pro 9500 explain how to turn off the printer’s colour management?

      I understand how to set Lightroom (& Photoshop) to do the colour management, and with an *Epson* print dialogue I can easily turn off the printer’s colour management. But with the Canon Pro 9500 on a Mac there seems to be no way to switch this off.

      I’d be grateful to anyone for help!

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      • On my Canon D9000, if you go into the Print SetUp Properties, then Page Setup tab, click Print Options button. Be sure the “Disable ICM required from the application software” is not checked – otherwise the printer color management takes over. I hope this helps.

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  7. I’m running Windows XP and when I go to page setup looking for the custom paper size option it is non existent. However I can set up a custom paper size through my printer dialog box (Epson R1900) but it does not show up as a selection option in the page setup dialog box. Not sure how to proceed from here. It all works fine from CS3 but again the paper size is being selected through the printer dialog box. Is there a ready solution for this?….Thx

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  8. Thank You for this supersuper Video. But it still doesn’t solve my problem:

    Is it possible to “print” out to jpg (out of LR) in the original aspect Ratio (2×3) even if my printer (ip4700) doesn’t support this ratio in borderless mode?

    For Example: I can choose 13x18cm borderless, but my original Ratio in that case would be 13×19,5cm.

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  9. Hi Matt,
    I just wanted to let you know that iTunes is telling me that the link to your podcast is no longer valid. I went to iTunes to re-add it in case the link had changed, but got another address error.

    I took a screenshot of the error, so I can email it to you if you provide me an email address. You can contact me at mroberg AT gmail DOT com.
    Thanks,
    Mark

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  10. Love the improved LR3 print module and thanks Matt for your time and effort getting this info out. Word of warning to those using Canon Pro 9000 or 9500 with fine art paper (Hahnemuhle, Canson etc). The handbook advises using a 30mm border with these papers as the heads can snag on the paper edges and get damaged, so refer to your manual before attempting borderless prints.
    +1

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  11. I had a problem related to this. I had an image that was cropped to a 6 by 4 ratio, because that was what I knew I would be printing to. I selected 6 by 4 borderless paper, and the preview looked great. The resulting print though had the top and bottom cut off.
    Is there any logical explanation to this?

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  12. Apologies if this is an inappropriate place for this question.

    Is there anyone out there who can tell me how to get a Canon Pro9500 to print correctly from Lightroom (or Photoshop for that matter)? Using a new iMac with Snow Leopard. I have no trouble printing to an Epson where it’s easy to turn off colour management in the printer’s dialog, but the Canon dialog doesn’t seem to have any way to do this! I have all approapriate icc profiles loaded and know how to choose them correctly in Lightroom and Photoshop.
    Canon help desk is no help!

    Many thanks
    Al

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  13. Thanks for this tip … I was looking for this one for a while now .. I used to edit everything in Photoshop. Sometimes I get borders when I develop it though: again ty

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  14. I am running XP and i do not have a Printer Set up button in my print module,I just have Page set up but when I use it Print Set up opens up.Is this right or can I fix this?

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  15. I do not have a printer settings up button but when I push page setup it opens my printer settings up.When I use the shortcut for Page Setup it does the same,back to printer.Can I fix this?I run XP.

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  16. Thanks enormously for that Matt, I always have problems when I custom size my paper but your video has helped me to actually print a borderless print! Shouldn’t be hard but it always was until you helped me solve it……. many Thanks

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  17. Thanks for the LR3 Tips.

    See you in Seattle on November 18th!

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  18. Thank you Matt. Great tips. I am checking your website more and more each week.

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  19. Easy! That?s exactly what I?ve been looking for. Thank you very much!

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