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    So you mean just select ‘letter’ as the size when printing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdavecox90 View Post
    So you mean just select ‘letter’ as the size when printing?

    Why not try both??

    It seems you're in a trouble shooting mode so more results info will help with the diagnose I would think.




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    So....having read this article, I gave it a go.

    http://support.epson-europe.com/onli...tml/vari_4.htm

    Guess what....still didn't work

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdavecox90 View Post
    So....having read this article, I gave it a go.

    http://support.epson-europe.com/onli...tml/vari_4.htm

    Guess what….still didn't work

    I wonder if that article only applies to their Epson Stylus PHOTO R2880 printer???

    BTW: Have you tried setting up a new document/project and make sure to do the "Page Setup" first and before you start working on it.

    Some software used to have such a quirk and maybe that's a problem with the app you're using.

    And BTW: In such cases, as I recall, changing the page setup later would not work properly. Just a thought…




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    I came across this but I'm not sure it would be a complete fix, especially when printing to 5 x 7 pre-scored card stock:
    Reposition artwork on the page

    The preview image in the Print dialog box shows you where artwork will be printed on the page.

    Choose File > Print.
    Do one of the following:
    Drag the artwork in the preview image at the lower left corner of the dialog box.

    Click a square or arrow on the Placement icon to specify the origin point for aligning the artwork in relation to the page. Enter values for Origin X and Origin Y to fine-tune the position of the artwork.

    Tip: To move the printable area directly on the artboard, drag in the illustration window with the Print Tiling tool. As you drag, the Print Tiling tool responds as if you were moving the printable area from its lower left corner. You can move the printable area anywhere on the artboard; however, any part of a page that extends past the printable area boundary is not printed.

    https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/...-printing.html

    Or just maybe…???
    How to Create a Festive Greetings Card in Adobe InDesign
    https://design.tutsplus.com/tutorial...ign--cms-27579




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    Hey Patrick:

    Seems to me that our OP is going thru all sorts of gyrations to get those greeting cards to work. I would seriously consider using another program, although admittedly I don't know anything about Adobe Illustrator. I usually use my iStudio Publisher app to do bulletins and other things. And back in the days of Windows (back in the dark ages) I used MS Publisher. Anyway, those programs have templates for greeting cards that work real well with card stock.

    Also, I believe Pages has several nice templates for greeting cards although I'm not certain if they are for card stock. But I suppose you could adapt or change the template to work for the card stock. Next time I'm in our Staples Store I might pick up some Avery greeting card stock and see If I can use it with my Epson printer.
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    Seems to me that our OP is going thru all sorts of gyrations to get those greeting cards to work. I would seriously consider using another program, although admittedly I don't know anything about Adobe Illustrator.
    I agree and I thought I had suggested doing just that.

    I do know that Adobe an I don't get along very well together and I think their only app I use sometimes is their "PDF Reader" app.

    What I/we don't know here is whether the problem is with: Adobe (and their software), the Mac's software, the printer or some PEBKAC problem.

    BTW: One can just cut some normal letter size paper to the 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" half-fold greeting card size to try and save buying the real stuff just to try.

    Anyway, there are sure other options to try as well as proper templates to maybe download and instructions on the web.

    I don't see the old Avery stock numbers in my old Pages.apps ('09 and 5.?) in page setup as the good old AppleWorks has.
    That would make things so much easier and I'll have to go looking as to why they aren't. At least in Mavericks and I'll have to check my El Cap'n and Sierra and see if things improved. But it seems that the fine sizing adjustments and margins is just a generalized comment and no definitive sizing provided.

    Or maybe one has to add specific templates or something to get precise sizing…???

    I don't think my old Avery Design Pro.app works after SL 10.6.x. It was a great app for use with their label/card etc stock.




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    So....I'm back again, still not given up! Have since tried setting up the Page Setup to the exact size required and adjusting the settings on the printer, but STILL having the same problem, with the same issues!

    Have tried printing on so many occasions, however it simply will not print the size requested!

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    So....I'm back again, still not given up!
    Good for you, but annoying that things aren't working properly for you. My sympathies with your frustrations.

    Have you tried using different applications?

    Have you tried starting using a new file rather than trying to get the old one to print properly?

    Could you post a screen shot here of the results you are getting???? Maybe it would help figure out what the problem might be.





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    Quote Originally Posted by pm-r View Post
    Good for you, but annoying that things aren't working properly for you. My sympathies with your frustrations.

    Have you tried using different applications?

    Have you tried starting using a new file rather than trying to get the old one to print properly?

    Could you post a screen shot here of the results you are getting???? Maybe it would help figure out what the problem might be.





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    So, just to confirm I have tried printing from both AI and PDF and having the same results from both.

    I have also tried printing different files also, but same problem every time.

    Unfortunately, I'm unable to screenshot anything at the moment as I'm in the office at work.

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    Screen Shot 2018-03-22 at 08.55.53.png

    Not sure if this helps at all? If you look at the print preview, it even shows how it should print, which looks perfect!

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    Have you gone into the "Default Settings", under your Printer, to confirm what those settings are set to?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdavecox90 View Post
    Screen Shot 2018-03-22 at 08.55.53.png

    Not sure if this helps at all? If you look at the print preview, it even shows how it should print, which looks perfect!

    I'm having some problems trying to figure out what results you are getting from the actual printout, but if you're printing to fold-over greeting card stock, and maybe it depends on the software being used, but wouldn't the Paper Size be set to double, like A size or 8.5 x 11 etc.???

    Or are you doing the fold-over before printing???

    Maybe some videos like this or similar would help:
    How to Print Half Fold Greeting Cards at Home
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4WJdsasE98
    or
    8 Tips for Printing Inkjet Greeting Cards
    http://www.redrivercatalog.com/8-tip...-printing.html

    and maybe try some others:
    https://www.google.ca/search?client=...GPHe8AePyovABA

    Have you got some other applications to try??

    I may be mistaken but I think your problem is with your initial page setup with whatever app you're using, and then compounded with incorrect printer settings for the paper you're using.

    Maybe a trip to the local print shop might help and relieve some of your frustrations.




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    We used to do bulletins on fold over pre-printed stock. The pre-printing was on the cover page only so our data had to go into the insert and then on both sides of the back. I used two home made MS Word templates to do the printing. The difficulty was when switching printers, say, from our Color Epson to the HP LaserJet. I don't know how many fold over pre-printed stock papers I ruined experimenting. Fortunately the pre-printed stock was inexpensive and came packaged in a box of 50.

    To get back to our OP's problem, he may be better off switching to Pages or Word to do the greeting cards. I've never used Adobe Illustrator but usually anything Adobe can get complicated.
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    but usually anything Adobe can get complicated.

    +1!! Sure won't disagree with that, but at least Abobe Reader works OK.

    It seems odd that different printers could muck some printing up so badly.




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