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Whether it was for signs, packaging labels or large format photos, getting my images to print out of my large format printer with exact dimensions was always frustrating. While I haven’t quite figured out why printing JPEGs never worked properly, I’ve managed to solve my problem by simply saving my images as Adobe PDF files. Here are the settings I use to get exact dimensions and high quality when I’m printing PDFs with my large format printer.

Click CTRL-ALT-I to change the size of the image.

Click CTRL-ALT-I to change the size of the image.

Click CTRL+SHIFT+S and save the image as PDF.

Click CTRL+SHIFT+S and save the image as PDF.

With print dialog box open, click properties and change the paper size to accommodate the size of the image.

With print dialog box open, click properties and change the paper size to accommodate the size of the image.

With PDF open, click CTRL+P to open print options.

With PDF open, click CTRL+P to open print options.

With the same dialog box open, Adjust the print quality settings to suit your needs.

With the same dialog box open, Adjust the print quality settings to suit your needs.

For the main printing settings, click actual size, and adjust the orientation of the image on the paper. I usually choose auto rotate.

For the main printing settings, click actual size, and adjust the orientation of the image on the paper. I usually choose auto rotate.

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