Lightroom: Issue centering an image on the print

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There appears to be no way to center a printed image in LR 5. The print screen shows the image centered, but it does not print that way. Is there someway to do this that is hidden? Is this a bug in LR 5.3. LR 4 accommodated centering via the Printable Area drop down.
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Bill Randall

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Frank Elston

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No issue for me (W7). Perhaps it is a printer setting that has changed unintentionally. Try a different printer and/or check printer properties
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Thanks for replying Frank.
The 3880 prints just fine from LR 4. I still have both installed. This an issue for me only on LR 5. You imply that you can center an image using LR 5, would you please tell me how to do it. I can't find the answer.
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Frank Elston

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This is presumably applicable to windows only. Just a simple confirming test using Adobe pdf as my printer rather than my usual Epson R2880 - making it relatively free of any printer driver dependencies or other downstream aspects. (I have had some sticky paper size and image position issues with the R2880 and LR4.

Set single image in layout style, set single cell row and column in Layout - change cell to preferred size - adjusted bottom margin to match top margin. (I can't explain why bottom margin comes up unmatched every time.)

Image settings can be rotate to fit or not - zoom to fill was unchecked on my first test but looks OK in a second. As does selecting an appropriate template - subject to bottom margin adjustment.
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Frank,
I keep examining the problem. When I use Hot or cold press paper the printable area drop down is available and I can centering on. For all other paper types the drop down for printable area disappears and the centering is off. I don't understand why this is so. It is true for both LR4 and LR5. I will experiment with margins and hopefully will find a way to predict what the printer will do.
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Mac? Win? What printer model?
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Bill Randall

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Win 7, Epson 3880,
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Papers: Cold Press, Hot Press both natural and brilliant. The centering drop down is available. Exhibition Fiber, Luster, Matte and Semi Luster no printable area or drop down to center. I think I can now handle the print, but why the difference. It cost me some time to figure it out. What am I missing?
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First thing to check is if you have the latest Epson driver installed. Even if you think you do, probably worth re-installing it just to be sure.

Another thing to check would be the margins in the Page Setup section. The margins that are supported sometimes vary by Media Type selection in the driver.

(In general, Lr doesn't change how its centering works by Media Type in the printer driver.)
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Bill Randall

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I downloaded the latest Epson driver just to put that aspect to bed. This is clearly an Adobe issue. It may be intentional or not. I would like someone to explain what is the reason for the print module to act in this manner.
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I am having the same issue only on a Mac. My issue appeared when upgraded to the new 10.10 Yosemite. I also do not get the stroke pixels on the leading edge. This preset has worked since the first LR5 release, so I am sure my issue is between the OS and the application. Printer driver (3880) is at the latest. I have opened an issue with the Apple folks too.
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Hi Doug,

I wanted to share your findings from another thread.

http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...

Sounds like updating the driver didn't take - and that you needed to delete the driver, delete the printer, install the latest driver then install the printer to solve this issue. Probably a good approach any time you experience printer driver oddness.