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I have paint .net and I got an image in PSD and PNG format and the print size it says is width 9.5cm and height 14.5cm.

When I go to print, it shows up with that default Windows 7 print option where you choose full page, or wallet, all those template sizes etc.

But I don't want that, I just want to print an image out at the actual print size specified, is this possible?

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Its a bit of a hack, but you could set the canvas size to the same as the paper and print it? – Journeyman Geek Jan 19 '12 at 2:37
Sounds like that's what he did! (see below) – HaydnWVN Jan 19 '12 at 12:37
Very annoying issue. Still no improvements in Windows 8. – Roman Oct 30 '12 at 23:50
@Roman : I hear ya. But try one of the two answers below. They worked for me. – RoboShop Oct 31 '12 at 1:35

GIMP has lots of options when printing.

In my image below of the 'Image Settings' tab i've: Opened an image 216x21 pixels size, gone to print, chosen 'Image Settings', then changed the setting after the Height box to read 'points'.

It correctly measures the image dimensions rather than any approximation from using inches, centimeters etc.

I'm unsure if Paint.Net has any options similar, if not then GIMP may well be an easy 'solution' for printing (even if you don't like to use it for editing) as it's free! :)

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Paint.NET unfortunately doesn't have this option - it goes straight into the default Win7 dialog. – Michał Drozdowicz Sep 12 '13 at 20:00
Shame, no 'Page Setup' in there elsewhere? – HaydnWVN Sep 19 '13 at 13:44

The quickest solution I found that uses only Paint.Net without having to resort to other software was doing what Journeyman Geek suggested in the comments:

  • Go to Image / Canvas Size
  • Select By absolute size
  • At print size, type the width and height of the desired paper format (e.g. 21x29,7cm for A4)
  • Set Anchor to Middle (if you want it centered on the page -- if you don't, you can use Rectangle Select and Move Selected Pixels to move it around afterwards)


  • Go to File / Print
  • Select Full page print
  • Uncheck "fit picture to frame"
  • Click Print

It should come out almost exactly the actual size.

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Seems like those steps would work in @RoboShop's case where the image is smaller than the paper. However, if the image is bigger, then Windows scales it whether or not "fit picture to frame" is checked. – Tom Anderson Mar 15 at 11:40
@TomAnderson I am not sure I agree, I think it would also work for images that are larger than the paper. Of course, the net effect of (the first half of) the procedure would then be that you crop the image, instead of adding whitespace around it, like in RoboShop's case. But it would have the correct print size. – M-Peror Mar 21 at 16:21
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It's amazing that the default Windows 7 print option doesn't have a print actual size functionality.

What I ended up doing was just cutting and pasting it into Word and then adjusting the image to the right size. It printed out pretty nicely, plus I could print two images on the same page to save paper.

Didn't try GIMP but I imagine maybe the quality could be better (?). However, like I said, I was happy with the images and using Word was a quick way of doing it, especially when you may not be able to just install applications on the computer u want to print from.

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adjusting to the right size doesn't strike me as the correct answer to your original question... :) – HaydnWVN Jan 19 '12 at 12:26
@HaydnWVN I think he meant (re)setting the dimensions of the copy/pasted image in Word. Word resizes the image to fit on the page. – antony.trupe Mar 20 '13 at 18:13

You can't. Paint .net doesn't support it. However you can save the image as a PNG then open it with MS Paint then click File(Icon on the top left) -> Print -> Page Setup -> Scaling -> Adjust to 100% normal size. Then just print.

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Another way to accomplish printing at a desired size is the program IfranView - it's also another program, which is a downside, but it's a lot lighter weight than GIMP, and there's a way to specify the size right in the print dialog.

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I had a great idea and it works great for this problem, the best way I can put it is, if you are trying to print something on plain paper (8.5 X 11) and the image you want to print (in exact size) is 5 x 8...then open it in paint, you'll notice you can make the canvas bigger just by clicking the white boxes and dragging them to the desired length. What you'll need to do is go to the drop down bar in paint, hit properties, under units, select inches and then drag the canvas to be 8.5 x 11 inches, this way when it makes it as big as the paper, it literally can't be any bigger than exactly what you want.

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I ended up here after having the same problem and figured out on my own that if you open drag the image into a blank Word document, it stays true to the file size set in PSD. Just print from Word!

Mine was a jpeg, but I bet it would work with png too.

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A loooong time ago :-) there was Ulead PhotoImpact which has a FANTASTIC print interface: when you press print it brings up a kind of preview page with rulers on either side of the page (similar to Word) and you can literally drag the image around as you please and the printout will look exactly as you see it there. It also had tick boxes on top of the page to centre vertically or horizontally and scale up or down the image but whatever you did, the printout looked exactly as what you see on screen, simply brilliant!

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this is interesting but I don't think it helps with – user273580 Jun 14 '13 at 10:05

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