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I know it will never be perfect but is there a standard method for aligning a print head so when I want to print with a border it's as squared up as possible? I use an Epson R2880. For example if I turn off expansion and add some margins I get a nice white border but its slightly uneven. I could do it by guessing and tweaking margins but I'm not sure it will translate to larger prints. Basically I want to know if there is an easier way than eyeballing it?

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So are you only adding the border by increasing margins? Do you have a border in the image as well? Normally I print borderless, but if I print a 4x6 with a border for example, I would add a 1/4" border into Lightroom before sending it to the printer. – dpollitt Feb 28 '12 at 20:00
Yea that's what im doing but the print alignment is slightly off. I assume partly due to that fact the paper does not go in exactly the same each time but the skew seems wide, maybe 5mm. Its enough that it bothers me and I'm wondering if anyone else has the same problem or its just how it goes. Eyeball it and get it close. – Ryan Mills Feb 28 '12 at 20:02
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From what you've said, the margins are never consistent, which implies that the paper handling isn't working quite right -- whether that's due to a guide not being pushed flush against the paper, or a fault with the device is impossible to say with certainty without physical access to the printer.

Had it been a systematic error, then you can always measure (if it's always off by half a millimetre or so), and take this into account when setting the margins.

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