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1. Enlarging Templates

Zoomaź Enlarging Templates will instantly indicate what percentage 'zoom' to use for enlarging an image up to the size of the template you are using.  In most cases the required copy size will be A4.  If another size is required then a template of that size should be used.  If a template of the size you require is not readily available, you may simply make an interim copy of the available template (enlarged or reduced to the size you require) and use this to determine the 'zoom factor' you need to make the required enlargement of your original image.

Many older or very basic photocopiers are only able to enlarge to 141% or 200% in a single operation (some cannot enlarge at all), but most modern copiers can enlarge to 400% of the original size.  Scanner software will typically allow enlargements of up to 1000% or so.

If you need to enlarge by more than your copier or scanner can achieve in a single pass, simply make the largest copy possible, then use your Zoomaź Enlarging Template on the copy to determine how much more enlargement is required.

For example, if your copier can only enlarge to 200% and you wish to make a copy 300% of the original size, simply make a preliminary copy at 200%.  The Zoomaź Enlarging Template should then show that enlarging the preliminary copy to 150% will produce a final copy of the required size (that is 300% of the original size).

2. Reducing Templates

Zoomaź Reducing Templates will instantly indicate what percentage zoom to use for reducing an image that is the same size as the template to some smaller size.  If a template of the size you require is not readily available, you may simply make an interim copy of the available template (enlarged or reduced to the size you require) and use this to determine the zoom factor you need to make the required reduction of your original image.

Many older or very basic photocopiers are only able to reduce to 71% in a single operation (some cannot reduce at all), but most modern copiers can reduce to just 50% of the original size.  Scanner software will typically allow reductions down to 25% or so.

If you need to reduce further than your copier or scanner can achieve in a single pass, simply make the smallest copy possible, then use your Zoomaź Reducing Template on the copy to determine how much more reduction is required.

For example, if your copier can only reduce to 71% and you wish to make a copy 60% of the original size, simply make a preliminary copy at 71%.  The Zoomaź Reducing Template should then show that reducing the 'preliminary copy' to 84.5% will produce a final copy of the required size (that is 60% of the original size).  Since most copiers only work to 1% increments, you would round this down to 84% to ensure the entire image fits within the frame size you are aiming for.

3. Margin Finder ©

Most photocopiers and computer printers cannot print to the very edges of the page.  If this fact is ignored, parts of your copies may be inadvertently cut off at the edges of the image.  The Zoomaź Margin Finder© enables this problem to be avoided.

By simply making a normal (100%) sized copy of the Zoomaź Margin Finder©, the widths of the 'missing' or 'unprintable' margins can be easily determined.

Provided the Zoomaź Margin Finder© has been placed in the correct position on the photocopier or scanner window, the scales on the copy will be cut off at positions which indicate the widths of the corresponding 'unprintable margins' on two adjacent sides of the copier or scanner window.

Example:

In this example, the "top edge" scale begins to 'fade out' at a reading of about 5.7 mm, so the 'unprintable margin' at the corresponding edge of the scanner or photocopier window is about 5.7 mm wide.

scale example

If necessary, the Zoomaź Margin Finder© may be re-positioned to similarly determine the unprintable margin widths from the other two sides.

Once the respective margin widths are known, originals may be placed at the relevant distances from the corresponding edges of the copier or scanner window to avoid losing parts of the required image on any copy.  Note that because of the margins, copies may not always be able to be made at (or enlarged to) the full size of the copy paper.  This is not a limitation of Zoomaź Templates, but is a consequence of the characteristics of the photocopier or scanner and printer being used.

Some users may find it convenient to place margin width marks on the frames of their photocopier or scanner windows, or may prefer to prepare a 'mask' to define the unprintable margins for any given machine.

 

Zoomaź  enlarging and reducing templates (provisional patent no. 2002950881),
and the Zoomaź margin finder ™ are 100% Australian designed and manufactured.

Woodburn Innovations Pty Ltd
PO Box 2245  Tuggeranong   ACT   Australia 2900
Email:  woodburn@alphalink.com.au    ·   Tel: 61 2 6294 9300    ·   Fax:  61 2 6294 9333

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