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There's nothing like seeing a big, beautiful print of one of your best photos on photo paper. You can print your photos yourself on a desktop inkjet printer, or you can take them out for printing, or you can order them for printing directly from Elements. In the next few movies, we'll talk about how you can print your photos yourself on your desktop inkjet printer. The process is a little bit different depending on whether you're in Elements on Windows, or on a Mac, and if you are on Windows, then whether you're starting the printing process from the Organizer, or the Editor. The Editor's printing process gives you the most options.
So, in this movie, I will cover how to print to a desktop inkjet printer from the Editor on Windows. Later in this chapter, I will show you how printing differs in those other situations. In the Editor, you can print from any one of the three editing workspaces: the Quick edit workspace, the Guided edit workspace, or the Expert edit workspace. I like to be in the Expert edit workspace, because I have more options for editing here when I'm preparing my files for print. I have opened a few photos into this workspace, which you see down here in the photo bin at the bottom of the Editor.
You can open files directly into the Editor, using the File > Open command, or by selecting files in the Organizer, and clicking the Editor button at the bottom of the Organizer. I will start by selecting the files that I want to print down in the photo bin. The first file is already selected. I will hold down the Shift key, and click on the last file, and that selects them all. Then I will open the Print dialog box. One way to do that is to go up to the File menu, and choose Print. Another way is to go over to the Create menu on the right side of the Editor, and from there, choose Photo Prints.
That changes the column on the right. Here, I will choose Local printer, and that opens the Print dialog box, with the photos that I've chosen to print in the column over here on the left. I can remove one or more photos from the print queue if I decide that I really don't want to print it right now by selecting one or more photos here in the column on the left, and then coming down to the bottom of the column, and clicking Remove. If I want to add a photo to the print queue, then I'll click the Add button at the bottom of the column on the left, and that opens the Add Photos dialog box.
Here, I will choose the source of the photos that I can see over here in the content area. I will go with photos that are currently in browser, which means the photos that are currently showing in my Organizer. Alternatively, I could see all the photos in my catalog, all the photos in an album, and so forth. I will go ahead and check the photo that I just deleted from the queue to bring it back in. Then I will click Add Selected photos, and I will click Done. Here in the column on the left, in the Print dialog, you can see that that photo has been added back into the print queue.
The display in the center of the Print dialog box is the print preview. It displays your photo, positioned on the photo paper, this white area, where that photo is going to print on the paper. The blue bounding box around the photo represents the printable area. This blue box won't show up in your print. By the way, this print preview will look quite different if you start printing from the Organizer on Windows. Instead of displaying a single photo like this, by default, it will display multiple photos on this piece of paper, as we'll see in the next movie.
By default, the photo is positioned in the center of the paper, as you see it here, but there may be times when you want to move the photo to a different location on the paper. For example, some people like a little more space under a photo than above it, or you may be making test prints to compare proofs with different develop settings, and you want to run the paper through your printer several times, printing to a different location each time. So, here's how you can move the photo on the paper. I will come down underneath the photo to the Position area, and I will uncheck Center Image. Then I will move my cursor over the blue border.
Not over the photo itself, but over the blue border, until I see the cursor change to this cross symbol, and then I will click and drag. That moves the blue box, with its contents, the photo, to wherever I want it on the paper. Maybe I will just put it about there. If I wanted to return the photo to the center of the paper, I would come down to the Position area, and check Center Image again. By the way, this is another difference between printing from the Editor or the Organizer on Windows. You can't change the position of your images on the paper if you start printing from the Organizer.
There are a couple of other settings underneath the photo. There are two rotate buttons that you can use to turn the image on the paper if you need to, and there's a zoom slider. If I drag this slider to the right, it zooms in on the photo, effectively resizing and cropping it for print, without changing the actual photo out in my operating system. I actually recommend not using this slider to zoom in to a photo here, because if you zoom in too far, you will be upsizing the photo, and you risk upsizing so much that the photo will look blurry in print.
So, I am going to take that back to its default position to the left. I prefer to do my sizing and cropping beforehand in the Editor, where I have more control over these functions as I showed you how to do in the last chapter. Also, at the bottom of the photo display are some arrows, and I can click on those arrows to cycle through the photos that I am printing. I will click the left arrow to go back to the first one. Now let's take a look at the steps that are laid out for you on the right side of the Print dialog box. The first step is to select your printer from this first dropdown menu.
If you don't see your printer's name here, make sure the printer is plugged into the computer, and of course, turned on. If that still doesn't do it, exit out of this dialog box, and go to the printer manufacture's Web site. When you're there, look for the latest printer driver for your printer, and your operating system, and download it, and install that, and then try this print process again. The next step is to review, and perhaps change your printer settings, which include things like paper type, quality, and whether you're printing from a sheet, or a tray, and other settings.
And those settings will be different depending on the printer that you selected up in step one. If you want to change any of these settings, click the Change Settings button here, and that will open settings for your particular printer. And again, yours may look different than mine. I am going to cancel out of this for now, and leave these at their defaults. The next step is to select the paper size. The choices in this menu will again vary depending on the printer that you selected in step one. And under the Paper Size dropdown, you can change the Orientation of your print on the paper by clicking one of these two print buttons: the vertical, or portrait button, or the landscape, or horizontal button.
Next, you will select the type of print. When you're making individual, or regular prints, just leave this set to Individual Prints, even if you're printing multiple photos. The other choices are Picture Package, and Contact Sheet, which are specialty prints that I will cover in separate movies in this chapter. The last step is to select the Print Size. The Print Size sets the physical dimensions of the print on the paper. What I like doing the best is to size a copy of the photo to the exact dimensions at which I want to print it out in the Editor's Image Size dialog box, as I showed you how to do in the last chapter.
That gives you the most control over the image dimensions, and resolution. And then when I come to step five here, I just choose Actual Size, which shows me the actual dimensions of the photo, and those are the same dimensions at which it will print at whatever resolution I chose out in the Editor in the Image Size dialog box. Alternatively, you could type in a custom size here, or you could choose from one of the standard print sizes listed up here. I'll go with one of those standard print sizes, and that sets the blue bounding box that represents the printable area to that size; 3.5 inches by 5 inches, in this case.
Now, notice that my photo is a little smaller than the bounding box in width. That's because it's a different proportion than 3.5 by 5. This particular photo is in the 4 by 3 proportion. So, if I wanted to print at 3.5 by 5, I am going to have to upsize the photo a bit in order to make it wider, and that will necessarily crop a little bit away from the top and bottom to change the proportions. To make that happen automatically, I can come down to this Crop to Fit command, and check it. Now, Crop to Fit can be handy, but as I said, if you think about this in advance of coming into the Print dialog, I think it's preferable to do all of your resizing and cropping out in the Editor, where you have more control over those functions.
In the next field, I'll choose how many copies of each of the open photos I want to print. For example, if I were to click this up arrow to set this to 2 copies, I would get 8 pieces of paper, each one with a single print. That would be 2 copies of each of the four open photos. Now, at this point, if you're just doing casual printing, and you're not following a color management workflow, you can just come down, and click the Print button. But if you are following the color management workflow that I set out in a movie at the beginning of this chapter, you will get the most accurate color by coming over to the More Options button, and clicking there, and in this More Options window, clicking on Color Management.
And that opens the Color Management settings. By default, these settings are set to have your printer manage color, and there's nothing wrong with that if you're making casual snapshots, or, as I said, if you've decided not to follow a color management workflow. But if you're making a print in which you really care about getting accurate color, and you followed all of the other steps that I set out in that earlier color management movie, then I suggest you do this. Change this first field the Color Handling dropdown menu from Printer Manages Colors to Photoshop Elements Manages Colors.
The next field you won't be able to change. That's the color space that's already set for you. In the next field, choose the combination of printer and paper that you're using to make this print. Now, sometimes you won't see your combination of printer and paper, and I will tell you what to do about that in just a moment. But for now, I'll choose the Epson Artisan 50 printer, with Premium Luster paper. I usually leave the next field, the Rendering Intent, at its default of Relative Colorimetric, which is a formula that will be used in a color management process.
If you make a print, and you don't really like the way the colors look, try coming back in here, and changing this to Perceptual, and see if you like the color better. I generally don't use the other two choices; Saturation, or Absolute Colorimetric. So, I'll leave this at its default of Relative Colorimetric. There is another important thing to do here, and that is to follow this warning to disable your printer's color management, because you don't want both your printer and Photoshop Elements trying to manage color in these prints, or there can be a conflict. So, I will click Printer Preferences, and that opens the settings for my particular kind of printer. Yours may be different.
These settings come from the printer driver, and that's why they are printer-specific. Here, you're looking for the color management settings for your printer. So, I'll click between these tabs, and in this particular case, I see the printer's Color Management settings here, and I want to make sure that those are turned off. So here I have Color Controls and Fix Photo turned off, and I've clicked on ICM, and checked Off (No Color Adjustment). But again, the color management controls for your particular printer may be different than these. I will click OK, and that takes me back to the More Options dialog box.
Now, I mentioned that sometimes you may not find a printer profile for your particular combination of printer and paper. Well, what should you do in that case? What I would suggest is, in that case, exit out of this dialog box, and the Printer dialog box, and go to the Web sites for your printer, and your paper manufacturers, and look for printer profiles there. Not all manufactures offer printer profiles for all printers, or for all combinations of printers and papers, but if you do find the right one, then download it, and install it, and come back in to this dialog box.
Now, what if you don't find a printer profile that way? Well then what I suggest you do is come back to the Color Handling field in this dialog box, and set it to Printer Manages Colors, and just let your printer do its best to render accurate color. If you do that, you have to go back into your Printer Preferences, and turn on your printer's color management. So, for this Epson printer, I might set the printer's color management to use its color controls. I'll click OK, and I will click OK to exit out of the More Options dialog box.
By the way, you won't see all the color management choices that I just showed you when you're printing from Windows Organizer, rather than the Editor, as I am doing here. So, if you are following a color management workflow, I suggest that you start off printing from the Editor, rather than the Organizer on Windows. Now all that's left to do is come down and click the big Print button, and sit back and wait for my desktop inkjet printer to make prints for me.
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