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You can make your own prints, right from Elements to your desktop inkjet printer. The process is a little bit different if you're on a Mac then if you're here on Windows. So where there are differences, I'll mention them for you Mac users. You can start the printing process, either from the Organizer, or from the Editor, but I suggest that you start from the Editor. There're two reasons for that. One reason for Windows users, and one for Mac users. If you're on Windows, you can go through the printing process, starting in the Organizer, but you'll have fewer printing options, particularly color management options. And if you're on a Mac, printing is controlled through the Editors. So even if you start in the Organizer, you'll be automatically switched over to the Editor.
So, here in my Editor, I've opened several photos. And, I'd like to select all three of these for printing. So I'll select all three down in the Photo Bin and then I'll go up to the File menu and I'll choose Print. That will open the Print dialog box. We're going to walk through all the settings here, starting over at the left, where you see thumbnails of all of the photos that I've opened into this print queue. If I decide that I really don't want to print all of these, I could select one or more, and then click Remove, or if I want to add more photos to the print queue, I could click the Add button. I'll go with just these three photos.
Over here in the center of the Print dialog box you can see a preview of where the photo will print on the paper. By default this is set to the center of the paper. If you want to change that, you can come down to the Position section and uncheck Center Image. And then you can either set the distance of the photo from the edges, or you can go back up to the Print Preview box, and this is important. Don't click inside of that blue bounding box that you see around the print. Instead go right over the edge of your blue bounding box, until your cursor changes to a cross hair like this. And then you can click and drag that blue box, with its contents, anywhere that you want on the Paper preview.
And that's where it will print. And by the way, that blue bounding box is just showing you the printable area. That won't show up on your final print. If I want to put the photo back in the center of this page, I'll come down and check Center Image again. Here you have some Rotate buttons that you can use to change the direction of the photo on the paper like this, or like this. And over here, you have a Zoom slider. If I zoom in with this slider, you can see that the photo is getting bigger. But you do risk getting a blurry print because you're basically upsizing the print if you do this. So I prefer not to use this slider often.
Instead if I want to change the size or the crop of a print, I'll do that out in the Editor using the editing features that I showed you earlier in the course. That will give me the most control over the dimensions, resolution and crop of my photo. The arrows here will cycle through all of the photos in the print queue. So here I can see my second photo, and my third, and I can go back this way as well. Over here, Elements lists the steps to walk through to create a print. If you're on a Mac, you'll have only three steps here. Select printer, select paper size, and select print size.
That's because the operating system handles the printer settings on a Mac. And, so at the end of the process, after you click Print, you'll have access to these settings. Regardless of your platform, the first step is to select your printer. If you don't see your printer in the drop down menu, then go to the printer manufacturer's website and try downloading the latest version of the printer drivers for your operating system. And, then come back into the Print dialog box. If you're on Windows, your next step is to evaluate, and if you need to, to change your printer settings, and these settings are specific to your printer driver, so they're going to be different then the ones you see here on my screen.
If you do need to change those settings, then click the Change Settings button. On both platforms, the next step is to select the paper size, that's pretty straight forward, except that the choices that you have will depend on which printer you've selected up in step one. And here you have buttons for changing the orientation of the print, either landscape or horizontal like this, or portrait or vertical on the paper like this. I'll put that back to landscape for these photos. Next, on Windows you'll select the type of print. Individual prints is the best choice when you want to have a single print on each piece of paper.
If you want multiple photos on a paper, you can choose Picture Package, or Contact Sheet. The last step on both platforms is to select the print size, and this governs the dimensions of the print on the paper. Now, you can choose any of these standard print sizes from this menu, but what I prefer to do is to do my resizing out in my editor, using the Image Size dialog box, and perhaps the Crop tool. And then when I come into this Print dialog box all I have to do is choose Actual Size, and then I'll get a print with the same dimensions and resolutions that I set back in the Editor, where I have the most control over those processes.
Now, let's say that you do choose one of those standard print sizes. Maybe I'll try four by six for this print. You may find that the blue border, which represents the proportions of a 4-inch by 6-inch print, is not the same as the proportion of your photo. If I really wanted to get a four by six print out of this photo, then I would have to up-size the photo until it filled that bounding box. And I can do that either with the Zoom Slider here or by clicking Crop to Fit but remember if you do that you risk upsizing the photo too much so that it gets blurry and you will crop off a bit on the edges.
So I prefer not to do that and rather to choose Actual Size after I've sized the photo to my liking out in the Editor. Here, I'll choose the number of copies of each photo that I'm going to print. I have three photos to print, so if I set this to two, then I would get six pieces of paper, two copies of each photo. In many cases the only thing left to do will be to click the Print button. If you're on Windows that will send your photo off to print. If you're on a Mac that will open another window, where you can access your printer settings and there you'd be able to choose settings like Paper Type. And you find another Print button there.
But, let's say that you're following a color managed workflow. In other words, you're following all of the steps that I covered in the earlier movie in this chapter on setting up color management through Elements. In that case, before you click this Print button, you'll want to do one more thing which is to click the More Options button. And then follow the steps that I set out in the very next movie on printing with color management. But if you're not printing with color management, all you have to do at this point is just click the Print button.
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