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Printing in Photoshop Elements

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Video: Printing in Photoshop Elements

You can make your own prints, right from Elements to your desktop inkjet printer. That will open the Print dialog box.

Printing in Photoshop Elements

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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  1. 14m 24s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. Elements overview
      6m 18s
    3. Working with catalogs
      4m 17s
    4. Using the exercise files
      2m 55s
  2. 22m 19s
    1. Preparing to import
      3m 34s
    2. Importing photos from a hard drive
      4m 15s
    3. Importing photos from a camera
      6m 21s
    4. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      5m 25s
    5. Viewing imported photos
      2m 44s
  3. 35m 58s
    1. Using the Organizer Instant Fix
      4m 59s
    2. Overview of working in the editor Quick Edit workspace
      7m 27s
    3. Fixing lighting and color in Quick Edit
      6m 49s
    4. Fixing red-eye and pet-eye in Quick Edit
      3m 47s
    5. Adding effects, borders, and textures in Quick Edit
      2m 54s
    6. Touching up photos in Guided Edit
      5m 30s
    7. Adding special effects in Guided Edit
      4m 32s
  4. 26m 25s
    1. Overview of the Expert Edit workspace
      2m 40s
    2. Working with the editing tools
      3m 56s
    3. Customizing panels
      3m 43s
    4. Picking colors
      3m 17s
    5. Undoing and using History
      3m 31s
    6. Saving and choosing file formats
      6m 15s
    7. Viewing multiple documents
      3m 3s
  5. 23m 6s
    1. Cropping photos
      4m 53s
    2. Straightening photos with Content-Aware Fill
      4m 42s
    3. Resizing photos for print
      5m 43s
    4. Resizing photos for the web
      2m 31s
    5. Changing photo orientation with the Recompose tool
      3m 41s
    6. Adding canvas size
      1m 36s
  6. 33m 3s
    1. What are layers?
      3m 20s
    2. Managing layers in the Layers panel
      6m 33s
    3. Text and shape layers
      5m 17s
    4. Building a layered composite
      5m 18s
    5. Fine-tuning a composite with blend modes
      4m 51s
    6. Fine-tuning a composite with layer masks
      7m 44s
  7. 27m 29s
    1. Why use selections?
      6m 46s
    2. Using the marquee tools
      3m 12s
    3. Using the lasso tools
      3m 3s
    4. Using the Quick Selection and Magic Wand tools
      2m 36s
    5. Refining a selection
      8m 7s
    6. Modifying a selection
      3m 45s
  8. 47m 27s
    1. Auto smart toning
      2m 44s
    2. Why use adjustment layers to correct photos?
      2m 16s
    3. Adding adjustment layers
      3m 45s
    4. Editing adjustment layers
      3m 3s
    5. Limiting adjustment layers with masks
      4m 17s
    6. Controlling adjustment layers
      2m 44s
    7. Improving shadows and highlights
      2m 12s
    8. Removing color casts
      1m 51s
    9. Correcting camera distortions
      3m 36s
    10. Converting to black and white
      1m 32s
    11. Reducing digital noise
      4m 40s
    12. Output sharpening
      5m 50s
    13. Retouching with the Healing and Clone Stamp tools
      6m 42s
    14. Using the Content-Aware Move tool
      2m 15s
  9. 42m 13s
    1. What is Camera Raw?
      2m 40s
    2. Opening raw and non-raw image files in Camera Raw
      3m 49s
    3. Touring the Camera Raw interface
      7m 15s
    4. Setting white balance
      3m 25s
    5. Adjusting lighting and color with Basic sliders
      6m 28s
    6. Cropping and straightening in Camera Raw
      2m 39s
    7. Reducing noise
      2m 50s
    8. Sharpening
      4m 31s
    9. Outputting from Camera Raw
      6m 14s
    10. Synchronizing edits to multiple photos
      2m 22s
  10. 30m 34s
    1. Overview of the Organizer
      4m 52s
    2. Designating a watched folder for new photos (Windows only)
      2m 27s
    3. Viewing information about your photos
      2m 17s
    4. Adding captions and notes
      1m 18s
    5. Sorting photos in Media view
      3m 24s
    6. Rating photos with star rankings
      6m 41s
    7. Stacking related photos
      2m 34s
    8. Using Full Screen view
      3m 29s
    9. Making a full-screen slideshow
      3m 32s
  11. 8m 4s
    1. Moving files the right way
      1m 52s
    2. Renaming files the right way
      1m 25s
    3. Reconnecting missing files
      3m 19s
    4. Removing files from a catalog
      1m 28s
  12. 7m 5s
    1. Creating albums
      5m 10s
    2. Organizing albums
      1m 55s
  13. 25m 59s
    1. Creating keyword tags
      3m 24s
    2. Organizing keyword tags
      5m 27s
    3. Applying keywords to photos
      6m 45s
    4. Finding photos by keyword
      3m 2s
    5. Searching by metadata
      3m 33s
    6. Using Saved Searches
      3m 48s
  14. 34m 48s
    1. Automatically identifying people in your photos
      5m 22s
    2. Manually identifying people in your photos
      4m 13s
    3. Viewing photos in People view
      3m 54s
    4. Working with People tags
      4m 28s
    5. Organizing by events
      5m 7s
    6. Organizing by Smart Events
      3m 21s
    7. Viewing photos on a map
      3m 45s
    8. Adding location data to photos for mapping
      4m 38s
  15. 24m 16s
    1. Sharing to mobile devices with Revel
      4m 54s
    2. Sharing photos to Facebook
      3m 0s
    3. Setting up color management
      6m 30s
    4. Printing in Photoshop Elements
      5m 52s
    5. Printing with color management
      4m 0s
  16. 40s
    1. Goodbye
      40s

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