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Printing contact sheets and picture packages in Windows

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This movie covers two special kinds of prints; contact sheets and picture packages. A contact sheet consists of one or more pages of photo thumbnails that you can use as a printed record of your digital photos. A picture package is a little different. It's a way to print multiple photo sizes at once and usually a picture package has the same photo printed over and over, although it doesn't have to. The classic picture package is a set of senior high school portraits at different sizes. I'm on Windows here where contact sheets and picture packages are printed from the Organizer's Print dialog box.

Printing contact sheets and picture packages in Windows

This movie covers two special kinds of prints; contact sheets and picture packages. A contact sheet consists of one or more pages of photo thumbnails that you can use as a printed record of your digital photos. A picture package is a little different. It's a way to print multiple photo sizes at once and usually a picture package has the same photo printed over and over, although it doesn't have to. The classic picture package is a set of senior high school portraits at different sizes. I'm on Windows here where contact sheets and picture packages are printed from the Organizer's Print dialog box.

On a Mac, there's a different starting point and interface for contact sheets and picture packages which I'll show you in the next movie. So here in Elements' Organizer on Windows, I'll select all the files that I want to include in a contact sheet. And then I'll go to the Create tab and I'll go to Photo Prints and from there, I'll choose Print Contact Sheet. That opens the Print dialog box, the same dialog box that I covered in the last movie when I was showing you how to print single photos. The main difference is that this time, Step 4, Select Type of Print, is automatically set to Contact Sheet.

And here in the Preview window, you can see an initial build of the contact sheet from all of the photos that I had selected in the Organizer and there are thumbnails of each of those over here in the column on the left. Notice that all of the thumbnails for the horizontal photos look the same, but here's one vertical photo and it doesn't look the same as the horizontals. So if you want to have all of your photo thumbnails the same size on the contact sheet, in Step 4 you can check Crop to Fit, and now, I've got 16-square photo thumbnails, including the one for the vertical photo.

I can customize the layout of this contact sheet right here by changing the number of columns. So if, for example, I choose just three columns, now I have fewer photos on this page of the contact sheet and each one is bigger. And in fact, I now have two pages to this contact sheet. If I come down to this arrow and click, you can see what's left for the second page. I'll click this arrow to go back to the first page. I also can add some text below each of the thumbnails on my contact sheets and this can be useful to help identify photos.

I'll check Show Print Options and here I can choose to add the date, any caption that I've added to photos, the file name of the photos which comes from the metadata and the page numbers if I have multiple pages of contact sheets as I do here. So I'll check Filename and you can see the filenames really small under each one of these photo thumbnails. They will print larger than that, and I'll include the page numbers at the bottom of each page of the contact sheet. Finally, here I can set the number of copies of each page of the contact sheet.

So right now I have two pages in my contact sheet. If I chose to print three copies of each image, then I would actually have six pieces of paper. Normally, I would click Print here at this point, but I'm going to cancel so that I can show you how to make the other kind of multiple print, the picture package. Here in my Organizer, I'm going to click to deselect all these photos and I'm just going to select a couple of photos for my picture package. Oftentimes, you'll make a picture package with just one photo. So I'll click on this photo and hold the Shift key and click on this one to select all three.

And then in the Create tab, I'll again choose Photo Prints and this time Print Picture Package. And that opens the Print dialog box again, but this time it's set to Picture Package as the type of print. Of course, I would go up here and select my Printer and my Printer Settings and my Paper Size as always. But I want to concentrate on the special settings for picture packages which are down here in Step 5, Select a Layout. This is the default picture package layout with just two slots for photos and it's displaying a different photo from among those that I opened in each slot.

But if I come down here and check Fill Page with First Photo, then it gives me two copies of the first photo, and I now have three pages to this picture package, so I can click through them with this arrow. There is Page 2 with two copies of my vertical photo and Page 3 with two copies of my third photo. This isn't the only available picture package layout. If I go to the Select Layout menu, I could choose to show ten copies of the same photo all of the same size, or this last layout in the menu which is the classic picture package layout with the same photo being repeated at four different sizes on the same piece of paper.

And now if I click through to my other pages of my picture package, you can see that each of the three photos has a similar layout. There's one more field here which is the Select a Frame menu. If I go there, I can choose from some graphic frames to put around each of the photos in my picture package. So if, for example, I choose Southwest, this is the look that I'll get. Finally, I'll choose how many copies of each image that I want and that means of each page. So if I were to set this number to 2, because I have three different pages in this picture package, I would get a total of six pages.

And now I'll choose Print and Elements begins printing my picture packages to my printer. When the printing is done, Elements drops me back into the Organizer. So that's how to create contact sheets and picture packages if you're on Windows. If you're on Mac, the process is different as we'll see in the next movie.

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  1. 23m 48s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Getting around Elements
      6m 9s
    3. Exploring the differences in Mac versions of Elements
      5m 41s
    4. Working with Organizer catalogs
      6m 16s
    5. Using the exercise files
      4m 44s
  2. 21m 39s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      5m 35s
    2. Importing photos from a camera
      4m 44s
    3. Importing photos from a computer
      3m 1s
    4. Importing photos from an iPhoto library
      5m 27s
    5. Importing photos from external drives
      2m 52s
  3. 31m 24s
    1. Working in Thumbnail view
      4m 10s
    2. Working in Folder Location view
      4m 33s
    3. Reviewing photos in Full Screen view
      4m 55s
    4. Editing and organizing in Full Screen view
      7m 20s
    5. Comparing photos in Side by Side view
      4m 10s
    6. Displaying photos in Date view
      2m 40s
    7. Viewing photo information
      3m 36s
  4. 47m 47s
    1. Using keyword tags to categorize photos
      6m 42s
    2. Organizing keyword tags
      4m 25s
    3. Finding photos by keyword tag
      3m 39s
    4. Automatically tagging people
      8m 21s
    5. Using automatic smart tagging
      5m 36s
    6. Assigning ratings to photos
      4m 9s
    7. Creating albums to organize photos
      5m 7s
    8. Creating smart albums
      5m 52s
    9. Stacking photos to reduce thumbnail clutter
      3m 56s
  5. 24m 35s
    1. Finding photos that are visually similar to each other
      4m 3s
    2. Searching for an object in a photo
      3m 45s
    3. Finding duplicate photos
      4m 50s
    4. Searching by text
      5m 59s
    5. Exploring the Find menu
      4m 27s
    6. Finding photos in the Timeline
      1m 31s
  6. 22m 41s
    1. Deleting photos
      4m 30s
    2. Renaming photos
      2m 24s
    3. Moving photos
      3m 58s
    4. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 37s
    5. Changing photo dates
      4m 29s
    6. Backing up
      2m 43s
  7. 16m 14s
    1. Choosing an editing workspace
      4m 37s
    2. Autocorrecting with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      3m 47s
    3. Photo finishing with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      4m 2s
    4. Changing a Photo Fix adjustment
      3m 48s
  8. 22m 10s
    1. Editing with assistance: the Guided Edit workspace
      6m 27s
    2. Retouching a photo the step-by-step way
      7m 55s
    3. Creating a dreamlike Orton effect
      1m 8s
    4. Simulating shallow depth of field
      4m 11s
    5. Creating a collage using Picture Stack
      2m 29s
  9. 29m 26s
    1. Quick improvements: introducing the Quick Edit workspace
      3m 28s
    2. Applying Quick Edit corrections
      4m 8s
    3. Adjusting lighting
      4m 0s
    4. Correcting color
      4m 20s
    5. Fixing red-eye, improving skies, and touching up photos
      6m 28s
    6. Sharpening images
      3m 10s
    7. Saving in Quick Edit
      3m 52s
  10. 41m 16s
    1. Full control: introducing the Full Edit workspace
      5m 19s
    2. Tips for using the editing tools
      3m 50s
    3. Customizing panels
      5m 10s
    4. Undoing your work
      6m 22s
    5. Zooming and navigating
      4m 41s
    6. Saving images and examining file formats
      4m 50s
    7. Working with multiple documents
      4m 0s
    8. Creating a file from scratch
      2m 57s
    9. Customizing Editor preferences
      4m 7s
  11. 25m 42s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 3s
    2. Managing layers in the Layers panel
      7m 19s
    3. Tips for working with layers
      4m 25s
    4. Understanding layer masks
      6m 55s
  12. 29m 59s
    1. Understanding selections
      6m 49s
    2. Using manual selection tools
      4m 42s
    3. Modifying selections
      4m 20s
    4. Using the automatic selection tools
      7m 11s
    5. Refining selections
      4m 50s
    6. Saving selections
      2m 7s
  13. 23m 52s
    1. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Healing Brush tool
      2m 50s
    2. Retouching skin with the Healing Brush tool
      6m 7s
    3. Retouching with the Clone Stamp tool
      1m 58s
    4. Using the Content-Aware option in the Spot Healing Brush to remove content
      3m 13s
    5. Touching up photos with the Smart Brush tools
      7m 22s
    6. Using the Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools
      2m 22s
  14. 1h 0m
    1. Understanding color management
      7m 23s
    2. Understanding adjustment layers
      6m 49s
    3. Adjusting part of a photo
      6m 16s
    4. Correcting contrast and brightness using Levels controls
      5m 6s
    5. Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation
      4m 32s
    6. Improving shadow and highlights using Shadow/Highlight
      2m 36s
    7. Adjusting lighting and color using Color Curves
      3m 53s
    8. Removing a color cast
      2m 11s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      3m 15s
    10. Reducing noise
      3m 53s
    11. Sharpening images
      6m 43s
    12. Processing multiple photos
      8m 19s
  15. 23m 6s
    1. Resizing and changing photo resolution
      7m 1s
    2. Cropping photos
      5m 35s
    3. Straightening photos
      2m 35s
    4. Adding canvas around photos
      2m 43s
    5. Changing a photos orientation using the Recompose tool
      5m 12s
  16. 23m 50s
    1. Combining photos using the Place command
      5m 21s
    2. Using a layer mask to hide a background
      6m 26s
    3. Blending images using a gradient
      8m 18s
    4. Blending images using Blend modes
      3m 45s
  17. 24m 2s
    1. Creating text
      6m 22s
    2. Editing text
      3m 49s
    3. Creating text on a selection
      6m 1s
    4. Creating text around a shape
      3m 51s
    5. Creating text on a custom path
      3m 59s
  18. 22m 43s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 24s
    2. Adding effects
      2m 6s
    3. Adding layer styles
      7m 38s
    4. Making shapes
      5m 17s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 18s
  19. 42m 14s
    1. Understanding Camera Raw
      3m 35s
    2. The Camera Raw interface
      5m 16s
    3. Adjusting color using the white balance controls
      4m 41s
    4. Controlling lighting and contrast
      6m 26s
    5. Enhancing photos with the Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation controls
      2m 39s
    6. Cropping and straightening
      2m 12s
    7. Reducing Noise
      2m 24s
    8. Sharpening
      6m 46s
    9. Outputting from Camera Raw
      4m 43s
    10. Processing multiple photos in Camera Raw
      3m 32s
  20. 56m 43s
    1. Creating a photo book
      6m 50s
    2. Completing the photo book
      10m 5s
    3. Creating a photo calendar
      8m 19s
    4. Creating a photo greeting card
      5m 17s
    5. Making other photo creations in the Create workspace
      2m 8s
    6. Outputting photo creations from the Create workspace
      2m 50s
    7. Creating a photo slideshow in Windows
      8m 45s
    8. Completing the photo slideshow
      3m 31s
    9. Making a scrapbook page from scratch in Full Edit
      8m 58s
  21. 41m 34s
    1. Printing photos
      8m 30s
    2. Printing contact sheets and picture packages in Windows
      5m 23s
    3. Printing contact sheets and picture packages on a Mac
      8m 33s
    4. Ordering prints from the Organizer
      4m 22s
    5. Sharing photos by email from the Organizer
      3m 46s
    6. Sharing photos with Photo Mail in Windows
      5m 3s
    7. Sharing photos on Facebook from the Organizer
      3m 42s
    8. Sharing photos on Flickr from the Organizer
      2m 15s
  22. 7m 34s
    1. Signing up for an Adobe ID
      2m 20s
    2. Sharing online albums from the Organizer to Photoshop.com
      5m 14s
  23. 40s
    1. Goodbye
      40s

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