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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.
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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