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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements to organize and edit photos, build photos into projects like slideshows and photo books, and share photos with family and friends. Jan explains how to train Photoshop Elements 8 to recognize and tag faces, use the Smart Brush for targeted adjustments, and share photos using Adobe's online service, photoshop.com. She also dives deep into the application's editing tools, which rival those of the full product, Photoshop, in their ability to take snapshots and turn them into great photos. Exercise files accompany the course.
When it comes to printing multiple photos from Elements, you have several choices. You can make an individual print of each photo, which can be done from either the Editor or the Organizer or you can make a Contact Sheet which is a sheet of thumbnails of your photos that you can then print out and used as a physical record of what you have in your computer or you can print a picture package of different sized full versions of your photos. Contact Sheets and picture packages are best printed from the Organizer, because if you try to do it from the Editor by choosing File and Print, and then working in the Print dialog box, you'll get sent back to the Organizer anyway.
So I'm here in the Organizer. I'm going to select these four photos by clicking on the first, holding the Shift key, and clicking on the last. Then I'll go to the File menu and I'm going to choose Print. In the Print's dialog box, I'll first go to step number four and I'm going to decide whether I want to print Individual Prints, Contact Sheet, or Picture Package. I'll start with Individual Prints and show you that. Here in the Organizer, you can get more than one individual print on a page as long as they fit on the paper. So, for example, I have letter-sized paper selected here and I've chosen as the print size 4x6 inches and I have Crop to Fit checked.
If I change the print size to something larger say 8x10, I'll get just one print on each piece of paper and then I can preview each print by clicking the arrows down here and that takes me from paper to paper. As always when I'm printing, I have to select my printer as well. So I go up to this first step and I'm going to choose my Epson Stylus printer there. I'm going to leave all these print settings as they are, but this is where you go to do things like change the type of paper in which you are going to print as I covered in the last movie.
Down here is the Crop to Fit field, if I uncheck that, I'll see the entire full frame image. If I Crop to Fit, the image is resized to fit the paper. So in this case, I would uncheck Crop to Fit to get my full frame image for the sake of the composition. I also can choose how many copies of each image to print right here. So that's how to print multiple individual prints. Now what if I change step four from Individual Prints to Contact Sheet? Now I have a series of thumbnails that represent each of my images and as I mentioned, a Contact Sheet like this can be useful to have a physical record of the images on your computer.
With the Contact Sheet, if I check Crop to Fit, each thumbnail will be the same size. If I uncheck that, then the thumbnails change in size to correspond to the size and orientation of each photo. I usually leave Crop to Fit checked, knowing that I'm not necessarily seeing the entire photo in each one of these thumbnails. I can change the layout of my Contact Sheet by going to the Columns field and changing it perhaps the two columns and that not only changes the number of columns, but also the size of each thumbnail in the Contact Sheet.
So it's also a good idea I think to show Print options here. I can choose to label each thumbnail with the date, with a caption, if I've added one, and with the file name. Although it's difficult to read then here, you might be able to see that to the bottom left of each thumbnail, I now have the date and the file name. If I have so many images open that I have more than one page in my Contact Sheet, I'll be able to cycle through those pages using this left arrow and this right arrow. There is one more kind of multiple print and that is a Picture Package. Here in step four, I'll change the menu to Picture Package and I then I'll go down to step five and select a layout.
Right now, this is set to give me two images each 3x5. If I change that say to four images 3.5x5, that's what the Organizer will print for me. If I choose to Fill Page With First Photo, then I'll get four of the first image that's open and I'll get a separate page for each of the four images. I'll move through those pages like this to show you. I can also select a frame that will appear around each image in the picture package. There are some interesting ones here. I'm going to try the Brushed Antique Rectangle, and then as I cycle through the pages, you'll see that same frame on each image.
There is also a Crop to Fit field here with which I suggest you experiment to get just the fit that you want. With any of the three types of multiple prints, when I'm done setting my options here, I'll click the Print button. This warning is telling me that in order to fit four images on a page, because of the Picture Package layout that I happen to have chosen, Elements is going to have to reduce the resolution of each of the images. I usually don't mind that when I'm doing a Contact Sheet and sometimes when I'm doing a Picture Package, I'm not as particular about resolution as I would be for individual prints.
So I'm just going to click Continue and the Organizer goes ahead and prints to my desktop printer and takes a back to the images in the Organizer. So that's how to take digital images to print from Elements' Organizer in the form of a Picture Package, a Contact Sheet, or multiple individual prints.
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