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In Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training, Ted LoCascio teaches casual photographers how to organize, edit, and share their digital image libraries using this powerful software package from Adobe. He tours the included Adobe Bridge application, used for importing and organizing photographs, and explores every feature of Elements itself. He demonstrates how to navigate the Elements workspace, which is used to correct and improve images, combine them into projects, and produce slideshows, photo books, web galleries, and more. Ted also explains how to get the most out of each editing mode, and shares tips for correcting, retouching, and sharpening photographs. Example files accompany the course.
Now I would like to show you how to print an image from Elements to an inkjet printer that is hooked up to your computer. I'm currently in Elements and I'm viewing an image that I would like to print. This image is inside of our catalog images folder, inside of our exercise files. This is the Enzo_Beach image named 20080412. That's when it was taken, and this is the serial number 03. I want to print this to the inkjet printer that's currently hooked up to my computer. So to do so I'm going to choose File > Print or press Command+P, and that's going to bring up the Print dialog box. Very, very large dialog box.
Over here on the left we have a preview, so we can see whether or not we have our settings chosen properly. First thing we want to choose is the printer. Over here we have Studio Printer and we have HP Officejet 6300 series, and this is the one that we're going to use. The inkjet printer that I have hooked up to my computer may not be the same as the inkjet printer that you have hooked up. The important thing is that you choose the right printer, the one that is hooked up to your machine. So that's what we have chosen here. The next thing we want to choose is the print size. Notice it's saying the Actual Size, and this is actually 36" x 54", which is quite large and that's why we're seeing this strange crop of the image inside of this area here, because what's chosen in our Page Setup is probably not matching this size up here.
Notice also, way down here, it says Print Resolution: 72 PPI. Now, we should know that that is way too low of a resolution for printing, so that means we need to print this at a smaller size in order to raise this resolution value, because this value here should say a minimum of 220. The recommended value for Print Resolution is 300, but you can go as low as 220. Right now its 72 at this size and that's not going to work. That's going to give us a very bad print, it won't look very good at all. Next thing we need to do is go to the Page Setup dialog box. Click on this button right here. This is going to take you to the OS X Page Setup dialog box, where you can choose the printer, HP Officejet. That's the one we were working with.
And check the paper size. All right, the paper size that's chosen is this Borderless 4x6. Let's take a look. We have these options in here. 4x6 Non-Borderless, 4x6 with tab, Borderless 4x6, Borderless with tab 4x6 or Index Card. We also have 5x7 options, and so on and so forth; 8x10, these are very common. Borderless means that it's going to print off the edges of the paper, what's called Bleed, and that's what we want. So I'm going to stick with these 4x6.
This is setup the way I want. The orientation is correct for feeding the paper into the inkjet printer, and we of course want to scale it to 100%. I don't want to change the scaling of the image. So we will click OK to go with those settings. That means that the 36" x 54" image is being cropped away into this 4x6 preview here. That's what's determining this Preview area, so we need to change this to 4x6.
So now we're seeing the full image inside of the Preview area as we should. That's the purpose of the Preview area. We have number of copies. We can indicate how many copies of this we want to print. I would always start out with one at first. Just in case you should maybe get your color management settings off and things don't look quite right when you print it. You don't want to print out ten copies of it and waste photo paper because it's rather expensive. So start out with one copy first, make sure that things are looking right and that you got these settings right the first time, and then if things are looking good then maybe go back and do this again and print multiple copies.
We want to Crop to Fit Proportions, that's a good idea. Position, Center, we definitely want that, and down here for Scaled Print Size, I'm going to go ahead and say Scale to Fit Media, because otherwise its going to give us a warning anyway. Notice the Print Resolution. 648 PPI. That's definitely plenty, so we should get a really good print out of this. That's even way above 300, that's way more than we need even, but that's okay. This is going to look really good. So now that we know that I have Show Bounding Box turned on. We don't necessary have to see that. I just turned it off. It's referring to the Preview area over here.
If you want to see the Bounding Box you can turn it on, if not you can turn it off that way. For Output, you can include extra information, things like file name, captions, borders, backgrounds, and crop marks. I don't need to see any of that, I don't want to turn any of that on. I don't need to flip the image, but you could if you wanted to. There's the option. Then there is this important stuff over here, and this is the Color Management. It says Color Handling, you can choose from one of these options: Printer Manages Colors or Elements Manages Colors. If you're using color management like I showed you in the color settings movie then I would recommend choosing Photoshop Elements Manages Colors rather than Printer Manages Colors. Let's choose that.
Then it's telling you when you choose this what the Source Space is and what your Profile is and what your Rendering Intent is when you print it. The Source Space is what's currently embedded in the image, and that's sRGB, that's what the camera assigned to it, and yes, that is the preferred Web Profile. However, the Printer Profile is going to use Working RGB, Adobe RGB. You may not get really good results here. You may want to consider changing the Source Space on your image to Adobe RGB to match this. You don't necessarily have to. You might still get good results, but sometimes you may want to consider converting your profile to match the Printer Profile.
We also have Rendering Intent; you don't really ever need to change this. I always keep this set to Relative. If you change these things your color is going to start to look different. I would recommend just leaving this the way it is, Relative Colorimetric. When we click Print, that's going to bring up another dialog box, and you're going to want to make sure that you're seeing these options. So if it looks like this, click this arrow, and then we will get these extra options in here. Now, these are going to differ depending on what type of printer you have, because these are determined by the driver for that printer. The driver for this printer gives us all of these different panels inside of this dialog box.
The main one that we want to focus on is this one, Paper Type/Quality. Notice that we have this option here, Paper. Choose the paper type that you're using. You are using photo paper; you're going to want to choose the brand of photo paper in here in order to get the best possible quality print, because sometimes there is different types of photo papers. There is Premium Plus, there is Premium, there is Photo. It's like gasoline in here. You have got all different kinds. Premium, Photo. Choose the one that you're using, because then you will get the best results.
Then we have the Quality. I would choose Maximum DPI in order to get a really nice print of your image choose the highest quality possible. For Color, we have Application Managed Colors or ColorSync. ColorSync would be what you would be using probably if you were letting the Printer Manager color for you. Since we're using Elements to do that it's defaulting to this Application Managed Colors, and that's what we want. We're using color management through Elements, not through the printer. That's what this warning was over here telling us. Did you remember to disable color management in the Printer Preferences dialog? That's what this is.
That's why we're supposed to keep it disabled. So then all we need to do is click Print, and it goes through and prints your image on to photo paper. And hopefully if all goes well and everything was setup right, you will get a nice print that you can keep, send to friends, hang on your refrigerator, however you would like to use your print. The important thing is that you remember to setup your Page Setup dialog box in order to match with the set up in the Elements Print dialog box. Use the Preview to make sure that everything is matching up correctly, and then make sure that your color management settings are setup correctly. That's very important, because that's what's going to determine how your color is going to appear on the photo paper when it prints.
If you're using Elements color management, and I recommend that you do, make sure that you disable the color management for your printer driver.
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