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Printing to an inkjet printer

From: Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training

Video: Printing to an inkjet printer

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.

Printing to an inkjet printer

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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Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training

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Ted LoCascio
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  1. 2m 22s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the example files
      1m 20s
  2. 12m 1s
    1. Understanding Photoshop Elements
      2m 10s
    2. Using the Welcome screen
      2m 33s
    3. Importing photos from a digital camera
      7m 18s
  3. 1h 1m
    1. Viewing and selecting images
      2m 1s
    2. Creating and saving a custom workspace
      5m 29s
    3. Rotating images in Bridge
      3m 20s
    4. Renaming images in Bridge
      5m 34s
    5. Adding keywords to images
      7m 38s
    6. Applying ratings to images
      5m 17s
    7. Labeling images
      5m 17s
    8. Searching for images
      6m 38s
    9. Creating Collections
      2m 50s
    10. Sorting images with the Filter panel
      6m 36s
    11. Using image stacks
      7m 2s
    12. Hiding images
      4m 6s
  4. 31m 55s
    1. Opening images from Bridge
      2m 24s
    2. Working with palettes and the Palette Bin
      4m 53s
    3. Using the Project Bin
      6m 44s
    4. Zooming and scrolling
      8m 1s
    5. Fixing mistakes with Undo and Redo
      5m 3s
    6. Saving versions
      4m 50s
  5. 49m 38s
    1. Opening and viewing images in the Quick Fix mode
      6m 8s
    2. Understanding Auto Color and making tonal adjustments
      8m 50s
    3. Using the Lighting sliders
      5m 19s
    4. Using the Color sliders
      7m 1s
    5. Applying Auto Red Eye Fix
      3m 31s
    6. Applying Auto Sharpen
      4m 25s
    7. Using the Guided Edit mode
      6m 19s
    8. Processing multiple files
      8m 5s
  6. 10m 22s
    1. Understanding image resolution
      3m 23s
    2. Resizing images
      6m 59s
  7. 17m 8s
    1. Applying Auto Crop and Auto Straighten
      6m 22s
    2. Using the Straighten and Crop tools
      4m 10s
    3. Changing the canvas size
      6m 36s
  8. 30m 32s
    1. Why make selections?
      6m 3s
    2. Using the Quick Selection tool
      8m 37s
    3. Using Refine Edge
      7m 15s
    4. Saving and loading selections
      8m 37s
  9. 25m 58s
    1. Working with the Layers palette
      9m 45s
    2. Using adjustment layers and masks
      8m 37s
    3. Applying transparency and blend mode adjustments
      7m 36s
  10. 40m 56s
    1. Removing a color cast
      5m 53s
    2. Correcting skin tone
      3m 38s
    3. Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation adjustments
      6m 37s
    4. Balancing contrast and color with Levels adjustments
      7m 10s
    5. Correcting dark or light areas with Shadow/Highlight Adjustments
      5m 17s
    6. Improving images with Color Curves adjustments
      5m 55s
    7. Converting color images to black and white
      6m 26s
  11. 54m 14s
    1. Using the Red-Eye Removal tool
      8m 1s
    2. Using the healing tools
      7m 42s
    3. Whitening teeth and eyes
      6m 20s
    4. Cloning to remove contents
      8m 14s
    5. Adjusting perspective and correcting camera distortion
      6m 10s
    6. Using Photomerge Group Shot
      6m 17s
    7. Using Photomerge Faces
      6m 4s
    8. Using Photomerge Panorama
      5m 26s
  12. 16m 1s
    1. Creating a clipping mask
      7m 25s
    2. Creating collages with gradient blending
      8m 36s
  13. 22m 15s
    1. Reducing noise
      8m 7s
    2. Sharpening with Unsharp Mask
      7m 16s
    3. Sharpening with Adjust Sharpness
      6m 52s
  14. 17m 54s
    1. Understanding Camera Raw
      1m 46s
    2. Opening Camera Raw images from Bridge
      6m 37s
    3. Applying tonal and color adjustments in Camera Raw
      6m 23s
    4. Saving raw images
      3m 8s
  15. 40m 41s
    1. Painting with the Filter Gallery
      8m 7s
    2. Creating a pencil sketch
      7m 40s
    3. Customizing images
      7m 59s
    4. Adding artwork with the Content palette
      9m 39s
    5. Building and saving a multi-page photo creation
      7m 16s
  16. 37m 5s
    1. Creating a slideshow
      6m 58s
    2. Creating a photo book
      9m 1s
    3. Creating a photo collage
      6m 58s
    4. Creating a greeting card
      6m 31s
    5. Creating a web photo gallery
      7m 37s
  17. 31m 6s
    1. Choosing color settings
      7m 1s
    2. Printing to an inkjet printer
      8m 13s
    3. Using Picture Package
      4m 33s
    4. Saving for the web
      5m 55s
    5. Attaching images to emails
      3m 6s
    6. Burning to CDs and DVDs
      2m 18s
  18. 56s
    1. Goodbye
      56s

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