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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.
Although a lot of photo sharing these days is done online, when you've got those special photos you are going to want some prints. You can print from Elements' Editor or from the Organizer. Here in the Full Edit workspace, I have an image opened that I want to print. I'm going to click and hold in the document information area to see that this file is set up with 300 pixels per inch and at that resolution it's going to print at approximately 10 inches wide by 7 inches tall. To print the image, I'll go up to the File menu and I'll choose Print.
That opens the Print dialog box, the same dialog box that I would get if I print it from the Organizer. Over on the right, the steps for printing are spelled out. The first step is to choose the printer you want to use. I have my Epson Stylus C88 Series (M), plugged-in and turned-on, so it appears in this menu. And if you have a printer that's plugged -in and turned-on and it doesn't appear here, then go to the manufacturer's website, download the latest driver for your operating system and install it and then you should see it here in this menu. So I'll choose that printer.
In step two, I see some Print Settings that are determined by the printer driver. I can change those if I want by clicking Change Settings. Here I can choose the type of paper I'm using and other options as well. As long as I have the right paper type, I'm going to leave the rest of this at the defaults and click OK. Next, I'll select my Paper Size from this long menu of choices. I'm going to choose 8x10 inches, then I can select the Type of Print. When I'm printing individual photos like this one, I'll choose Individual Prints, and I'll cover Picture Package and Contact Sheet in the next movie.
Then I'll select the Print Size. I can choose from this menu or if I want a different size, I can click Custom and here I'm going to choose Scale to Fit Media and then I'm going to click Apply and OK. Now I'll be able to see the entire image on my 8x10 paper. If I want to make a borderless print where the image fills the paper then I'll click Crop to Fit. And I'll keep in mind that I'll lose some of the image if I do this. So I often prefer to uncheck Crop to Fit, print full frame and then trim the paper as necessary.
Down here if I had more than one image open, I could cycle between them using the left and right arrows and here is a Scaling slider. I don't usually like to use this because this resizes the image. So, for example, if I were to pull this way up, it would be like zooming in on the image in the print and I would lose photo quality. So I'm going to put that back where it was. There is also a Rotate button here, if I need to rotate the image here in the Print dialog box. When I'm all done with the five steps, I'll click Print and that opens a dialog box that comes from my printer driver, so yours may look different.
I'll leave everything as it is and I'll click Print. So that's how you can print images from the Print dialog box in Elements 8.
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