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In Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training, Jan Kabili highlights the key features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. She shows how to correct and enhance photographs, and how to organize a growing collection of digital photos. The course also explains how to use photos in creative projects like photo books, calendars, and greeting cards, and how to share work online and in print. Exercise files accompany the course.
Let's talk about how to print individual photos from Elements to an inkjet printer on your Desktop. You can start in either the Organizer or the Editor. If you're on Windows, there are two different dialog boxes depending on whether you start in the Organizer or the Editor. They're pretty much the same, but there are a few minor differences that I'll point out when they come up in this lesson. If you're on a Mac, although you can start in either the Organizer or the Editor, there's only one Print dialog box and that's the Editor's Print dialog box. So the differences I point out from the Organizer really are relevant to you Mac users.
I'm starting here in Full Edit mode in the Editor and I'm on Windows. I've opened four photos here, which you can see in the Project Bin. Before I go to print, I like to check that a photo has enough information to be printed at the size that I want. So, I'll check the document information window here, and I'm happy to see that this photo is set to print at 300 pixels per inch, which is a good Resolution for inkjet printing, and that at that Resolution; I can get a print that is as big as 6 inches wide by 4.5 inches high.
What I would avoid doing is printing a photo that's much bigger than this, because the resulting photo could be blurry or even pixilated. Now I'm ready to print. I can select from among the Open Files down here in the Project Bin, or if I want to print all four of these photos, I'll either go up to the File menu and choose Print, or I'll go over to the Create tab and I'll choose Photo Prints, and Print with Local printer. That opens the Print dialog box. Over on the side, I see a thumbnail of each one of the open images that I sent to print.
If I want to add another image to print that's already in my Organizer catalog, I can do that by clicking the green Plus sign here. And if I decide I don't want to print one of these, I can select it and click the Remove button. In the center of this dialog box, there's a Print Preview. Let's take a look at the controls under the Print Preview. There is this size slider that I could use to click and drag the image to make it larger in its Print Bounding Box, and then I can click inside the Print Bounding Box and move the photo so that I'm printing the part that I want.
I usually avoid using the size slider though because it tends to upscale the photo if I zoom in, and that can give me a blurry print. So, I'm going to pull this slider back to the left and then I'll click in this Bounding Box and I'll reposition the print, so that everything that I want to be printed is inside of this blue box. If I want to see a preview of another one of the open images, I'll use the arrows here to move forward, or to move backward. Here, there's a new feature in Elements 9 that's available only if you start printing from the Editor and that is this Position box.
By default, this is set to Center the Image on the page. But if I would like to print the image somewhere else on the page, I can uncheck this and then I'll move my cursor over the blue Bounding Box, and when the cursor changes to a double-pointed arrow, I can click and drag to somewhere else on the paper. This comes in handy if you're trying to print small test prints. So, you could put a small print up here and run it to the printer, and then change the Exposure and place the second Exposure on another part of the page, and then you could use the same piece of photo paper more than once.
I'll set that back to Center Image. And remember that if you're starting to print from the Organizer, you won't be able to move your print out from the center of the paper. Another thing to keep in mind is that if you are starting to print from the Editor, you can only print one photo to a page like you see here. If you want to print more than one photo to a page, then you have to be working on Windows and you have to have started from the Organizer. And then the default will be to put as many of the open photos on one page as will fit there. In that situation, you'll have to click more options and you'll find a check mark there to print just one photo on a page.
The heart of this dialog box is over here in the column on the right. Here, there's a built-in workflow for printing, and all you have to do is just follow down through the steps. In the first step, you'll choose your Printer. If your Printer is turned on and attached to your computer, it should show up here. If it doesn't, pay a visit to the manufacturer's web site and see if there's a later version of the printer driver that you can download for your operating system. Depending on the choice that you made in step 1, you'll see different Printer Settings here in step 2, like the Paper Type on which you're going to print.
If you want to change any of those, you can click the Change Settings button here, which will open another window where you can change those settings. On a Mac, you won't see this as step 2. You'll be able to choose your Paper Type and other print settings later in the OS X Print dialog box. The next step is to choose the Size of Paper on which you're going to print. The choices that are in your menu will depend on the Printer that you selected in step 1. I'm going to choose 8x10 inches. The next step will appear on Windows but not on a Mac, and that is to select the Type of Print choosing between Individual Photos or Picture Packages or Contact Sheets.
I'll cover Picture Packages and Contact Sheets later in this chapter. So I'm going to leave this set to Individual Prints. And finally, you can choose the Size of the photo as it will print on the paper. In this menu, there are some standard photo sizes like 4x6 and 5x7, or, if you've already resized your image before you came into the Print dialog box to the size at which you want to print, then you can choose Actual Size. If you want to print any nonstandard size that's not the Actual Size, then click Custom to open this dialog box and type the Width and Height in these fields.
I usually avoid Scale to Fit Media, because I want to be sure not to scale the image up, but this could come in handy if you were printing on a small paper and you had a really large photo. You could scale it down automatically to just the size that would fit on that paper. I'm going to cancel out of this dialog box and I'm going to set the Print Size to 4"x6". Notice the Crop to Fit check box. I usually keep that unchecked, because if I do check this, I can sometimes lose part of the image at the sides or the top and bottom.
I usually prefer to leave this unchecked and print full frame, and then if I need to trim the image, I can do that on the physical paper as necessary. Finally, I can choose the number of copies of each of the pages to print. So, if I were to change this to 2, I would get two copies of each photo here for a total of six pages. There are some more options that you can explore here. We've already seen the Custom Print Size options. You may want to take a look at the Color Management options in the More Options dialog box. Color Management is a complicated issue.
I explained a lot of it in an earlier movie on Color Management. The last step in a Color Management workflow is to decide whether you're going to have your Printer Manage Colors which is the default, or whether you're going to change this to Photoshop Elements Manages Colors. Please don't choose No Color Management. If you're not sure what to do, then have your Printer Manage Colors. If you have walked through all of the steps that I outlined in the movie on earlier in this course and if you've installed a profile for your printer, paper, and ink combination, then you may want to change this to Photoshop Elements Manages Colors.
In that case, you'd also want to select your Printer Profile from this list, and you'd want to disable any competing color management that your printer is trying to perform by clicking this button on Windows and turning off your printer's color management, or on a Mac, waiting till you get to the OS X Print dialog and turning off your printer color management there. But all that is pretty complicated. So, in most cases for most of you, I would recommend leaving Color Handling set to Printer Manages Colors, and in most cases, you'll get a print with acceptable color.
I'm going to click OK here to close that dialog box. After I've run through all five of these steps and chosen any other options, I'll click Print here. On a Mac, that will open the OS X Print dialog box, where I can make choices like whether I'm going to use Glossy or Matte paper. On a PC, it may open another dialog box depending on your printer driver, or it may send your photo directly to print. So, basically all you have to do is walk through the steps when you want to make a print, and whether you decide to print your photos yourself as I've shown you here, to order them online directly from Elements, or by going to the Create tab, going to Photo Prints and choosing to order prints from the online services Shutterfly or Kodak, or, whether you burn your photos to a CD or DVD and take them to a store to have prints made, having those live physical photos in your hand is still a great way to share memories, even in this digital age.
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