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If you have a desktop printer, you can print photos directly from Elements yourself. You can print in either the Organizer, or from the Editor. The Print dialog box looks slightly different in each case. I'm going to be turning here from the Editor. First I'll open the files that I want to print. I have only one file open as you can see. Then I'll go up to the File menu, and I'll choose Print, and that opens this Print dialog box. If I had more than one photo open, you would see a thumbnail of it over here in the list of files to be printed. If I decide that I want to print some more photos that I didn't have open, I can come down to the Add icon here, and add more photos from my Organizer catalog.
To set up the photo for print, I'll just go through the steps that are numbered over here on the right. If you're on a Mac, you won't see exactly the same steps that I see here on Windows, but the general principles are the same. First, I'll select my printer from this list. If you don't see your printer here, remember to turn it on, and if it still doesn't appear here, then exit out of this dialog box, and in your Web browser go back to the Web site of your printer manufacturer, and download the latest driver for your printer, and try to print again. Here are the settings that were installed by my printer driver; yours may be different.
I can change those by clicking this button, or I can just leave them as they are. In the next section, I'll select my paper size. The paper size is represented by this large, white rectangle here in the center of the screen. As I change the paper size, that preview will change too. I am going to leave this set to 8 by 10 inches for now. I can also change the orientation of the paper from vertical, or Portrait, to horizontal, or Landscape. In the next step, I'll select the type of print. When I want to print individual photos, I leave this set to Individual Prints.
And here I can select the print size. I like to have this set to Actual Size, because I prefer to do any resizing or cropping of the photo outside of the print dialog box where I have more control over the process. But there are some other options here. I can choose from one of these preset sizes, and I also have the option to crop the photo to fit inside the frame, like this. But as I said, I prefer to do that elsewhere, so I am going to leave this unchecked, and I'll put the Print Size back to Actual Size. Here, I can use the arrows to select the number of copies that I want of each page, with one photo being printed on each page.
Here in the center of this dialog box, I see the paper and the photo inside this blue frame. I can reposition the photo and the frame by using the Rotate buttons here, and by unchecking Center Image, and then if I move my mouse over one of the borders of the frame until I get this cross icon, I can click and drag. If I do want the photo in the center of the page, I'll check Center Image. I can also change the size and position of the photo inside the frame, although as I said, I prefer to do that outside of this dialog box.
But just you see you can see that, I can zoom in on the photo, and I can move the zoomed in photo around there. I am going to put that back where it was at the beginning. And now I'm ready to print the image. To do that, I'll just click Print. So that's how to print photos yourself on your desktop printer. I am going to cancel out of this dialog box a moment so that I can show you that you have another way to get prints of your photos, and that is to order them from one of the printing services available from Elements. To do that here in the Editor, I'll click the Create tab, click on Photo Prints, and from here I can choose to order prints from either Shutterfly, or from Kodak, of course for a fee.
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