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Printing photos

From: Photoshop Elements 10 Essential Training

Video: Printing photos

Let's take a look at how to print single photos from Elements to your Desktop Printer. I'm starting from the Editor where I've opened a few photos into my Project Bin. Before printing I suggest that you go to your Editor and Size Crop and set the Resolution of a copy of each photo to around 300 pixels per inch. All as I showed you how to do earlier in the course. Although you can't do some cropping in the Print dialog box you get more control over it here in the Editor. I should mention that you can't start printing either from the Editor or from the Organizer. If you do start printing from the Organizer and you are on Windows your Print dialog box will look slightly different than the Print dialog box I'll be showing you here and I'll mention how as we go.

Printing photos

Let's take a look at how to print single photos from Elements to your Desktop Printer. I'm starting from the Editor where I've opened a few photos into my Project Bin. Before printing I suggest that you go to your Editor and Size Crop and set the Resolution of a copy of each photo to around 300 pixels per inch. All as I showed you how to do earlier in the course. Although you can't do some cropping in the Print dialog box you get more control over it here in the Editor. I should mention that you can't start printing either from the Editor or from the Organizer. If you do start printing from the Organizer and you are on Windows your Print dialog box will look slightly different than the Print dialog box I'll be showing you here and I'll mention how as we go.

I'll start printing by selecting the photos I want to print here in my Project Bin, clicking on one and Shift+ Clicking on another, and then going up to the File menu and choosing Print to open the Print dialog box. There are three sections to this dialog box. There is a thumbnail of each of the photos that I selected for printing. In the center there is a Print Preview with a few settings under it and over on the right are the steps that you walk through when you're ready to print. Let's start over in the column on the left.

If I decide that I really don't want to print one of these photos, like this last photo, I'll select it, and then I can remove it from this column by clicking the red Minus sign. If I remember another photo that I want to add and print it the same time as these, if that photo is in my Organizer I can add it by clicking this green Plus symbol. If that photo is not in my Organizer then I would have to cancel out of this dialog box, open that additional photo into the Editor and then come back into the Print dialog box. Now let's take a look at the center part of this dialog box.

This is the Print Preview, it shows you the paper, the photo, and a blue bounding box, which represents the printable area on this paper. The blue bounding box will not show up in your print. Notice that there is just one photo per page here in the Preview, if I want to see the other photos I can come down and click this arrow to cycle through the photos one at a time on the paper. Now this is one area where the Organizer's Print dialog box is different for Windows users only, because it defaults printing multiple photos on the same page as many as will fit on the paper that you choose.

And if you want to change that to just one photo per page you would have to go down here to More Options, click there and check one photo per page. So that's just for Windows users starting from the Organizer. For the rest of us we'll see one photo per page here, and notice that the photo was centered on the paper by default. If you were doing multiple test prints and you wanted to run the same piece of paper through the printer more than once, printing on different parts of the paper you may want to move the photo from the center of the paper to other parts of the paper each time you print on it.

To do that you can come down here and uncheck center image, and then go up to the Print Preview, move your mouse not over the photo, but right over that blue border and when the cursor changes to this cross you can click and drag the photo and the border to another part of the paper. And if you want to get it back to the center of the paper you come down here and Click Center Image. Now this ability to change the photo from the center of the paper to somewhere else on the paper is yet another place where there is a difference for Windows users who print from the Organizer, you won't have this particular feature.

There are a few other features under the Print Preview. These buttons rotate the photo 90 degrees on the paper, and here is a slider for zooming the photo inside the printable area which effectively crops it. This could upscale the cropped area so much that it becomes blurry. So as I said I suggest cropping beforehand rather than using this slider, so I am going to pull it back over to the left. The column on the right side of this dialog box really is its focal point this is a built-in workflow that you can just follow by walking through these steps to get a print.

The first step is to choose the printer you want to use from this menu. If your printer is turned on and plugged into the computer it should show up here, if it doesn't, download the latest driver for the printer from the printer's web site. Step two, shows you Printer Settings, like the Paper Type. What you see here will vary depending on which printer you chose in step one. To change any of these Printer Settings click the Change Settings button, and the window that will open will also vary depending on your printer. Now if you're on a Mac you won't see this Printer Settings step at all, because your Mac Printer Settings are accessible after you click the Print button any OS X Print dialog box at the end of the workflow.

In step three, I'll select the size of the paper on which I want to print. The choices in your Paper Size menu will also vary depending on your printer. I'll select a paper size here, and then I'll click one of these buttons either Portrait or Landscape to change the orientation of the paper in the printer. Step four, is for selecting the type of print. I am going to leave this set to individual prints because I'll be covering the other kinds of prints, Picture Package, and Contact Sheet in other movies.

Step five, is for setting the physical dimensions of the photo on the paper. As I said I prefer to size my images beforehand where I have the most control over the dimensions and the resolution. If you do that then the best choice here, is to choose Actual Size, and here you can see the actual size of my photo which is 6 inches x 4 inches at the Resolution that I set in the Editor. If you haven't pre-sized your photo for print you can set it to print at a particular dimension here. To do that from this menu either choose one of these standard print sizes or go down to custom where you can type-in nonstandard print sizes.

For example, let's say I decide to print this at 5 inches x 7 inches. I'll select that here and that up- sizes the photo to 7 inches wide. As you can see by the print preview my 4x6 inch photo isn't proportional to this 5x7 bounding box. If I wanted the photo to fit in the whole 5x7 bounding box then I would check Crop to Fit that will up-size the photo a little more and crop off a little bit of its edges. And finally here, I'm going to choose the number of copies of each of the three open images to print.

So if I set this to print two copies of each page, I'd end up with a total of six pages. At this point you could click the Print button. But let me just show you what's here under More Options. Here there are some specialty options, like preparing an image for Iron-on Transfer, and if you're following a color-managed workflow then check out the Color Management options. Now in most cases you do not have to come into this dialog box at all. If you haven't performed all the steps that I explained in the earlier movie on Color Management or if you're just printing casual snapshots in which perfectly accurate color isn't a big issue for you, then ignore all this, and your printer will do its best to manage coloring your prints.

Doing that is a simplest way to proceed, and if you're a beginner, it's definitely the way I'd recommend. But if you followed all the steps that I explained in the movie on color management, and you want a color- managed print, then, you might change Color Handling to Photoshop Elements Manages Colors. In that case you'd also have to choose a Printer Profile from here and a Rendering Intent from here, the default is usually pretty good, and you'd have to go into your Printer Preferences to disable your printer from trying to manage color.

That's done from the Printer Preferences on Windows, and on a Mac it's done after you click the Print button from the OS X Print dialog box. And by the way if you're on Windows and you are printing from the Organizer you won't see all of these options here in the Color Management section. I'm going to leave this set to Printer Manages Color and I'm going to click OK, and now it's time to click the Print button. If you're on a Mac, you'll see the OS X Print dialog box at this point where you can make even more printing choices.

For example, that's where you would access your settings for choosing paper type and for disabling your printer's attempt to handle color management on a Mac. If you're on Windows you should just get a print. Now that may all sound like a lot, but remember that I was trying to mention all the options for both Mac and Windows and printing from either the Editor or the Organizer. But once you get used to printing on your own system it's basically a matter of walking through the steps in the right -hand column of the Print dialog box, which you'll find usually goes pretty easily and quickly.

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Photoshop Elements 10 Essential Training

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  1. 23m 48s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Getting around Elements
      6m 9s
    3. Exploring the differences in Mac versions of Elements
      5m 41s
    4. Working with Organizer catalogs
      6m 16s
    5. Using the exercise files
      4m 44s
  2. 21m 39s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      5m 35s
    2. Importing photos from a camera
      4m 44s
    3. Importing photos from a computer
      3m 1s
    4. Importing photos from an iPhoto library
      5m 27s
    5. Importing photos from external drives
      2m 52s
  3. 31m 24s
    1. Working in Thumbnail view
      4m 10s
    2. Working in Folder Location view
      4m 33s
    3. Reviewing photos in Full Screen view
      4m 55s
    4. Editing and organizing in Full Screen view
      7m 20s
    5. Comparing photos in Side by Side view
      4m 10s
    6. Displaying photos in Date view
      2m 40s
    7. Viewing photo information
      3m 36s
  4. 47m 47s
    1. Using keyword tags to categorize photos
      6m 42s
    2. Organizing keyword tags
      4m 25s
    3. Finding photos by keyword tag
      3m 39s
    4. Automatically tagging people
      8m 21s
    5. Using automatic smart tagging
      5m 36s
    6. Assigning ratings to photos
      4m 9s
    7. Creating albums to organize photos
      5m 7s
    8. Creating smart albums
      5m 52s
    9. Stacking photos to reduce thumbnail clutter
      3m 56s
  5. 24m 35s
    1. Finding photos that are visually similar to each other
      4m 3s
    2. Searching for an object in a photo
      3m 45s
    3. Finding duplicate photos
      4m 50s
    4. Searching by text
      5m 59s
    5. Exploring the Find menu
      4m 27s
    6. Finding photos in the Timeline
      1m 31s
  6. 22m 41s
    1. Deleting photos
      4m 30s
    2. Renaming photos
      2m 24s
    3. Moving photos
      3m 58s
    4. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 37s
    5. Changing photo dates
      4m 29s
    6. Backing up
      2m 43s
  7. 16m 14s
    1. Choosing an editing workspace
      4m 37s
    2. Autocorrecting with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      3m 47s
    3. Photo finishing with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      4m 2s
    4. Changing a Photo Fix adjustment
      3m 48s
  8. 22m 10s
    1. Editing with assistance: the Guided Edit workspace
      6m 27s
    2. Retouching a photo the step-by-step way
      7m 55s
    3. Creating a dreamlike Orton effect
      1m 8s
    4. Simulating shallow depth of field
      4m 11s
    5. Creating a collage using Picture Stack
      2m 29s
  9. 29m 26s
    1. Quick improvements: introducing the Quick Edit workspace
      3m 28s
    2. Applying Quick Edit corrections
      4m 8s
    3. Adjusting lighting
      4m 0s
    4. Correcting color
      4m 20s
    5. Fixing red-eye, improving skies, and touching up photos
      6m 28s
    6. Sharpening images
      3m 10s
    7. Saving in Quick Edit
      3m 52s
  10. 41m 16s
    1. Full control: introducing the Full Edit workspace
      5m 19s
    2. Tips for using the editing tools
      3m 50s
    3. Customizing panels
      5m 10s
    4. Undoing your work
      6m 22s
    5. Zooming and navigating
      4m 41s
    6. Saving images and examining file formats
      4m 50s
    7. Working with multiple documents
      4m 0s
    8. Creating a file from scratch
      2m 57s
    9. Customizing Editor preferences
      4m 7s
  11. 25m 42s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 3s
    2. Managing layers in the Layers panel
      7m 19s
    3. Tips for working with layers
      4m 25s
    4. Understanding layer masks
      6m 55s
  12. 29m 59s
    1. Understanding selections
      6m 49s
    2. Using manual selection tools
      4m 42s
    3. Modifying selections
      4m 20s
    4. Using the automatic selection tools
      7m 11s
    5. Refining selections
      4m 50s
    6. Saving selections
      2m 7s
  13. 23m 52s
    1. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Healing Brush tool
      2m 50s
    2. Retouching skin with the Healing Brush tool
      6m 7s
    3. Retouching with the Clone Stamp tool
      1m 58s
    4. Using the Content-Aware option in the Spot Healing Brush to remove content
      3m 13s
    5. Touching up photos with the Smart Brush tools
      7m 22s
    6. Using the Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools
      2m 22s
  14. 1h 0m
    1. Understanding color management
      7m 23s
    2. Understanding adjustment layers
      6m 49s
    3. Adjusting part of a photo
      6m 16s
    4. Correcting contrast and brightness using Levels controls
      5m 6s
    5. Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation
      4m 32s
    6. Improving shadow and highlights using Shadow/Highlight
      2m 36s
    7. Adjusting lighting and color using Color Curves
      3m 53s
    8. Removing a color cast
      2m 11s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      3m 15s
    10. Reducing noise
      3m 53s
    11. Sharpening images
      6m 43s
    12. Processing multiple photos
      8m 19s
  15. 23m 6s
    1. Resizing and changing photo resolution
      7m 1s
    2. Cropping photos
      5m 35s
    3. Straightening photos
      2m 35s
    4. Adding canvas around photos
      2m 43s
    5. Changing a photos orientation using the Recompose tool
      5m 12s
  16. 23m 50s
    1. Combining photos using the Place command
      5m 21s
    2. Using a layer mask to hide a background
      6m 26s
    3. Blending images using a gradient
      8m 18s
    4. Blending images using Blend modes
      3m 45s
  17. 24m 2s
    1. Creating text
      6m 22s
    2. Editing text
      3m 49s
    3. Creating text on a selection
      6m 1s
    4. Creating text around a shape
      3m 51s
    5. Creating text on a custom path
      3m 59s
  18. 22m 43s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 24s
    2. Adding effects
      2m 6s
    3. Adding layer styles
      7m 38s
    4. Making shapes
      5m 17s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 18s
  19. 42m 14s
    1. Understanding Camera Raw
      3m 35s
    2. The Camera Raw interface
      5m 16s
    3. Adjusting color using the white balance controls
      4m 41s
    4. Controlling lighting and contrast
      6m 26s
    5. Enhancing photos with the Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation controls
      2m 39s
    6. Cropping and straightening
      2m 12s
    7. Reducing Noise
      2m 24s
    8. Sharpening
      6m 46s
    9. Outputting from Camera Raw
      4m 43s
    10. Processing multiple photos in Camera Raw
      3m 32s
  20. 56m 43s
    1. Creating a photo book
      6m 50s
    2. Completing the photo book
      10m 5s
    3. Creating a photo calendar
      8m 19s
    4. Creating a photo greeting card
      5m 17s
    5. Making other photo creations in the Create workspace
      2m 8s
    6. Outputting photo creations from the Create workspace
      2m 50s
    7. Creating a photo slideshow in Windows
      8m 45s
    8. Completing the photo slideshow
      3m 31s
    9. Making a scrapbook page from scratch in Full Edit
      8m 58s
  21. 41m 34s
    1. Printing photos
      8m 30s
    2. Printing contact sheets and picture packages in Windows
      5m 23s
    3. Printing contact sheets and picture packages on a Mac
      8m 33s
    4. Ordering prints from the Organizer
      4m 22s
    5. Sharing photos by email from the Organizer
      3m 46s
    6. Sharing photos with Photo Mail in Windows
      5m 3s
    7. Sharing photos on Facebook from the Organizer
      3m 42s
    8. Sharing photos on Flickr from the Organizer
      2m 15s
  22. 7m 34s
    1. Signing up for an Adobe ID
      2m 20s
    2. Sharing online albums from the Organizer to Photoshop.com
      5m 14s
  23. 40s
    1. Goodbye
      40s

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