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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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