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A picture package of your photos printed at different sizes, like your old school pictures, is created differently on the Mac than on Windows. Like contact sheets, picture packages are made from a feature in the Editor on the Mac. So, although you can start in the Organizer to make a picture package, that will just take you to the Editor, so I think it makes sense to start the process of creating picture packages on the Mac in the Editor. Here in Expert edit workspace, I'm going to go to the File menu and down to Picture Package, and that opens the Picture Package dialog box.
I will start by choosing one or more images as the source image that I'm going to use in the picture package. I could choose just one file, or I could choose a whole folder full of files. I'll go with one file, and then I'll click to Choose button, and I will navigate to the file that I'm looking for. I'll go with this file, and then I'll click Open. In the Layout section of the Picture Package dialog box, you can see a display of the default picture package, which is two medium-sized copies of the same photo.
Over on the left, I can customize my picture package. The first thing I usually do is set the Page Size. The page size is the size of the entire document, and of course, it needs to be smaller than the paper on which I plan to print. I can choose a page size from this dropdown menu. I'll go with 8 by 10. And from the next menu, I can change the layout that you see over here. Depending on the paper size that I've chosen, I'll get different choices here in the Layout menu, and each is different, ss you can see as I cycle through some of these.
I'll start with this one. In the next field, I can set the Resolution for the picture package that I'm building. Because some of these photos will be relatively big, I'll leave this at the best resolution for my desktop inkjet printer: 300 pixels/inch, because I am printing this on an inkjet printer. I'll leave the Color mode set to RGB Color. If my photo has layers in it, I'll tell Elements to flatten those layers before making the picture package in order to minimize the file size of the picture package document. In the Label section, I have all kinds of choices about text that I can include on the picture package.
Elements will take the Filename, the Copyright, Description, or these other items from the metadata of the file, and include it in the picture package. Or I can choose to add Custom Text. For example, let's say that these are proof photos that I want to present to a client. I'll click in the Custom Text field, I'll type PROOF in capital letters, and I can choose the Font, and the Font Size as well. I want this to be relatively big, so I'll go with something like 36 points.
I can also choose the color for this text. Because I'm printing on a relatively dark image, I think I'll change the color from black to white, or if I choose Custom, I can choose any color from a color picker. In the next field, I can set the Opacity of the text. I'm going to reduce it to maybe around 60, so that we can partially see through the text to the photo behind it. I can choose the position of this text on the photo. I think I'll leave it centered, and I can even rotate it.
I'll leave that at its default of None. Before I create the final picture package, I want to show you that you can customize any of the preset layouts that you can choose from this menu by setting it up as I've done, and then clicking Edit Layout. In the Layout editor, I can customize this layout by adding and deleting zones, which are the bounding boxes or placeholders in which you'll see each of my photos here. Let's say that I want to have a large photo in this area, rather than two small ones. I'll click on one of the small zones, and then I'll click the Delete Zone button, and that goes away.
I'll do the same for this zone, selecting it, and clicking Delete Zone. And then I'm going to add a zone, so I'll click the Add Zone button, and that adds a zone in the center of the layout, with a copy of my photo. I'll click inside of that zone, and drag it into place, wherever I want it. If I want to get all of these zones to line up, I can use the snap to grid by selecting Snap To down here. I'd like to keep this edited template for use in the future, so I'm going to save it. Before I do, I don't want to save over the original layout, so I'll click on the layout name, and I'll call this one new, and then I'll click Save.
I'll give the layout a name. I'll call this christmas new, and then I'll click Save. And now I'll be able to access that template in the future. Back here in the Picture Package dialog box, I'm almost done, but there's one more thing I want to show you. Sometimes a picture package has the same photo at different sizes, like this, but you can have multiple photos in the same picture package. For example, I have another similar photo of Christmas trees in this location in Paris. I'd like to add that here. So I'll double-click on this photo, and that opens my Finder, and from here I navigate to another photo, and I'll click Open, and that replaces the original photo with the second photo.
When I'm all done setting up my picture package, I'll click OK, and Elements goes about creating the picture package for me. It may take a while, depending on the number and size of photos that you are including in the picture package. When it's done, the picture package is displayed in the Editor, and I can see from the fact that there is an asterisk on the file name here in the document tab that this file hasn't yet been saved. So, if I were to close it now, I would lose my picture package, so I'll be sure to go to the File menu, and choose Save, or Save As, and save the picture package.
And then I would print it, just like I would print any individual photo, using the techniques that I showed you for printing photos earlier in this chapter.
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