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A picture package is an image file that contains one or more photos, usually printed at different sizes, like the senior portrait picture package you may have had in high school. On Windows, you can create a picture package either for the Organizer, or from the Editor, from the Create menu. I'm going to start here in the Organizer. You can't select photos to include in your picture package, or if you have selected a folder, as I have here, you can just go to the Create menu, and choose Photo Prints, and then Picture Package. You will be asked if you want to print all of the displayed photos; in other words, all of the photos in the selected folder.
I'm going to say Yes. That opens the Prints dialog box. This is the same dialog box that we walked through when I was explaining how to make individual prints, so I'm not going to spend a lot of time on all of those settings. You can look back at the movies on printing to find out what all the settings here do. The one thing that's different when you're making a picture package is that step four, Select Type of Print, is set to Picture Package. I'm using the default paper size here, which is Letter Size paper. The default Layout for Letter Size paper is the one you see here; two images printed on the same page, and by default, those will be two of the photos that you've opened into the Prints dialog box.
But if you want to have a more traditional picture package, which is the same photo printed on one page, then come down to Fill Page With First Photo, and check there. That gives you two copies of the first photo on this page, and I now have two pages in my picture package. So, if I click the arrow down here, I can see the second page; two copies of a different photo. I'll go back to the first page. In step five, you can select from a number of different layouts. The layouts that you will see in this dropdown menu are different depending on the paper size that you have selected in step three.
There are lots of different options here. If you select an option, it's going to produce a layout that's larger than the paper size, you will get this warning that some clipping will occur. If I click OK, Elements will still create the picture package for me, but it will clip the photos a little bit. If I come up to step three, and I choose a different paper size, maybe this large A4 size paper, then I get different layout options in step five. Here, for example, is a very traditional looking picture package, with the same photo printed multiple times at different sizes, and if I click the arrow, you can see that I have the same photo, also at different sizes, in this picture package.
Down here I can select a frame for the photos in the picture package from one of several graphic frames. There is an Antique Oval, an Antique Rectangle, and more. I will put that back to None for now. By default, Crop to Fit is checked, and what that does is size all the photos in the picture package to fit in their placeholders. This blue line around the first photo is a placeholder for that photo. If I were to uncheck Crop to Fit, you can see that this particular photo is a little bit narrower than its placeholder.
So, when I do check Crop to Fit, Elements upsizes that photo a bit, so that it's wide enough to fill this placeholder, and in that process, it crops off a bit of the height of this photo. Here I can choose how many copies of my picture package I want to print. If I were to choose 3 here, I'd actually get 6 pages, because I have two separate pages in this picture package, and I will get three copies of each page. So, now I'm all done setting up my picture package. It's time to print, so I'll click the Print button here.
In this case, the sizing of the images for the picture package is going to result in some of them being rendered at less than the ideal resolution; the number of pixels per inch for printing. If that's the case, you may want to go out and make a larger copy of your photo from your original, and then make a picture package with the larger photos. But I'm going to go ahead and click Continue here, and that will cause Elements to send my picture package directly for printing to my desktop inkjet printer.
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