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In Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training, Ted LoCascio teaches casual photographers how to organize, edit, and share their digital image libraries using this powerful software package from Adobe. He tours the included Adobe Bridge application, used for importing and organizing photographs, and explores every feature of Elements itself. He demonstrates how to navigate the Elements workspace, which is used to correct and improve images, combine them into projects, and produce slideshows, photo books, web galleries, and more. Ted also explains how to get the most out of each editing mode, and shares tips for correcting, retouching, and sharpening photographs. Example files accompany the course.
With this movie I would like to show you how to use the Picture Package feature, which allows you to print multiple copies of an image on a single sheet of photo paper. I'm currently in the Elements' Editing workspace and I have a couple of images open; both of these images are inside of our Catalog Images folder in our exercise files. What I would like to do is actually print multiple copies of different sizes of each of these images on a single sheet of photo paper, one for each image. So let's take a look at how we could do this. We will go into the File menu and we will choose Picture Package. Inside of this dialog box we can choose our Source Images, that's the first thing we need to do. Currently it's defaulting to the Frontmost Document, which is the document that you're seeing behind me here and that also happens to be the first image in the Project bin.
I actually want to do this for all of the open files, using the same format for each open file. There are only two open files so we will go ahead and choose Open Files. And then we need to set up our document specifications over here. Whether or not we want to print multiple copies of each image on an 8x10 sheet of paper, 10x16, or 11x17. So basically Letter/Legal/Tabloid size. Let's choose 8x10. It's defaulting to this layout of two 5x7 images, and notice that what happened over here on the right in our Preview area.
It's showing the two 5x7 images and how they will look in the Picture Package document that it's going to create. This is actually going to create a separate document that we're then going to print. From the Layout list we can choose from any of these options in here. I say let's try and fit as many pictures as we can onto a single sheet of 8x10 paper. We will go ahead and choose this option here. All right, we have one 5x7, two 2.5x3.5, four 2x2.5 inch photographs. So let's take a look at the Layout over here, it's showing us all that. We have 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, seven images total that are going to print on a single sheet of 8x10 photo paper.
Now, that's really making the most of the photo paper. There are lots of copies of this image in here that we can then share with our families and our friends. So let's take a look over here. We also want to setup our Resolution properly. It's currently set up at 300, and that's the way it should be. In order to create a file that is of proper resolution for printing it should be a minimal of 220, but recommended 300 pixels/inch. So that's why this is defaulting to 300, and that's a good thing. If you wanted to reduce this, you could. The only reason you would is to reduce the file size if you need to. If maybe you need to send it to someone and it needs to be a specific file size, you could maybe reduce this to 220 and still maintain a high resolution output, but recommended, 300.
Mode, RGB Color. That should work fine with any inkjet printer. When it creates this file it's going to use layers, so these images will actually be on different layers. You can choose to keep the layered file by turning that off or flatten the layered file by turning this on. Unless you intend to do something to the layers, perhaps move things around or reposition things, add styles, who knows? I would recommend just flattening this. Generally, if you're ready to print something, you're pretty much done with it, and you just would flatten this. So that's what I would recommend.
For your Label options, if you want to add things like text, captions, copyright information, any of that, you can choose from one of these options in here and then fill out the appropriate fields underneath. I'm not going to do this in this instance. I'm just going to go ahead and stick with the images the way they are, and then click OK. So it's creating the Picture Package files now; one for each open image in the Project bin. You can see it's doing the second one now, putting it together, and its doing so using layers, we can see it happening automatically over here on the right on the Layers palette.
So now we have Picture Package 1 and Picture Package 2, so all we need to do now is choose File > Print and setup the Print dialog box to print these out on an inkjet printer. So if you're not familiar how to go through that process, what I would recommend is watching the printing movie that shows you how to setup your dialog box properly for printing an image to an inkjet printer.
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