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So in this movie, I'll introduce you to the Print dialogue box, and I'll tour you through the position and size options. I've gone ahead and restored the saved version of The joy of color.psd. If you want to get a sense for the size and resolution of this or any other document, then drop down to this item in the lower left corner of the image window, and click and hold on it. And you'll see that this image in particular, measures 2,250 pixels wide by 1,500 pixels tall. The resolution, which as you may recall from our discussion of the Image Size command, exclusively affects how the image prints.
It is 250 pixels per inch. And as a result, those 2,250 pixels wide, fit into nine inches, and those 1,500 pixels tall fit into six inches. At least the way things are set up so far, but you can override the size and resolution inside the Print dialogue box. Now to print your image to a local printer, meaning one that's connected to your computer or part of a larger network, then go up to the File menu and choose the Print command. Or you can press Ctrl+P, or Cmd+P on the Mac.
And that brings up the Print dialogue box. On the left-hand side, we have a large Print preview, so we're actually seeing the page and the image on that page. And then on the right-hand side, we have access to all of our options. And you can expand a group of options by clicking on its triangle. So in this case, I've expanded Color Management. That scoots the Position and Size values way down to the bottom of the dialogue box, but if options get hidden, you can scroll down to reveal them. I'm going to scroll back up however, and go ahead and collapse Color Management for now.
If you're working on a network that includes multiple printers, then you can select the specific printer you want to use from this printer list. Obviously, you can print multiple copies if you want to. We've got a horizontal image on a vertical page, and as a result the left and right sides will crop away. We don't want that of course. So to switch orientations, you click on one of these layout icons. And I'll go ahead and click on the second one, in order to switch to a horizontal page. And you know what? I'm going to go ahead and increase the width of my Print dialogue box, so I can see a larger preview on the left-hand side.
Now notice that by default, Photoshop is going to scale the image to 100%. In other words, it's going to print nine inches wide, by six inches tall, with a print resolution of 250 PPI, or pixels per inch. You can however, turn on the Scale to Fit Media check box, which will resize the image, either making it larger or smaller, so that it fits inside what's known as the imageable area of the page. Now, what that means is the portion of the page that can actually be printed to. So, some ink jet printers allow you to print all the way to the edge.
You can do what's known as a full bleed. I'm printing to a laser printer however, that requires a margin all the way around the page, and you can see that margin represented as diagonal lines. In my case, Photoshop happens to have scaled the image to 118.51%. And that means that it's dropping the print resolution to 210 pixels per inch. If this is just a test file, that's fine. If this is a final file, that's an awfully low resolution, just for what it's worth. You can also scale the image manually.
To do that, you have to turn off the Scale to Fit Media check box, and then, let's say I want to increase the size of the image. Then, I would click in the Scale value and I would press the Up arrow key in order to increase the value in 1% increments, or I could press Shft+Up arrow in order to increase its size in 10% increments. And for example, let's say I'm not that concerned about cropping. I'm more interested in completely filling that imageable area, which for me happens at roughly 140%. And again, the print resolution is going to drop, in this case to a 178 PPI.
I'll go ahead and drop that Scale value back down to 100%. You can also scale the image subjectively, and you can see I now have these corner handles. And so I can drag them in in order to reduce the size of the image or out in order to expand the size. Notice that the image remains centered at all times, and that's because the Center check box is selected up here in the Position box. If you don't want it centered, then just go ahead and turn off the Center check box, and then you can enter coordinate positions if you like or, you can just drag the image on the page, like so.
In my case, I want to zoom in on those color swatches. So I'm going to increase the scale value back to 140% and I'm going to drag the image up and to the left, so I can see every single one of those swatches. At this point, I have three options. I can either cancel out and abandon everything I've done, I can click on the Print button to actually print the image. In which case, Photoshop may or may not bring up your system's Print dialogue box. If the dialogue box does pop up, just go ahead and click the Print button. Now in my case, I'm going to see this error message.
The image is larger than the paper's printable area. Printable and imageable are the same thing. Some clipping will occur, meaning the image will be cropped, and you can either choose to proceed or cancel. I'll go ahead and click Proceed in order to print a copy of the image. At which point you'll see some sort of progress message and then, with any luck, your printer will begin printing the document. I want to show you one other option that's available to you though. Go up to the File menu and choose the Print command once again. Notice, because I did go ahead and print the document, that all of my settings were saved.
Another way to save your settings however, without printing, is to just click on the Done button. And if you click on Done or Print, you will see an asterisk after the parentheses up here in the title bar, and that will tell you that you have unsaved changes. So you can actually save your print settings along with the document. And to do so, you would go up to the File menu and choose the Save command, or press Ctrl+S, or Cmd+S on a Mac. And that's how printing, scaling, and positioning work inside Photoshop.
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