Explore Print Options in Photoshop Elements - dummies

Explore Print Options in Photoshop Elements

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

Perhaps the greatest challenge when using programs such as Photoshop Elements (and even the professionals who use its granddaddy, Adobe Photoshop) is getting what you see on your monitor to render a reasonable facsimile on a printed page.

You can find all sorts of books on color printing — how to get color right, how to calibrate your equipment, and how to create and use color profiles — all for the purpose of getting a good match between your computer monitor, your printer, and the paper used to print your output.

Here, take a look at options — many options — for setting print attributes for printing to your own color printer. A little time spent understanding the process will save you some headaches down the road.

The basic principles of color management are used each time you send a file to your printer, but you don’t have to stick to the basics. First, you might just print a single photo with basic settings.

However, Elements provides you with choices for printing multiple pictures at a time. You also have options for printing files without borders, as well as a number of choices for printing photos with decorative frames, picture packages, and contact sheets.

In the Organizer or Expert Photo Edit mode, you can choose to print multiple images as either a contact sheet or picture package. From within Expert Photo Edit mode in Windows, when you choose to print a contact sheet or picture package, Elements switches you to the Organizer. You then proceed in the Organizer and leave Expert Photo Edit mode.

As an example, look at this figure. In the Print dialog box, Picture Package was chosen from the Select Type of Print drop-down menu, and an Antique Oval frame was added. Elements displays a preview of your choices in the Preview pane.

Printing a Picture Package with an Antique Oval frame.
Printing a Picture Package with an Antique Oval frame.