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Prepare Photos for Printing in Photoshop Elements 10

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

The first step toward getting your Photoshop Elements 10 photos to your desktop printer is to prepare each image for optimum output. You have several considerations when you’re preparing files, including the ones in this list:

  • Set resolution and size. See your printer’s documentation to find out what they recommend for resolution. As a general rule, 200 to 300 ppi (pixels per inch) works best for most printers printing on high-quality paper. If you print on plain paper, you often find that lower resolutions work just as well or even better.

  • Make all brightness and color corrections before printing. Make sure that your pictures appear their best before sending them off to your printer. If you have your monitor properly calibrated, you should see a fair representation of what your pictures will look like before you print them.

  • Decide how color will be managed before you print. You can color-manage output to your printer in three ways. Know your printer’s profiles and how to use them before you start to print your files.

  • Get your printer ready. Finally, when printing to desktop color printers, always be certain your ink cartridges have ink and the nozzles are clean. Make sure you use the proper settings for paper and ink when you send a file to your printer. Be sure to review the manual that came with your printer to become aware of how to perform all the steps required to make a quality print.