Specifying Print Options for Printing Images in Photoshop Elements 9

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

You print files from Photoshop Elements using the File→Print command. Depending on what workspace you have open, you can set print options in the Print dialog box from the Organizer or from within Edit Full mode. The different modes provide you with some different options.

Printing from the Organizer

You can select one or more images in the Organizer and then choose File→Print. The images selected when you choose the Print command appear in a scrollable list, as shown in the following figure (Windows). On the Macintosh when you choose File→Print in the Organizer, you are switched to the Elements editor, where the Print dialog box opens.

Thumbnails of selected images appear in the Print Photos dialog box.

Thumbnails of selected images appear in the Print Photos dialog box.

Options in the Print Photos dialog box (Windows) or Print dialog (Mac) include:

    A.    Image Thumbnails: When you select multiple images in the Organizer, all the selected images appear in a scrollable window on the left side of the dialog box.

    B.    Scroll bar: When so many photos are selected that they all cannot be viewed in the thumbnail list on the left side of the dialog box, you can use the scroll bar to see all images.

    C.    Add/Remove: If the Print Photos dialog box is open and you want to add more photos to print, click the Add (+) icon and the Add Photos dialog box opens. A list of thumbnails appears, showing all photos in the current open catalog. Check the check boxes adjacent to the thumbnails to indicate the photos you want to add to your print queue. You can also choose an entire catalog, albums, photos marked with keyword tags, and photos having a rating.

        If you want to remove a photo from the list to be printed, click the photo in the scrollable list in the Print Photos dialog box and click the Remove (-) icon.

    D.    Help: Click the Help button to open help information pertaining to printing photos.

    E.    Page Setup: Click this button to open the Page Setup dialog box.

    F.    More Options: Click More Options to open another dialog box where additional options are chosen.

    G.    Scroll Print Preview: Click the arrows to go through a print preview for all images in the list.

    H.    Print Preview: This image displays a preview of the image to be printed.

    I.    Print: Click Print after making all adjustments in the Print Photos dialog box.

    J.    Cancel: Clicking Cancel dismisses the dialog box without sending a photo to the printer.

    K.    Select Printer: Choose a target printer from the drop-down list.

    L.    Printer Settings (Windows only): Click this button to open properties unique to the selected printer.

    M.    Select Paper Size: Choose from print sizes that your printer supports. This list may change when you choose a different printer from the Select Printer drop-down menu.

    N.    Select Type of Prints: You have three options available — Print Individual Prints, Contact Sheets, or Picture Packages on Windows. On the Macintosh, these options are found as separate menu commands in the File menu in Edit Full mode.

    O.    Select Print Size: Select from the print size options that your printer supports.

    P.    Crop to Fit: Check this box to crop an image to fit the selected paper size.

    Q.    Print ___ Copies of Each Page: By default, One Photo Per Page is selected. Remove the check mark and on the same page you can choose a number of prints from the drop-down menu.

Using Page Setup

When you click the Page Setup button in the Print Photos dialog box, the Page Setup dialog box opens. In this dialog box, you can select print attributes that may be unique to your printer. However, you can control the options for most desktop printers in the Print Photos dialog box.

Using More Options

When printing photos from the Organizer, click the More Options button in the Print Photos dialog box. The More Options dialog box opens. The default selection in this dialog box is Printing Choices.

The More Options dialog box provides additional options for printing photos.

The More Options dialog box provides additional options for printing photos.

Choices available for printing your photos include:

  • Photo Details: Check the check boxes for the detail items you want printed as labels on your output.

  • Border: Check Add a Border, and you can specify the size and choose a unit of measure in the drop-down list. Click the color swatch to choose a color for the border. Check Include Trim Guideline to print guides for trimming the paper.

  • Layout: If you want one photo printed per page, check this box.

  • Flip Image: This option is used for heat transfer material: Mylar, Lexjet, and other substrates that require E-down printing — emulsion-down printing, where the negative and the image are flipped.

  • Print Crop Marks: Check this box to print crop marks.

Printing from Edit Full mode

If you want to print a photo while in Edit Full mode, choose File→Print and the Print dialog box opens. The Print dialog box in Edit Full mode in Elements is identical to the Print dialog box you use when printing from the Organizer.