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Chapter 11. Saving and Printing Images > Creating a Photographer’s Picture Pack...

Creating a Photographer’s Picture Package

Photoshop Elements’ Picture Package creates a page with multiple copies of the same image, just like the kind you’d receive from a professional photographer’s studio. Photos can be arranged in a number of layouts and sizes, from a sheet made up only of wallet-sized images to a variety pack of different sizes and quantities. Printing images this way is also more economical, as you waste less photo paper.

To make a picture package:

From the File menu, choose Print Layouts > Picture Package to open the Picture Package dialog box (Figure 11.30).

Figure 11.30. The Picture Package dialog box.

From the Use pop-up menu, select the location of the image for your picture package (Figure 11.31).

Figure 11.31. Choose among the Use pop-up menu options to determine the source of the image for your picture package.

If you select either File or Folder, click the Browse (Windows) or Choose (Macintosh) button; then browse for and select the image or folder of images you want to create your picture package from.

Note that if you choose a folder of images, only the first image in the folder will appear in the Picture Package preview, but when you click OK to start the process, a picture package will be created from every image in the folder.

Note also that if you have an image open before you open the Picture Package dialog box, the Use pop-up menu will automatically set itself to Frontmost Document, and the image will appear in the preview on the right side of the dialog box.

From the Page Size pop-up menu, choose a page size compatible with your printer.

The page preview to the right will update to reflect the values you enter.

Note that as in the Contact Sheet dialog box, these values specify the actual area that the images will occupy, not the page size itself.

From the Layout pop-up menu, choose a layout template.

The selection of layout templates varies depending on the page size you choose (Figure 11.32). Again, the page preview to the right updates to reflect the selection you make (Figure 11.33).

Figure 11.32. Layout templates let you display and print a variety of image sizes and orientations.

Figure 11.33. The default layout template (left) and one of the many selections from the Layout pop-up menu (right).

Enter a resolution in the Resolution text box; then from the Mode pop-up menu, choose either RGB Color or Grayscale.

If your original images are RGB, you can select Grayscale, if you’d like, and create a contact sheet of grayscale rather than color images. Choosing grayscale here will have no affect on your original RGB images.

Choose whether or not to flatten layers using the Flatten All Layers check box (Figure 11.34).

Figure 11.34. Flatten layers within your picture package file if you want to keep file size to a minimum.

When Flatten All Layers is left unchecked, every individual image and line of type (if a label is applied) is assigned to its own layer. The inclusion of up to 20 or 40 layers in your final contact sheet will increase its file size accordingly, but will also provide you some flexibility to hide, delete or even rearrange all those picture and text objects. If file size and disk space aren’t concerns, we recommend leaving this box unchecked. You can always choose to flatten the contact sheet file later, if you like.

From the Content pop-up menu, choose a label option to apply to your images (Figure 11.35).

Figure 11.35. You can include descriptive text, such as captions or copyright information for your images. The selected text is placed directly on top of each individual image in the picture package.

You can choose to include no label information, enter custom text in the Picture Package dialog box, or pick text from any one of the fields in a picture’s Image Info dialog box. (See the “Adding Personalized File Information” sidebar earlier in this chapter.)

Enter text attributes for the label, including font, size, color, and position on the image (Figure 11.36).

Figure 11.36. Customize your picture package labels in the lower portion of the dialog box.

Click OK to close the dialog box and create the picture package.

A new Picture Package file is created, and the selected image (or folder of images) is automatically placed in the new file according to the layout template you selected, ready for you to print.



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