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Chapter 11. Saving and Printing Images > Preparing an Image for Printing

Preparing an Image for Printing

Photoshop Elements offers a simple, elegant, intuitive tool to help you print your images. From the Print Preview dialog box, you can choose paper sizes, and you can position your image on the page, scale it, and even make some last minute modifications.

To reposition an image on a page:

1.
Select an image you want to print, then open it in Photoshop Elements.

2.
From the File menu, choose Print Preview to open the Print Preview dialog box (Figure 11.45).

Figure 11.45. The Print Preview dialog box.


3.
In the right column of the dialog box, click the Page Setup button to open the Page Setup dialog box.

4.
From the Size pop-up menu in the Page Setup dialog box, choose a paper size (Figure 11.46).

Figure 11.46. In the Page Setup dialog box, confirm that the paper size matches the paper in your printer.


The default paper size is Letter, 8.5 × 11.

5.
Close the Page Setup dialog box.

The page preview on the left side of the dialog box reflects the page size in proportion to the image you want to print.

6.
If you want your image printed in the center of the page, confirm that the Center Image check box is selected (Figure 11.47).

Figure 11.47. The Center Image check box perfectly centers your image on the page.


Center Image is Photoshop Elements’ default.

7.
If you want to move your image to a different area of the page, first uncheck Center Image; then make sure that the Show Bounding Box check box is selected in the Scaled Print Size portion of the dialog box (Figure 11.48).

Figure 11.48. The Show Bounding Box check box must be selected before you can reposition your image.


Show Bounding Box is Photoshop Elements’ default setting.

8.
To move the image to a new area on the page, do one of the following:

  • Move the pointer into the center of the image until it becomes a crossed-arrow cursor; then drag the image to a new spot on the page (Figure 11.49).

    Figure 11.49. Drag to manually move your image to a new location on the page.

  • Enter new values in the Top and Left text boxes. You can change the measurement system from the default of inches by selecting a different unit from the pop-up menus (Figure 11.50).

    Figure 11.50. To reposition your image on the page, choose a measurement value for your document.

Note that in either case, the position displayed in the text boxes is measured from the upper left corner of the page to the upper left corner of the image. In other words, if you enter 0 in both the Top and Left text boxes, your image will be positioned in the upper left corner, directly on the top and left margins of the page.


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