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Chapter 8. Making Prints > Printing from iPhoto

8.2. Printing from iPhoto

When you choose File → Print(-P)in iPhoto, you don't see the standard Mac OS X Print dialog box—the one that asks you how many copies you want to print, which pages you want included, and so on. (As shown in Figure 8-2, you must click Advanced Options to see these controls.)

Advanced Printing Options

As mentioned earlier, the "advanced" printing options that appear when you click the Advanced Options button in the Print dialog box aren't really advanced. They're the standard, everyday options that you find in the Print dialog box when printing from any other Mac OS X program, as shown in Figure 8-2.

You can safely ignore many of these options, which vary depending on which printer you're using. For example, unless you're using a fancy printer equipped with multiple paper trays and double-sided printing capabilities, there's no need to concern yourself with the Duplex and Paper Feed options. The Error Handling panel, which appears if you're using a PostScript printer, controls arcane details about how your printer reports PostScript errors; you'll be happier if you don't even think about it. And the Summary panel is just a window showing your current printer settings, with nothing to turn on or off.

Some of these other printing options are more useful:

  • Copies & Pages. You don't have to use this panel to choose the number of copies you want printed; you do that using the standard iPhoto print options. However, this panel does allow you to set a specific range of pages for printing, which can be helpful. You can print just the first page or two of a 26-page contact sheet, for example, to test your print settings.

  • Output Options. This panel offers another way to save your print job as a PDF file, exactly like the one described on page 214.

  • Printer Features. This panel is important, since it's where you can make adjustments that are specific to your particular printer. Depending on the make and model of your printer, this might be where you set print resolution, quality, and speed settings.



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