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Getting One 5″×7″, wo 2.5″×3.5″, and Four Wallet Size on One Print

When it’s time to deliver final prints to your client, you can save a lot of time and money by creating a “Picture Package,” which lets you gang-print common final sizes together on one sheet. Luckily, Photoshop does all the work for you. All you have to do is open the photo you want ganged and then Photoshop will take it from there, except the manual cutting of the final print, which is actually beyond Photoshop’s capabilities. So far.

Step One.
Open the photo you want to appear in a variety of sizes on one page, then go under the File menu, under Automate, and choose Picture Package. (In Photoshop CS, you can also choose Picture Package from the Automate mini-menu from right within the File Browser.) At the top of the dialog, the Source block asks which photo you want to use as your Source photo. By default, if you have a photo open, it assumes that’s the one you want to use (your Frontmost Document), but you can choose from the Use: pop-up menu to use photos in a folder, or an individual file on your drive. By default, Picture Package chooses an 8×10 Page Size for you, but you can also choose either a 10×16 or 11×17 Page Size.


Step Two.
You choose the sizes and layout for your Picture Package from the Layout pop-up menu (shown here). In this example, I chose (1) 5×7 (2) 2.5×3.5 and (4) 2×2.5, but you can choose any combination you like.

Step Three.
When you choose a layout, a large preview of that layout appears in the right column of the dialog. You can also choose the final output resolution in the Resolution field, and the Color Mode you’d like for your final output (in this case, I chose RGB because I’ll be printing them to a color inkjet printer).

Step Four.
The bottom left section of the dialog is for labeling your photos, but be forewarned—these labels appear printed right across your photos, so use them only if you’re creating client proof sheets—not the final prints. Like the Web Photo Gallery, with the exception of adding your own custom text, this information is pulled from embedded info you enter in the File Info dialog, found under the File menu.

Step Five.
Click OK and Photoshop automatically resizes, rotates, and compiles your photos into one document (as shown). The one thing many photographers have complained about is that Picture Package doesn’t offer you a way to add a white border around each photo in the package, but we’ve got a workaround for that in Step Six.

Step Six.
To have a white border appear around your photo in Picture Package, you have to first add it manually. So, start by pressing the letter “d” to set your Background color to white, then open your photo. Go under the Image menu and choose Canvas Size. Make sure the Relative Box is checked and then enter the amount of white border you’d like in the Width and Height fields (I used ¼ inch).

Step Seven.
When you click OK in the Canvas Size dialog, it adds a white border around your photo. Now, you’re ready to go under the File menu, under Automate, and choose Picture Package.

Step Eight.
Here’s how your final Picture Package output will look with a border added around each photo (compare it with the Picture Package output on the previous page with no border). Remember, although the final print sizes will be correct (a 5×7 will still measure 5×7 including the border), adding this white border does make the photo itself a little bit smaller in order to compensate.

Step Nine.
Another feature of Picture Package is that you can have picture packages that use more than one photo. For example, to change one of the 2.5×3.5 prints to a different photo (while keeping the rest intact), just click on the preview of the image that you want to change.

Step Ten.
When you click on this photo, a dialog appears prompting you to Select an Image File. Navigate to the photo you want to appear here.

Step Eleven.
Click the Open button and that photo now appears within your Picture Package (as shown here in the dialog’s Preview column). You can replace any other photo (or all the photos) using the same method.



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