Photoshop Elements lets you control how your photos are printed. Photoshop Elements’s Print dialog box is designed to help you through the printing workflow. Each set of options in the dialog box is organized to guide you through the printing process.

  1. Do one of the following:

    • Open the photos in Photoshop Elements.

    • Select photos in the Photo Bin (). Use Ctrl-click (Command-click in Mac OS) to select multiple photos from the Photo Bin.


    You can select the photos in Elements Organizer, and select the option Show Files Selected In Organizer. The photos are displayed in the Project Bin.

  2. Choose File > Print.


    You can add photos to a print job from within the Print dialog box. See Add photos using the Print dialog box for more information.

  3. In the Print dialog box, specify the desired options. For details, see Print dialog box options.

  4. Do one of the following:

    • To print the image, click Print.
    • To close the dialog box without saving the options, click Cancel.

Add photos using the Print dialog box

  1. In the Print dialog box, click the Add button ().
  2. In the Add Photos dialog box, select one of the following:

    Photos Currently In Browser

    Displays photos currently visible in the Media Browser.

    Entire Catalog

    Displays all photos in your catalog.


    Displays photos from a specific album. Use the menu to select an album.

    Keyword Tag

    Displays photos with a specific tag. Use the menu to select a tag.

    Only Show Photos with Ratings

    Displays only photos marked with the Favorites tag.

    Also Show Hidden Photos

    Displays photos marked as hidden.

  3. Click one or more thumbnails, or click Select All, and then click Add Selected Photos.
  4. Click Done.

The Print dialog box lets you preview the print and set the following options:

Select Printer Select a printer from the drop-down list.

Select Paper Size Select the desired size of the paper for printing photos from the drop-down list.

Orientation Specify the orientation of the page.

Select Print Size Select a print size for the photo. Select Custom to specify the dimensions of photo. For more details, see scale photos.

Crop To Fit Select this option to fit the individual image to the specified print layout. The image is scaled and, if necessary, cropped to match the aspect ratio of the print layout. Deselect this option if you don’t want your photos cropped.

Print Copies Select or enter a number in the text box to specify the number of copies of each page that you want to print.

A. Photos selected for print B. Page preview C. Photoholder D. Add photos for print E. Print options 


In Windows, you can modify the following print settings:

  • Click Change Settings under Printer Settings to specify the printer, paper type, paper tray, paper size, print quality. Click Advanced Settings to open the printer driver options.
  • Choose one of the following options from the Select Type Of Print drop-down list:
    • Individual Prints Print individual photos
    • Picture Package Arrange photos in various layouts and frames (borders for individual photos)
    • Contact Sheet Automatically arrange selected photos in a single-column or multi-column layout.

More options for printing

When you click More Options in the Print dialog box, the following options are displayed:

Printing Choices

Enables you to specify the following settings:

Photo Details

You can print the date, caption, and filename by selecting the following options:

  • Show Date
  • Show Caption
  • Show File Name


You can specify the following details for the border:

  • Thickness in inches, mm, or points.
  • Color of the border
  • Background color

Iron-on Transfer

Select Flip Image to use the image for T-shirt transfers.


Some printers have the inverting images option. If so, ensure that you use either your printer driver settings or the Invert image option to invert images. Selecting both the options horizontally flips the image twice.

Trim Guidelines

Select Print Crop Marks (guidelines on all four edges of the photo) to make it easier to trim a photo.

Printing choices

Custom Print Size

Enables you to specify the following settings:

Print Size

You can specify the width and height in inches, centimeters, and millimeters. Select Scale To Fit Media to scale the image to fit on the page.

Specify the dimensions of the photo for printing

Color Management

Displays the color profile of the image. Image Space shows the color space embedded in your photo file. (The print preview in the Print dialog box is not color managed and doesn’t update as you choose a profile.) You can change the profile for printing from the following options:

Color Handling

You can choose to have either your printer or Photoshop Elements manage colors.

Printer Profile

Sets a custom printer profile to convert image colors to the printer’s color space, or turns off color conversion. If you have an ICC profile for your printer and paper combination, choose it from the menu. Make sure that you turn off the printer driver’s color management.

Rendering Intent

Specifies how colors are translated from the image’s source color space when certain colors are not available in the print space.

Color management options available for printing photos

Page setup options for printing

When you click Page Setup in the Print dialog box, the following options are displayed:

  • Printer Add a printer or specify the preferences for your printer.
  • Copies Specify the number of copies you want to print.
  • Pages Choose one of the following options: Single, Range, and All. Specify the page number or the page range.

Click Show Details to specify additional options

Presets Choose default settings, last used settings, or or saved presets.


  • Pages Per Sheet Specify the number of pages you want to print on one sheet of paper.
  • Layout Direction Select the layout of the pages that you want to print on one sheet of paper.
  • Border Select a border from the drop-down list.
  • Two-Sided Choose On to print on both sides of the sheet.
  • Reverse Page Orientation Select this option to change the orientation of the page for printing.
  • Flip Horizontally Select this option to flip the page being printed horizontally.

Paper Handling

  • Collate Pages Select this option to print pages together.
  • Pages To Print Choose the desired option to print all pages, even pages, or odd pages.
  • Page Order Choose the page order for printing: Automatic, Normal, or Reverse.
  • Scale To Fit Paper Size Select the option to fit the page to the paper size being used for printing photos.
  • Destination Paper Size Select the paper size for printing photos.
  • Scale Down Only Select this option to scale down the page to fit the paper size.


To save your settings, do one of the following:

  • Click Save in the Page Setup dialog box.
  • Choose Save Current Settings As Preset in the Presets drop-down list.

Position and scale photos

You can adjust the position and scale of an image using options in the Print dialog box. The shaded border at the edge of the paper represents the margins of the selected paper; the printable area is white. The blue border at the edge of the photo is the Photoholder; it is not printed with the image.

Scaling an image in the Print dialog box changes the size and resolution of the printed image only. For example, if you scale a 72‑ppi image to 50% in the Print dialog box, the image will print at 144 ppi; however, the document size settings in the Image Size dialog box will not change.

Position a photo on the paper

  1. Choose File > Print.

  2. Under the Position settings in the Print dialog, do one of the following:

    • To center the image in the printable area, select Center Image.
    • To position the image numerically, deselect Center Image, and then enter values for Top and Left.
    • Deselect Center Image, and drag the placeholder or the image in the preview area..
    Position settings

Rotate an image

  1. Choose File > Print.

  2. In the Print dialog box, do one of the following to rotate the Photoholder or the image:

    • Click the Rotate Image buttons to rotate the Photoholder.
    • Check Image Only to rotate just the image.

Scale the print size of an image

  1. Choose File > Print.

  2. Click More Options in the Print dialog.

  3. Select Custom Print Size. Then, do one of the following:

    • Select Scale To Fit Media to scale the image to fit on the page.
    • Specify the units of measurement from the Units menu and enter values for Height and Width to rescale the image numerically. The dimensions are constrained, meaning that changing one dimension proportionately changes the other dimension.


    You can Zoom In or Out of the image using the slider in the Print dialog box.

    Adjust the slider to zoom the image within the photoholder

If your image (PSD or TIFF) is multi-layered, use the Layers panel to temporarily hide the layers from view and prevent them from printing.

  1. In Expert mode, open a multilayer image.
  2. In the Layers panel, click the Eye icon  to make a layer invisible.
  3. When only the layers you want to print are visible, choose File > Print. The Print dialog box opens with only the visible layers showing in the thumbnail preview.

  4. Set your printing options and click Print.

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