Photoshop Elements lets you control how you print your photos. You can print photos, contact sheets, and picture packages.
A contact sheet enables you to preview a group of images by displaying thumbnail images on a single page.
You can print photos to PDF as well. To do that, you must install Adobe Acrobat on your system.
Select Print Size
Select a print size for the photo. Select Custom to specify the dimensions of the 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.
Select or enter a number in the text box to specify the number of copies of each page that you want to print.
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). Selecting this option opens Element Organizer for further process. For details, see Printing photos.
- Contact Sheet: Automatically arrange selected photos in a single-column or multicolumn layout. Selecting this option opens Element Organizer for further process. For details, see Printing photos.
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
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.
Select Print Crop Marks (guidelines on all four edges of the photo) to make it easier to trim a photo.
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.
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:
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.
Specifies how colors are translated from the image’s source color space when certain colors are not available in the print space.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.