Since paper and ink are not exactly cheap, you want to get the most real estate on each printed page with as many correctly-sized photos fit on it as possible. This will eliminate wasted paper and unnecessary print jobs. I will first go through how to fit four horizontal images (each sized to 4 by 6 inches) on a horizontal blank page.
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Printing photos of family, friends and memorable events is one of the first things many of us want to do once we get a good quality photo printer. Creating sheets of prints in Photoshop can be done by resizing and moving your images onto a blank document. This tutorial assumes you have already done and saved all the corrections and edits you want, but I will also go through some optimal settings in the Photoshop print dialog box.
Step 1: Fire up Photoshop and open up the first image you want to print. You can of course use Adobe Bridge if you prefer, but I normally stick to the File menu right in Photoshop itself.
Step 2: Go to Image – Image Size. Select the Inches options for height and width if these are not already selected. Uncheck the checkboxes next to Constrain Proportions and Scale Styles. I resized mine to 4 by 6 inches in this example. Change the pixels to 240, one of the recommended resolutions for printing.
Step 3: Go to File — New and create a new document using the US Paper size (8.5 by 11 inches) Leave everything else at the default settings. Go to Image – Image Rotation and flip it 90 degrees so the document is in landscape rather than vertical.
Step 5: Select the Move tool and drag your resized image onto the blank document. Arrange it where you would like it, whether in the center or to one side. If you want to print more than one copy of the same image, simply drag it to the blank document more than once.
Step 6: Save and close your resized image. Repeat Steps 1-5 with the next image you want to print on the same page.
Step 7: Once you are happy with the way your images are arranged for printing, go to Layer – Flatten Image. This will flatten all your images into one layer.
Step 8: Go to File – Print to pull up the print dialog box. Make sure “Photoshop Manages Colors” is selected and that the landscape layout is selected. Once everything looks good, click the Print button. If you get the “image clipping” message, just ignore it and click “Proceed.” I have yet to ever get any part of a printed page cut off as long as I first check it in the Print Preview area.
Printing a set of vertical images onto the same page follows the same basic steps with a few important adjustments. Ideally, you may have a photo printer that allows you to print on paper sheets sized differently than the standard 8.5 by 11 inch measurements. If you can print on an 11 by 14 inch sheet of photo paper, you can fit up to eight vertical images sized to 4 by 6 inches on the same page by moving each image carefully to fit. If you are limited to printing on 8.5 by 11 inch paper, you should be able to fit six vertical images of the same size on the same sheet.
Once you feel comfortable with these steps, try experimenting with other photo sizes such as 5 by 7 inches and (if you can) different document sizes to print them on.