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Oct 19, 2013

How to master iPhoto’s printing preferences [Tutorial]

by Stephen Ashby

Make your printed images look truly professional with these top Print menu tips

How to master iPhoto’s printing preferences [Tutorial]mainDigital photos are great – you can copy them easily, save them to multiple places to ensure they don’t get lost, and thanks to increased memory sizes, cameras can now take thousands of photos rather than just 32. However, while photography has come a long way in the last 15 years, we rarely see photos printed out any more. Before, the only way to get hold of your photos was to get them developed into physical copies, but with apps like iPhoto offering storage for all your snaps there is rarely any need to print out copies, and that’s a real shame. Printing at home is much cheaper than in a shop, too – if you own a half- decent printer, all you need is a few sheets of photo paper. It’s a lot more customisable as well, with options including borders, themes and different photo sizes to try. Sound good to you? Keep on reading…How to master iPhoto’s printing preferences [Tutorial]

How to master iPhoto’s printing preferences [Tutorial]1: Select photos

First, select the photos you want to print. Drag a box around them or hold the Cmd button as you click in individual shots to select multiple files.

How to master iPhoto’s printing preferences [Tutorial]

2: File>Print

Open the File menu and scroll to the Print option. You also have the option to order prints from Apple in the same menu – they’ll be posted to you.

How to master iPhoto’s printing preferences [Tutorial]

3: Presets

The Print menu offers a small number of basic presets for you to try. The small preview on the right gives an idea of what your printed shot will look like.

How to master iPhoto’s printing preferences [Tutorial]

4: Sizes

The options at the bottom offer different sizes, both for the paper you are using to print on and the size of the prints themselves.

How to master iPhoto’s printing preferences [Tutorial]

5: Customise…

Hit the Customise button and you can access a selection of extra options to let you personalise your prints with themes, backgrounds and borders.

How to master iPhoto’s printing preferences [Tutorial]

6: Pages and photos

At the top you can see the pages and photos in your printing set. You can add multiple photos to a page by changing the image dimensions.

How to master iPhoto’s printing preferences [Tutorial]

7: Edit mask

Click the image and you will see options to edit how much of the photo you print. You can drag the slider and use the hand icon to change things.

How to master iPhoto’s printing preferences [Tutorial]

8: Backgrounds and borders

Use the controls in the bottom-right to edit the background of your page, as well as add borders to your image. The latter will cut off some of your shot.

How to master iPhoto’s printing preferences [Tutorial]

9: One-click

When you are ready to print, you can do so with a single click on the Print button, or access more intricate settings by hitting Print Settings.

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How to master iPhoto’s printing preferences [Tutorial]

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    • Kerry Hacker

      The new version of iPhoto doesn’t allow for the mat or border print option — BOO!