November 2, 2015

Printing Multiple Photos Per Page in Photoshop Elements

If you are working on a project that involves many images, such as a calendar, a slide show, a book or an exhibit, It can be very useful to print small versions of your candidate images so you can physically sort and rearrange them for the best effect. A Contact Sheet is the most common layout for multiple pictures on a page, but these thumbnails are too small for sorting a project. For larger images, you can choose the Individual Prints layout and specify a bigger picture size.

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Here's how to do it:
  1. Start by opening the Organizer.
  2. Select the photos you want to print.
  3. Click Create in the upper right of the screen and choose Photo Prints from the drop-down list.
  4. Then select Local Printer.

Multiple images selected in the Organizer after clicking
 Create > Photo Prints > Local Printer

Elements opens the Print window which is first set to create a Contact Sheet. The pictures you selected appear on the left. You can add more photos by clicking the Add button at the bottom. And you can eliminate a photo by clicking on it and then clicking the Remove button.

Elements Print window

Now you can change the size and layout of the pictures on the page.
  1. Use the Page Setup button to select landscape (horizontal) or portrait (vertical) orientation for your paper.
  2. In the right column start by selecting your printer in step 1.
  3. In step 2 click the Change Settings button. A new window opens.
  4. Select the paper type and size as well as its location in the printer. Elements sets the printer resolution for you. For the purposes of sorting, you can use plain paper to save money since print quality is not the primary goal.
  5. If you need or want to make other changes to how the printer is set up, click the Advanced Settings button. This opens your printer's dialog box where you can make additional changes.
  6. When you are finished, click OK.
Change Settings window
 
Step three shows the paper size you chose in the Change Settings window. I stayed with letter-size paper.

In step 4 you can change the type of print you want to make. This affects how the pictures appear on the page.
  1. Click on Contact Sheet and choose Individual Prints.
  2. A new step 5 becomes available.
  3. Choose the print size from the drop-down list. If you select 3.5" x 5" prints, four images will easily fit on one letter-sized sheet.
  4. Uncheck Crop to Fit so you can see the entire photo.
  5. Print just one copy of this layout.
  6. If you have selected more photos than will fit on a page, Elements creates a new page as necessary. 
Layout for 4 pictures on one letter-size page

Second page layout for 2 more images

Now click the Print button at the bottom right of the window to print the pictures. When they are done, cut apart the individual photos and spread them out on a table to begin your sequencing process. I find working with actual prints much easier than trying to rearrange them on my computer screen, especially if I have many images.

Elements remembers the choices you made in the Print window the next time you open it. This can save you time if you find out you like this process.

You can also save paper and time by printing more than one picture per page to share with friends and family. The larger the paper size your printer can handle, the more and bigger prints you can make at one time.

Note: These instructions are based on Elements 11 and newer. You can accomplish the same thing in earlier versions; the screens will just look different.