Printing Software That Makes the Task Easier

The majority of photo printers use "x 11" paper, but what if you want a smaller print, such as a 31 "x5" or a 5"x7"? Perhaps, you have a frame of just that size, or the image file doesn't have enough data to produce a photo that would look great larger. Another consideration is cost. Every time you output a full-sized picture, you are spending that much more ink and paper. It can become expensive, especially if you want the best quality print, which means spending extra for premium photo paper. Add to that the time and energy of printing out an entire folder worth of prints for several people (such as all those birthday party photos you promised).

Some consumer photo-editing programs, such as Roxio PhotoSuite or Microsoft Digital Image Suite, come with easy-to-use templates for printing several photos of different sizes onto a single piece of paper. Usually, you just drag and drop the photo(s) into the space on the template, and the program should automatically resize and rotate it to fit. This saves money and time as well as gives you the ability to control just what size photo you'll get.

Our favorite program for laying out dozens, or even hundreds, of photos onto predefined or custom templates on any size paper is ACD Systems' FotoSlate. It's a practical, inexpensive piece of software that produces excellent quality prints and is easy enough for novices, but powerful enough for professionals.

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