Picture packages

Elements' Picture Package tool lets you print several images on one sheet. You can print a package that's one photo printed repeatedly, or create a package that includes multiple photos.

To get started, choose photos for the package in the Organizer, and then press Ctrl+P to open the Print Selected Photos dialog box. Under "Select Type of Print," choose Picture Package. Next, under Select a Layout, choose which composition style you want. Then choose a frame, if you'd like one, by picking from the Select a Frame drop-down menu.

Once you've chosen a basic layout, you can get creative. Reorganizing your package is drag-and-drop easy:

• As always, you can add photos to your package by clicking the Add button in the lower-left corner of the dialog box. To remove a photo from the package, highlight its thumbnail in the left panel and click the red minus button.

• If you turn on "Fill Page with First Photo," you get an entire page dedicated to each photo showing multiple sizes of the image, instead of a group of different photos on each page.

• If you have empty space in your layout and you want to fill it, just drag a thumbnail from a slot in the layout, or from a thumbnail in the left pane, into the slot where you want to use the photo again.

• Changing the size of a photo is easy. Just drag it from the box it's currently in to a different-sized box (Figure 16-10 ).

When you've got your package arranged as you want it, click Print.

Tip: Turning on the " Crop to Fit" checkbox lets Elements crop your photos to fit their slots, but you're probably better off doing that yourself in the Editor before you start. See Chapter 10 for details on cropping.

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Once upon a time, 24-hour photo developing was the latest craze. But people proved too impatient for that kind of exruciatingly long wait. Soon one-hour photo shops appeared (never mind that many of them took four hours to get your prints out). Enter the next evolutionary step: photo kiosks. You can find them everywhere: drugstores, supermarkets, discount stores, and, yes, even photo stores. Kiosks aren't the best way to print your fine art photos, but you can't beat them for instant gratification. When you're shooting on vacation, you can plug your memory card into the nearest kiosk and start enjoying your best shots in minutes.

Figure 16-10. When you create a Picture Package, the preview window shows you what your page looks like and lets you redesign it. For example, you can drag a photo from one of the large slots into an empty part of the layout to create a smaller print of the same photo, as shown here.

Figure 16-10. When you create a Picture Package, the preview window shows you what your page looks like and lets you redesign it. For example, you can drag a photo from one of the large slots into an empty part of the layout to create a smaller print of the same photo, as shown here.

As with all digital photography, you print only the photos you want. You don't have to develop a whole roll. Many photo kiosks let you perform quick fixes, such as cropping, enhancing colors and red eye removal. If you're comfortable doing quick fixes with a program like Picasa, EasyShare, or Elements, you'll have no problem at the photo kiosk.

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