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Adobe Photoshop Tips: November 15th, 2009 A Few of my Favorite Things, How to print several items on one page
In last week’s tip, we created tags and other holiday crafts using ready-made card templates. This week we continue making holiday preparations without blowing the budget.
One way to save a few of your holiday dollars is to print several cards, tags, or other projects on one page. Here’s how:
Begin by creating a new document the size you want to print. For the sample, I created a new document by opening PSE and pressing Ctrl N (Mac: Cmd N) on the keyboard. In the “New” dialog box, I chose to create a letter-sized document at 300 pixels per inch in RGB color mode. For the background contents, I chose “white.”
You may choose a different size or background color based on the projects you have created and the size of your photo paper. Click OK to create the new canvas.
Open the tags, cards, or other projects you have created by choosing File > Open and browsing your computer for the files.
If your PSE Project Bin is open, you’ll be able to see all of the open documents at once. You could also select Window > Images > Cascade to see all of the open documents in the editing window.
In Photoshop, the command to view all documents at once is Window > Arrange > Cascade. (Photoshop CS4 directions follow.)
Get the Move tool and click on one of your projects. If it is a layered file, choose Layer > Merge Visible or press Ctrl Shift E (Mac: Cmd Shift E) on your keyboard. Click and drag the flattened image over to your new document. Holding the Shift key as you drag will center the item on the new document.
In Photoshop CS4, drag your image from the workspace to the tab of your new composite document.
Repeat the process with the remaining open files.
Maximize your print document and arrange the items on the page.
You can duplicate any of the items by selecting the layer in the Layers Panel and pressing Ctrl J (Mac: Cmd J) on your keyboard. Select the new layer and drag it into place.
With your page filled, you are ready to print directly from Photoshop or PSE by choosing File > Print or press Ctrl P (Mac: Cmd P) on your keyboard.
From the Print dialog, you can enter even more choices by selecting Page Setup > Printer > Properties. This takes you to your printer driver where you can select the paper type, size, and borderless (if available.)
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