Printing Photos

Printing Photos

Project Description

Learn the basics of printing, and preparing your images for print, using Exposure’s print capability.

Photo: OCH Studio

Printing your photos directly from Exposure saves you the extra step of sending your images to an outside app in order to print them. Some of Exposure’s helpful features like integrated watermarks and the ability to print a grid of images as a contact sheet make the process especially flexible.

Here is a selection of finished images that I’ve flagged for printing. I’ve selected them all within the grid, in order to send them to Exposure’s Print dialog. To access the print command, choose File > Print from Exposure’s menu bar.

Exposure begins preparing the images and then shows you a preview of your image or images as they will appear at your selected page size. You can resize the Print dialog to make it larger, in order to see the images more clearly.

You can view the preview in several different ways. These include different viewing options like fit, fill, and 1:1. Because 1:1 displays the image without scaling, it’s a good way to check to see if your image looks good.

To change your page size, click Page Setup. This opens the Page Setup dialog in your Windows or Mac operating system. You’ll be able to set your printer and paper formatting options.

Let’s walk through the additional settings to the left of the image preview. At the top is the print preset menu. Use this to create and manage your print presets. These presets contain all your print settings, including paper size and orientation from your operating system’s Print dialog, so you can re-apply them with a single click.

Exposure comes with a number of presets that cover common paper sizes and printing choices. You can create your own as well. Let’s walk through setting up our print options.

If you’re targeting a specific print size, first select the units.

The margins default to the printer’s printable region, but you can adjust them to taste. For example you might reduce them for borderless printing, or adjust them as needed if you’re printing a grid of images.

The Grid adjustments enable you to print multiple images per page. This saves paper when printing small photos. It’s also useful for contact sheets.

Use the Rows and Columns sliders to set the number of images to print on each page. Then fine tune the image spacing on your grid with the Grid Spacing controls.

The Cell Size sliders enable you to define the size of the image cells on your page. Your photos will expand to fill the cells.

If you’re creating prints of a specific size, keep in mind that increasing the grid rows, columns, or spacing will lower the range of the cell size sliders.

I want to fit four 4×5 images per page for my selected paper size of 8.5×11, so I’ll choose the 8.5 x 11, 4-up preset.

The Cell Options controls enable you to adjust the image cells.

Fit ensures that the entire image fits within the cell. The other option is Fill, which fills the entire cell with your photo. This can cause photos to be cropped if they don’t match the shape of the cell. You can adjust the crop position with the crop slider.

I’ll leave Match Orientation checked so that my images match the orientation of the image cell.

The DPI dropdown enables you to set the dot density of the print. More dots means more sharpness and detail. We recommend using at least 300 DPI when printing photos.

If you want to apply a watermark, choose it here. Exposure displays a list of any watermarks that you’ve created. You can also create a watermark from scratch by choosing Edit Watermark. I’ll choose the watermark I want to use, then apply it.

Exposure’s Output Sharpening is where you adjust the amount of sharpening to compensate for ink spread. We recommend starting with a low sharpening amount because it provides a noticeable but not dramatic sharpening and is effective for most photos.

A small sharpening radius will sharpen only fine details like hair. A wide radius will sharpen larger details and can be used if your print is to be viewed at a distance. The media type list will set an appropriate radius for your paper type.

When you’re ready to print your images, click Print. Your operating system’s print dialog will appear, enabling you to select your destination printer and adjust other printer settings.