PI7 Print Multiple

For my first PI7 tutorial, I'm going to focus on the fabulous new Print Multiple command. Now you can print out multiple photos on a single sheet of that expensive, glossy photo paper. You can even print out one big image and bunch of wallet-sized photo on the same piece of paper. Print Multiple lets you make your own colorful labels, business cards, postcards, greeting cards and CD labels and jewel case inserts.

Let's learn how Print Multiple works by choosing File, Open (or hit Ctrl+O) to access the Open dialog box. Browse to and select Mountains from the PI7 Samples folder, then click Open.

Access Print Multiple via the File menu commands. Alternatively, you can hit Ctrl+Shift+P, or click the Print Multiple button to access Print Multiple (just to the right of the Print button).

Print Multiple button

Whichever method you use, the Print Styles screen will open. Just under "Paper Layout," make sure that Multiple Holders is selected from the "Select a brand of paper" dropdown list. Multiple Holders is the only choice that will automatically resize your image to fit the placeholders for printed output. Just below the list you'll see thumbnails representing different print layouts.

Print Styles dialog box

Use the right and left arrows to scroll through the layout thumbnails. It's hard to tell from the thumbnails what kind of layout you're choosing, but if you hold your cursor over a thumbnail, a little box will pop up with the information about printed image size. Another way to get this information is to click on the "Paper Layout" button and you'll get a Select Paper Layout box with thumbnails, including the printed image size.

Select a thumbnail and you'll see a representation of the printed page layout on the right side of the dialog box.

multiple images in page layout

Select various thumbnails and watch what happens on the right side of the dialog box. Each thumbnail will give you a different layout. Select the first thumbnail on the left in the top row, UMH 5X7-4X6. Note that the layout includes a smaller 4X6 inch print at the top, and a larger 5X7 inch print at the bottom of the page. This would allow you to print out the image at two different sizes, possibly one for the photo album and one for framing.

print different sizes on the same page

Now select URMH 4X6-2P, which will yield two copies of the 4X6 inch print. Suppose you only want to print out one copy of this image, plus one copy of a different image? Select the top one by clicking on it, then click Delete. It will disappear from the layout.

Delete top photo

To replace the deleted image, you have two choices. The easiest way to do it is to click the Next button in the lower left corner of the left pane, under the thumbnails. Doing so will open a new pane that lets you choose whether to replace the deleted image with an image from a folder (the default) or from the work space.

choose to open from folder

Leave the default of choosing an image from a folder selected, and click Next. Now you'll see a different screen in the left pane, which allows you to Browse to another image. Browse to the Samples folder.

browse to the selected file

Drag and drop Architecture into the empty placeholder on the page to be printed.

drag and drop onto the placeholder

Another way to do replace an image deleted from the placeholder is to click the Restore button in the top right corner of the screen, making the dialog box slightly smaller. Open up My Computer and Browse to the PI7 Samples folder. Select Architecture, then drag and drop it into PI7. You may have to move the screens around a little to do it, but once you drop the Architecture image, it will appear in the top placeholder.

Click the "Select a brand of paper" down arrow and choose Avery. All of the layouts in this section will work with Avery labels, including CD's. The layouts are identified by product number. However, PI7 will not automatically resize images to fit the Avery placeholders, as it does for "Multiple Holders."

For example, select the 3260P thumbnail, which is for an "Ivory Embossed Half Fold Card." You'll see that the image doesn't fill the placeholder completely. Drag on the bounding box control handles to resize the image so that it fills the placeholder completely. Note also that you can move the image around within the placeholder.

Select the thumbnail for 8931P, the White CD/DVD Labels for Inkjet Printers. Again, you'll notice that the image doesn't fill the entire placeholder. I'm using a Sunflower image from the PI6 Samples folder in the next two screen shots. Since you'd want the CD label to be covered with the image, drag on the bounding box's control handles so that the entire round placeholder is filled with the image.

one label image resized, one not

If you wanted to have text curved around the CD label, you would have to add Wrapped and Bent text before opening up Print Multiple. You do not need to merge the text with the base image, so if it doesn't curve enough, or it curves too much, you can close Print Multiple and edit the curve of the text with the Wrap, Bend command. Here's how the CD label would look with Wrapped text added.

add curved text for CD label

You could also add text to the Avery business card layout prior to accessing Print Multiple.

business card with text added

Finally, let's experiment a little with a different paper orientation. From the "Select a brand of paper" dropdown list, choose Kodak. The thumbnails for Kodak present alternative printed page layouts.

Select the EK-PH-(P) (2-up, 4X6 IN) layout. You'll see two images, one on top of the other. Click the "Set the printer paper as landscape" button and watch what happens to the layout now. You still have two images, but now they are sideways, side by side.

I'm not going to suggest that you print out the Sunflower images because this photo is a JPG. At 72 dpi, JPG's tend to not look very good printed out. Generally speaking, you will likely want a higher resolution image for printing. You may want to experiment with printing out Print Multiple layouts using your own higher resolution (e.g., 300 dpi or more) images

This tutorial uploaded 10/22/01

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