The Print Shop Mac User Guide

The Print Shop Mac is designed to help you learn the software. Be sure to also check out the Video Tutorials and the Forums for additional ideas. To access the User Guide, either click on a topic in the Help Topics column on the left, choose a frequently accessed topic below or search for a specific top using the search bar on the right. Print Shop Mac Downloadable User Guide

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Print

After choosing the Print option, the Print Options window will appear.

Print Options

Options

Printer

Choose Printer from drop down menu.

Paper Size

Choose a paper size from the Paper Size drop-down menu.

Paper Orientation

These options determine the direction that the project pages will print on the paper.

Image Size

These options allow you to quickly choose a specific print size.

  • Click on an option in the Standard Sizes drop-down menu to select a print size.
  • Click on the Custom Size option to specify a size that is not available from the Standard Sizes. Select the number in the Width or Height field and type in a new value (the ″ character is required). Alternately, click on the up/down arrows next to the numbers to change them by small increments.
  • The Crop image to fit area option will ensure that the entire area you specify (e.g. 5"x7") is filled, even if this means trimming two sides of the page. Refer to the print preview area on the right side of the screen to see the effect this option will have on your project pages.
  • Click on Span multiple pages as needed to print very large projects (such as banners) to multiple sheets of paper (typically standard 8.5x11 paper). After printing, you can attach the sheets of paper together.

Print Setup

  • Select settings specific to your printer such as paper size and borderless printing.

More Settings (optional)

Click on the More Settings tab to select layout options for the print job, such as the number of project pages to print per sheet of paper (see below). Recommendation: Set your printing margins before choosing the options in this window.

More Settings

Changes to your print settings can be previewed in the area to the right as you select them.

Number of Images per Page

This option allows you to print more than one project page on each piece of paper. In order to print more than one project page per page, you must first choose a print size small enough to accommodate multiple project pages from the Size of Image Area options (e.g. two project pages will fit on a standard piece of paper at 3"x5").

  • Click on the drop-down menu to choose the number of project pages to print per page.
  • Click on the up/down arrows (or type in a number) next to Vertical space between images and Horizontal space between images to create a buffer between the project pages that are printing on a single piece of paper.
  • To create a contact sheet, click on the Contact Sheet button. This will create one or more pages of thumbnails of the selected project pages. Use the slider to adjust the size of the thumbnails.

Image Layout Adjustment

  • Choose an option from the drop-down list to set the print placement on the page.
  • Select Custom Layout and click on the up/down arrows (or type in a number) next to the Top/Bottom/Left/Right numbers to manually set the print area.

Resolution and Quality

  • The Print Resolution setting determines how large you can print your album without a noticeable grainy effect. Choose the Best setting for large printing sizes (like 12" x 12" or 8 ½" x 11"). Reducing the resolution may speed up print jobs for smaller sizes.
  • Drag the Print Quality slider to choose the quality of the print job. Choose higher quality settings for final output (higher settings usually take longer). Use lower quality settings to quickly print drafts.

Label Print Offset

You can specify where you want your labels to print on a label sheet. This can be useful if you have a label sheet that was printed before but still contains useable labels.

Label Printing Options

With a label project open go to Print. On the More Settings tab of the print dialog you can select which label to start printing at and how many total labels you intend to print.

Label Printing Options

Select Pages:

  • Check the box in the upper left corner of pages to mark the page for printing.
  • Alternately, type a range of pages in the Page range field. To indicate a range of pages (e.g. from page 2 through page 5), put a dash in between the page numbers (2-5). You may also enter specific page numbers, separated by commas (1,4,6) or a combination of ranges and individual pages (1-3,5).
  • The Select All button will mark all pages for printing.
  • The Clear All button will clear all pages from printing.
  • Click on the buttons with gray arrows at the bottom left to change the way the page prints. Click the left button to flip the page vertically. Click the right button to turn the page around horizontally (mirror).

Preview

  • Allows you to preview what your page or pages will look like printed out. Quick way to double-check settings without wasting paper actually printing.

Click on the Print button when you have completed selecting pages, print setup, and more settings.

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