How To Edit Your Photos For Print In Photoshop

Summer 2014, you’ve been good!

This summer was great and I have pictures to prove it! Although, instead of posting them all on Facebook, I decided that it was time to switch things up a bit and print them out myself. I haven’t printed out photos in such a long time but unlike before, I’m now in a program that trains me to do this for a living so I’m at least qualified! This year, I also made a pact to myself to just get $h!t done. That’s why when I said I was going to print out my photos this summer to make an album, I did.

If you’d like to easily edit and print your photos at home for a change, this simple and quick tutorial will surely help you out.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Microsoft Word or Adobe InDesign

STEP 1: OPEN YOUR PHOTOS IN PHOTOSHOP

  • Adjust the photo levels by dragging the white point to the start of the histogram.

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STEP 2: ENHANCE YOUR PHOTOS

  • Enhance your photos by using the Brightness/Contrast, Colour Balance and other adjustment layers.
  • Using the adjustment layers is a non-destructive form of editing which means that it doesn’t actually remove or change the original photo in anyway (it adjusts the photo by putting a layer over it which can be easily deleted).

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STEP 3: CMYK MODE & 300 PPI

  • Convert the file from RGB mode to CMYK mode (RGB = Digital Colour & CMYK= Ink Colour)
  • 300ppi = 300 pixels/inch. This is the standard for high quality prints.

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STEP 4: ADJUST PHOTO DIMENSIONS

  • Below is a chart of the common photo print sizes (I used 4×6 for my photos)
  • Use the crop tool to crop your photo to your desired dimensions. Photoshop has a list of preset sizes (4×6 being one of them)
Table of some common photo print sizes
Image via Wikipeida

 

Photo crop dimensions via xo pixel

STEP 5: SAVE AS TIFF FILE

  • .TIFF is a popular and versatile file format. It doesn’t lose file data like the JPEG file format.

save as TIFF via XO PIXEL

Step 6: LAYOUT, PRINT, CUT

  • Place your photos onto a letter sized document.
  • You can use Adobe InDesign or Microsoft Word to place your photos onto a document.
  • Make sure to adjust your printer settings.  This includes the paper type, paper size, paper quality etc.
  • Print the document

no trim via XO PIXEL cut via XO PIXEL

Your Turn!

When was the last time you printed your photos? Have you made any promises to yourself for this new academic year? Let us know in the comments below!

Marisa Blair is a front-end web developer and graphic designer based in Toronto. When she's not writing for her blog xopixel.com, she's making design & tech videos for her YouTube channel.

16 Comments

  1. Very informative tutorial! Beginner or pro, knowing the basics of photo editing is a must. Wow the last time I printed photos was ages ago…(I gotta go make a trip to Wal-Mart’s photography centre soon!)

  2. Very informative tutorial! Beginner or pro, knowing the basics of photo editing is a must. Wow the last time I printed photos was ages ago…(I gotta go make a trip to Wal-Mart’s photography centre soon!)

    1. Hi Liz! It’s great that you edit your photos before sending them in. Editing is the most important step and sometimes it’s best to just DIY. Also, I’ll be doing a lot more of these tutorials. They’re a lot of fun to make! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. This is awesome. Very helpful for new Photoshop users. I don’t have a good printer, so I usually send my photos in, but I do edit them before. You should definitely post more of these. 🙂 I’ll share.

    1. Hi Liz! It’s great that you edit your photos before sending them in. Editing is the most important step and sometimes it’s best to just DIY. Also, I’ll definitely be doing a lot more of these tutorials. They’re a lot of fun to make! Thanks for stopping by.

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