Print Your Photosets Easily at Home

Birthday wishes, wedding announcements, and even sports awards. Knowing how to print multiple photos per sheet will come in handy often, not least because it saves you time and paper. Learn printing photosets at home.

While you may decide for a lab (which often provides more quality for less than home printing does), when you do decide for home printing. Home printing definitely has its advantages! You can fine-tune every printing setting yourself, including captions and page layouts. On the other hand, you will have to expect high printing costs (depending on your printer quality), less faithful colors, and lower print quality. It’s definitely best to leave large print jobs to the pros, and use home printing only when you’re doing small formats, multiple photos per page, or simple calendars.

Next we’ll take a look at what printing abilities Zoner Photo Studio has on offer. The Print and Export feature (Ctrl+P) is in the Publish menu. Use its first step to choose, if needed, which photos to include in the print job. If you’ve picked out photos in the Browser before starting, feel free to skip this step. Next, pick one of the four options: Templates, Contact Sheets, Calendars, and Paper Saver. (Below we’ll be covering all of them except Calendars.)

Print and Export offers printing viatemplates, contact sheets, calendars, and the Paper Saver.

Print and Export offers printing viatemplates, contact sheets, calendars, and the Paper Saver.

For the focus of our article—getting multiple photos onto each sheet—Templates, Contact Sheets, and the Paper Saver are the most attractive. Each has a different purpose:

Templates

The Templates steps are useful for things like wedding announcements, quick-and-dirty contact sheets, and Christmas greetings. In short, use them wherever you don’t need to fine-tune settings and it will be enough to just stuff the photos into the right pre-prepared template and send them off to the printer.

You don’t need to edit or shrink the photos (neither here or anywhere in Print and Export). The templates will make them the right size automatically.

If you don’t need to make any special edits to the photos, just place them in Templates and send them off to the printer.

If you don’t need to make any special edits to the photos, just place them in Templates and send them off to the printer.

Photos auto-placed using the Templates steps.

Photos auto-placed using the Templates steps.

Contact Sheets

The benefit of Contact Sheets is that you can fine-tune settings for pictures’ page layout, as well as photo captions and headers.

As long as you’re planning to use classical Letter or A4 sized paper, you can skip the page-format step and go straight to setting up your print job.

Use the two items in the Number of Pictures section to set how many rows and columns of pictures will be on the page. To put only a single picture on the page, set both Columns and Rows to 1. Note how the preview on the right changes automatically to reflect your settings.

To print just one photo per letter/A4 page, use “1” and “1” in the Number of Pictures section.

To print just one photo per letter/A4 page, use “1” and “1” in the Number of Pictures section.

Here’s one example of using the header and footer smartly: put a page title in the header, and when printing a large number of pages, use the footer for page numbers. For that, use ZPS’s Variable Text codes, as follows:

{PAGE}/{PAGES} – current page/total page count

The Image section offer similar abilities. Here you can set a caption below each photo, which once again can make use of Variable Text. This can be, for example, picture metadata (“tagging“ by your or your camera) such as its keywords or title:

{A#P} – Author
{T#P} – Title
{FL#P} – Focal length

If none of the caption is visible, or only a part, e.g. the first two lines, then double-check the caption’s height and change it to fit the whole text inside.

Use Contact Sheets to print out many tiny previews… or a few large ones… or even just one picture (a 1x1 grid).

Use Contact Sheets to print out many tiny previews… or a few large ones… or even just one picture (a 1×1 grid).

Paper Saver

Paper Saver doesn’t shine for small print jobs, or jobs where all photos have the same format. But when you need to print out a large number of photos in a wide variety of formats, it can really come in handy. Paper Saver automatically, intelligently fits them onto the fewest possible sheets for you, saving paper and saving you money.

Its first two steps are the same as in the other wizards. Its core settings are in a step that’s also named Paper Saver. Here you define the formats and layouts for the sets of pictures in your print job.

In other words, use this step to set the formats—the sizes and shapes—of the pictures you’re adding to the page. Use the pre-set formats or if needed create Custom formats of your own. Then enter a picture count for each format, and then click “Add.” The formats to be placed and the picture counts for each one are shown in the list and reflected in the preview on the right.

In the Paper Saver, you can choose picture formats to be auto-placed on the page, or create your own formats.

In the Paper Saver, you can choose picture formats to be auto-placed on the page, or create your own formats.

Normally, for maximum the space savings, the pictures are borderless, and so they are “glued” to each other. To prevent this, raise the “Image Borders” setting at the bottom up to e.g. 5 mm.

In the next step, “Place Pictures,” you don’t normally need to make any changes. Unless of course you don’t like how the pictures have been placed. (You can check that on the next screen and go back).

The Paper Saver shines when printing sizes separately would waste expensive photo paper.

The Paper Saver shines when printing sizes separately would waste expensive photo paper.

Print and Export

After any of the above sets of steps (Templates, Contact Sheets, or Paper Saver) comes a shared step, named after the whole feature: Print and Export.

The Print and Export step.

The Print and Export step.

Click Print here to send the filled-out print template to your printer. Click Export to PDF to convert it to a PDF file suitable for viewing anywhere or sending by e-mail. However, neither of those two options provides a chance to come back to the template later, or to adjust it.

To add something to the template immediately, like text or a frame, use Open in Editor. To be able to add it at any time, use Save or Save as Bitmaps. The Open in Zoner Draw 5 option is for advanced users who have installed this old vector graphics editor by Zoner.

 

Want to save paper, or create contact sheets, birthday or Christmas cards, and postcards easily? Download Zoner Photo Studio, use it free for 30 days, and try out Templates, Contacts Sheets, and the Paper Saver. If you have any questions, ask our support at support@zoner.com.

Last updated 2. September 2015

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Author: Jan Pernica

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