Printing


DoNeatThingsWithYourStuff
Image viewer and collection manager.
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Table of Contents:

1. Scope and Objectives
2. Some printing issues
3. Open some stuff to play with
4. Selecting which items to print
5. Page layout
6. Options for preview
7. Viewing the previews
8. Select a photo to adjust
9. Some common adjustments
10. Rotate
11. Move
12. Change size
13. Zoom
14. Scroll
15. Resize
16. Doing the print

1. Scope and Objectives

In this session we will learn about using DoNeatThingsWithYourStuff to make prints of our digital photographs and what options we have for determining how we want them to be printed.

We'll also introduce some of the more basic adjustment options.

2. Some printing issues

We've all grown up being used to the concept that a photo isn't a photo till it's been developed and printed.

Digital photography changes that.

It means you don't have to print your photos at all - unless you particularly want to. And you certainly don't have to print all of them.

You can enjoy them on your computer or even on your tv now if you have suitable cd/dvd players.

If you do want prints, and you want to do your own, remember there are a number of issues to consider about what papers and inks to use and how you store your prints.

If you want them to last you need to go for the very best quality products. If you just want to flash them around your friends once and throw them away, then you can use cheaper paper and inks.

3. Open some stuff to play with

Using the menu "1. File - a. Open one or more files" select and open, either a playlist you've created, or all of the photos from one of your directories. For the latter use the "select all" button on the "open" panel.

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You should now have some photos listed down the left hand "Contents" panel.

4. Selecting which items to print

To print multiple pictures:

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5. Page layout

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The next panel will allow you to select:

6. Options for preview

Set your options to:

When finished setting your choices (DoNeatThingsWithYourStuff will remember them all for next time) press the "ok, draw previews" button at the bottom right of that panel.

The program will then create preview panels for each page to be printed.

7. Viewing the previews

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If you selected 8 photos and chose to print 4 per page, you should see three tabs labelled "settings", "1", and "2".

The first one - "settings" - will allow you to change your mind about the layout and redraw the previews.

The other 2 will allow you to view the preview pages.

Click on the numbered tabs to view each preview page.

8. Select a photo to adjust

You can adjust every attribute of every picture on every page including sizing, zooming, panning, position, layering etc etc

Start by clicking on the photo you want to adjust.

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At this point the tools and the information panel will appear on the bottom of the screen.

We'll look at just a couple of the more commonly used adjustments to start with next.

9. Some common adjustments

Over the next cards, there are a couple of quick and simple adjustments for you to try (Note that most of your changes will be reflected in the status panel at the bottom, and remember to adjust a photo, you have to click it first).

10. Rotate

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Rotate a picture - click one of the 2 rotate buttons (marked "5" in the picture), this can be a useful way of getting the best use of paper.

11. Move

Reposition a photo - simply click and drag it.

OR

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If you want the position to be precise, use the "Pos" joystick (marked "4" above):

12. Change size

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Enlarge or shrink a photo - use the left hand +/- buttons(marked "1" above).

13. Zoom

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Zoom in on the photo (keeps the photo same size but enlarges a portion of it) - use the right hand +/- buttons. (Marked "2" above)

14. Scroll

To move a photo around within its frame (especially useful if you're zooming in on a portion of a photo) - hold the shift key down and click and drag the photo.

OR

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If you want to be precise, use the "Pan" joystick (marked "4" above):

OR

If you want to align one edge or corner use one of the buttons in the alignment button group. (marked "4" above)

15. Resize

To alter the shape of a photo - click and drag either the right-hand or bottom edges of the photo.

OR

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If you want to be precise, use the "Size" joystick (marked "4" above):

16. Doing the print

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When the preview pages are adjusted to your satisfaction, push either the:

at the bottom right of the preview panel to send them to your chosen printer.

Press "Cancel" when you don't want any more prints.