But the computer screen is no equal to the real thing and there are numerous reasons for printing your photos: as a gift for a loved one; as a permanent visual reminder of a special occasion, place or moment; or to build a tangible portfolio, perfect for presenting your skills as a budding photographer. In this tutorial we’ll show you how it’s possible to print an Event without even leaving iPhoto.
1 Perfect those pics
You’ll want to make sure your pictures are perfect before printing, so head to the Event and open the images in the Edit suite to add effects, use quick fixes and make adjustments.
2 The event in question
When you’re ready to print, head into the Events library and select the collection of images. With its thumbnail highlighted, travel down to Share and plump for the icon that says Order Prints.
3 Make your choices
Each image will appear on the left-hand side of the pop-up window. Indicate how many of each photo you want by adding a quantity to the relevant box. Finish with the Buy Now button.
4 Order summary
When you are happy with your choices you’ll be presented with an order summary that tells you how many of each size print you’ve ordered and the costs. Hit Check Out to complete the order.
5 In-house printing
If you’d rather print an Event using your own printer, all you have to do is find Print from the File menu with the chosen Event highlighted, or use the Cmd+P shortcut.
6 Fit or fill
With the printing pane open, select a printer, the size you want and the appropriate colour option. Use the guides on the right-hand side to pick between the fit and fill varieties of layout.
7 Creating thumbnails
Keep a physical record of the Event as a series of small thumbnails by selecting the thumbnail option on the right-hand side and move the Margins and Columns sliders to suit.
8 More options
As well as order prints of your Event directly from iPhoto, you can also create Cards, Calendars and Books. With the Event highlighted, head for the Share menu’s Create section.
9 More decisions
Once you’ve chosen one of these mediums you’ll be presented with more layout and display options. Use the tabs at the top, as well as the left and right arrows, to navigate the carousel.
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