Print Small Photos {Photoshop Elements Tutorial}

Have you ever wished it was easy to print small or even odd photo sizes? Guess what? It TOTALLY is! It doesn’t even matter whether you are printing at home or send your photos away to be printed. All you need is Photoshop Elements and some pictures you want in a smaller size.

I like to use this technique when I’m printing status updates from facebook for my Project Life or scrapbook pages. My first step is to take a screen shot of the facebook status update I want to use. Then I’m ready to get printing…

Open your photos (or in my case screenshots) in Photoshop Elements
Then open a 4×6 document. Fille…New…Blank File
With the 4×6 file active in your window. Grab one of the photos (or screenshots) and drag it into your 4×6 file.
I like to turn on the grid to help me size the photos correctly. View…Grid…
With the move tool selected (top left button, looks like an arrow and plus sign) you can move your image and resize it how ever you want. To resize without distorting be sure to click on a corner and drag.
 Then continue to drag and drop images and adjust them to size.
Once you have filled the 4×6 file with the images you want to print you can turn off the grid to be sure everything looks the way you want. View…Grid
Then in the layers panel (bottom right corner) select the background layer…right click…flatten image…
¬†Finally save your image. File…Save As…
And you are done!
Now you have a 4×6 file that is ready to print! I love using this technique because I can load my 4×6 with photos so I don’t waste photo paper or ink (you can use this same process for 8.5×11 as well)! AND if you print away from home you can now create a 4×6 with smaller images and send it away to be printed. How awesome is that?!?!


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  1. Posted March 25, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    I make little photo collages too, so I can print a bunch of 2×2 square pics on a cheap 4×6 print. Great tutorial!

    • Posted March 26, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

      That’s a great use for this technique! Thanks for sharing Leah!

  2. Pat Gelston
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    I had a Lexmark printer that allowed me to drag photos to various print sizes. I have been wishing to be able to do this again. Thank you very very much for sharing!!!

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