Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Project Life Tutorial : Preparing Your Photos to Be Printed


Project Life uses several different sizes of photos to fit into their pocket pages.  The most common are 4x6, 4x3 and 2x2.  All of the sizes that are NOT 4x6 can be a bit tricky to layout and then print, since most places like Snapfish or Shutterfly or, heck, even Wal-Mart only really print 4x6...

Here's a little tutorial on how I layout all of my photos to be printed on 4x6s.  To give you an idea of you'll end up with...here's your finished product.

6-2x2s on ONE 4x6 photo:


2 - 4x3s on ONE 4x6 photo:


You will need to get the PhotoSheet download (free), from a site called Photility.  Get it here.



1. Pick photos you want to print.  Since prints are relatively inexpensive, I always err on the side of choosing too many.


2. OPTIONAL - Edit your photos, if necessary.  Most times, I opt for a nice balance between color and black and white pics, but do what you like the best!


3.  Choose what sizes you want to print your photos.  I print the best and most important photos as 4x6s.  Less important photos are 4x3s.  I print even less important pics as 2x2s.  I drag and drop the corresponding photos to folders - big, small, tiny.



4. Big folder - leave alone!  They're ready to go.

5. Small folder -

  • Open PhotoSheet, and under the "Sheet Size" portion of the window, make sure 6x4 is selected.  
  • Under the "Layout" section, select "Grid 2 (1 image x 2 images)".  
  • I do NOT add space between images and I do NOT round corners.  
  • Select your desired "output location"...just a choose a folder that you want PhotoSheet to save your finished "sheets" to.
  • Drag and drop all of your "small folder" photos.  PhotoSheet will automatically lay all of your photos out, two pics to every 6x4 sheet.  
  • Click through your files in PhotoSheet and make sure they look good.  You can click the fourth button on the "files" portion of the window if you want to zoom in/out and/or drag the photos around until they fit the way you want.
  • When you're finished checking the layouts, click "start" at the bottom of the PhotoSheet window.  This will automatically save all of your sheets to your output folder.  Now, when you upload to a place like Snapfish, Snapfish will recognize these sheets as regular 4x6 photos.  Only, because you're thrifty and cool, you will get TWO photos on ONE 4x6 sheet.  Half the price!
6.  Tiny folder (2x2s) -
  • Follow the same steps as listed above under the "small folder" section, EXCEPT...
  • Under the "Layout" section, select "Grid 6 (2 images x 3 images)".
  • Now, because you're thrifty and cool, you will get SIX photos on ONE 4x6 sheet.  One SIXTH of the price!
7. Visit your favorite photo printing website, and upload your regular 4x6s from your Big folder, and all the PhotoSheets from your Small and Tiny folders.

8. Order your prints and wait for the goodness to arrive in your mailbox!

9. When your prints come, cut your 4x3 and 2x2s apart.  I like to use a corner rounder to...you guessed it...round the corners of my photos, but it's really not necessary!  Then, start scrapbooking! :)

1 comment:

Kara K said...

Thanks for the printing info Liza! I feel like this post had my name on it!