Printing

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Photo Mechanic can print two different types of output, a Contact Sheet style of multiple images on a page and a Proof Sheet style with one image per page. Both styles can be customized with respect to captions, titles, footers, page numbering etc.

Printing Contact Sheets

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  • Header: Type in a title for the page(s), This can be a text string or a Variable or a combination of the two. In the above screenshot the Footer uses the {page} variable to add incremented page numbers to each page but there is nothing to stop you from using this in the header if you choose.
  • Thumb Margins: Set the white space around each thumbnail image. This sets the spacing.
  • Thumbnail Title: Choose the text to be printed under each thumbnail image, this can be the file name or any combination of text and Variables. The variable {filenamebase} uses the file name without the extension for a more professional look.
  • Title Line Height: Set this to one more than the number of lines you need for the thumbnail title text to make sure there is a blank line between the text and the next thumbnail down the page.
  • Rows and Columns: Set the layout of the page in rows and columns. The number of pages to be printed will be displayed just to the right of these controls.
  • Orientation: Three options for layout, the best one being to use the thumb’s displayed orientation in the contact sheet.
  • Footer: Use text and Variables to set the footer text or leave blank for no footer. In the example “Page : {page}” will print as “Page : 1”, “Page : 2” etc with the variable {page} incrementing up by one for each page printed.
  • Page Margins: Set the paper margins within which the thumbnails will be arranged. Check ‘Printer Scaling’ to allow the printer driver to perform image scaling.
  • Color Match to: Set the printer profile to be used when printing, or choose “No Color Matching” to let the printer color manage the printout. Make sure that if you do let Photo Mechanic do the color management you must set the printer driver to do No Color Management.
  • Resolution: Set the output resolution for the print job. Note that this is not the native printer resolution but the image resolution. Best results will be at settings like 240dpi or 360dpi. The printer output resolution should be set in the printer driver software as normal.
  • Source for RAW + JPEG: If there is a RAW and JPEG pair choose which will be processed to print.
  • When using RAW: if you select RAW above, choose whether the RAW file is rendered by the OS or whether the internal preview is used (faster).

Click Print to go to the printer driver software and to see a preview of how the printed pages will look.

Printing Proof Sheets

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Printing Proof Sheets is the same as printing Contact Sheets except there is only one image per page. The image is scaled from the original to fit the page, within the margins set. Again, headers and footers can be defined using text and variables, and there is much more room to add in more details captions in the footer. Using the variable {caption} means that each image will have a caption printed under it based on the IPTC Caption previously set. In the example below the footer includes the date it was taken ({date}), the f-stop used ({f }) and the ISO ({iso}). On the next line would be the caption info ({caption}), if any.

Selecting a Printer

When printing, a page setup dialog that allows one to choose the printer appears before a job is printed. This means you can select a printer other than your system's default if you wish. The printer's paper type and quality settings will be accessed from the printer's properties. Only the DPI setting can be adjusted from Photo Mechanic's Print Settings dialog.