I have had quite a few people ask me about printing photos at home for Project Life. I am all about automation and getting things done quickly. So this is not exactly the most “professional” method, but its a good way to get lots of prints done quickly.
Before we begin there are a few things you should note.
- I take 99% of my pictures using my iPhone 5S
- I do very little post production to them. Almost anything I do is within an app on my iPhone or just a little automated tweaking in photoshop.
- My work flow is simple. Snap picture, export to my mac, import to photoshop, print.
- My set up is also simple. I’ve got my laptop (a Macbook Pro), Photoshop CC, and my Epson PictureMate photo printer which I LOVE.
- I am not picky about my photos. Most of the time the picture quality is just fine, the color is good etc. So if you are more choosy about how your pictures look, this may not be the way to go.
Here is a quick video to walk you through my photo printing process. This allows me to print of lots of pictures in a very short amount of time.
You can download the actions I created here: Craftification PL Actions.
There are three actions included.
- “3×4” will resize portrait pictures to 3×4, it will also run the auto photo enhancements like auto color, tone, and contrast.
- “3x4_no_edit” will resize with no photo enhancements
- pl_left will place the photo onto the left edge of a 4×6 canvas
My actions also resize the photos so they print at 200 dpi resolution. For use with my picture mate I don’t ever see the need to print at a higher resolution. This cuts down on printing time and ink usage. Actions are free to use of course.