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5. Printing, Sharing, and Storing  > Creating a contact sheet

Creating a contact sheet

If you have taken a lot of photos at a particular event – a wedding, for instance – not everyone might want a copy of them all. Fortunately, you can print a contact sheet showing the thumbnails and information for a whole batch of images, allowing people to point out the photos they’d like. You choose the layout and Elements will do the rest, scaling and rotating to best fit the page.

1 Select the relevant images and open the print dialog. Click the menu next to Select Type of Print and choose Contact Sheet. The display will change to display a page of the chosen images; in the figure below, there were 80 images selected, so the current five-column display gives us twenty to a sheet and four pages.


2 Currently, the images have been cropped to fit square thumbnails. This is a good way of setting them out and looks tidy, but you have no way of telling whether the images are landscape or portrait. If you uncheck Crop to Fit, the whole image will be displayed. If the thumbnails are too small, reduce the number of columns in the layout options. Remember: this will increase the number of pages to print!


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