Print Controls in the Print Dialog

Whether you’re printing a high-resolution print or a single image multiple times on the same page, you use the Standard print controls in the Print dialog to print your work. If you want to print multiple image contact sheets, you use the Contact Sheets controls in the Print dialog.

To open the Print dialog
  • Select an image or series of images in the Browser, then choose File > Print Images (or press Command-P).

Figure. Controls in the Print dialog.

To simplify your workflow, there are two versions of print options for both Standard and Contact Sheets presets in the Print dialog. The default Print dialog contains basic print and layout controls. Clicking the More Options button reveals additional controls such as layout, margin, image border, metadata, and image adjustment settings, and additional options such as page numbers and crop marks. These additional controls are often only set once, but you can access them at anytime.

To open additional print controls
  • Click the More Options button.

    Figure. Additional print controls in the Print dialog.

For more information about working with the default set of Standard print controls, see Default Print Controls for Standard Prints.

For more information about working with the full set of Standard print controls, see Additional Print Controls for Standard Prints.

For more information about working with the default set of Contact Sheets controls, see Default Print Controls for Contact Sheets.

For more information about working with the full set of Contact Sheets controls, see Additional Print Controls for Contact Sheets.

Presets List

Most of the controls in the Print dialog are dependent on the selection in the Presets list. Selecting the Standard preset displays options for printing a single image per page or the same image multiple times on the same sheet of paper. Selecting a Contact Sheets preset displays options for printing contact sheets. Presets you’ve saved for both standard prints and contact sheets appear in the Custom Presets section of the Presets list.

  • Standard: Select this preset if you want to print a single image per page or the same image multiple times on the same page. Settings modified using this preset are reset to their default values each time the Print dialog is closed.
  • Contact Sheets: Select this preset if you want to print a series of images on one or more pages. Settings modified using this preset are reset to their default values each time the Print dialog is closed.
  • Custom Presets: Presets you create and save appear here.

    For more information on working with print presets, see Creating and Modifying Print Presets.

Preview Area

The Preview area displays how the image or images will appear on paper when they are printed.

  • Navigation buttons: Click these arrow buttons to navigate through the pages, if there are multiple pages to print.
  • Cancel button: Click this button to close the Print dialog.
  • Print button: Click this button to send your print job to the printer.

Default Print Controls for Standard Prints

There are a default set of printer and layout controls for standard print presets.

To access the default print controls for standard print presets
  • Select either the Standard print preset or a custom preset in the Presets list of the Print dialog.

    The basic controls for standard print presets are shown. If more controls appear, click the Fewer Options button at the bottom-left corner of the Print dialog.

Default Standard print controls in the Print dialog.
  • Width and Height fields: Enter the width and height of the printable area when Custom or Roll Paper is chosen in the Paper Size pop-up menu.

    Note: This option does not appear unless Custom or Roll Paper is chosen in the Paper Size pop-up menu. The units of measurement displayed in these fields depend on the region selected in the International pane of System Preferences in Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard or the Language & Text pane of System Preferences in Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard. For more information about System Preferences, see Mac Help.

  • Photo Per Page field: Enter the number of images per page to print.

    Note: This option appears dimmed when the image size selection is too large for more than one image to fit on the selected paper size.

  • Same Photo Per Page checkbox: Select this checkbox to repeat the same photo multiple times on the same page.

    Note: This option appears dimmed unless the selected image size is small enough to accommodate multiple images on the selected paper size.

  • Crop Image to Fill checkbox: Select this checkbox to make the image fill the frame of the Image Size selection. In most situations, a border appears on two sides.
  • More Options button: Click this button to reveal more print options such as additional layout, margin, image border, metadata, and image adjustment settings.

Additional Print Controls for Standard Prints

You can access additional print options, such as additional layout, margin, render, image adjustment, image border, and metadata controls. For example, you can use these controls to include your studio’s name and logo on each print and then save the settings as a preset. The next time you print images, select the print preset you just saved and print your image selection using the default print controls for standard prints.

To access additional print controls for standard and custom print presets
  • Select either the Standard preset or a custom preset in the Presets list of the Print dialog, then click the More Options button.

    The Print dialog expands to show additional print controls for standard prints. After adjusting the additional print settings, click the Fewer Options button at the bottom-left corner of the Print dialog to return to the default print controls.

Figure. More Options button and Standard preset in the Print dialog.
Printer

Use the following controls to choose a printer and paper size.

Figure. Printer controls in the Print dialog.
  • Width and Height fields: Enter the width and height of the printable area when Custom or Roll Paper is chosen in the Paper Size pop-up menu.

    Note: This option does not appear unless Custom or Roll Paper is chosen in the Paper Size pop-up menu.

Layout

Use the following controls to choose the orientation of the images on the page, the image size, and spacing between images when multiple images are printed on the same sheet of paper.

Figure. Layout controls in the Print dialog.
  • Photo Per Page field: Enter the number of images per page to print.

    Note: This option appears dimmed when the image size selection is too large for more than one image to fit on the selected paper size.

  • Same Photo Per Page checkbox: Select this checkbox to repeat the same photo multiple times on the same page.

    Note: This option appears dimmed when the image size selection is too large for two images to fit on the selected paper size, or when the Photo Per Page option is set to 1.

  • Crop Image to Fill checkbox: Select this checkbox to make the image fill the frame of the Image Size selection. In most situations, a border appears on two sides.
  • Rows value slider: Enter the number of rows of images per page to print.

    Note: Aperture sets the Image Size to Custom and automatically scales the size of the images based on the number of rows specified.

  • Columns value slider: Enter the number of columns of images per page to print.

    Note: Aperture sets the Image Size to Custom and automatically scales the size of the images based on the number of columns specified.

  • Row Spacing value slider: Enter the amount of space to place between the image rows when multiple images are printed on the page.
  • Column Spacing value slider: Enter the amount of space to place between the image columns when multiple images are printed on the page.
Margins

Use the following controls to set the width of the margins around the image.

Figure. Margins controls in the Print dialog.
  • Top value slider: Enter the amount of space, in inches, to place between the top edge of the page and the top of the image or images.
  • Right value slider: Enter the amount of space, in inches, to place between the right edge of the page and the right side of the image or images.
  • Bottom value slider: Enter the amount of space, in inches, to place between the bottom edge of the page and the bottom of the image or images.
  • Left value slider: Enter the amount of space, in inches, to place between the left edge of the page and the left side of the image or images.
Rendering

Use the following controls to apply a color profile, render intent, and black point compensation, and to adjust the print resolution.

Figure. Rendering controls in the Print dialog.
  • Black Point Compensation checkbox: Select this checkbox to scale the black and white luminance values to the selected ColorSync profile. This option compensates for the difference between the way black images are saturated on a computer screen and the way black ink is saturated on paper. Turning on black point compensation can prevent shadows from appearing as solid black.
  • PPI field: Enter the PPI for the printed image in this field.

    Note: This option appears dimmed unless Print Resolution is set to Custom.

Image Adjustments

Use the following controls to adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, and image sharpness. In addition, you can click the Loupe button to spot check adjustments and image sharpness before printing.

Figure. Image Adjustments controls in the Print dialog.
  • Brightness slider and value slider: Specify a brightness setting so that the printed image matches the display’s output as closely as possible. Because displays illuminate images, images shown on a display tend to appear more luminous than when printed. Increasing the brightness value can compensate for this difference. A typical setting ranges between 1.1 and 1.2.
  • Contrast slider and value slider: Apply additional contrast to the image using the Contrast slider and value slider. Some printers have a tendency to print images a bit “washed out.” Adding additional contrast can enhance the tonal values where they otherwise would have appeared flat.
  • Saturation slider and value slider: Increase or decrease image saturation using the Saturation slider and value slider.
  • Sharpen checkbox: Select this checkbox to apply a sharpening adjustment to the printed image. Use the Amount and Radius sliders and value sliders to modify the parameters of the Sharpen adjustment.
  • Sharpen Amount slider and value slider: Specify the amount of sharpness applied to the printed image. Because images appear sharper onscreen than they do in print, a sharpen adjustment is often necessary to make the printed image match the image that appears onscreen.
  • Sharpen Radius slider and value slider: Specify the area over which the sharpening adjustment is applied (the distance, in pixels, that Aperture uses to evaluate sharpness).
  • Loupe button: Click this button to open the Loupe. Use the Loupe to zoom in to the image to ensure that the additional adjustments you’ve applied to it meet your expectations.

    Tip: It’s a good idea to use the Loupe to check image detail when applying Sharpen adjustments, to verify that you haven’t sharpened the image too much.

Image Options

Use the following controls to rotate the image to fit the dimensions of the paper, as well as to apply image borders and watermarks.

Figure. Image Options controls in the Print dialog.
  • Rotate to Fit checkbox: Select this checkbox to rotate the image so that it matches the option chosen in the Orientation pop-up menu.
  • Border Size value slider: Specify the width of the image border by dragging the Border value slider to the right to increase the border’s size, and to the left to decrease it. A setting of 0 (zero) applies no border.
  • Border Color control: Change the border color by clicking in the Border Color well and choosing a new color from the Colors window, or by clicking the arrow button (to the right of the color well) and choosing a new color from the pop-up color palette.
  • Opacity slider: Adjust the opacity of the watermark using the Opacity slider. Dragging the slider to the right increases the watermark’s opacity—making it more visible—and dragging the slider to the left decreases its visibility.

    Note: This option does not appear unless a watermark is chosen in the Watermark pop-up menu.

  • Scale Watermark checkbox: Select this checkbox to scale down the watermark.

    Note: This option does not appear unless a watermark is chosen in the Watermark pop-up menu.

Metadata & Page Options

Use the following controls to print an image’s metadata beside it. You can also add comment lines beside the image to provide a space for reviewers to write notes, as well as print cut lines, page numbers, your studio’s logo, a title, and a subtitle.

Figure. Metadata & Page Options in the Print dialog.
  • Comment Lines value slider: Use this control to specify the number of horizontal lines beside each image in the contact sheet available to reviewers for written comments. When the value slider is set to 0 (zero), no comment lines are printed.
  • Title checkbox: Select this checkbox to append a title at the top of the printed contact sheet. Aperture adds the project’s name as the title. However, you can change the title by entering a new one in the Preview area of the Print dialog.
  • Sub Title checkbox: Select this checkbox to apply subtitle text below the title above the image.

    Note: This option appears dimmed unless the Title checkbox is selected.

  • Page Numbers checkbox: Select this checkbox to print page numbers. The page numbers are centered on the bottom of the page. If a logo or title has been applied, the page numbers are displayed at the upper-right corner of the page.
  • Crop Marks checkbox: Select this checkbox to print cut lines.

    Note: The cut lines are not visible unless the Margins settings are greater than zero.

Print Options

Use the following controls to collapse or expand the visible print controls, as well as save, duplicate, and delete print presets.

Figure. Fewer Options button and the Print Action pop-up menu in the Print dialog.
  • Fewer Options button: Click this button to minimize the print options to the default controls.

Default Print Controls for Contact Sheets

There are a default set of printer and layout controls for contact sheet presets.

To access the default print controls for contact sheet presets
  • Select either the Contact Sheets preset or a contact sheet preset saved in the Custom Presets area of the Print dialog.

    The Printer and Layout controls for contact sheet presets are shown. If more controls appear, click the Fewer Options button at the bottom-left corner of the Print dialog.

Figure. Default Contact Sheets print controls in the Print dialog.
  • Width and Height fields: Enter the width and height of the printable area when Custom or Roll Paper is chosen in the Paper Size pop-up menu.

    Note: This option does not appear unless Custom or Roll Paper is chosen in the Paper Size pop-up menu.

  • Rows value slider: Enter the number of rows of images per page to print.
  • Columns value slider: Enter the number of columns of images per page to print.
  • More Options button: Click this button to reveal more print settings such as additional layout controls, margins, image borders, metadata, and image adjustments.

Additional Print Controls for Contact Sheets

You can access additional print options, such as additional layout, margin, image border, metadata, and image adjustment controls. For example, you can use these controls to include your studio’s name and logo on each print along with a limited amount of metadata printed below each image and then save the settings as a contact sheet preset. The next time you want to print a contact sheet, select the contact sheet preset you just saved, and print a contact sheet of your image selections using the default print controls for contact sheets.

To access the additional print controls for contact sheet presets
  • Select either the Contact Sheets preset or a contact sheet preset saved in the Custom Presets area of the Print dialog, then click the More Options button.

    The Print dialog expands to show additional print controls for contact sheets. After adjusting the additional print settings, click the Fewer Options button at the bottom-left corner of the Print dialog to return to the default print controls.

Figure. Contact Sheets preset and the More Options button in the Print dialog.
Printer

Use the following controls to choose a printer and paper size.

Figure. Contact Sheets Printer controls in the Print dialog.
  • Width and Height fields: Enter the width and height of the printable area when Custom or Roll Paper is chosen in the Paper Size pop-up menu.

    Note: This option does not appear unless Custom or Roll Paper is chosen in the Paper Size pop-up menu.

Layout

Use the following controls to choose the orientation of the contact sheet on the page, the image size, and spacing between each image.

Figure. Contact Sheets Layout controls in the Print dialog.
  • Rows value slider: Enter the number of rows of images per page to print.
  • Columns value slider: Enter the number of columns of images per page to print.
  • Row Spacing value slider: Enter the amount of space, in inches, to place between the image rows when multiple images are printed on the page. Aperture automatically adjusts the size of the images in order to accommodate the change in row spacing from its default value.
  • Column Spacing value slider: Enter the amount of space, in inches, to place between the image columns when multiple images are printed on the page. Aperture automatically adjusts the size of the images in order to accommodate the change in column spacing from its default value.
Margins

Use the following controls to set the width of the margins around the contact sheet.

Figure. Contact Sheets Margins controls in the Print dialog.
  • Top value slider: Enter the amount of space, in inches, to place between the top edge of the page and the top of the images.
  • Right value slider: Enter the amount of space, in inches, to place between the right edge of the page and the right side of the images.
  • Bottom value slider: Enter the amount of space, in inches, to place between the bottom edge of the page and the bottom of the images.
  • Left value slider: Enter the amount of space, in inches, to place between the left edge of the page and the left side of the images.
Rendering

Use the following controls to apply a color profile, render intent, and black point compensation, and to adjust the print resolution.

Figure. Contact Sheets Rendering controls in the Print dialog.
  • Black Point Compensation checkbox: Select this checkbox to scale the black and white luminance values to the selected ColorSync profile. This option compensates for the difference between the way black images are saturated on a computer screen and the way black ink is saturated on paper. Turning on black point compensation can prevent shadows from appearing as solid black.
  • PPI field: Enter the PPI for the images in the contact sheet in this field.

    Note: This option appears dimmed unless the Print Resolution is set to Custom.

Image Adjustments

Use the following controls to adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, and image sharpness. In addition, you can click the Loupe button to check your adjustments and image sharpness before printing.

Note: The adjustments applied using the Print dialog are applied to each image in the contact sheet uniformly.

Figure. Contact Sheets Image Adjustments controls in the Print dialog.
  • Brightness slider and value slider: Specify a brightness setting so that the images in the contact sheet match the display’s output as closely as possible. Because displays illuminate images, images shown on a display screen tend to appear more luminous than when printed. Increasing the brightness value can compensate for this difference. A typical setting ranges between 1.1 and 1.2.
  • Contrast slider and value slider: Apply additional contrast to the images in the contact sheet using the Contrast slider and value slider. Some printers have a tendency to print images a bit “washed out.” Adding additional contrast can enhance the tonal values where they otherwise would have appeared flat.
  • Saturation slider and value slider: Increase or decrease the image saturation in the contact sheet using the Saturation slider and value slider.
  • Sharpen checkbox: Select this checkbox to apply a sharpening adjustment to the images in the contact sheet. Use the Amount and Radius sliders and value sliders to modify the parameters of the Sharpen adjustment.
  • Sharpen Amount slider and value slider: Specify the amount of sharpness applied to the images in the contact sheet. Because images appear sharper onscreen than they do in print, a sharpen adjustment is often necessary to make the printed images match the images that appear onscreen.
  • Sharpen Radius slider and value slider: Specify the area over which the sharpening adjustment is applied (the distance, in pixels, that Aperture uses to evaluate sharpness).
  • Loupe button: Click this button (with a loupe icon) to open the Loupe. Use the Loupe to zoom in to the images in the contact sheet to ensure that the additional adjustments you’ve applied to them meet your expectations.

    Tip: It’s a good idea to use the Loupe to check image detail when applying Sharpen adjustments, to verify that you haven’t sharpened the images in the contact sheet too much.

Image Options

Use the following controls to rotate the images in the contact sheet to fit the dimensions of the paper, as well as to apply image borders and watermarks.

Figure. Contact Sheets Image Options controls in the Print dialog.
  • Rotate to Fit checkbox: Select this checkbox to rotate the images in the contact sheet so that they match the option chosen in the Orientation pop-up menu.
  • Border Size value slider: Specify the width of the image borders for each image in the contact sheet by dragging the Border value slider to the right to increase the border’s size, or to the left to decrease it. A setting of 0 (zero) applies no border to the images in the contact sheet.
  • Border Color controls: Change the border color by clicking the Border Color well and selecting a new color from the Colors window, or by clicking the disclosure button to the right of the color well and selecting a new color from the pop-up color palette.
  • Opacity slider: Adjust the opacity of the watermark using the Opacity slider and value slider. Dragging the slider to the right increases the watermark’s opacity—making it more visible—and dragging the slider to the left decreases its visibility.

    Note: This option does not appear unless a watermark is chosen in the Watermark pop-up menu.

  • Scale Watermark checkbox: Select this checkbox to scale down the watermark.

    Note: This option does not appear unless a watermark is chosen in the Watermark pop-up menu.

Metadata & Page Options

Use the following controls to print an image’s metadata beside it. You can also add comment lines beside the image to provide a space for reviewers to write notes.

Figure. Contact Sheets Metadata & Page Options controls in the Print dialog.
  • Comment Lines value slider: Use this control to specify the number of horizontal lines beside each image in the contact sheet available to reviewers for written comments. When the value slider is set to 0 (zero), no comment lines are printed.
  • Title checkbox: Select this checkbox to append a title at the top of the printed contact sheet. Aperture adds the project’s name as the title. However, you can change the title by entering a new one in the Preview area of the Print dialog.
  • Sub Title checkbox: Select this checkbox to apply subtitle text below the title.

    Note: This option appears dimmed unless the Title checkbox is selected.

  • Page Numbers checkbox: Select this checkbox to print page numbers. The page numbers are centered on the bottom of the page. If a logo or title has been applied, the page numbers are displayed at the upper-right corner of the page.
  • Crop Marks checkbox: Select this checkbox to print cut lines.

    Note: The cut lines are not visible unless the Margins settings are greater than zero.

Print Options

Use the following controls to collapse or expand the visible print controls, as well as save, duplicate, and delete print presets.

Figure. Fewer Options button and Print Action pop-up menu in the Print dialog.
  • Fewer Options button: Click this button to minimize the print options to the default controls.