Printing Images and Contact Sheets in Aperture

There are several configurations in which you can print photos in Aperture. See the following sections for details on these options:

Printing a Single Image

When you want to print a single, high-resolution image on a single sheet of paper, you use the Standard preset or one of the presets in the Custom Presets area of the Print dialog.

To print a single image
  1. In the Browser, select an image.

  2. Choose File > Print Image (or press Command-P).

  3. In the Print dialog, select either the Standard preset or a preset in the Custom Presets area.

  4. In the default print options area, specify the following settings:

    • Choose a printer from the Printer pop-up menu.

    • If necessary, choose a print profile from the Color Profile pop-up menu.

      Note: Printer Managed, the default setting, is the appropriate choice in most cases. If you are outputting to a specific device profile or if you have color calibrated your printer, you should choose an appropriate profile from this pop-up menu.

    • Choose a paper size from the available items in the Paper Size pop-up menu.

    • In the Orientation pop-up menu, choose whether you want the image printed in Landscape mode or Portrait mode.

    • Choose the size of the printed image from the Image Size pop-up menu, by doing one of the following:

      • To print the image so that the entire image fits on the page: Choose Maximum to Fit. If you’ve chosen a borderless printing option, Aperture fits the entire image on the page; margins appear on two sides of the image where the dimensions don’t match.
      • To print the image so that it fills in the entire page: Choose Maximum to Fit, and select the Crop Image to Fill checkbox below the Image Size pop-up menu. If you’ve chosen a borderless printing option, the image covers the entire page; parts of the image are cropped if the dimensions don’t match.
      • To print the image at a standard size: Choose a standard dimension, such as 5 x 7, from the pop-up menu.
      • To print the image in a custom size: Choose Custom from the pop-up menu, then enter the dimensions in the Height and Width fields that appear below.
  5. After you’ve verified that the settings in the Print dialog are correct, click Print.

    The OS X Print dialog appears.

  6. Confirm that the settings in the OS X Print dialog are correct.

    Important: Make sure the paper type matches the color profile selected in the Aperture Print dialog. If you chose Printer Managed, make sure to enable your printer’s color management. For more information about enabling color management on your printer, see the documentation that came with your printer.

  7. Click Print.

The high-resolution image is printed on a single sheet of paper.

Use the Copies field in the OS X Print dialog to print multiple copies of your high-resolution image.

To print multiple copies of an image
  1. Follow steps 1 through 5 in the previous task.

  2. In the OS X Print dialog, click the disclosure button to reveal additional print controls.

    Figure. Controls in the OS X Print dialog.
  3. In the Copies field, enter the number of copies to print, then click Print.

Printing the Same Image Multiple Times on a Single Sheet of Paper

You can print the same image multiple times on the same sheet of paper. This option is useful for saving paper when the image size is small.

To print the same image multiple times on a single sheet of paper
  1. In the Browser, select the image you want to print.

  2. Choose File > Print Image (or press Command-P).

  3. In the Print dialog, select either the Standard preset or a preset in Custom Presets.

  4. In the default print options area, specify the following settings:

    • Choose a printer from the Printer pop-up menu.

    • If necessary, choose a print profile from the Color Profile pop-up menu.

      Note: Printer Managed, the default setting, is the appropriate choice in most cases. If you are outputting to a specific device profile or if you have color calibrated your printer, you should choose an appropriate profile from this pop-up menu.

    • Choose a paper size from the available items in the Paper Size pop-up menu.

    • In the Orientation pop-up menu, choose whether you want the image printed in Landscape mode or Portrait mode.

    • Choose a standardized size, such as 2 x 3, for the printed image from the Image Size pop-up menu. Pick a size that’s small enough to fit multiple images on the paper size chosen in the Paper Size pop-up menu.

      The Photo Per Page and Same Photo Per Page controls below the Image Size pop-up menu become available.

    • Enter the number of times you want the image printed on the page in the Photo Per Page field, then select the Same Photo Per Page checkbox.

      The Preview area updates to show multiple images on the page.

  5. If you want each image to fill its allotted printable space, select the Crop Image to Fill checkbox.

  6. If you want to modify the arrangement of the images on the page, click the More Options button at the bottom of the Print dialog, then use the Layout and Margins controls to adjust the image spacing and page margins.

  7. After you’ve verified that the settings in the Print dialog are correct, click Print.

    The OS X Print dialog appears.

  8. Confirm that the settings in the OS X Print dialog are correct.

    Important: Make sure the paper type matches the color profile selected in the Aperture Print dialog. If you chose Printer Managed, make sure to enable your printer’s color management. For more information about enabling color management on your printer, see the documentation that came with your printer.

  9. Click Print.

Printing a Series of Images

You can print multiple images at once, each on its own sheet of paper.

To print a series of images
  1. In the Browser, select the images you want to print.

  2. Choose File > Print Images (or press Command-P).

  3. In the Print dialog, select either the Standard preset or a preset in Custom Presets.

  4. Confirm that the settings in the Print dialog are correct.

    For more information about print settings, see Printing a Single Image.

  5. If necessary, use the navigation buttons in the Preview area to verify that the images in the job you are about to print are correct.

  6. Click Print.

    The OS X Print dialog appears.

  7. Confirm that the settings in the OS X Print dialog are correct.

    Important: Make sure the paper type matches the color profile selected in the Aperture Print dialog. If you chose Printer Managed, make sure to enable your printer’s color management. For more information about enabling color management on your printer, see the documentation that came with your printer.

  8. Click Print.

Your images are printed, one image per page.

Printing a Contact Sheet or Series of Contact Sheets

You can print contact sheets of your images, and Aperture does all the layout work for you. All you have to do is specify the number of pages or columns; Aperture adjusts the size of the images based on your layout and margin settings.

To print contact sheets
  1. In the Browser, select the images you want to print.

  2. Choose File > Print Images (or press Command-P).

  3. In the Print dialog, select either the Contact Sheets preset or the Review Sheet preset in the Custom Presets section.

  4. In the default print options area, specify the following settings:

    • Choose a printer from the Printer pop-up menu.

    • If necessary, choose a color profile from the Color Profile pop-up menu.

      Note: Printer Managed, the default setting, is the appropriate choice in most cases. If you are outputting to a specific device profile or if you have color calibrated your printer, you should choose an appropriate profile from this pop-up menu.

    • Choose a paper size from the available items in the Paper Size pop-up menu.

    • In the Orientation pop-up menu, choose whether you want the contact sheet printed in Landscape mode or Portrait mode.

    • Specify the number of rows and columns to set how many images are printed on the page.

      The Preview area updates to show the new print dimensions for each image in the contact sheet. You can double-click an image to adjust its scale within the image frame. You use the Image Scale HUD to zoom in to and out of the image.

  5. If you want to modify the arrangement of the images on the page, click the More Options button at the bottom of the Print dialog, then use the Layout and Margins controls to adjust image spacing between the images and add margins.

  6. If you want to manually adjust the spacing margins, drag the row and column lines in the Preview area.

  7. After you’ve verified that the settings in the Print dialog are correct, click Print.

    The OS X Print dialog appears.

  8. Confirm that the settings in the OS X Print dialog are correct.

    Important: Make sure the paper type matches the color profile selected in the Aperture Print dialog. If you chose Printer Managed, make sure to enable your printer’s color management. For more information about enabling color management on your printer, see the documentation that came with your printer.

  9. Click Print.

Your contact sheet is printed.

Manually Adjusting Image Layout in the Preview Area

In addition to using the Layout and Margins controls in the Print dialog, you can manually adjust the margins and spacing in the Preview area of the Print dialog. When printing a single image with a border or dimensions smaller than the paper size, you can adjust the placement of the image on the page by dragging the margin lines in the Preview area. Similarly, when you are printing multiple images on the same sheet of paper, you can adjust both the margins surrounding the images and the spacing between the images. If you selected the Crop Marks checkbox in the Metadata & Page Options section of the Print dialog, you can also adjust the crop lines to modify the margins and spacing of the images on the page.

Note: The margin lines are not visible unless you place the pointer over the Preview area of the Print dialog.

To manually adjust the placement of a single image on a page
  1. In the Browser, select the image you want to print.

  2. Choose File > Print Images (or press Command-P).

  3. In the Print dialog, choose a single image print preset and an image size that is smaller than the chosen paper size.

  4. In the Preview area, drag the margin lines to adjust the placement of the image on the page.

    Figure. Dragging margins to resize the image in the Preview area of the Print dialog.

    The distance between the edge of the paper and the edge of the image is displayed in an overlay as you drag the margin line.

To manually adjust the placement of multiple images on a page
  1. In the Browser, select the image or images you want to print.

  2. Choose File > Print Images (or press Command-P).

  3. In the Print dialog, do one of the following:

    • Select a print preset that prints the same image multiple times on the same sheet of paper.

    • Select a print preset for a contact sheet.

  4. In the Preview area, do either or both of the following:

    • Drag the margin lines between the outer edges of the images and the paper’s edge.

    • Drag the lines between the images to adjust the spacing between them.

      Figure. Spacing lines being dragged between images in a contact sheet in the Preview area of the Print dialog.

      Dragging one vertical line adjusts the vertical spacing between all images on the page equally; similarly, dragging one horizontal line adjusts the horizontal spacing between the images in equal amounts.