How to Print Photographs
from a Mac at Goshen College
--- caution: Not yet tested for Fall 2002 use with System X (as of 9-9-02)
-- Print from PhotoShop 6 using OS9 (operating system 9.+) until this is ready for OS10.
OS9 is loaded at the bottom right corner of the screen.

Prepared by Marvin Bartel .  Students in Art for Children class may e-mail or phone me for help.

These instructions assume you are working in Photoshop 6 on a Mac.
Page Setup
Under File , Page Setup ,  you can designate Landscape or Portrait orientation.

File Types
Before Printing, use Save As and create a .jpg file in order to reduce the size of the file being sent to the printer.  A .jpg file will print in a reasonable amount of time.  Even a good quality .jpg file is much smaller than an uncompressed file like .psd or .tif
HINT:  If Photoshop does not offer .jpg as an option, Cancel, and go to Layers, and Flatten Layers.  You can not save a file with layers as a .jpg.  Be sure to leave a saved backup copy of the file as .psd with the layers intact if you ever want to work with it in the future.

Caution: JPG or JPEG is one of those file types that continues to compress every time you save the file.  Repeatedly saving a JPG files results in noticeably degraded images.
Therefore: While working, use PSD (the PhotoShop extension) and only use JPG when you are ready to print or if your drive is too full to save the larger PSD file between working sessions.

If you are planning to do Black and White printing See " Printing Black and White Photographs" below.
Print - Color (do not click the Print in the printing dialogue box until you have carefully checked each item below)
Go to File, Print .  Select the SCC-Colorlaser printer.
Select General. Select Photoshop.  Mode must be set to JPEG.
Click on Print only after doing the above settings.
Wait a few minutes. If you are the only one using the printer, it should work within 2 to 5 minutes.

Yellow Problem
Note: RGB color generally works fine.  If there is a problem with the print looking yellow, try it again after changing from RGB mode to CMYK mode in photoshop.
To do this go to Image, then Mode , then CMYK color.  Use saveas to create a new file as a .jpg for printing.  Repeat the process from the top of this page.

Printing Black and White Photographs
Goshen College laser printers set themselves to print at 600 dpi (dots per inch) resolution.  This is very good for text and it is good enough for a "proof print" of a photograph if you just want to check to see if composition and roughly see the tonal gradations, but the photograph has a noticeable dot pattern.  However, to make a black and white photograph look more like a continuous tone silver process photograph, always use the print dialogue menu to find the high resolution options.  Set the resolution to 1200 dpi (high resolution) and set the option to text smoothing.

Quality note:  If you are producing exhibition work and the printer produces uneven strips of tone running across the print, you should ask the computing staff to service the printer.  It may need to be cleaned or the toner cartridge may be depleted.  Sometimes the toner cartridge needs some agitation.  They can take it out and invert is several times and replace it, if it still has some toner.

Printer location:  The campus network allows the use of printers in remote buildings.  Be sure to pay attention and select a printer in a place you can get to the print.

Back to:
General Photo Preparation using Photoshop
More Photograhy help pages
Montage Assignmen t in Art for Children class
List of Assignments and Studio Projects Art for Children
Group Assessment Form for this used for some group assignments
How to Plan Art Lessons (you can check this one to see if my plans are similar what I want you to do)
Art for Children Syllabus
Marvin Bartel Home
Marvin Bartel Courses
Goshen College Art Gallery

Below is digital camera image of my whiteboard with similar instructions.

Updated 9 - 2002

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Goshen Colllege students may print a copy for their own use.
Others must e-mail for permission to reproduce or publish.
Photos, layout, and text © Marvin Bartel 1999