Use Picture Package to Show Off Your Kids

Photoshop can create a set of printable pics with just a few clicks

I think Photoshop’s Automate menu (under the File menu) is wonderful. There’s lots of great tools for automating some useful things like web gallery creation and batching an executable action. Picture Package is one that you don’t hear much about, but if you have a newborn or new family photo and you just have to give your family some wallets or five-by-sevens, Photoshop has you covered.

fig 1Figure 1: The Picture Package interface.

Selecting File->Automate->Picture Package… brings up this simple but powerful interface (Fig. 1). Select your source images at the top, whether it’s one you already have open in Photoshop, one on your hard drive or a whole folder of images. In the document area select your page size and resolution, as well as the layout you would like—all wallets, or larger images, or a combination of those and several other sizes. Figure 2 shows the standard choices, which Photoshop gives you by default. Quick tip: you can make your own layout by clicking the Edit Layout button under the layout preview.

Quick tip: you can make your own layout by clicking the Edit Layout button under the layout preview.

And in the label area you can choose to label your images with anything including the filename, photographer, description, custom text and more.

fig 2Figure 2: Photoshop’s default photo layouts.

So just select your images, page size and layout and Photoshop will do the rest of the work!