Video Tutorial | Printing Two 3x4 Images On A 4x6

I've had some requests over the last couple of weeks for help with how to print 3x4 photos (specially for use in the smaller Project Life page protector pockets). I put together a quick video tutorial that walks you through the steps to put 2, 3x4 images on a 4x6 canvas in Photoshop Elements.

You could definitely adapt these steps to put more 3x4 photos onto a larger background canvas (such as an 8x10).

Ali Edwards | Printing Small Photos for Project Life from Ali Edwards on Vimeo.

89 thoughts

  1. jen in pa

    2012-02-05 23:04:19 -0500

    i did this last week without any problems, and now, i can't get it to work. my cropped photos keep showing up tiny on my new canvas and i don't know why. both the canvas and my photos are 300 dpi.

  2. {Week 1} Project Life: 2012 | Haynay Designs

    2012-02-09 17:43:56 -0500

    [...] doing it! If you want to learn how to put multiple images onto one picture, Ali Edwards has a good tutorial. I already know, but am proficient at photoshop, but YOU too can do it! Insert: The kids and I [...]

  3. Project Life: Week 6 « I am JuJu!

    2012-02-14 06:50:22 -0500

    [...] inches).  They are a fun size to work with.  I also love learning new things so this week I used this tutorial by Ali Edwards to learn how to print 2 3×4 pictures on a 4×6.  I had these cute pictures of the girls [...]

  4. Project Life: Week 8 « I am JuJu!

    2012-02-28 06:33:55 -0500

    [...] combined two pictures into a 4×6 using this tutorial by Ali Edwards that I’ve mentioned before.  I also used another one of these flip up protectors to add a [...]

  5. Jayne

    2012-04-20 13:05:24 -0400

    Thank you so much - very easy! :)

  6. Patricia

    2012-05-09 20:29:18 -0400

    Thank you soooo much. I used Photoshop, and your directions worked for me there as well.

  7. Joana T.C.

    2012-05-29 04:40:32 -0400

    Ah! Now I get it! Thanks so much for this. It's a great help for newbies like me.

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    2012-06-28 06:01:02 -0400

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  9. Mary Beth

    2012-06-30 22:36:23 -0400

    I have struggled with the same problem as Carolyn and Kelly and finally figured out the solution. When you make your canvas (6X4 or 4X6), put it in the bin. Don't leave it on the main workspace. Next, resize your image to 3X4 or 4X3. Move the image from the main workspace on top of the canvas that is in the bin. The canvas with image will then pop up in the main workspace with everything correctly sized. Repeat this procedure for the second image. Sounds strange, but it is what worked for me. Good luck.

  10. Maria

    2012-09-03 12:13:48 -0400

    Thank you!

  11. Heidi S.

    2012-11-08 21:24:53 -0500

    Thanks for this Ali! Ive been trying to figure out the easiest way to get my pics into 3x4 format for PL, and this was totally it! This will make my life so much easier from here on out! :)

  12. Kathleen

    2013-01-09 12:48:48 -0500

    I have the PSE version 11 and it is not like the tutorial at all. There is no option for floating the levels, even in the expert style. I can't see the icons that you are clicking on for most steps.
    Can someone recommend a tutorial with step by step panels of every click? This is so frustrating for me because I know this should be easy. Perhaps I need PSE for Dummies?
    Thank you Ali for your tutorials. Most of them are very helpful!

  13. Susan

    2013-01-13 20:18:42 -0500

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I did it as I followed along with my own pictures! I hope that some of this becomes second nature for me in the not too distant future!!

  14. Ronniescrap

    2013-02-07 08:53:31 -0500

    Thank you so much for this! Has solved my printing problem. Love Project Life. x

  15. Jen

    2013-02-12 14:03:21 -0500

    More than a year later this post is STILL VERY helpful, I have the Adobe version of photoshop and have yet to do ANYTHING with it! This is my howework for the night! Thank you :) I also re-posted on my blog so that it will be a help to those that stumble across my blog :)

    Love your blog and everything that you share!


  16. TeriBeri

    2013-02-25 10:52:51 -0500

    Hi Ali. I was playing around with some photos and some of your files last night. How can I add the "love" brush from your "Hello Life" collection to a photo. I first brought in the png file but when I stretched it, it got distorted. Then I realized it had to be a brush. I imported the brushes from that set but I can't figure out how to size the brush to fit the 3x4 photo. Can you help?
    Thank you,

  17. Terry

    2013-09-27 14:44:04 -0400

    Brilliant! I needed to read comment #35 to enable "Float All in Windows"and then had the same problem as Carolyn in #38 and found the blank canvas was set to 300 pixels/cm instead of 300pixels/inch!!!

    Then everything worked just as your tutorial.

    Many thanks

  18. Patricia

    2013-12-08 10:49:37 -0500

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I was printing a 4x6 and cutting it down to 3x4 and wasting so much good photo paper. So thank you again ~ I really appreciate it!

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    2013-12-10 11:02:07 -0500

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  20. Elena

    2013-12-31 17:20:15 -0500

    Okay, I know this is probably a ridiculous question but for some reason I am stuck! When you create your 4x6, what extension do you use to save them so you can print them? I did them and am so proud of myself but every time I try to upload them to print it says "invalid jpeg file". so I am assuming I am saving them wrong! HELPPPPPP!!!

  21. Elena

    2014-01-03 19:07:35 -0500

    I did my pictures for Project Life from this tutorial and it went great. BUT when I went to upload it for printing it it said "invalid jpeg file'. Is there a particular way to save them so that I can upload them and have them printed? Please help!!! These are for my December Daily!!! Thanks!

  22. Melinda

    2014-01-04 16:15:38 -0500

    Thank you so much for this tutorial, Ali. I had to watch it a couple of times but I've got this down now. Yahoo!

  23. B Smith

    2014-02-01 11:40:28 -0500

    Hey, this video still live? I can't seem to get it to play, and yes...I'm new to Project Life :)

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  25. mugsie

    2014-09-06 18:08:46 -0400

    Hi Ali (or Katie) :) i have one question, I'm not avid in elements so this may be a silly Q but i don't know the answer, would i be able to print photos from my camera, following this tutorial, but not cropping them? some of my photos i want to keep the whole photo but have them as a 3x4. is this possible? Thanks so much! MEG

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