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January 6, 2012

Video Tutorial | Printing Two 3×4 Images On A 4×6

I’ve had some requests over the last couple of weeks for help with how to print 3×4 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, 3×4 images on a 4×6 canvas in Photoshop Elements.

You could definitely adapt these steps to put more 3×4 photos onto a larger background canvas (such as an 8×10).

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


  • 1.
    Alida Post said…

    Thanks, I’ve been trying to figure out exactly that! Oh, and am I first? 13:10 here in South Africa.

  • 2.
    Brooke said…

    I don’t have PSE, so I’m pretty impressed with how user friendly it is. Loving those great smiles in the photos too!

  • 3.
    Kristen said…

    Thanks Ali! This is a great tutorial! Can’t wait to work on my project life this afternoon!

  • 4.
    Sandra K. said…

    Thank you Ali, that helped a lot.

  • 5.
    Stephanie said…

    Thanks so much!!! Such a great tutorial, Ali!

  • 6.
    Jacky S said…

    Thanks…this will be so useful.

  • 7.
    Bridget =) said…

    Thank you SO much for taking the time to explain this! I am sure it’s so simple, but I was so overwhelmed that even the simplest task seems hard at this point! thank you!!!

  • 8.
    Karen Walker said…

    Your tutorials are always so clear and helpful. Thanks, too, for the newsletter in my inbox this morning. It was very timely, as I have two daily practices I hope to work on in 2012. One of them I’ve already begun, but the other has to wait until the end of the month after a two week visit with my new grandson.

  • 9.
    Suzie Perrie said…

    Thanks Ali!! I have tried this before but never could get the photos to print at the correct size. Now thanks to you, it won’t be a problem.

  • 10.
    Robin said…

    Thanks Ali! I have another question about printing. I do not print at home. I send out normally to Shutterfly. For Project Life, I have cropped some pictures to 8×8 and I had planned to have them developed at an online lab you had recommended goodness probably well over a year ago but when I went to their website this week they had gone out of business. If I have the 8×8′s ptinted out at Shutterfly as an 8×10 will they be printed out with white surrounding them and then I can just cut that off? I know I am probably trying to make this more difficult then it is! Thanks for any help you can give me!

    Robin Greene

    • ….
      Jamie said…

      I don’t know who Ali uses, but I print my 8X8s through Persnickety prints. I think she recommended them for printing in general. Anyway, there 8X8s are only $.99 each and the shipping in the U.S is a flat $5.00. Their quality is remarkable, in my opinion. Hope this helps.

    • ….
      Robin said…

      Thank you very much Jamie! Ali recommended about three different printing companies in the blog I am thinking of and I had forgotten about Persnickety. I will definitely try them. I could not think of any of the other names. I am finally printing my pictures for last years Project Life. I took almost a picture for everyday and journaled everything for the year so I am getting busy!

  • 11.
    Sherry Eckblad said…

    Thanks, Ali! I was wondering how you did that and now I can’t wait to try it for myself.

  • 12.
    Angie said…

    Awesome. I was just wondering how to do this as I was going to bed last night. Perfect timing as this is my first week doing Project Life. Thank you!

  • 13.
    Chris McCormick said…

    Hi Ali,
    Thanks for the tutorial! I created a template that I use for doing this that makes it super easy and quick, too. Am happy to share it with your readers if you like!
    Thank you for all of your wonderful posts and for sharing your inspiration with us :)

    • ….
      Karen said…

      Hi Chris, I am a new PSE user and to tell you the truth very frustrated one!so any kind of template that would help me create with more ease would be very welcomed. Thanks. Where would you post a link?

    • ….
      dawny dee said…

      oh yes please. please share a link

    • ….
      Chris McCormick said…

      Hi Karen and dawny dee,

      I posted my template on 4shared, you should be able to click on the link and download it. I’m not a designer by any stretch so I hope the template works for you :)

    • ….
      Chris McCormick said…

      I should probably also add that I print my photos slightly smaller than 3×4 because the journalling pockets aren’t quite that large and I got frustrated cutting off too much of my photo.

  • 14.
    Sandie said…

    This will be so helpful. Thank you for taking the time to explain. I just got Photoshop Elements for Christmas and have not tried using it yet.

    A question – what brand/type printer do you use for pictures? Mine is an Epson Stylus NX420.

    Thanks for your help!!

    • ….
      Mrs. V said…


      Here is the link to Ali’s FAQs. I have referred back to it often, and one of the questions responds to various products/supplies that she uses, including the type of printer.

  • 15.
    Melissa L said…

    Thanks Ali! I use a free program called from photo utitlity called photo sheet. It is great for those of you who are not familiar with photoshop. Here is the link:
    This software combines several separate images into a single image with a layout of your choosing. Once you download the free program you select your print size 4×6, 5×7, 8×10, 12×12… There are many options. Then select the amount of photos you want to print on your sheet. Open your “folders” where you store your photos and drag them onto photosheet program. You will see a preview of the photos. Once you are happy with your collage at the botton of the screen you will see an output location. Click the “start” button and it will create your collage and save it…. “Just make note of the file name of where your collage is saved to… You will see the file name in the box”. You can decide whether to print or upload to your favorite photo site. I have used Costco and they come out great.

    This is my first year doing Project Life. Thanks you Ali for your inspiration. I have been reading your blog and really wanted to give it a try this year.

    • ….
      MMarie said…

      Melissa, thank you SO much for posting this. I don’t have PSE and used to use Photo Sheet all the time to make wallets, etc. Then my computer died and this file didn’t get transferred to my new computer. By the time I wanted to use it again, it had been months and for the last month or two I keep wondering “what what that program called???” I’m so excited to be able to use it again!

    • ….
      Maria Nelson said…


      Thanks so much for the tip on PhotoSheet, just tried it and it works great, super easy!

    • ….
      Kim said…

      I use PhotoSheet, too, and loveit! :)

    • ….
      lisa said…

      OMG!! Melissa, I came to this blog post to see how Ali does her resizing after wasting 2 hours trying to write a Photoshop action to do this. GENIUS! I have wasted HOURS resizing photos, esp for Project Life. THANK YOU!!!!!

  • 16.
    Anna Vollmer said…

    I know a lot of the fonts you use are commercial, but I was wondering if you have a list of your favorite free fonts, or free fonts that are close to some of your favorites? I always love your font choices and would love to be able to use some myself!

  • 17.
    KSW said…

    Fantastic, Ali – I really appreciate your tutorial. Thank you very much. Specifically, I appreciated your tip about the 2011 pages protector v. 2012 page protectors and sizing; I have a few left (and am waiting for the 2012 pages) so that sizing tip is very helpful. Have a good day.

  • 18.
    Karen said…

    I have tried to do this before, but somehow things get messed up when I am printing. I must have something checked wrong in the dialog box for the printer, because I never get exactly the 3×4 when I cut them apart after they are printed. You are always printing from inside of photoshop elements? Maybe that is what I am doing wrong?

  • 19.

    Ali this is such a great tutorial, you never fail to impart knowledge on others efficiently. It’s been a long since I visited you site (been busy the past months). Glad to find more interesting blogs here!

  • 20.
    Patti G said…

    Thanks Ali! I got PE10 for Christmas & I’m a PE virgin, so ANY tutorial I can get to help make my learning curve easier is much appreciated!

  • 21.
    Amanda Abernathy said…

    Awesome. Thank you!

  • 22.
    Candy said…

    Very nice. I may have to watch this several times to totally get it, but I have my new photoshop 10 ready to put onto my computer. Just have to figure out how to use it.

  • 23.
    Lorie B said…

    Ali thank you so much for this. I know it is such an easy thing to resize photos, but sometimes these basic techniques are the most frustrating for me to figure out. Your tutorial is perfect and wonderful!! Thanks again for all you do!

  • 24.
    Chris H said…

    Many many thanks. I feel like I have to relearn PSE every time I open the program.

    • ….
      Carmel Keane said…

      I am exactly the same!

  • 25.
    Lori Perrault said…

    Like Melissa said – I have also used PhotoSheet by Photility and even better Zoner Photo Studio which allows you to create and save your own templates and then print any combination of sizes one any size paper. It allows you to upload an entire folder into the template and creates separate .jpgs for each finished collage sheet. It has changed the way I use Shutterfly and print my photos. Love it…

  • 26.
    Emilie said…

    Thank you for taking the time to explain this process to us.

  • 27.
    Heather S. in VT said…

    Thanks SOOOO much Ali! I have an 8.5×11 template with 6 3×4 on it that I’ve been using but it wastes a lot of paper and takes a little bit of cutting!! Don’t know why I didn’t think of just printing two on a 4×6!! No wasted paper and only one cut!! Yeah time saver! Thanks so much! The only thing different I do is make a clipping mask on the 4×6 canvas for each photo. I never alter my original photo file. I always use a clipping mask! Thanks again!

  • 28.
    Anita said…

    Thanks Ali, another great video. Also, loved reading your email today.

  • 29.
    Katrina said…

    Thanks! I’ve been doing that a slightly different way, but all of sudden the photos end up blurry. I’ll have to try it your way and see if that makes a difference.

  • 30.
    alwayscharlie said…

    Thanks for this video. I knew you could do this but never made it work.

  • 31.
    Nita said…

    I’ve been needing something like this. Thanks for this timely posting!

  • 32.
    Nikki said…

    I buy tis magazine in the UK, it’s a very crafty mag! Looking forward to printing my photos for PL, I am just starting!

  • 33.
    Mrs. V said…


    As others mentioned, your email this morning was a nice treat!

    I am excited for this tutorial. I just got PSE this summer and most of what I know how to do with it has been via your tutorials, so I really appreciate the periodic videos that you post. They are always so helpful!

  • 34.
    mary bartolotta said…

    I was wondering what it is you used to put the dates of the week on? is that a standard type label or did you make those?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Mary – I’m not sure which labels you’re referring to?

    • ….
      Alexandra said…

      I’m wondering if Mary is referring to the cards from the Project Life kit that have a space for the dates of each specific week?

  • 35.
    Maria said…

    Hi Ali, I don’t see an option for floating windows in PSE 7, is a newer version required? Thanks

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Maria – I’m not sure, if you don’t see it it’s possible it’s only a newer version feature. I’d do a search in the help menu or a google search.

    • ….
      Anita R said…

      Maria, I had the same problem. Doing the following fixed the problem for me. In PSE, go to Edit then pull down to Preferences and choose General. In the Options box make sure that “Allow Floating Documents…” is checked. Hope this helps!

    • ….
      Nathalie Hardy said…

      Me, too Maria. Thanks for the answer Anita! Worked great – love this community!

    • ….
      Cheryl :) said…

      Thank you so much for this info. I have PSE 9 and couldn’t get it to work either, but with your tip, it’s working fine! Bless you!

    • ….
      Anita R. said…

      Aww shucks, I’m just glad I could help!

  • 36.
    Christine said…

    Many thanks Ali, I learned a few new things.
    I have PSE 6 so I don’t have the floating windows but the rest of what you showed works fabulous.

  • 37.
    Tara said…

    Thanks for that I was just searching on how to do that. Are you able to let me know how to put a white line/border thru the middle of them so that i can use two photos for my POTD. TIA

    • ….
      Tara said…

      also, i cant seem to get the ‘float all images’ to work. Have you any ideas for me to trouble shoot this… thanks in advance – again :)

  • 38.
    carolyn said…

    hi Ali,really easy to understand tutorial.When I crop my photos they end up really small.I am not sure if they are starting the right size.When I bring in a photo it is 13×18.I then crop it to 3×4 but when I drag it across it becomes 1×2 inch.This sounds confusing sorry.Hope someone can understand and help.Thanks Carolyn

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Carolyn – make sure that you are using 300 dpi for the resolution for both the photos you are cropping and the new canvas. Make sure you are entering 300dpi at the same time you set the crop to 3×4. And makes sure the new 4×6 you create is 300dpi (you can double check by going to Image/Resize).

    • ….
      Kelly G said…

      Great tutorial Ali and lovely to hear your voice!

      I have the same issue as Carolyn (I think). When I move my 3×4 to my new canvas, the image does not fill the canvas, like yours did. Instead, I have to then use the move tool to zoom the image to fit the canvas. Not that hard but it would be great if the new image would drop straight in. I’m using PSE7.

    • ….
      carolyn said…

      hi Ali have done all that.checked sizes dpi 300 etc.maybe something to do with original print.Will keep trying.thanks

    • ….
      jess R said…

      the same thing is happening to me. When i drop my cropped photo onto the page it is tiny…ANyway to fix this?

  • 39.
    Samantha said…

    Thanks for the video! It really helped me quite a bit :)

  • 40.
    Judith said…

    I love that you take the time to teach people like me… thanks this was sooo helpful I can now use my photoshop elements package a lot better! I have even managed to print some of my december daily pages… One question I have is do I have to save the files as something in particular in order to get them printed by the store? Or do I just take the default format to them?


    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Judith – yes, save them as a JPG.

  • 41.

    Thanks so much for the tutorial. I got PSE 10 recently and am sloooooowly learning. This tutorial will be great for me to use. I normally print my photos once a week at a local store and their collage options are about the most I have to choose from. As a result I end up with a ton of space around the images that I don’t really need or want. Thanks so much!!!

  • 42.
    Sherry Eckblad said…

    Okay, I was so excited to try this, but I have PSE 5.0 and when I went into windows to float all images that was not an option for me. So am stuck trying to figure out how to do the two photos together. Right now it places the first photo in the center and I can’t add the other.

  • 43.
    Alexandra said…

    Thanks so much for doing this tutorial, Ali!
    I’m going to give it a try this weekend.

    I remember you posted (or replied to a comment?) about lightening your photos before you print them but I can’t seem to locate it now. I was wondering if you have a tutorial for that? I’m having issues with many of my photos being too dark – would love a tutorial or a little re-cap of your process if you have the time.

    thanks so much!!

  • 44.
    Mary said…

    I have an older version of PSE and use it for lots of stuff but I find that doing a “collage” photo in Picasa is easier (for me) and it includes the option of adding in the white border with a slider bar. So simple!

  • 45.
    Cynthia said…

    Thanks so much Ali. This tutorial, and the tutorials you have been offering on the Silhouette have been so timely and awesome. I appreciate your generosity so much!

  • 46.

    Thank you very much Ali. It shoud have been obvious to me how to do this but it wasn’t. I appreciate your making the video. :)


  • 47.
    Anastasia said…

    Hi Ali,
    I wondered what you think about using actions for all photos? I thought of using the same action for all the photos through out the year to make them all look similar in style (e.g. “Lomo” look or similar). Do you think it could work or will I find out pretty quickly that it doesn’t work for all sorts of photos and I need to shoot in a very special way to make it work?
    I really would appreciate your opinion, I can’t find anyone who would talk about their way to take/process photos to achieve a sleek look for the entire album

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I think you could totally do that if it’s what you want for your project. Set up an action with a filter and apply that to all your photos – sure.

      For me personally I’m totally fine with a variety of different photo looks – from Instagram on my phone, from my big camera, black and white, etc. I think that just goes along with my more eclectic style (and I might get tired of a certain filter before the year was up).

  • 48.
    Leslie said…

    Hi, thanks so much for the tutorial. Do you have a tutorial on organizing photos in Aperature?

  • 49.
    Amanda Worley said…

    For those who are not so Photoshop savvy and don’t have the top-notch home printers, I suggest printing your mini photos, like me, at the Kodak picture kiosk at CVS stores (they’re not exclusive to CVS though). I often print 2 3×4′s, 4 2×3′s, a 9 ~1×2′s on a single 4×6 photo. It’s SUPER easy too! Just select “Collage” on the initial print options screen. (I think it’s one up from the bottom) Then it gives you the option to make “Mini-prints”. Select that, and it asks you which size- 2 pictures, 4 pictures, or 9 pictures- per 4X6 print you want. Then you just check the pictures you want and print. It automatically rotates the photos to landscape or portrait so they fit in the template. It’s still only ~$.25/$.27, just like full 4×6 photo prints, even though I’m getting say 4 pictures on a print.
    *Note, this is not a collage print with the creative background and framed images on one print. This is a collage in the sense of multiple photos on one print. They don’t usually advertise this option, as most non-scrappers have no reason to print mini images.

  • 50.
    Jessica said…

    Hi Ali!
    My goal for 2012 is to master PSE 10, which I just got for Christmas. My husband even bought me the book PSE10 for Dummies…HOWEVER, not even the Dummies can help me with this one.

    When I try to float my windows – I see the option there, but I cannot click on it to make it happen.
    Any suggestions?
    And I just bought your beginners class. I am looking forward to it! I love your tutorials. They are very helpful. I think you are a rock star!

    • ….
      Anita R. said…


      See my reply to Maria in Post #35. It sounds like you had the same issue I had.

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