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Printing modes

Expression Studio 2.0

Microsoft Expression Media offers three printing styles: Content List, Contact Sheet, and Media Sheet. These styles match the three views available in the program (List, Thumbnail, and Media). By default, the Print dialog box matches the active view of your catalog. The dialog box shows a real-time preview of your prints. Expression Media displays each of your option changes in the preview window.

The Content List print option is useful for printing a table of contents for a catalog. The style matches the layout of the catalog's List view, with the icons and associated field information of each file.

This style also includes options for showing or hiding icons and field headers on the printout. The size of the icons in your catalog's List view determines the size of the icons in the printout.

The Contact Sheet print option prints a table of thumbnails similar to your catalog's Thumbnail view. The size of the thumbnail in your catalog determines the size of the thumbnail in the printout.

Thumbnails are imported into the catalog by using the file's built-in thumbnail or by using images created by Expression Media. If your thumbnails are printing poorly, on the Action menu, click Rebuild Item. Then, try printing again.

You can also select the Hi-Res Thumbnails option for high-quality printing. Selecting this option sends more image detail for every thumbnail to the printer, so it's be a good idea to allow extra time for printing. The printing speed depends on your computer's processing power and the type of printer you have.

The Media Sheet print option prints the full-size, high-resolution images from original files. Because some of these files can be very large, it's be a good idea to allow extra time for printing. You can change the size of the displayed and printed media in the Scaling menu in any view.

The most useful of these options is Scale to Fit, because it automatically rescales the image to fit inside the print area. Other useful options are Actual Size and Fit Width, but some parts of the image might not be printed if the size and shape of the original image is larger than the rendered area or printed cell size.

To print from Expression Media

  1. Do one of the following:

    • Select the image that you want to print.

    • If you want to print several images, select them and, on the Find menu, click Show Selected.

  2. On the File menu, click Print or click the Print icon on the toolbar.

  3. Select a print option in the Print dialog box.

  4. Depending on the printing mode that you choose, you will have varying print options to choose from. See the following sections for explanations about each option.

  5. When you have made your selections, click Print.

To print a layer or page in a composite file

  1. Expression Media prints only the frame assigned as an item's thumbnail. To print another layer or page, locate the page or layer you want to print in Media view.

  2. Before printing, on the Action menu, click Rebuild Item.

  3. On the File menu, click Print or click the Print icon on the toolbar.

  4. Select your options in the Print dialog box, and then click Print.

The options below are available regardless of the printing method that you choose:

  • Define the Print Area   Has options for full-page printing and sizes for CD and other disk cases, such as a Zip or Jaz disk. If you select Full Page, Expression Media uses the page size defined in the Page Setup dialog box. The options vary according to the type of the printer chosen. You can add custom print area templates to this menu. For more information, see Print templates.

  • Margins   Enables you to adjust the Print Area Size on all sides. Select the Mirror Margins option to include spines for double-sided documents that will be bound or punch-holed. The border color around the preview image represents the margins that you define.

  • Headers   Enables you to put labels on the top (header), bottom (footer), right, and left sides of your printout, depending on which of the buttons you click on the right side of the text boxes. You can also adjust the type and style of the labels by clicking the buttons on the right side of the text boxes. On the Special menu, you can add automatic page numbers, date, and time. These are represented by their respective symbols in the Captions box. You can mix the symbols with regular text. Use the Ampersand (&&) option to help differentiate the character from the special character commands. The Indent option aligns the label center or right. An Indent (&i) centers the text. Two indent marks make the text right-aligned.

    Expression Media retains Header settings across all print styles.

  • Use view colors   Mimics the style of the view corresponding to the printing mode that you choose. For example, if you choose to print using the Content List mode and if you select this option, the dividers between the image listings will display in your printout.

  • Corner crop marks   Adds crop marks to the corners of the whole sheet.

  • Page Preview Navigator   Lets you choose the page to be displayed in the preview section on the right side of the Print dialog box when you are printing multiple pages. Click the arrows to choose the page you want..

  • Range   Modifies which pages will print. The default is to let your printer's settings handle this task. You can also choose Current Page, or Odd or Even pages.

Below are the options available if you choose Contact Sheet mode to print your photographs:

  • Hi-Res Thumbnails   Lets you print high-quality images. By default, Expression Media prints low-resolution thumbnails.

  • Print view fields   Enables you to print the text fields that are visible in Thumbnail view, in addition to the image.

  • Grid   Defines the number of rows and columns for a printout. The Default for view option takes into account the image size settings for the respective view of the catalog. The Cells option enables you to define the number of rows and columns. The Size option lets you define the exact size of each cell.

Below are the options available if you choose Content List mode to print your photographs:

  • Print label row   Prints the headers for each row.

  • Print item icons   Prints the image icons at the size that you specified in the List view options.

Expression Media renders Media Sheet printouts from the original, high-resolution images. Because these files might be large, it's a good idea to allow extra time for printing. Below are the options available if you choose Media Sheet mode to print your photographs:

  • Margin between   Places a small amount of space between tiled images.

  • Repeat media   Tiles a single image in the available print area. Click the Grid button to define the number and size of the tiled images.

  • Scaling   Lets you define the image size by selecting one of the following options on the menu:

    • Actual Size   Uses 100% of the image and centers it in the print area.

    • Scale to Fit   Scales the image proportionally to the size of the Print Area.

    • Fit Width   Scales the image based on the horizontal parameters of the Print Area. If you apply this option to a vertical image, some of it might not be visible.

    • Fit Height   Scales the image based on the vertical parameters of the Print Area. If you apply this option to a horizontal image, some of the image might not be visible.

    • Pin Smaller Side   Draws the image with its smaller side expanded to fit the screen. This option fills the whole screen, but your image might be cropped.

    • Pin Larger Side   Draws the image with its larger side expanded or shrunk to fit the screen.

    • Tile   Tiles the image in the window. This option is helpful when you are printing patterns.

    • Percentages   Allows reduction or enlargement of the image from 25 percent to 2000 percent.

    • Page selector   Lets you use the keyboard UP and DOWN ARROWS to choose which page appears in the preview window on the right side of the dialog box.

    • Grid   Lets you define how multiple copies of the same image, or different images, will be printed. The Default for view option takes into account the image size settings for the respective view of the catalog. The Cells option enables you to define the number of rows and columns. The Size option lets you define the exact size of each cell.

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