Way to print 4x5's on 8x10

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Philip Procter, Dec 23, 2003.

  1. I'm sure this exists, I've just never seen one that works without a
    bunch of fussing.

    Is there a program that can take a directory of .jpg's from my camera
    and automatically make four 4x5 prints (or full frame) on an 8x10
    sheet of paper. Something REAL quick and simple. My daughter is just
    getting into photography and I refuse to spend my time resizing,
    cutting and pasting 25 pictures of her stuffed animals.

    Photoshop can do it with the contact sheet, but it takes alot of room
    away for the filename.

    Thanks,

    Philip
     
    Philip Procter, Dec 23, 2003
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    Bob Hatch Guest

    Qimage. It's the winner hands down for your purpose.
    http://www.ddisoftware.com/qimage/

    If you select a directory, then select all images in the directory, then
    select the 4x5 button it will fill the correct number of pages with 4 4x5
    images per page. You can then do some minor color and brightness correction
    via a mask on the image and not change the original. It's a magic program.
    :)
     
    Bob Hatch, Dec 23, 2003
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    Voivod Guest

    Bah, get Dpic, it's free, not $44.95.
    http://www.cd2html.de/dpic.en.html

    Or Image Walker, it's nag ware, not $44.95.
    http://imagewalker.com/
     
    Voivod, Dec 23, 2003
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    Bob Hatch Guest

    Neither program appear to do what Qimage will do. While they print contact
    sheets, and may do a good job of that, they do not appear to be anywhere
    close to Qimage unless I missed something.
     
    Bob Hatch, Dec 23, 2003
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    Voivod Guest

    You mean other than free? for someone who clearly stated:
    "My daughter is just getting into photography" why spend
    almost $50 on something she may not even be interested
    in next week? Other than some filters, which he's already
    got with Photoshop it doesn't seem your overly priced
    Qimage does all that much more for someone simply looking
    to print contact sheets for a daughter's budding hobby.
     
    Voivod, Dec 23, 2003
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    Warren Sarle Guest

    Windows XP.
     
    Warren Sarle, Dec 23, 2003
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  7. All you missed Bob is the enthusiasm of (seemingly) getting something for
    nothing which we all know doesn't happen. Both of those programs Voivod
    offered have to be purchased, just the same as lunch at McDonalds!
    Doug
     
    Techno Aussie, Dec 23, 2003
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  8. Good one Warren...
    Until I removed XP and installed 2000, I used this surprisingly good 'toy'
    MS decided not to include in the release of XP. They left a lot out of XP.
    Like support for USB 2.0. Any scanners needing that speed either run dog
    slow or not at all under XP and MS's response to "install service pack 1a",
    never did fix the USB thing.

    My gripe about these 'MS toys' is the same one I have about XP. I bought XP
    professional in a boxed set and paid heaps for it only to find it doesn't
    have the functionality Windows 2000 has. "Photographers Power Toys" is free
    and it does what the MS toys do only it works under any windows from 95 on.
    Doug
     
    Techno Aussie, Dec 23, 2003
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    Bob Hatch Guest

    I made a decision not to respond. I only checked out what the programs will
    do, and the will not do what the OP asked to be done. Even if they are
    "free" it looks like you would get what you paid for.
     
    Bob Hatch, Dec 23, 2003
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    Voivod Guest

    Neither of those programs HAVE to be paid for. ImageWalker
    is nagware and fully functional for an unlimited time. Dpic is
    completely free, so I'm guessing you didn't bother to even
    open the link I provided since one of the very few sentences
    on the page is:
    "But you should simply try it because it's Freeware!"
    It also states on the download page:
    "DPIC is a freeware to create contact images as JPEG pictures:"

    What part of 'free' don't you understand?
     
    Voivod, Dec 23, 2003
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  11. Philip Procter

    Voivod Guest

    So you don't base your responses on what people want
    to do but what you think they should be doing?
     
    Voivod, Dec 23, 2003
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  12. Philip Procter

    Bob Hatch Guest

    You are right of course. What the OP said was:

    "I'm sure this exists, I've just never seen one that works without a
    bunch of fussing.

    Is there a program that can take a directory of .jpg's from my camera
    and automatically make four 4x5 prints (or full frame) on an 8x10
    sheet of paper. Something REAL quick and simple. My daughter is just
    getting into photography and I refuse to spend my time resizing,
    cutting and pasting 25 pictures of her stuffed animals.

    Photoshop can do it with the contact sheet, but it takes alot of room
    away for the filename."

    So somewhere in his post I missed the part about free. I also assumed that
    when he said he wanted "four 4x5 prints (or full frame) on an 8x10" that he
    meant just that. I had also assumed when he said "Photoshop can do it with
    the contact sheet, but it takes alot of room away for the filename." that he
    did not want another program that would do contact sheets. So:

    There is Irfanview. It will not do what he wants done but it is free:
    http://www.irfanview.com/

    There is also Thumbs Plus. It will not do what he wants done but it is free:
    http://www.cerious.com/

    There is ACDSee. It will not do what he wants done, but is as free as one of
    the ones you mentioned because it has a trial period.
    http://www.acdsystems.com

    Then there are the two you recommended. They of course will not do what he
    asked for, but heck, they are free, well, kind of in a kinky sort of way.

    There is one program that will do exactly what he asked for. It to is free
    based on your criteria. They have a trial version that during the trial is
    "nagware". But you are right, I should have recommended a program based on
    my criteria rather than respond to what he asked for.

    Qimage will do *exactly* what he wants done. Not what you think he should
    want done. But it's really up to him now because he has a list of programs
    that will not do the job and one that will.
     
    Bob Hatch, Dec 24, 2003
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  13. Warren:

    What do you mean by "Windows XP". I am running XP Home, is there a
    feature buried in here that I didn't find? If so, I feel rather stupid
    for wasting the group's time.

    Please, let me know the exe's name or where I can find the download.

    Thanks,

    Philip
     
    Philip Procter, Dec 24, 2003
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  14. Dear Doug:

    Photographer's Power Toys sounds like fun, Where can I get it?

    Thanks,
    Philip
     
    Philip Procter, Dec 24, 2003
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    Voivod Guest

    But they will... :)

    Have a nice day.
     
    Voivod, Dec 24, 2003
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    l v Guest

    ImageMagick ( http://www.imagemagick.or) is a free tool, multi-platform
    as I do not know what OS you use.

    ImageMagick is batch oriented so your time spent is minimal once you get
    the commands correct and in batch files (or whatever your OS uses).
    I.E. on windows you could create a batch file (.bat) containing the
    following on one line:

    montage -geometry x500+10+10 -tile 2x2 -label "%%f" -font Arial
    -pointsize 12 *.jpg dir3.jpg

    It will take all the files with the extension of jpg in a directory,
    scale the files to 500 pixels wide, leave a 10x10 pixel white space
    around the images, tiled 2x2, labels the image with the filename without
    the path using the Arial font at 12 points and will create an output jpg
    file called dir3.jpg. If more than 4 images are in a file, the output
    file will be called dir3.jpg.0, dir3.jpg.1, dir3.jpg.2 .... etc,
    depending on how many files are in your directory.

    Then use photoshop to print scaled to a 8x10 and rotated if needed.

    It's an option that is free and I believe gets you close to what you are
    looking for - quick, simple (IMHO), small and clear filename and not
    much fussing (IMHO), and repeatable <--- I added that one.

    I don't know about directly accessing your camera as you request. You
    would have to download to a directory on your computer first.

    Len
     
    l v, Dec 24, 2003
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    Dave Guest

    Irfanview. It is free. The thumbnail utility has a good contact sheet tool.
    Give it a try.

    Dave
     
    Dave, Dec 24, 2003
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    Alan Guest

    Try this site, they have updates for USB 2.0 for Windows XP
    http://www.usbman.com/
     
    Alan, Dec 24, 2003
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    Alan Walker Guest

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    Alan Walker, Dec 24, 2003
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  20. Philip Procter

    Paul Furman Guest

    Another idea:
    Cut the paper in quarters!

    : - )

    You can make a custom paper size & save that as the default.
     
    Paul Furman, Dec 24, 2003
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