How to print captions with your iPhoto images


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Reader Delores Rice will soon be digging deeper into her Applications folder. She writes:

I need a program that will allow me to import a group of photos—maybe four to a page—type captions for each, and then print. Seems simple but I haven’t been able to use my existing programs. Can you advise on this?

There’s a good chance that you already have a copy of the application you seek: iPhoto ’11. Like so.

Import your images into iPhoto. Select the first one you wish to add a caption to and press Command-I. This produces the Info pane on the right side of the iPhoto window. Click where it reads Add a description… and do exactly as it asks—enter your caption. Repeat this process for each image you want to eventually print.


Enable the Desciption (caption) option.

Now select all those images and choose File > Print (Command-P). You’ll spy printer settings in the pane that appears on the right of the resulting window. In this area choose Contact Sheet. Adjust the Columns slider so that you see two columns. This should accommodate four images on the page.

Click on the Captions button at the bottom of the pane and in the Contact Sheet Captions window that appears enabled the Description option and disable any other options. You’ll see that the descriptions you added to your pictures now appear below each image. Click OK and then click the Print button at the bottom of the window. In the sheet that scrolls down, click on Print again and that’s exactly what should happen.

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