This short tutorial will walk you through the steps necessary to print an image that is attached to an article published on associatedcontent.com. Please note that you should not copy or print images that are not in the public domain unless you have the expressed permission of the copyright owner.
I am providing this tutorial because some of my own craft articles include free printable templates. I do grant permission for them to be printed for the purpose of making the craft only. They can not be copied or printed for any other purpose.
The steps outlined apply to computers using the Windows operating system. The tutorial also assumes you have access to Microsoft’s Paint program. It comes free with the Windows operating system. These steps work in the author’s Window’s XP and are expected to work on other Windows versions with minor differences. The steps of the tutorial have been tested in Firefox 2 and Internet Explorer 7. The author welcomes comments about issues with other operating systems or browsers.
An Associated Content article can have up to 5 images attached to it. They are displayed one at a time to the left of the article’s title. Three sample images are attached to this article.
These steps were updated to reference Associated Content’s new page layout (released December 30, 2008):
Step #1: Chose the image you want to print.
Before you can choose an image (other than the one displayed), you must first click on the “enlarge” symbol in the upper left corner of the image. A larger image will be displayed. In the caption area below the image are up to five numbers. Click on the number of the image you want to see. If there are no numbers, then there is only one image.
Step #2: Enlarge the image.
To enlarge the image you can simply click anywhere on the image.
Step #3: Save the image.
Next you must save the image to the hard drive of your computer. Do this by holding your mouse over the image and pressing the right side button on the mouse. A context menu should appear. From this menu select “Save Image As” or “Save Picture As”. The Save Image pop-up window will appear. Make sure you remember where you save the image. Your desktop or the “My Pictures” folder are good places to save it. I recommend changing the file name from the numeric one assigned by Associated Content to something you will easily recognize.
Step #4: Capture the image in Paint.
Locate the program Paint on your computer. It can usually be found in your Start Menu Programs in the “Accessories” folder. Open Paint. From the menu select “File” and then “Open”. Find the image that you previously saved and open it. The image should now be inside Paint. You need to determine it’s orientation mode. Usually the image will be positioned in “portrait” mode. That is, height is longer than the width. If it positioned so that the width is longer than the height, then it is in landscape mode. Remember if your image is portrait or landscape.
Now go to the “File” menu again. This time select “Page Setup”. Change the page margins to the smallest permitted. I usually just make them all zero and let the program change them to the minimum. Now change the scaling to “Fit to: 1 by 1 page”. If the image is in landscape mode, then change the orientation to landscape. Otherwise it should be portrait. Save the changes.
Step #5: Print the image.
From the Paint menu once again select “File”. Then select Print from the drop down menu. Each printer is different so your setup will be different than mine, but usually the defaults will work. If the image is in landscape mode, then you may have to set this. Print the image.
Step #6: Return to the article.
To return to the article use your browser’s back button. If the enlarged image beside the title is still displayed, reduce it by clicking on the “X” in the caption area below the image.
Please note that this tutorial has been written with the author’s own images in mind and has not been tested on images attached to other articles. The steps should be similar. Please respect the copyright restrictions of all images.
I hope you will check out some of my craft articles with free printable templates:
How to make Chinese New Year greeting cards
Easy Kids Crafts: Chinese Year of the Ox