Elements: No save print option

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I have Photoshop Elements 11 and it, like previous versions apparently, doesn't allow you to save print settings. I've explored the problem online and other people have complained about it. Each time I print something, I have to set up the entire job from scratch (except what I can save as a pre-set in my printer commands). This is a terrible problem. Why in the world wouldn't Adobe offer a save command for pint set-ups????????
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The Photoshop editor will save the print settings inside your PSD file - so there is no need for additional save steps.

Any custom page sizes and driver settings will have to be saved from within the printer driver dialogs.
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I replied to your answer.
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I saved the image as a PSD file and I still have to set up the print settings every time I print it.

I have to continue to set the margins around the image as the automatic system within the program as well as mathematically determined numbers do not work. After 4 hours of time and wasting 5 photo cards, the image prints fairly well. I'm still not impressed. Any more "advice"?
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Thank you but this is really a brief and limited answer. I don't use the Organizer and tend to save my documents as TIF files for best printing quality. Are there any instructions on saving print settings with PSD files or are users supposed to just know this nifty but hidden secret through osmosis? Must a document be printed as a PSD in order to have access to saved print settings for future printings? This is a rather peculiar requirement since the program allows you to print in a number of file formats. Is there a link or article that explains these things?

I am very disappointed in the printing function of this program. I have spent hours printing and have printed dozens if not hundreds of cards and digital prints. Many wasted cards and must ruined photo paper. The cards consistently come out with wacky margins that are not predictable given where the image is positioned on the monitor screen and what basic math would determine to be margins (setting left and top measurements around a custom size image). The margins always has to be adjusted to compensate for the inability of the program to figure out the proper space around the image. I have explored and used every option, setting, and advanced option offered in the print function. Always a problem. Always screwy.
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I can only tell you what the code actually does. Again, problems in the printer driver itself may make it not record it's settings correctly.
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I am able to save the page set up commands related to the printer. I am unable to save the printing format instructions related to Photoshop Elements (which printer to use, print size, etc.)
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I don't know what "code" you're talking about here. Do I have to do something special to open the document with the "saved" printing instructions (which printer to use, print size, etc.)?
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The source code to Photoshop, which I write. Just save the document after printing, then open the document later - there is nothing special needed.
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Thank you. I will try a different printer (I have 4) and see if it works. I have my doubts but appreciate your prompt and knowledgeable response!
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The printer driver is installed by Windows 7. I downloaded two updates and tested everything. HP automated system says all is well and the drivers are operating correctly.

This is the same problem I have run into several times. Adobe says it's the HP hardware problem. HP says the problem is with Adobe. Great game for customers.
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Photoshop and Elements work just fine for millions of other users, and many, many other printers.
The problems you list all involve settings in the driver - as if the driver wasn't remembering it's own choices, and failing to communicate it's settings to the OS and application.
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I still haven't checked out the saved print setting issue on another printer. But I am now having another problem with Elements 11:

Sometimes I can save an image as a TIF file and sometimes I cannot. I often get a ghost image saved. Elements will not reopen it. When I examine it on my computer (not using Elements), the properties page reads that it is a "File" type of file. One time it incorporated part of the file name into the file type. Very crazy. This problem has nothing to do with my printer. It is a save from Elements to my computer (using Windows 7) from DNG to TIF. Something is definitely wrong here...