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Using HP Photosmart Premier 6.0 and 6.5 in Windows XP

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Introduction

This document is for HP printers released prior to 2011 that came with HP Photosmart Premier 6.0 or 6.5 for Windows XP.
HP Photosmart Premier is a collection of software tools that help you edit and manage your digital photographs. These tools are brought together in one easy-to-use software interface. Use this document to learn how to use and troubleshoot HP Photosmart Premier.
Figure 1: Main window of HP Photosmart Premier
Main windows of HP Photosmart Premier

Using HP Photosmart Premier

To start using HP Photosmart Premier, use one of the following methods:
  • Double-click the HP Photosmart Premier icon on the desktop.
  • Click Start , All Programs , HP , and then HP Photosmart Premier .
HP Photosmart Premier opens to a main window where you can access all of the tools and projects for your photographs. The following sections describe what each tab does and shows how to use it:
The View tab.
The Edit tab.
The Print tab.
The Create tab.
The Share tab.
The Backup tab.

View

Click the View tab to find, view, and manage single or multiple photos or video clips. For more help with the View tab, click Help , then click View Tab Help .

Using the Browse tab

Click the Browse tab, then click Image Catalog to view all your images. Click Folders to browse for images. Click Albums to view or create a photo album. Click Recently Used to view images that have been recently imported, edited, printed, or shared.
To select the images that you want to print or use, click the image (or images) in the work area. Every image you select appears in the My Selections tray at the bottom of the window.

Using the Search tab

Click the Search tab to view only the images that meet certain criteria. You can search For Favorites (Photosmart Premier 6.5), By Date Range , By Keyword , or By Place .
For more information about how to assign keywords or places, or how to change the dates assigned to images, refer to the help included with the program.
To clear a search, click Actions , Clear Search .

Adding images

To add more images from an external source (such as a digital camera or photo scanner), click Get Images . Then select From Camera/Card , From Scanner , or From CD or Drive .

Changing display options

To change how the photographs are displayed, click one of the four square icons in the top-right corner of the main window:
Figure 2: Changing display options
These icons, from left to right, are: view many photographs (thumbnails), view one photograph, view full screen, and view the selected items in a slide show.
You can quickly rotate a photograph or view image information in thumbnail view by moving your pointer over the photograph and clicking one of the small squares that appears. Click one of the squares with a circular arrow to rotate clock-wise or counter-clockwise. Click the circle with an I to add keywords and view information about the photograph, such as height, width, resolution, assigned date, and location on your PC.
Click the blue triangle below the photograph for more actions, such as rotate left and right, copy, delete, assign or remove a keyword, and re-dating and renaming the image.
Figure 3: Thumbnail of photograph with rotation and information squares

Edit

Once you have selected your images from the View tab, click the Edit tab to start editing your images. Selected images display as thumbnail images in the My Selections tray at the bottom of the window. If you have several images in the My Selections tray, the last image added is the one that automatically opens in the Edit window.
NOTE:If you cannot see the images in My Selections , click the Show button ( ) in the lower-right corner of the window.

Changing the view of images for editing

To change how the photographs are displayed, click one of the three square icons in the top-right corner of the main window:
Figure 4: Changing the view of images
These icons, from left to right, are: view only the modified image, view the modified image next to the last saved version, and view modified image with the last saved version and a digital negative.

Using the Basic tab

Use the editing tools under the Basic tab to make the following edits to your image:
  • Rotate : Rotates the image at any angle, including 90 degrees.
    NOTE:In HP Photosmart Premier 6.5, Rotate and Flip are combined into the Rotate & Flip button.
    Use the following steps to rotate your photograph:
    1. Click Rotate or Rotate & Flip from the left side of the main window.
    2. Click Rotate Left or Rotate Right to rotate the image 90 degrees.
    3. Use the Rotate by Degree number box or slider to rotate your image by a specific angle. You can rotate by up to 45 degrees left or right. Positive numbers rotate the image to the right and negative numbers rotate the image to the left.
    4. Click Accept when you are done rotating the image.
      Click Cancel to undo any unwanted changes.
  • Flip : Produces a mirror (useful for iron-on T-shirt transfers) or upside-down image of your photograph.
    NOTE:In HP Photosmart Premier 6.5, Rotate and Flip are combined into the Rotate & Flip button.
    Use the following steps to flip your photograph:
    1. Click Flip from the left side of the main window.
    2. Click Flip Horizontal or Rotate Right to make a mirror image of your photograph.
    3. Click Flip Vertical to turn the photograph upside-down.
    4. Click Accept when you are done flipping the image.
      Click Cancel to undo any unwanted changes.
  • Crop : Crops your image to a smaller size.
    Use the following steps to crop your photograph:
    1. Click Crop from the left side of the main window.
    2. Under Photo Print Size , select a standard photo size (wallets, 4 x 6, e-mail), or click and drag your mouse pointer over the image to draw a rectangle over the area that you want you keep.
    3. Click Accept when you are done cropping the image.
      Click Cancel to undo any unwanted changes.
  • Red Eye : Removes the red coloring from a subject's eyes in a flash photograph.
    Use the following steps to eliminate red eye:
    1. Click Red Eye .
    2. Use the zoom controls to magnify the eye that needs the red removed.
    3. Move the pointer over the eye until the pointer changes
      An open rectangle appears over the eye.
    4. Click and drag the edges and corners of the rectangle so that it surrounds the eye.
    5. Click Accept when you are done removing red eyes.
      Click Cancel to undo any unwanted changes.
  • Adaptive Lighting (HP Photosmart Premier 6.5): Improves the dark areas of an image without affecting the bright areas, and also reduces any noise (speckles) in the image.
    Use the following steps to adjust the lighting of the image:
    1. Click Adaptive Lighting from the left side of the main window.
    2. Several modified versions are displayed. Select one of the versions to preview it in the right pane.
    3. Click Accept when you are done adjusting the color.
      Click Cancel to undo any unwanted changes.
  • Auto Adjust or Photo Fix : Automatically adjusts contrast, lightening of dark areas, sharpness, and smoothness. If you do not like how Photosmart Premier alters your photograph, click the Undo button ( ) in the upper left of the edit window.
  • Resize : Makes the image smaller or larger to best fit a standard photograph size.
    Use the following steps to resize your photograph:
    NOTE:If you want to crop your photograph, use the crop feature before resizing your photograph.
    1. Click Resize from the left side of the main window.
    2. Under Resize, select E-mail , Web/Blog , or Custom .
      Custom allows you to specify the number of pixels or resize the image to a certain percentage.
    3. Click Accept when you are done resizing the image.
      Click Cancel to undo any unwanted changes.

Using the Advanced tab

Use the editing tools under the Advanced tab to make the following edits to your image:
  • Restore Color (HP Photosmart Premier 6.0): Improves the color in a faded image.
    Use the following steps to restore color to an image:
    1. Click Restore Color .
    2. Click Undo or click Restore Color again to undo the color restoration.
  • Enhance (HP Photosmart Premier 6.5): Allows you to adjust Faded Color , a Noisy Image (speckled), and issues with Low Resolution .
  • Adjust Image or Manual Adjust : Allows you to choose various versions of the image, based on exposure, lighting, brightness, contrast, or sharpness.
    Use the following steps to adjust the image:
    1. Click Adjust Image or Manual Adjust from the left side of the main window.
    2. Select Exposure , Adaptive Lighting (HP Photosmart Premier 6.0), Brightness , Contrast , or Sharpness .
    3. Several modified versions are displayed. Select one of the versions to preview it in the right pane.
    4. Click Accept when you are done adjusting the image.
      Click Cancel to undo any unwanted changes.
  • Color Toolkit : Adjusts the color of the image based on temperature or saturation.
    Use the following steps to adjust the color of the image:
    1. Click Color Toolkit from the left side of the main window.
    2. Select Temperature or Saturation .
    3. Several modified versions are displayed. Select one of the versions to preview it in the right pane.
    4. Click Accept when you are done adjusting the color.
      Click Cancel to undo any unwanted changes.
  • B&W Toolkit : Converts the image to black and white.
    Use the following steps to convert the image to black and white:
    1. Click B&W Toolkit from the left side of the main window.
    2. Several modified versions are displayed. Select one of the versions to preview it in the right pane.
    3. Click Accept when you are done.
      Click Cancel to undo any unwanted changes.
  • Special Effects : Applies special effects filters to both color and black and white images.
    Use the following steps to apply special effects filters to an image:
    1. Click Special Effects from the left side of the main window.
    2. Several modified versions are displayed. Select one of the versions to preview it in the right pane.
    3. Click Accept when you are done.
      Click Cancel to undo any unwanted changes.
Once you are done editing a photograph, and you are happy with the results, click Save from the lower-left side of the main window to make your changes permanent.

Print

Click the Print tab to print single or multiple photos or video clips. For more help with the Print tab, click Help , then click Print Tab Help .

Printing Images

Click the Images tab to print single or multiple photos.
  • Quick Print : Prints the currently selected image(s).
    Use the following steps to print an image using Quick Print:
    1. Click Quick Print from the left side of the main window.
    2. Under Image Settings , set the Image Size and Number of Copies . Click More Options for image enhancements and cropping options.
    3. Under Printer Settings , select the printer. Click Properties to change any of the settings currently displayed.
    4. Click Print to print the image(s) using the current settings.
  • Photo Package : Produces multiple prints of various standard-size photos at the same time.
    Use the following steps to print images using Photo Package:
    1. Click Photo Package from the left side of the main window.
    2. Under Package Selection , choose one of the pre-set packages or click Custom to create your own package.
    3. Click More Options for image enhancements and cropping options.
    4. Under Printer Settings , select the printer. Click Properties to change any of the settings currently displayed.
    5. Click Print to print the images using the current settings.
  • Index Sheet : Produce an index sheet (also called a proof sheet) of all images in the My Selections tray, including videos. The number of images that fit on the page depends on the size of the paper.
    Use the following steps to print an index sheet:
    1. Click Index Sheet from the left side of the main window.
    2. Under Index Options , you can add a page title and page numbers to print on the index sheet. You can also set the number of copies.
    3. Under Printer Settings , select the printer. Click Properties to change any of the settings currently displayed.
    4. Click Print to print the images using the current settings.
  • Buy Prints from HP : Opens the Share tab, where you can order prints of your photos from Snapfish, a service from HP.

Printing Videos

Click the Videos tab to print a representative group of frames from a video. You can select 4, 9, 16, or 25 sample frames that show the action captured in your video.
Use these steps to print frames from a video:
  1. Click Video Action Print from the left side of the main window.
  2. Under Output Options , you can select the number of frames per page, add a page title, and add frame numbers and time. You can also set the number of copies.
  3. Under Printer Settings , select the printer. Click Properties to change any of the settings currently displayed.
  4. Click Print to print the images using the current settings.

Create

Once you have selected several pictures, click the Create tab to place those pictures into a project, like an album, card or flyer. Your selected photographs display as thumbnail images in My Selections at the bottom of the window. Click an image that you want to edit from the My Selections menu and it appears for editing in the main screen.
NOTE:If you cannot see the images in My Selections , click the Show button ( ) in the lower-right corner of the window.

Creating a new project

Use these steps to create a new project:
  1. Click New Project from the left side of the main window.
  2. Select a project type and follow the instructions to create the project.
    For more help creating projects, click Help , then Create Tab Help .

Opening an existing project

Use these steps to open an existing project:
  1. Click Open Project from the left side of the main window.
  2. Select the project from the main window and click Open .
    If your project is not listed, click Browse to locate the project.

Checking for new projects or templates

  1. Click Check for New Projects to look for new projects that can be downloaded from HP and installed.
  2. Click Update Templates to downloads more project template packages from the Web, or remove existing template packages from HP Photosmart Premier.

Share

Click the Share tab to use HP Photosmart Share to allow others to view and print your photographs over the Internet. You can also use HP Instant Share to send images via e-mail, order prints and photo gifts, print remotely, and copy to a CD.

Sending images via e-mail

Use these steps to send images via e-mail:
  1. Click Send E-mail from the left side of the main window.
  2. Fill in the text fields like you would for any e-mail message.
  3. Click Address Book to add addresses from your Microsoft Outlook or Microsoft Outlook Express address book.
  4. When you are finished, click Send to send the image and e-mail message.

Buying prints and ordering photo gifts

Use these steps to buy prints and photo gifts:
  1. Click Buy Prints from HP or Order Photo Gifts .
    HP Photosmart Premier connects to the Internet and uploads your photos to Snapfish, a service from HP.
  2. Follow the instructions to buy prints or photo gifts.

Storing your photos online

Snapfish stores your photos online for free and allows you to manage online photo albums. Use these steps to store your photos online:
  1. Click Store Online .
    HP Photosmart Premier connects to the Internet and uploads your photos to Snapfish, a service from HP.
  2. Follow the instructions to store your photos online.

Printing remotely

HP Photosmart Premier allows you to print to a remote HP printer connected to the Internet. Use these steps to print your images remotely.
  1. Click Print remotely .
  2. Follow the instructions to connect to a remote printer and print your images.

Copying images to CD

If your PC has a disc burning drive, you can copy your photos to a CD as a backup or to share with friends and family. Use these steps to copy images to a CD:
  1. Click Copy to CD .
  2. Under Settings choose the drive, media type, and write speed, and then click Next .
  3. Under Resize Options , select Current Size to keep your images the same size, or click one of the resizing options. Then click Next .
  4. Review the summary of selected settings. Click Previous to change any settings or click Start to begin copying the images to CD.

Backup

Click the Backup tab to use the backup and restore feature to protect your photographs and videos by saving them to CD. Use the following sections to backup your digital photographs to disc or to recover deleted or edited images:

Backing up files

Use backup to archive your digital photograph collection. Use these steps to create a backup copy of your files:
  1. Place a recordable disc into your disc burning drive.
  2. Click Back Up Images .
  3. Under Settings , choose from the following options:
    • Under Select the backup type , choose Full to back up all the images on the hard disk drive. Choose Incremental to back up only the images that have changed since the last backup.
    • Under Include other files in the backup, check the Image Vault check box to back up digital negatives. Check the Audio/Video check box to back up any audio or video files.
  4. Click Next .
  5. Under Drive , select the drive and write speed and click Next .
  6. Review the summary of selected settings. Click Previous to change any settings or click Start Backup to begin backing up the files to CD.

Viewing the backup history

Click View Backup History to view a history of the backups you have created. The work area displays a table of backups, listing the backup name, type, date, number of images backed up, and the drive to which they were backed up.

Recovering files

Similar to a negative in traditional photography, you can recover deleted or edited photographs from a backup or from the Image Vault. Keywords, captions, and album information are also recovered.
To recover deleted images, click Restore from the Backup tab and use the following steps:
  1. Click From Backup or From Image Vault , depending on where the images are stored.
  2. Follow the instructions to recover the images.

Using supported picture file types

HP Photosmart Premier supports the following types of image files, video files, and audio files:
Supported File Types
File ExtensionFile Type
.aviAudio Visual Interleave video format
.bmpBitmap
.dcx Alternate Bitmap Format
.jpg, .jpegJoint Photographic Experts Group
.tif, .tiffTagged Image File Format
.gif Graphics Interchange Format
.fpx FlashPix Bitmap
.mov, .qt QuickTime Movie
.mpeg, .mpg, .m1v Moving Picture Experts Group
.pcx Bitmap Graphics (PC Paintbrush)
.pdf Portable Document Format
.png Portable Network Graphic
.wav Waveform Audio Format
NOTE:If the message Image cannot be displayed appears, the file may be corrupted, or it may be an unsupported file type. You may need to edit your image with a photo editor and save it in a supported file format.

Frequently asked questions

Question : I have a digital camera made by a company other than HP. When I connect the camera to the computer using a USB cable, the Microsoft Camera and Scanner Transfer wizard automatically launches. However, when I remove the media card from the camera and insert it into the PC’s card reader, I get a dialog box with several choices for what I want to do with the images. Why is this?
Answer : Windows XP uses a default behavior when a camera or memory card is connected to the computer. When a camera is connected, Windows XP recognizes the camera as a camera (not as a mass storage device) and automatically launches the file transfer wizard. However, since card readers are classified as a mass storage device, Windows XP gives the user a choice as to what action to take. Some cameras, including some by HP, have a setting that changes the camera classification from camera to mass storage so that Windows XP views the camera like a memory card.
Question : I have a non-HP digital camera and would like to make sure that the Photosmart Premier photo transfer wizard is used every time I connect. How can I do this?
Answer : The camera must have a setting that classifies it as a mass storage device (see above question). Refer to the documentation that came with your camera to see if this option exists and how to use it. Once your camera is set as a mass storage device, connect it to the computer via USB. After the XP transfer dialog box opens, select Transfer Images using HP Image Transfer Software , and Always do the selected action , and click OK .
Question : How do I transfer images from my digital camera or memory card reader?
Answer : Click Get Images: From Camera/Card from the left side of the window on the View tab, and follow the instructions on the windows that appear.
Question : How is the HP Image Transfer wizard different from the one Microsoft provides?
Answer : The HP Image Transfer wizard includes two unique capabilities. One, the wizard notifies you when the date on a transferred image is more than 60 days old. Having the proper image date is important when using the time line feature and it helps you know when that date on your camera is incorrect. The second capability is only important if you use an HP camera that can tag photographs for an E-mail send. Tagged photographs are processed when you use the HP Acquisition Wizard.
Question : What kinds of print options do I have in HP Photosmart Premier?
Answer : You can make a variety of prints. Here are your options:
  • Quick Print : Standard size or full page prints of the images in the My Selections tray; multiple copies can be fitted on one page.
  • Photo Package : Make multiple copies of different sizes from images in the My Selections tray. Multiple prints can be fitted on one larger page.
  • Index Sheet : Prints a proof sheet from the thumbnail images in the work area.
  • Buy Prints from HP : HP Photosmart Premier connects to the Internet and uploads your photos to Snapfish, a service from HP.
Question : What is the automatic digital negative creation (restore original image) feature?
Answer : HP Photosmart Premier automatically creates a copy of your original images and saves them as digital negatives in a separate, Image Vault on your hard drive. Images remain in this location in case you need to restore a photograph to its original condition with the Recover from Image Vault feature.
Question : Can I delete the negatives to save space on my hard drive?
Answer : Yes, you can turn off the Image Vault and delete all the negatives it has stored. Use these steps to turn off the Image Vault and delete the negatives:
  1. Click Preferences from the upper right of the main window.
  2. Click General .
  3. Click Digital Negative .
  4. Select Do not copy images to the Image Vault and click OK .
Question : Sometimes when I restore an image from a digital negative, I do not see it restored in the gallery. What do I do?
Answer : The photograph is restored, however, the image icon in the gallery is not updated. To see your image in the gallery, click the View tab and then the Browse tab, or close and re-open HP Photosmart Premier. The image should now appear in the gallery.
Question : When downloading images using the HP Picture Acquisition wizard, an album is automatically created. Can I delete these albums?
Answer : Yes, although deleting the album also deletes the photographs from your hard drive. You can also move your photos to an existing folder on your hard disk drive and then delete the album.
Question : I am having an issue that this document does not mention. Where can I get more help with my particular issue?
Answer : For more troubleshooting documents, use the help system that's built into the HP Photosmart Premier software. Open HP Photosmart Premier and click Help and select Help Contents .