PictBridge Printing

PictBridge Printing
(DPOF Print Order)
Supplement to the Mastering the Nikon DSLR Book
Series, including the following cameras:
Nikon D800
Nikon D800E
Nikon D750
Nikon D610
Nikon D810
Nikon D810A
Nikon D7200
Nikon D600
Copyright © 2016 Darrell Young, All Rights Reserved
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In-Camera Printing
At first I thought it odd that Nikon chose to put image printing functions in
the Playback Menu. Then I thought about it and realized that printing is a
permanent form of image playback. You play (print) the images to your
printer and then view them without camera or computer. What a concept!
There are two ways to print images from your camera without using a
computer. One is by using Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) to create a “print
order” on a memory card. This function is called DPOF print order. We’ll call
this method “DPOF Printing” in the upcoming section.
The second way to print from your camera is to plug in a USB cable and
print directly to a PictBridge-compatible printer. Let’s call this “PictBridge
Printing” in an upcoming section.
We’ll be considering both ways to print pictures without a computer in
the next two sections.
Note: Nikon DSLR cameras have a similar approach to DPOF and
PictBridge Printing. Therefore, I have created this document that applies to
several of the more expensive Nikons. The screens are generally taken from
the Nikon D800 camera. There may be some minor variations in the look of
screens amongst the listed cameras; however, the gist of this material is
accurate for your camera.
In-Camera Printing – Not for RAW Images
If you are a RAW shooter, the in-camera printing process won’t benefit
you—unless you use the Retouch Menu to create JPEGs on your memory
card. Not all printers can handle printing from RAW files, so Nikon chose to
limit PictBridge and DPOF printing to JPEG files.
DPOF Printing
DPOF print order, in the Playback Menu, is designed to create a print order
on your camera’s memory card. Later, this print order can be used to print
directly from the memory card by inserting it into a DPOF-compatible printer.
You can print to any device that supports DPOF. All you have to do is insert
the memory card, select “print” from the printer, and wait for your pictures to
print out. This is not a difficult process to use, and it is quite fun and satisfying.
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When using DPOF you do not have to connect the camera to anything.
All you have to do is insert a memory card that contains a digital print order
on it and the printer will detect the order and offer to fill it. Each DPOF
printer’s method of doing this varies, of course. However, the entire process
is automated so that a new user won’t have to do much more than select the
number of prints and whether or not a border is required.
These seven steps will allow you to create and print a digital print order
on your DPOF-compatible printer:
1.
Press the Menu button and select the first menu on the list, the
Playback Menu (see FIGURE 10A).
FIGURE 10A - DPOF print order
2.
Select DPOF print order and scroll to the right. You’ll see the
screen presented in FIGURE 10B, image 1.
FIGURE 10B – Removing the marking from all images
3.
If you don’t have any existing digital print orders on the memory
card, please skip this step and go directly to step 4. Otherwise, if
you have an existing print order that you no longer want, you’ll
need to choose Deselect all? and scroll to the right (see FIGURE
10B). The next screen will ask you, Remove print marking from all
images? Yes/No. Choose Yes and press the OK button. If there are
previously marked images, a message that says, Marking removed
from all images will flash on the screen, and then the Playback
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Menu will reappear. Otherwise, no message will appear and the
camera will just return to the menu.
4.
Since you’re going to create a new print order and save it to the
memory card, you’ll choose Select/set from the DPOF print order
screen and then scroll to the right (see FIGURE 10C, image 1).
FIGURE 10C – Choosing images and print amounts
5.
Now you’ll see the Select/set thumbnail list with all the JPEG
images on your memory card (see FIGURE 10C, image 2). You’ll
need to select the images you want to print with the Multi
Selector. Once you have an image highlighted, hold down the
Protect button (just below the MENU button, looks like a key) and
press up on the Multi Selector. Each upward or downward press of
the Multi Selector changes the number of prints ordered for that
particular image (see FIGURE 10C, image 2, red arrow). You can
select from 1 to 99 prints for each image you highlight. I chose
three prints for the image with the red arrow. Each thumbnail you
choose will be marked with a number-of-prints value and a tiny
printer icon. Once you’ve scrolled through your images—
highlighting and incrementing print amounts—simply press the
OK button.
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6.
The next screen allows you to add data or date imprints to each of
the images in the print order (see FIGURE 10C, image 3). You can
add as follows:
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Print shooting data – This selection prints the shutter speed
and aperture on each print in the order.
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Print date – This selection prints a date on each print in the
order.
You put checkmarks in the tiny boxes next to these selections by
highlighting the line and scrolling to the right. When you have
completed your choices, scroll up to Done and press the OK
button (see FIGURE 10C, image 3). For the Nikon D810/a, D750, and
D7200 simply press the OK button (Done was removed).
7.
You’ll be presented with a screen telling you that the print order is
complete, like you see in FIGURE 10C, image 4.
At this point, your print order has been saved to the memory card. You’ll
need to remove it from the camera and insert it into a DPOF-compatible
printer’s memory card slot. The printer will detect the digital print order on
the card and then offer printing choices for the images you selected in the
print order.
Single DPOF Print Order Only
I have not found a way to create more than one digital print order on a
single memory card. An existing order can be edited with the DPOF print
order > Select/set function, or removed with the DPOF print order > Deselect
all? function. If you look at a memory card containing a digital print order on
your computer, you’ll see a folder named MISC. It will have a file in it named
AUTPRINT.MRK. That file is the digital print order.
PictBridge Printing
PictBridge allows you to connect your camera directly to a compatible printer
and print any or all of the images on the card, without having to involve a
computer in any way. You get to the PictBridge menu by pressing either the
OK or Menu button when an image is showing in a PictBridge screen (see
FIGURE 11B).
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Your camera comes with a special USB cable, which has an end that fits
into the USB port of the camera—see FIGURE 11A—and a normal, big USB
end that plugs into the compatible printer’s PictBridge port. This is the same
cable that you use to transfer images from the camera to a computer.
In FIGURE 11A you can see a picture of the included-in-the-box version
3.0 USB cable and where to plug it into your camera. (Note: If you prefer, you
can use a mini-USB to standard USB cable for USB 2.0 instead. It will fit into
the larger section of the camera’s two-part USB 3.0 port and works fine.)
Open the rubber flap marked with the USB symbol, on the side of the
camera that your left hand normally covers, and find the small USB port—the
small end of the cable plugs in there. It will only fit in one direction, so don’t
force it. The USB port is shown at the point of the red arrow for the cameras
listed in figure 11A.
FIGURE 11A – Connecting the USB cable to the camera’s USB port
We’ll examine each of the PictBridge printing types in the next couple of
sections.
Single Image PictBridge Printing
Let’s just jump right in to printing pictures directly from your camera to a
PictBridge-compatible printer. All you have to do is go out and shoot some
images, and then connect your camera to the printer with the included-inthe-box USB cable.
First, turn on the printer, and then plug in the USB cable. Nikon says to
turn the camera off before you plug the USB cable into the camera. When you
first turn the camera on, you’ll see a series of two screens (see FIGURE 11B).
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FIGURE 11B - Initial PictBridge screens
As shown in FIGURE 11B, image 1, the first screen you’ll see is the
PictBridge logo, which looks like a couple of stretched water droplets. Next
you’ll be presented with the PictBridge playback screen and a JPEG image
from your memory card. You’ll notice in FIGURE 11B, image 2, that the
PictBridge playback screen has the droplet logo in the top left corner, letting
you know that the screen is not a normal playback screen.
Now we’ll consider how to print a picture, or pictures, once you’ve gotten
to this point. In FIGURE 11C, you’ll find a series of screens used to select
pictures and send them to the printer for printing.
Note: You won’t be able to see the PictBridge screens unless your camera
is plugged into a PictBridge printer with the included USB cable (see FIGURE
11A).
Here are the eleven steps you’ll use to print a single picture:
1.
Turn your camera off.
2.
Turn on the PictBridge printer and connect the transfer USB cable
to the printer. Then connect the small end of the USB cable to the
camera.
3.
Turn the camera on.
FIGURE 11C - Press OK to enter Setup
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4.
You’ll be presented with the PictBridge logo screen and the first
image found on your memory card in PictBridge playback view (see
FIGURE 11C, images 1 and 2). Scroll through your pictures with the
Multi Selector until you find an image you’d like to print.
5.
Press the OK button and you’ll be taken to the printing Setup
screen (see FIGURE 11C, image 3).
FIGURE 11D - Select a page size for the print
6.
Select Page size from the list, scroll to the right, and select the
picture printing paper size for your printer. I am printing with a 4x6
printer, as shown in FIGURE 11D, image 3—yours may have other
sizes available too.
FIGURE 11E - Select number of copies for the print
7.
Now, select the number of copies you’d like print (see FIGURE 11E).
You can select between 1 and 99 prints. I selected 3 prints.
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FIGURE 11F - Select border or borderless for the print
8.
Next, make a choice between Print with border and No border
(see FIGURE 11F). If your printer does not support printing with
borders, this will be grayed out. You can also select Printer default
if you want to leave it up to the printer to decide.
FIGURE 11G - Select time stamp for the print
9.
Select whether you want a time stamp on the bottom right corner
of the picture. Select Print time stamp or No time stamp (see
FIGURE 11G). You can select Printer default if you want the printer
to decide.
FIGURE 11H - Select cropping for the print
10. Finally, you must choose whether or not you want to crop the print:
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Crop – If you select Crop, you’ll use the Thumbnail/playback
zoom out button (looks like a magnifying glass with a
checkerboard) to select the area of the crop. You can move the
yellow crop frame around using the Multi Selector. If you
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need to zoom back out you’ll use the Playback zoom in
button, which looks like a magnifying glass alone (see FIGURE
11H, image 4).
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No Crop – If you don’t want to crop, just select No cropping,
and press the OK button.
11. Once you’ve made all your selections, scroll back up to the Start
printing line and press the OK button (see FIGURE 11H, image 5).
Your printer will now print the single picture. FIGURE 11H, image 6,
shows the screen you’ll see while the image is flowing to the
printer. Immediately thereafter the printing starts.
Multiple Image PictBridge Printing
The previous section discussed how to select a single image and print one or
more copies of it by pressing the OK button.
By pressing the Menu button instead of the OK button—when an
image is displayed on the PictBridge playback screen—you’ll see alternate
PictBridge methods, which allow printing multiple images. These include:
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Print select
Select date (Nikon D750 and D7200 only)
Print (DPOF)
Index print
Let’s discuss each of them in detail.
Note: Once again, you won’t be able to see the PictBridge screens unless
your camera is plugged into a PictBridge printer with the included USB cable.
First, let’s examine how to choose a series of images for multi-image
printing.
Print select
The Print select method is for when you want to print more than one image
at a time. You can choose from many images, set the number of prints for
each, and select borders and time stamp information.
Here are the nine steps used to configure Print select:
1.
Turn your camera off.
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2.
Turn on the PictBridge printer and connect the transfer USB
cable to the printer. Then connect the small end of the USB
cable to the camera.
3.
Turn the camera on.
FIGURE 12A - Print select printing screens
4.
As shown in FIGURE 12A, you’ll see a JPEG image after the
PictBridge logo is displayed. Since we’re interested in printing
more than one picture, we will not press the OK (Setup)
button at this time, as the PictBridge playback screen
suggests. Instead, we’ll press the Menu button. This will
display the PictBridge printing menu, with Print select as the
top choice. Choose Print select and scroll to the right (see
FIGURE 12B).
FIGURE 12B - Print select screens
5.
The Print select screen will now appear (see FIGURE 12B,
image 2). It contains the JPEG files available on your camera’s
memory card. Scroll around with the Multi Selector to select
images for printing:
a. Highlight an image.
b. Hold down the Protect button (just below the
Menu button, with the key logo) and scroll up or
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down with the Multi Selector to change the
number of prints for the selected image—up to
99 prints per image. Notice in FIGURE 12B, image
2, how selected thumbnails have a number, like
“02”, and a small printer symbol in the upper right
corner (see FIGURE 12B, image 2, red arrow)? I
have chosen to print 2 pictures for this particular
image.
c. Repeat steps a and b for each additional image
you want to print.
d. Press the OK button when all images are
prepared.
FIGURE 12C – Printing setup screen – Select page size
6.
The camera will now switch to the printing Setup screen. You’ll
need to choose a Page size that fits your desired image (see
FIGURE 12C). Once you have made your selection, press the OK
button to return to the Setup screen.
FIGURE 12D – Printing setup screen – Choose border style
7.
Do you want a border on this image? If so, select Border and scroll
to the right (see FIGURE 12D). Select Print with border or No
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border, or let the printer decide with Printer default. Press the OK
button to return to the Setup screen.
FIGURE 12E – Printing setup screen – Choose time stamp
8.
Now choose a Time stamp, if you want one. This will print the date
on the lower right corner of the picture (see FIGURE 12E). Select
from Print time stamp, No time stamp, or Printer default. Press
the OK button to return to the print Setup screen.
9.
To print the pictures, scroll up to Start printing and press the OK
button. Your printer will now print a variable number of copies of
each picture according to your selections.
Now, let’s turn our attention to the steps for using PictBridge to print an
existing digital print order created with DPOF print order. Nikon has
included a form of DPOF printing within the PictBridge printing menus. It’s
called Print (DPOF), and shouldn’t be confused with the DPOF print order
function found on the Playback Menu.
The major difference between the two is that Print (DPOF) is used to
print an already existing print order created by DPOF print order. In other
words, DPOF print order creates a print order that can be printed with
PictBridge’s Print (DPOF) function via USB cable, or by plugging a memory
card directly into a DPOF-compatible printer, not involving PictBridge in any
way.
Select Date (applies to Nikon D750, D7200, D610, and D600 only)
The Select date function allows you to select a series of images to print based
on the date of the image. All images from each date are grouped together
and presented to you in a format that lets you choose one or more dates.
Here are the nine steps used to configure Print select:
1.
Turn your camera off.
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2.
Turn on the PictBridge printer and connect the transfer USB cable
to the printer. Then connect the small end of the USB cable to the
camera.
3.
Turn the camera on.
FIGURE 12F – Opening screens for Select date
4.
As shown in FIGURE 12F, you’ll see a JPEG image after the
PictBridge logo is displayed. Since we’re interested in printing
more than one picture, we will not press the OK (Setup) button at
this time, as the Pictbridge playback screen suggests. Instead, we’ll
press the Menu button. This will display the PictBridge printing
menu, with Select date as the second choice from the top. Choose
Print (DPOF) and scroll to the right.
FIGURE 12G – Selecting a date or dates for printing
5.
Choose Select date from the PicBridge screen and scroll to the
right (see FIGURE 12G, image 1). Select one or more date by placing
a check mark next to it. You place a check mark by highlighting a
line and scrolling to the right toward set (see FIGURE 12G, image 2).
This toggles a check mark into the box. Scroll to the right again and
you’ll be at the Start printing screen (see FIGURE 12G, image 3).
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FIGURE 12H – Printing setup screen – Select page size
6.
From the Start printing (Setup) screen you’ll need to choose a
Page size that fits your desired image (see FIGURE 12H). Once you
have made your selection, press the OK button to return to the
Setup screen.
FIGURE 12I – Printing setup screen – Choose border style
7.
Do you want a border on this image? If so, select Border and scroll
to the right (see FIGURE 12I). Select Print with border or No
border, or let the printer decide with Printer default. Press the OK
button to return to the Setup screen.
FIGURE 12J – Printing setup screen – Choose time stamp
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8.
Now choose a Time stamp, if you want one. This will print the date
on the lower right corner of the picture (see FIGURE 12J). Select
from Print time stamp, No time stamp, or Printer default. Press
the OK button to return to the print Setup screen.
9.
To print the pictures, scroll up to Start printing and press the OK
button. Your printer will now print a variable number of copies of
each picture according to your selections.
Print (DPOF)
If you have created a digital print order and saved it to your camera’s memory
card, Print (DPOF) will give you the choice of printing the existing print
order. If you have not already created a print order, this method acts like the
Print select function we discussed previously.
Here are the nine steps to print an existing print order from your memory
card:
1.
Turn your camera off.
2.
Turn on the PictBridge printer and connect the transfer USB cable
to the printer. Then connect the small end of the USB cable to the
camera.
3.
Turn the camera on.
FIGURE 13A – Print an existing DPOF print order using PictBridge
4.
As shown in FIGURE 13A, you’ll see a JPEG image after the
PictBridge logo is displayed. Since we’re interested in printing
more than one picture, we will not press the OK (Setup) button at
this time, as the Pictbridge playback screen suggests. Instead, we’ll
press the Menu button. This will display the PictBridge printing
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menu, with Print (DPOF) as the second choice from the top.
Choose Print (DPOF) and scroll to the right.
FIGURE 13B – Validate or change the existing print order
5.
The screen will now present an existing print order from your
memory card (see FIGURE 13B), if one exists. If there are no current
print orders, the images will not have quantity numbers in their top
right corners, and you can proceed to add some, as outlined in step
5 under the Print select section. You can change the quantity on
any image by selecting the image, holding down the Protect
button, and pressing up or down on the Multi Selector. This
changes the number of prints for the selected image. Press the OK
button when you’ve examined, modified, or approved the print
order.
FIGURE 13C – Printing setup screen – Select page size
6.
The camera will now switch to the printing Setup screen. You’ll
need to choose a Page size that fits your desired image (see
FIGURE 13C). Once you have made your selection, press the OK
button to return to the Setup screen.
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FIGURE 13D – Printing setup screen – Choose border style
7.
Do you want a border on this image? If so, select Border and scroll
to the right (see FIGURE 13D). Select Print with border or No
border, or let the printer decide with Printer default. Press the OK
button to return to the Setup screen.
FIGURE 13E – Printing setup screen – Choose time stamp
8.
Now choose a Time stamp, if you want one. This will print the date
on the lower right corner of the picture (see FIGURE 13E). Select
from Print time stamp, No time stamp, or Printer default. Press
the OK button to return to the print Setup screen.
9.
To print the pictures, scroll up to Start printing and press the OK
button. Your printer will now print a variable number of copies of
each picture according to your selections.
Index print
When you select Index print, the camera will find up to the first 256 JPEG
images on your memory card and make an index print containing thumbnails
of each of them. If all the thumbnails will not fit on one sheet, they will be
printed on multiple pages. This is basically the same as the old contact sheet
of yesteryear.
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Here are the nine steps to create an Index print for your JPEG images:
1.
Turn your camera off.
2.
Turn on the PictBridge printer and connect the transfer USB
cable to the printer. Then connect the small end of the USB
cable to the camera.
3.
Turn the camera on.
FIGURE 14A – Making an Index print
4.
As shown in FIGURE 14A, you’ll see a JPEG image after the
PictBridge logo is displayed. Since we’re interested in printing
an Index print, we will not press the OK (Setup) button at this
time, as the PictBridge playback screen suggests. Instead, we’ll
press the Menu button. This will display the PictBridge
printing menu, with Index print as the last choice on the list.
Choose Index print and scroll to the right (see FIGURE 14B).
FIGURE 14B – Index printing screen
5.
You’ll now be presented with the first 256 JPEG images found
on your camera’s memory card (see FIGURE 14B, image 2). The
cameras will inform you of this with a screen displaying the
following: Only 256 imaged will be included in the index print.
OK? Continue/Cancel. You can’t do anything with the images
except scroll through them. Press the OK button when you are
ready to print.
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FIGURE 14C – Printing setup screen – Select page size
6.
The camera will now switch to the printing Setup screen. You’ll
need to choose a Page size on which to print the multiple
thumbnails (see FIGURE 14C). Once you have made your selection,
press the OK button to return to the Setup screen.
FIGURE 14D – Printing setup screen – Choose border style
7.
Do you want a border on this image? If so, select Border and scroll
to the right (see FIGURE 14D). Select Print with border or No
border, or let the printer decide with Printer default. Press the OK
button to return to the Setup screen.
FIGURE 14E – Printing setup screen – Choose time stamp
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8.
Now choose a Time stamp, if you want one. This will print the date
on the lower right corner of the picture (see FIGURE 14E). Select
from Print time stamp, No time stamp, or Printer default. Press
the OK button to return to the print Setup screen.
9.
To print the index, scroll up to Start printing and press the OK
button.
FIGURE 14F – Sample 4x6 inch (10x14Cm) Index print
In FIGURE 14F you can see a 4” x 6” (10 cm x 15 cm) Index print, as printed
on my PictBridge printer. Even a print this small can contain 20 thumbnail
images. I took a picture of a picture to capture this Index print for the book.
Oh, and try to ignore the subject matter, these are just family and friend
snapshots. My camera gets handed around quite a bit in my family. As a
matter of fact, I don’t think I took any of the images on this Index print.
Everyone loves to use a Nikon. My 15-year-old son once took 200 images of
his face. It’s a good thing a DSLR doesn’t use film!
My Recommendation: I had absolutely no interest in printing directly
from my camera to a PictBridge printer until I wrote this article and saw how
fun and easy it is. Printer costs are reasonable, so you might want to pick up
a PictBridge/DPOF-compatible printer. Just look for the PictBridge droplets
logo on the printer’s packaging or body. If it has memory card slots, it should
be DPOF compatible. Give this printing method a try; you might enjoy it.