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In Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training, Jan Kabili highlights the key features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. She shows how to correct and enhance photographs, and how to organize a growing collection of digital photos. The course also explains how to use photos in creative projects like photo books, calendars, and greeting cards, and how to share work online and in print. Exercise files accompany the course.
This is a movie primarily for Windows users about how to make contact sheets and picture packages. Mac users, if you want to make a contact sheet or a picture package, you will have to start in a very different way than I'm going to demonstrate here. You will go to the File menu in the Editor in Elements. And from that menu you can choose either contact sheet two or picture package. And each of those will open a large interface where you can custom design your contact sheet or picture package. I'm working here in Windows and I'm in the Organizer where I'm going to start to make a contact sheet.
A contact sheet is a sheet of thumbnail copies of multiple photos. You can create and print out a contact sheet in order to have a physical record of all the photos in your Organizer catalog, or maybe just the photos that you've earmarked for particular project or perhaps the photos that you're going to archive on a particular drive. But the basic idea is that you will have a physical record in your hand of some of the images on your computer. Now a picture package is a little different. A picture package also has multiple photos on one page. But it often has the same photo at different sizes on one page, like the senior portraits that you may remember from high school.
To make either one of those, I will start here in the Organizer by selecting some photos. I am going to select all the photos in this folder by pressing Ctrl A on the PC or Command+A on the Mac. And then I'm going to go to Create tab. And from there I'm going to choose Photo Prints. And from there, I will choose Print Contact Sheet. That opens the Print Dialog Box that we looked at in detail in the last movie on printing photos. So I am not going to go through all of the settings here. I would like you to look at step number four on the right, which has been automatically set to contact sheet because I opened the Print Dialog Box from the Print Contact Sheet command.
There are a couple of options here that are useful. One is Crop to Fit. Notice that in this preview of my contact sheet which contains a thumbnail of each of the photos that I had selected in the Organizer and which are listed over here, each one of these thumbnails is uniform. That's because I've Cropped to Fit checked. If I uncheck Crop to Fit then each one of the thumbnails is sized in proportion to the size and orientation of the original photo. And the contact sheet doesn't look very good. So I will check Crop to fit. One of the few times that I use this command in the Print Dialog Box.
When I making a contact sheet I don't care that I can't necessarily see an entire photo in the printed area which is what Crop to Fit sometimes does. Next I am going to come down to the Select Layout area. Here I can set the number of columns in the contact sheet. If I make that number larger. Each one of the thumbnails get smaller and I could fit more on a single page. If I make that smaller, each thumbnail gets larger and I can have less thumbnails on the single page.
Now I have multiple pages in the contact sheet. And I can cycle through those pages by clicking the right or left pointing arrows down here. So here's the next page of this contact sheet in which I have just four images on each page. I will take that back to four columns which is a pretty standard look for a contact sheet. When I am making a contact sheet I would like to put a check mark here next to show Print Options. Because from here I can add identifying information underneath each thumbnail. So I will click Date to add each photos date underneath it, as well as Filename to add the file name of each photo.
It's a little hard to see that but you can see that there is some text under each thumbnail now. And if I have multiple pages in my contact sheet I will also check Page Numbers. And that adds the page number underneath each page in the continuing contact sheet. Down here as for any print I can choose a particular number of copies of each page in the contact sheet to print. So that's how to set up a contact sheet and as with any print I would also choose my Paper Size and my Printer Settings and Select my printer, all as I covered in the last movie.
Now let's say that I don't want a contact sheet, I want a picture package. I am going to go to step four and I'll change that from contact sheet to Picture Package, or I could come directly to picture package from out in the Organizer by choosing Print Picture Package from the Create tab in the Organizer. By default, a picture package takes one of the images that I have selected and lays it out multiple times on a single page. The layout is determined by this menu here. There are a lot of different layouts to choose.
If I come all the way down to the bottom, you will see that the picture package looks quite different. Now I have four images of the same size and one larger one. Notice that Fill Page With First Photo is checked. When that's the case, each page in his picture package is going to contain a separate photo from among those that I had selected in the Organizer. So you can see that this picture package has 26 pages. And if I cycle through those, you can see that each page has the same layout, but with a different single photo on each page multiple times.
If I uncheck Fill page With First Photo. Then I get a variety of photos on each page. So this is a great way if you want to present proofs of photos you have taken at a wedding or perhaps senior portraits. I would like to keep Crop to Fit checked when I'm making a picture package in order to keep the individual photos uniform. Now with either a picture package or a contact sheet, if I want to add some other photos that are out in my Organizer, I can do that over in the column on the left by clicking the Add button. And if there's a photo that I want to remove from my contact sheet or my picture package, I can select it here in the column on the left and then click the Remove button.
Now there is one more way to get multiple photos on a single page. And that is to go to step four and choose Individual Prints. Now if you open the Print Dialog Box from the Editor on Windows or if you're working on a Mac, you will always get just a single photo on each page as I explained in the last movie. But if you happen to be working on Windows and you opened the print dialog box from the Organizer, not the Editor, then you will be able to get multiple individual photos on a single page. The reason you only see one photo right now is that the print size is set to 8x10 and the paper size is also 8x10.
So this one photo is just taking up all the space on a page. But if I reduce the print size say to 3. 5x5, then Elements will put on a single page as many different photos as it can fit on that page. So that's one more way to print multiple photos on a single page. But again, it only works if you're on Windows and you started in the Organizer.
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