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If you're on a Mac, making a contact sheet is done differently than on Windows. Although you can start making contact sheet in the Organizer on the Mac, all contact sheets are created from a feature in Elements Editor on the Mac, so I usually start there. In the Editor, the quickest way to get started is to go up to the File menu, and choose Contact Sheet II. Alternatively, you could come over to Create menu, choose Photo Prints, and then choose Contact Sheet, but if you do that, you need to open images first, so I think it's faster to just go up to the File menu, and choose Contact Sheet II.
In the Contact Sheet dialog box, I'll first choose the source of the images that I want to include in my contact sheet, which I'm making to have a printed record of some of the photos on my computer. By the way, these photos don't have to have been imported into the Organizer to be included in this contact sheet that I'm making from the Editor. I've put all the photos for my contact sheet in one folder, so from the Use menu, I'll choose Folder as the source. I'll click the Choose button, and I'll navigate to the folder of photos that I want to include in the contact sheet, which is this one, and then I will click Choose.
If there were subfolders in that folder, then I would check Include All Subfolders. Here I can see the width and height of the contact sheet that I'm making. I'm going to leave the Units of measurements set to Inches, since I plan to print this contact sheet. I can type in any dimensions I want into the Width and Height fields, like this. I think I'll just put this back to it's default of 8 inches in Width by 10 inches in Height. Whatever I choose here, of course, has to be smaller than the size of the paper on which I'm going to print the contact sheet.
The resolution of small thumbnails on the contact sheet doesn't have to be as good as the resolution of an individual print. So, to keep the file size of this document small, I'm going to change the Resolution to just 150 pixels per inch, even though I'm printing to desktop inkjet printer, which does best with around 300 pixels per inch for larger individual photo prints. Since I'm sending this to my inkjet printer, I'll leave the Mode at RGB color, and leave Flatten All Layers checked, so that any layers in my photos would be flattened before the photos are added to the contact sheet.
That will also minimize the file size of the contact sheet. In the Thumbnail section, I can change the number of Columns and Rows in my contact sheet. For example, I might set the number of columns to 3, and a number of rows to 2. Over here in the small preview on the right, you could see what that contact sheet will look like with that number of columns and rows. The number of columns and rows that I choose affects the width and height of each of the photo thumbnails on the contact sheet. So, if I change this back to 5 Columns, 6 Rows, notice that each of the thumbnails will be smaller on this contact sheet.
I usually leave it Use Auto-Spacing checked to have Elements automatically figure out the amount of space to put between each of the thumbnails on the contact sheet. If I want to set that myself, I can uncheck Use Auto-Spacing, and type the numbers in these two fields; the vertical, and horizontal field. From the Place menu, I can choose the order in which my photos will be placed on the contact sheet; either across the rows first, or down the columns first. I'll leave that set to across first. And down here, I'll check Rotate For Best Fit, because I'm using both vertical and horizontal photos in this contact sheet.
This will make all those different shaped thumbnails appear uniform. I like to have the file name printed under each of the thumbnails on my contact sheet, so I know which photos which. So I'll leave it Use Filename As Caption checked down here. Elements will get the file name from the metadata for each photo. I can also choose whatever font and font size I want to use for those file names. I will leave at its default for now. I'll review the appearance of my contact sheet in this preview, and if I'm happy with it, click OK, and Elements goes about creating a contact sheet for me.
It may take a while for Elements to create your contact sheet, depending on how many photos you're starting with, and how large they are. I'm going to zoom in on this contact sheet. I'll double-click the Zoom tool to zoom to a 100%, and then hold the spacebar to change my cursor to a Hand tool temporarily, and I'll drag down, so that you can see some of the thumbnails on this contact sheet. Notice that under each thumbnail is the file name of the photo. So, as I would do with any document I was I working on in Elements Editor, I would go up to the File menu, and choose Save, or Save As, and from there I would choose the Print command, and I would print out this contact sheet as I would any individual print; a subject that I covered earlier in this chapter.
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