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Creating and printing a Contact Sheet or a Picture Package is different on the Mac than it is on Windows in Elements. On the Mac it's done in the Editor. I am going to start in my Editor and make a Contact Sheet by going up to the File menu and going down to Contact Sheet II, and in this way I can create a Contact Sheet without having to open a bunch of files first as I would have to do if I use the command in the Create tab over on the right, for making photo prints, and in particular, printing a Picture Package. So I'll go with the File > Contact Sheet II option, and that opens the Contact Sheet dialog box.
Here, I can start by choosing the Source Images, the images that I want to include as thumbnails in my Contact Sheet, which I am going to use as a physical record of particular digital files on my computer. So I'll click the Choose button and I'll navigate to my Exercise Files folder and there to my Chapter20 folder, there to the 2003 subfolder and I'll click Choose. There are no subfolders so I can leave that unchecked. In this section I can customize the Contact Sheet itself, and as I do this I'll keep my eye over here, on this diagram, which will change as I make different choices in the rest of this dialog box.
So, for example, if I set the Width and Height to 6 inches x 4 inches, you can see the diagram change. I am going to put that back to 8x10. Here I can set the Resolution for the thumbnails as a print on the Contact Sheet, because these aren't really going to be used as photos but just references for photos, I am going to change the Resolution making it lower to save some processing power and for the same reason a flat no layers if any of the photos from which I'm making thumbnails happen to have layers and here I can customize the way that the thumbnails are placed on a contact sheet psyche change the number of columns, and for the same reason I'll Flatten All layers if any of the photos from which I am making thumbnails happened to have layers.
Down here I can customize the way that the thumbnails are placed on the Contact Sheet, so I could change the number of columns and rows, for example. I am going to choose, say three columns across and two rows down, and you can see my Contact Sheet change, or if I go the other way, two columns across and three rows down it changes appearance again. Because I happened to have both vertical and horizontal photos that I'm using on this Contact Sheet I'll want to rotate so that they all fit in these spaces.
I'll also leave Use Auto- Spacing checked so that Elements will automatically figure out how much space there should be between each one of my photo thumbnails. If I uncheck that I could specify that space in these fields. And finally, I can choose the order in which my photos are going to appear in the Contact Sheet that will either come in first across the rows or down the columns. And down here I'm going to leave Use Filename As Caption checked so that Elements will get the filename of each photo from its metadata and include it underneath the photo thumbnails on the Contact Sheet, and I'll go with the default Font and Font Size for that.
Over here I can see the final parameters for my Contact Sheet, and when I'm done, I'll click OK and Elements will start building that Contact Sheet for me. It's not printing it, it's just creating one document that contains a small version of thumbnail of each photo. If I get my Move tool and I zoom in a little, you can see the captions underneath each of the photo thumbnails and you can see that that one vertical photo was rotated as I asked Elements to do, It's important to note that this file has not been saved, I know that because it has an Asterisk here in its tab, at this point I would save this file and would print it, just like I would print any document by going to the File menu, choosing Print, and going through the fields in the Print dialog box.
But I am just going to close this file without saving so that I can show you something else which is how to create a Picture Package. For a Picture Package I'll go up to the File menu and I'll go down to Picture Package here, and in this dialog box, again, I'll choose one or more Source Images. Now usually a Picture Package is one image repeated over and over. Think senior high school pictures repeated at different sizes on a couple of sheets of photo paper. So I am going to choose just one file, although I could choose a whole folder of files in which case Elements would make multiple picture packages for me one for each file in that folder.
So I'll set that to File and a I'll click the Choose button and I'll go back to my Exercise Files and into my Chapter20 folder, and into the 2003 subfolder and their I'm going to select one of the files and click Open. Here in the Preview area, I can see the default Picture Package layout with that photo that I chose. I can change my Picture Package over here in the Document area, here I can choose a different size for the entire page, so I'll choose 8x10, for example, and from the Layout menu I can choose a different layout of the photos on this page.
Depending what Page Size I've selected I'll have different choices in this menu. Let's see how this one looks, or this one, or this one. So as you can see in this layout I have three different sizes of the same photo, which is kind of the classic way that a Picture Package is laid out. I usually leave the resolution of a Picture Package at the full size resolution that my printer expects around 300 pixels per inch, and I'll Flatten All layers checked.
Now I am going to come down to this Label area, which is really interesting. Here I can choose to add to each of the photos on the Picture Package, Custom Text or the Filename of the photo or my Copyright, or some other file information. Copyright and Custom Text can be really useful. For example, if you do take senior pictures and you want to give the recipients some proof-prints, you can choose Custom Text here and then type in the Custom Text field the word PROOF and maybe I'll choose a larger Font for this, and I can lower the Opacity, and I can choose where the text will be printed, I'll leave it at Centered, and now that will add the word PROOF on each one of these photos.
The other thing that I can do here is to edit any of the preset layouts, the ones that were available from the Layout menu. So, for example, if I click on Edit Layout here, that opens another window where I can change the parameters of the layout over here or I can delete or add one of the picture zones or the placeholders for photos on this layout. So let's say that I want to add another photo right here. I can click Add Zone, which creates another placeholder with my photo, I can drag that into place, and I can move my mouse over any of the corner anchor points and click and drag to resize that placeholder or that zone so that it fits in that extra space.
And if I want to delete an existing zone, I can do that by clicking on it to select it, and then clicking Delete Zone. But I think I am going to leave this as is, I like the way it looks. If I want everything to line up really nicely there is also a grid that I can turn on and use that I am aligning the placeholders in this layout. Before I save this layout I am going to change its name a little, so it doesn't save over the template that I started with, I'll just type edited at the end here, and then I'll click the Save button. I'll call this multi_edited, and Elements will save the layout file in exactly where it knows to go and look for layouts, and notice it's saving it as a text file, and then I'll click Save.
So back in my Picture Package I now have my modified layout, and there's one more thing I can do which is, I can add a different photo to one or more of these placeholders. Let's try to do that with my new placeholder here I'll double-click it and that takes me out to my hard drive and into my 2003 subfolder. And from here I am going to select a new image and click Open, and that places that second image in that particular placeholder, and I could do this with other placeholders as well if I wanted. So now I'm ready to have Elements start building the Picture Package for me, I'll click OK and there is my finished Picture Package, and you can see it's got the semi-transparent word PROOF on top of each of the images.
Of course you don't have to add that, but it is a way to protect your photos. So this file has not been saved, I can tell that because there is an Asterisk on its tab, so at this point I would save the file and I would print it by going up to the File menu choosing Print, and working through the steps in my Print dialog box as I showed you in the first movie in this chapter.
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