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Printing contact sheets and picture packages on a Mac

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Video: Printing contact sheets and picture packages on a Mac

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.

Printing contact sheets and picture packages on a Mac

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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Photoshop Elements 10 Essential Training

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  1. 23m 48s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Getting around Elements
      6m 9s
    3. Exploring the differences in Mac versions of Elements
      5m 41s
    4. Working with Organizer catalogs
      6m 16s
    5. Using the exercise files
      4m 44s
  2. 21m 39s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      5m 35s
    2. Importing photos from a camera
      4m 44s
    3. Importing photos from a computer
      3m 1s
    4. Importing photos from an iPhoto library
      5m 27s
    5. Importing photos from external drives
      2m 52s
  3. 31m 24s
    1. Working in Thumbnail view
      4m 10s
    2. Working in Folder Location view
      4m 33s
    3. Reviewing photos in Full Screen view
      4m 55s
    4. Editing and organizing in Full Screen view
      7m 20s
    5. Comparing photos in Side by Side view
      4m 10s
    6. Displaying photos in Date view
      2m 40s
    7. Viewing photo information
      3m 36s
  4. 47m 47s
    1. Using keyword tags to categorize photos
      6m 42s
    2. Organizing keyword tags
      4m 25s
    3. Finding photos by keyword tag
      3m 39s
    4. Automatically tagging people
      8m 21s
    5. Using automatic smart tagging
      5m 36s
    6. Assigning ratings to photos
      4m 9s
    7. Creating albums to organize photos
      5m 7s
    8. Creating smart albums
      5m 52s
    9. Stacking photos to reduce thumbnail clutter
      3m 56s
  5. 24m 35s
    1. Finding photos that are visually similar to each other
      4m 3s
    2. Searching for an object in a photo
      3m 45s
    3. Finding duplicate photos
      4m 50s
    4. Searching by text
      5m 59s
    5. Exploring the Find menu
      4m 27s
    6. Finding photos in the Timeline
      1m 31s
  6. 22m 41s
    1. Deleting photos
      4m 30s
    2. Renaming photos
      2m 24s
    3. Moving photos
      3m 58s
    4. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 37s
    5. Changing photo dates
      4m 29s
    6. Backing up
      2m 43s
  7. 16m 14s
    1. Choosing an editing workspace
      4m 37s
    2. Autocorrecting with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      3m 47s
    3. Photo finishing with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      4m 2s
    4. Changing a Photo Fix adjustment
      3m 48s
  8. 22m 10s
    1. Editing with assistance: the Guided Edit workspace
      6m 27s
    2. Retouching a photo the step-by-step way
      7m 55s
    3. Creating a dreamlike Orton effect
      1m 8s
    4. Simulating shallow depth of field
      4m 11s
    5. Creating a collage using Picture Stack
      2m 29s
  9. 29m 26s
    1. Quick improvements: introducing the Quick Edit workspace
      3m 28s
    2. Applying Quick Edit corrections
      4m 8s
    3. Adjusting lighting
      4m 0s
    4. Correcting color
      4m 20s
    5. Fixing red-eye, improving skies, and touching up photos
      6m 28s
    6. Sharpening images
      3m 10s
    7. Saving in Quick Edit
      3m 52s
  10. 41m 16s
    1. Full control: introducing the Full Edit workspace
      5m 19s
    2. Tips for using the editing tools
      3m 50s
    3. Customizing panels
      5m 10s
    4. Undoing your work
      6m 22s
    5. Zooming and navigating
      4m 41s
    6. Saving images and examining file formats
      4m 50s
    7. Working with multiple documents
      4m 0s
    8. Creating a file from scratch
      2m 57s
    9. Customizing Editor preferences
      4m 7s
  11. 25m 42s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 3s
    2. Managing layers in the Layers panel
      7m 19s
    3. Tips for working with layers
      4m 25s
    4. Understanding layer masks
      6m 55s
  12. 29m 59s
    1. Understanding selections
      6m 49s
    2. Using manual selection tools
      4m 42s
    3. Modifying selections
      4m 20s
    4. Using the automatic selection tools
      7m 11s
    5. Refining selections
      4m 50s
    6. Saving selections
      2m 7s
  13. 23m 52s
    1. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Healing Brush tool
      2m 50s
    2. Retouching skin with the Healing Brush tool
      6m 7s
    3. Retouching with the Clone Stamp tool
      1m 58s
    4. Using the Content-Aware option in the Spot Healing Brush to remove content
      3m 13s
    5. Touching up photos with the Smart Brush tools
      7m 22s
    6. Using the Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools
      2m 22s
  14. 1h 0m
    1. Understanding color management
      7m 23s
    2. Understanding adjustment layers
      6m 49s
    3. Adjusting part of a photo
      6m 16s
    4. Correcting contrast and brightness using Levels controls
      5m 6s
    5. Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation
      4m 32s
    6. Improving shadow and highlights using Shadow/Highlight
      2m 36s
    7. Adjusting lighting and color using Color Curves
      3m 53s
    8. Removing a color cast
      2m 11s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      3m 15s
    10. Reducing noise
      3m 53s
    11. Sharpening images
      6m 43s
    12. Processing multiple photos
      8m 19s
  15. 23m 6s
    1. Resizing and changing photo resolution
      7m 1s
    2. Cropping photos
      5m 35s
    3. Straightening photos
      2m 35s
    4. Adding canvas around photos
      2m 43s
    5. Changing a photos orientation using the Recompose tool
      5m 12s
  16. 23m 50s
    1. Combining photos using the Place command
      5m 21s
    2. Using a layer mask to hide a background
      6m 26s
    3. Blending images using a gradient
      8m 18s
    4. Blending images using Blend modes
      3m 45s
  17. 24m 2s
    1. Creating text
      6m 22s
    2. Editing text
      3m 49s
    3. Creating text on a selection
      6m 1s
    4. Creating text around a shape
      3m 51s
    5. Creating text on a custom path
      3m 59s
  18. 22m 43s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 24s
    2. Adding effects
      2m 6s
    3. Adding layer styles
      7m 38s
    4. Making shapes
      5m 17s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 18s
  19. 42m 14s
    1. Understanding Camera Raw
      3m 35s
    2. The Camera Raw interface
      5m 16s
    3. Adjusting color using the white balance controls
      4m 41s
    4. Controlling lighting and contrast
      6m 26s
    5. Enhancing photos with the Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation controls
      2m 39s
    6. Cropping and straightening
      2m 12s
    7. Reducing Noise
      2m 24s
    8. Sharpening
      6m 46s
    9. Outputting from Camera Raw
      4m 43s
    10. Processing multiple photos in Camera Raw
      3m 32s
  20. 56m 43s
    1. Creating a photo book
      6m 50s
    2. Completing the photo book
      10m 5s
    3. Creating a photo calendar
      8m 19s
    4. Creating a photo greeting card
      5m 17s
    5. Making other photo creations in the Create workspace
      2m 8s
    6. Outputting photo creations from the Create workspace
      2m 50s
    7. Creating a photo slideshow in Windows
      8m 45s
    8. Completing the photo slideshow
      3m 31s
    9. Making a scrapbook page from scratch in Full Edit
      8m 58s
  21. 41m 34s
    1. Printing photos
      8m 30s
    2. Printing contact sheets and picture packages in Windows
      5m 23s
    3. Printing contact sheets and picture packages on a Mac
      8m 33s
    4. Ordering prints from the Organizer
      4m 22s
    5. Sharing photos by email from the Organizer
      3m 46s
    6. Sharing photos with Photo Mail in Windows
      5m 3s
    7. Sharing photos on Facebook from the Organizer
      3m 42s
    8. Sharing photos on Flickr from the Organizer
      2m 15s
  22. 7m 34s
    1. Signing up for an Adobe ID
      2m 20s
    2. Sharing online albums from the Organizer to Photoshop.com
      5m 14s
  23. 40s
    1. Goodbye
      40s

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