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Photoshop CS6 now includes the ability to generate contact sheets from a series of photos. If you've been using Photoshop for a while, you might recognize that this is a feature that had been included in earlier versions. It was then removed and available as an optional download, but now it's included once again, inside of Photoshop CS6. Let's take a look at how we can generate a contact sheet from a series of images. I'll go ahead and choose File followed by Automate from the menu ,and then on the sub menu I'll choose Contact Sheet two. That will bring up the Contact Sheet dialog, and I can specify which images I want to use for my contact sheet. I can specify individual files, I can then click Browse and choose Individual Images.
If I had images open, I could also click the Add Open Files button. And if I had Bridge running and had images selected there, I could also click the Add Bridge Files button to add those images. But in this case I am simply going to use a folder as the basis of my contact sheet. I have already selected that folder, but you can also click the Choose button and navigate to that particular folder and click OK. If there are subfolders inside of that folder, you can turn on the Include Subfolders checkbox. If you want all images inside of all subfolders to also be included in the contact sheet.
And you can also turn on a checkbox so that images within each of those subfolders will be grouped together. In this case, I don't have any images in subfolders, so I'll just turn off the Include Subfolders checkbox. Next we can specify the document settings, so we can choose whether we want to measure the document in inches, centimeters, or pixels, and then specify a width and height for that document. So here I'm creating an 8 x 10 sheet. I can also specify the print resolution for that document. The color mode which I would typically always set to RGB.
A bit depth which I would leave at eight bit, there's no reason to increase the bit depth when you're just generating contact sheets. And I would also use SRGB as the color profile, which will help insure good results even if the recipient of the contact sheet is not using color managed software to view that contact sheet. I'm also going to flatten all layers. I don't need to save my layers and rearrange them, for example. I just want a simple contact sheet that I'll send to somebody else, perhaps via email, for example. I can then specify how I want to arrange the images on the contact sheet. I can determine whether I want the images to move across first, or down first, in other words in rows or in columns.
I'll use the Across First option. And I can specify how many columns and rows. So in this case because I have a portrait orientation. I'm going to set the number of columns to three. And the number of rows to four. That will allow four twelve images on the page. I happen to know the folder that I'm using as the source here only contains ten images. So that'll work out perfectly well. I can also rotate the images for best fit if I want. In other words, if the space available for the image is better suited to a landscape or horizontal orientation. All images can be oriented in that direction.
So even vertical images would be presented horizontally, for example. So that they can be presented as large as possible. But I find it easier to view a contact sheet if all of the images are oriented the same way. And so I'll leave that check box turned off. I'll also leave the Auto-spacing option turned on, that way based on the rows and columns, the images will be spaced out on the page evenly. And I don't need to worry about adjusting the individual spacing between images. And then finally we can specify whether we want to include captions. And in most cases I would say that you do want to include captions, it will use the file name of the image as that caption. If you don't want the caption, you can turn off the checkbox. But with that checkbox turned on, you can then specify the font, the style for the font, and the point size for the text to be included. With those options established, you can simply click OK. And Photoshop will process all of the images that you've specified you want to include in the contact sheet.
And it will generate a multi-layered document that includes all of the images, as well as the text that identifies the file names. It will then create the final version, and you can print this directly to your printer if you'd like. Or save this image, so that you can email it to someone else. So as you can see, it's quite simple to create a contact sheet from a series of images using the contact sheet feature in Photoshop CS6.
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