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Creating a Contact Sheet


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Video: Creating a Contact Sheet

>> Michael Ninness: Now if you've formed a good habit of backing up your images to CD or DVD it may be actually handy to create a contact sheet that you could print out and then include in the jewel case so you could have little thumbnails of the images that you actually have on the CD or DVD media. Photoshop makes that easy as well. Just like Picture Package, it's a kind of an automated command and it can be accessed like Picture Package in two locations. It can either be done directly from the Bridge or from the File, Automate menu in Photoshop.
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  1. 48s
    1. Welcome
      48s
  2. 48m 22s
    1. The Default Workspace
      3m 27s
    2. Palette Management
      5m 38s
    3. Customizing Your Workspace
      3m 44s
    4. Customizing the Menus
      5m 0s
    5. Customizing the Keyboard Shortcuts
      4m 8s
    6. Tools and Tool Presets
      9m 20s
    7. Essential Preferences
      12m 11s
    8. Using Help
      4m 54s
  3. 26m 8s
    1. The Document Window
      6m 14s
    2. Using the Navigator Palette
      2m 26s
    3. Panning and Zooming
      5m 24s
    4. Changing Screen Modes
      6m 25s
    5. Managing Multiple Document Windows
      3m 57s
    6. Changing the Matte Color
      1m 42s
  4. 46m 51s
    1. File Formats
      8m 41s
    2. Resolution, Color Mode, and Bit Depth
      6m 49s
    3. What Resolution Does Your Image Need to Be?
      5m 0s
    4. Image Size: Resize vs. Resample
      9m 14s
    5. How Big a Print can You Make?
      3m 32s
    6. The Resize Image Wizard
      4m 26s
    7. Accurate Print Size Preview
      2m 40s
    8. Cropping Images
      3m 2s
    9. Adding a Border by Extending the Canvas
      3m 27s
  5. 50m 17s
    1. Accessing the Bridge
      5m 55s
    2. Changing the Workspace
      11m 48s
    3. Sorting and Rating Your Images
      10m 59s
    4. Viewing Your Images in a Slideshow
      6m 30s
    5. Assigning Keywords and Finding Your Images
      8m 57s
    6. Using the Batch Rename Command
      4m 26s
    7. Ordering Prints Online
      1m 42s
  6. 24m 9s
    1. What is Camera Raw?
      6m 11s
    2. Processing a Camera Raw File
      9m 3s
    3. Processing Multiple Camera Raw Files
      6m 12s
    4. Non-Destructive Cropping
      2m 43s
  7. 22m 21s
    1. Undo and History
      6m 34s
    2. History Palette Options
      4m 13s
    3. Painting with History States and Snapshots
      5m 47s
    4. Creating a History Log
      5m 47s
  8. 20m 32s
    1. Rotating and Flipping
      1m 23s
    2. Straightening Crooked Images
      4m 6s
    3. Cropping and Straightening Photos Automatically
      2m 10s
    4. Correcting Perspective with the Crop Tool
      3m 59s
    5. Scaling, Skewing and Rotating with Free Transform
      5m 38s
    6. Warping Images
      3m 16s
  9. 36m 29s
    1. Using the Marquee and Lasoo Tools
      8m 24s
    2. Using the Magic Wand Tool
      10m 39s
    3. Using the Magnetic Lasso Tool
      9m 7s
    4. Saving and Reusing Selections
      8m 19s
  10. 19m 41s
    1. Brush Tool Essentials
      19m 41s
  11. 17m 55s
    1. Using the Color Picker
      4m 49s
    2. Using the Color Palette
      4m 58s
    3. Saving Custom Colors as Swatches
      6m 35s
    4. Sampling Colors with the Eyedropper Tool
      1m 33s
  12. 41m 3s
    1. The Evils of Brightness/Contrast
      5m 25s
    2. Using the Histogram Palette
      6m 33s
    3. Improving Tonality with Levels
      7m 24s
    4. Using the Auto Contrast Command
      3m 3s
    5. Improving Tonality with Curves
      5m 13s
    6. Creating an "S" Curve to Boost Contrast
      6m 27s
    7. Shadow/Highlight is Your Friend
      6m 58s
  13. 29m 0s
    1. Removing a Color Cast with Auto Color
      4m 57s
    2. Adjusting the Auto Color Settings
      4m 10s
    3. Removing a Color Cast with the Levels Eyedroppers
      4m 5s
    4. Adjusting Color Balance
      4m 15s
    5. Selective Desaturation
      4m 37s
    6. Using Hue/Saturation
      4m 5s
    7. Matching Color Across Multiple Images
      2m 51s
  14. 25m 34s
    1. The Background Layer
      3m 24s
    2. Working with Layers
      16m 43s
    3. Changing the Opacity of a Layer
      2m 52s
    4. Using a Clipping Mask
      2m 35s
  15. 35m 12s
    1. Layer Mask Essentials
      8m 17s
    2. Swapping Heads in a Family Portrait
      5m 37s
    3. Adding a Gradient to a Layer Mask to Isolate Corrections
      4m 56s
    4. Flowers of Hawaii Composition Project
      16m 22s
  16. 33m 7s
    1. Adjustment Layer Essentials
      7m 10s
    2. Using Auto Color as an Adjustment Layer
      2m 29s
    3. Masking the Effects of an Adjustment Layer
      3m 54s
    4. Digital Photo Filters
      1m 46s
    5. Color to Grayscale with Channel Mixer
      5m 3s
    6. Using Multiple Adjustment Layers
      4m 42s
    7. Repairing Discolored and Noisy Shadows
      8m 3s
  17. 28m 24s
    1. Three Blending Modes You Must Know
      4m 17s
    2. Cycling Through the Blending Modes
      1m 25s
    3. Adding a Lens Flare Effect with Screen
      2m 58s
    4. Tonal Correction with Screen and Multiply
      5m 56s
    5. Creating a Diffused Contrast Glow with Overlay
      5m 33s
    6. Dodge and Burn with Overlay
      4m 10s
    7. High Pass Sharpening with Overlay
      4m 5s
  18. 40m 23s
    1. One-Click Red Eye Fix
      30s
    2. Removing Unwanted Objects
      5m 31s
    3. Removing Blemishes with the Healing Brush
      7m 11s
    4. Using the Spot Healing Brush and Patch Tools
      5m 33s
    5. De-emphasizing Wrinkles
      4m 3s
    6. Brightening Teeth
      3m 34s
    7. Enhancing Eyes
      8m 36s
    8. Push and Pull with Liquify
      5m 25s
  19. 21m 34s
    1. Creating Drop Shadows
      5m 38s
    2. Using Inner Shadow to Create a Carve Effect
      5m 24s
    3. Making an Object Glow
      3m 28s
    4. Creating a Stroke with Sharp Corners
      4m 21s
    5. How (and When) to Scale Layer Styles
      2m 43s
  20. 27m 16s
    1. Gaussian, Surface and Lens Blurs
      5m 47s
    2. Lens Blur Pt. 2
      4m 51s
    3. Radial Blur
      5m 44s
    4. Simulating Film Grain with Add Noise
      3m 11s
    5. Reducing Noise
      2m 18s
    6. Smoothing Skin with Median
      2m 43s
    7. Smart Sharpening
      2m 42s
  21. 8m 19s
    1. Cloning in Perspective
      8m 19s
  22. 24m 55s
    1. Character (Point) Type
      13m 43s
    2. Paragraph (Area) Type
      4m 1s
    3. Checking Spelling
      1m 13s
    4. Type on a Path
      3m 40s
    5. Warping Text
      2m 18s
  23. 16m 28s
    1. Shape Tools Essentials
      5m 43s
    2. Creating Multiple Shapes on a Single Shape Layer
      2m 15s
    3. Creating Custom Shapes
      3m 9s
    4. Using the Pen Tools
      5m 21s
  24. 10m 28s
    1. Saving Paper and Money with Picture Package
      3m 51s
    2. Creating a Contact Sheet
      2m 31s
    3. Creating a Web Photo Gallery
      4m 6s
  25. 19s
    1. Goodbye
      19s

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Photoshop CS2 Essential Training with Michael Ninness is a set of movie-based tutorials designed for beginning users who want to learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop CS2. The training begins with an overview of the software, including simple functions such as managing documents and palettes, then quickly moves on to cover more specific topics such as image adjustment and manipulation, tonal and color correction, brush settings, cloning, healing and other advanced tools, layers, masks, type, blending modes, filters, layer effects and so much more. Exercise files accompany the training, allowing you to follow along and learn at your own pace.

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Software:
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Author:
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Creating a Contact Sheet

>> Michael Ninness: Now if you've formed a good habit of backing up your images to CD or DVD it may be actually handy to create a contact sheet that you could print out and then include in the jewel case so you could have little thumbnails of the images that you actually have on the CD or DVD media. Photoshop makes that easy as well. Just like Picture Package, it's a kind of an automated command and it can be accessed like Picture Package in two locations. It can either be done directly from the Bridge or from the File, Automate menu in Photoshop.

The way you do it is you go ahead and select the images. I'm going to do it in the Bridge, cause it's just easier to see the files. So I've got my folder with images that I want to create a contact sheet for. I'm going to go ahead and do a Select All here, Control + A or Command + A on the Mac, and I'll go to the Tools menu and choose Photoshop, Contact Sheet II. And it's going to open up a dialog box very similar to the Picture Package one that we saw earlier. Again, Use Selected Images from Bridge. You can choose your measurement system. The numbers that I've plugged in here from before happen to be the width and height of a CD jewel case insert that's two panels wide.

So if it was just one panel it would be 4.8125 by 4.688. I've just doubled the width so I can fold it in half and have that still fit inside the jewel case. Resolution of 300, RGB Color, I can specify how many Thumbnails, how I want them positioned, I can have them go from left to right or from top to bottom. I can specify the number of Columns and number of Rows. I've specified a certain amount of space between each one. You can Use Auto-Spacing. I've actually put in a quarter inch between.

And I can tell it to Rotate For Best Fit so I don't get these weird gaps between vertical and horizontal thumbnails. And I can also include a file name as the caption and format it of one of many fonts, just three, Courier, Arial, or Times New Roman, and choose a font size for that. I'm just going to go ahead and click OK and it's going to process that folder of images and resize each one of them to the appropriate thumbnail size and position them and lay them out in a new document of the specified width, in this case the two-panel jewel case size, and you can see it creates a white background for you, and you can change that if you wanted to cause this is a separate layer, and each thumbnail got placed on that document with consistent spacing, and include the file name as well.

So you're now ready to print this out on your inkjet printer, fold it in half, and insert it into your jewel case.

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