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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.
>> 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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