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Creating PDF contact sheets


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Photoshop CS5 Essential Training

with Michael Ninness

Video: Creating PDF contact sheets

Something that you can't actually do in Photoshop proper is actually print more than one image on a single piece of paper unless you actually make a document in Photoshop and actually combine those images into that single document and then send that document to your printer. So, a workaround is to use Adobe Bridge and create a contact sheet, a PDF contact sheet using the Output Workspace inside Adobe Bridge. So, here we are. We're pointed at a particular folder of images, and I want to create a multi image per page document that I can either e-mail to someone as a PDF or print from Acrobat to my printer.
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  1. 6m 10s
    1. Welcome
      1m 47s
    2. What is Photoshop?
      2m 49s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 34s
  2. 28m 29s
    1. What is Adobe Bridge?
      1m 54s
    2. Getting photos from a camera
      3m 39s
    3. A tour of the different workspaces in Adobe Bridge
      4m 58s
    4. Customizing how thumbnails are displayed
      3m 35s
    5. Changing obscure camera file names with the Batch Rename command
      2m 36s
    6. Adding basic metadata to every image with metadata templates
      3m 36s
    7. Creating and applying keywords to images
      4m 6s
    8. Viewing images in Full Screen Preview mode
      4m 5s
  3. 23m 4s
    1. Using Review mode to filter out rejects
      5m 27s
    2. Protecting the keepers by saving them in collections
      3m 18s
    3. Rating images
      3m 15s
    4. Using the Filter panel to view different subsets
      4m 43s
    5. Viewing final choices in a slideshow
      2m 12s
    6. Organizing groups of images into stacks
      4m 9s
  4. 30m 50s
    1. Raw vs. JPEG files
      5m 13s
    2. Why you should start in Camera Raw instead of Photoshop
      5m 9s
    3. A tour of the Camera Raw user interface
      6m 44s
    4. Previewing before and after adjustments
      4m 2s
    5. Toggling onscreen Shadow/Highlight clipping warnings
      2m 37s
    6. Choosing output settings
      2m 45s
    7. Saving a copy without going to Photoshop
      4m 20s
  5. 41m 34s
    1. Eliminating red-eye with the Red Eye Removal tool
      1m 13s
    2. Improving composition with the non-destructive Crop tool
      3m 33s
    3. Correcting a rotated horizon line with the Straighten tool
      3m 5s
    4. Fixing color casts with the White Balance tool
      2m 13s
    5. Fixing blown-out highlights with Recovery
      2m 36s
    6. Revealing hidden shadow detail with Fill Light
      1m 47s
    7. Reducing distracting color noise with Noise Reduction
      5m 37s
    8. Removing color fringes with Chromatic Aberration
      2m 36s
    9. Sharpening the details
      8m 59s
    10. End to end: Taking a so-so photo and making it great
      9m 55s
  6. 39m 5s
    1. Fixing blown-out skies with the Graduated Filter tool
      4m 34s
    2. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Removal tool
      5m 41s
    3. Making local adjustments with the Adjustments Brush
      4m 28s
    4. Quick portrait retouching technique using Clarity
      4m 33s
    5. Converting to black and white
      3m 36s
    6. Editing images directly with the Targeted Adjustments tool
      4m 18s
    7. Easy sepia and split tone effects
      2m 35s
    8. Adding digital film grain texture effects
      2m 46s
    9. Adding vignettes and border effects
      2m 13s
    10. Saving variations within a single file with Snapshots
      4m 21s
  7. 15m 48s
    1. Copying settings from one file and pasting across another in Adobe Bridge
      3m 7s
    2. Processing multiple files in Camera Raw
      2m 28s
    3. Saving and using a library of Camera Raw presets
      5m 33s
    4. Using Image Processor to batch process multiple files
      4m 40s
  8. 30m 39s
    1. Opening files from Adobe Bridge
      3m 1s
    2. Opening files from Mini Bridge
      3m 28s
    3. Customizing the Mini Bridge panel
      2m 57s
    4. Changing Mini Bridge so it auto-collapses
      1m 20s
    5. The Application frame
      2m 16s
    6. The Application bar
      1m 16s
    7. Switching and saving workspaces
      4m 23s
    8. Panel management
      5m 31s
    9. Switching tools using the keyboard
      3m 18s
    10. Customizing the keyboard shortcuts
      3m 9s
  9. 16m 12s
    1. Tabbed documents
      2m 1s
    2. The Arrange Documents widget
      1m 38s
    3. How to stop Photoshop from tabbing documents
      3m 34s
    4. Pan and zoom
      5m 21s
    5. Cycling through the different screen modes
      3m 38s
  10. 36m 59s
    1. File formats
      13m 6s
    2. What resolution does your image need to be?
      10m 15s
    3. Resize vs. Resample
      9m 40s
    4. How big a print can you make with your image?
      3m 58s
  11. 42m 17s
    1. Crop options
      4m 12s
    2. Hide vs. Delete for the Crop tool
      3m 30s
    3. Bringing back hidden pixels with Reveal All
      1m 34s
    4. Making the canvas bigger with the Crop tool
      6m 1s
    5. Making the canvas bigger by a specific amount with Relative Canvas Size
      1m 39s
    6. Correcting perspective with the Crop tool
      3m 5s
    7. Straightening a crooked image
      50s
    8. Scaling, skewing, and rotating with Free Transform
      4m 12s
    9. Nondestructive transformations with Smart Objects
      4m 2s
    10. Warping images
      3m 40s
    11. Preserving the important elements with Content-Aware Scaling
      9m 32s
  12. 54m 42s
    1. The Background layer
      5m 14s
    2. Using a layer mask instead of deleting pixels
      4m 12s
    3. Loading multiple images into a single Photoshop document as layers
      1m 30s
    4. Naming, hiding, creating, and deleting layers
      4m 18s
    5. Changing the stacking order of layers
      2m 51s
    6. Selecting layers without using the Layers panel
      6m 28s
    7. Transforming layers
      7m 16s
    8. Aligning and distributing layers
      3m 51s
    9. Changing the opacity of layers
      2m 57s
    10. Organizing layers into groups
      2m 55s
    11. Saving variations with layer comps
      5m 3s
    12. When to merge and rasterize layers
      5m 0s
    13. Flatten vs. Save As (a Copy)
      3m 7s
  13. 1h 4m
    1. Using the Marquee and Lasso tools
      7m 23s
    2. Transform selections
      2m 40s
    3. Quick Mask is your friend
      4m 31s
    4. Converting a selection into a layer mask
      6m 33s
    5. Using the Quick Selection tool
      3m 1s
    6. Re-selecting a previous selection
      1m 35s
    7. Improving a selection with Refine Edge
      4m 21s
    8. Touching up a layer mask with the Brush tool
      12m 7s
    9. Changing the opacity, size, and hardness of the painting tools
      2m 59s
    10. Blending images with a gradient layer mask
      4m 53s
    11. Swapping heads in a family portrait
      3m 53s
    12. Combining multiple exposures with the Blend If sliders
      6m 26s
    13. Replacing the sky in an image
      4m 19s
  14. 1h 1m
    1. Introducing adjustment layers
      7m 57s
    2. Starting with a preset
      4m 25s
    3. Improving tonal quality with Levels
      10m 28s
    4. Increasing midtone contrast with Curves
      5m 4s
    5. Removing a color cast with Auto Color
      5m 56s
    6. Changing the color temperature with Photo Filter
      2m 55s
    7. Shifting colors with Hue/Saturation
      9m 0s
    8. Making washed out colors pop with Vibrance
      2m 46s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      5m 49s
    10. Controlling which layers are affected by an Adjustment Layer
      7m 28s
  15. 11m 32s
    1. Shadow/Highlight
      9m 3s
    2. Matching color across multiple images
      2m 29s
  16. 34m 12s
    1. Removing blemishes with the Spot Healing brush
      6m 21s
    2. Quick technique for smoothing skin and pores
      8m 23s
    3. Taming flyaway hair
      4m 47s
    4. Making teeth bright and white
      1m 43s
    5. De-emphasizing wrinkles
      4m 41s
    6. Removing unwanted details with Content Aware Fill
      4m 26s
    7. Body sculpting with Liquify
      3m 51s
  17. 21m 6s
    1. Creating panoramas with Photomerge and Auto-Blend
      7m 20s
    2. Combining multiple frames of an action sequence
      8m 30s
    3. Combining group shots with Auto-Align
      5m 16s
  18. 25m 36s
    1. Overview of filters
      4m 6s
    2. Applying filters nondestructively with Smart Filters
      4m 45s
    3. Giving an image a soft glow with the Gaussian Blur filter
      4m 41s
    4. Adding noise to an image with the Add Noise filter
      3m 34s
    5. Sharpening an image with Unsharp Mask
      4m 12s
    6. Giving an image more texture with the Texturizer
      1m 17s
    7. Applying a filter to multiple layers
      3m 1s
  19. 30m 44s
    1. Cycling through the blending modes
      4m 43s
    2. Three blending modes you must know
      6m 41s
    3. Adding a lens flare effect with Screen
      3m 33s
    4. Making a cast shadow more realistic with Multiply
      4m 33s
    5. Creating a diffused contrast glow effect with Overlay
      6m 2s
    6. Sharpening an image with High Pass and Overlay
      5m 12s
  20. 21m 39s
    1. Character (point) type
      8m 19s
    2. Paragraph (area) type
      4m 42s
    3. Type on a path
      2m 54s
    4. Clipping an image inside type
      2m 24s
    5. Warping type
      3m 20s
  21. 20m 35s
    1. Adding a drop shadow effect
      4m 43s
    2. Adding an outer glow effect
      3m 13s
    3. Adding a border around an image
      2m 53s
    4. Copying layer effects and applying them to other layers
      2m 3s
    5. Saving layer styles and applying them in other documents
      2m 42s
    6. How (and when) to scale layer effects
      5m 1s
  22. 16m 6s
    1. Creating PDF contact sheets
      6m 41s
    2. Exporting web photo galleries
      6m 8s
    3. Saving for the web
      3m 17s
  23. 1m 19s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 19s

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Photoshop CS5 Essential Training
11h 15m Beginner Apr 30, 2010

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In Photoshop CS5 Essential Training, author Michael Ninness demonstrates how to produce the highest quality images with fantastic detail in the shortest amount of time, using a combination of Photoshop CS5, Adobe Bridge, and Camera Raw. This course shows the most efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, Michael shares the secrets of non-destructive editing, utilizing and mastering Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw, layers, adjustment layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Automating image adjustments with Camera Raw
  • Adding keywords, ratings, and other metadata to images
  • Filtering a large collection of images down to the "keepers"
  • Cropping, correcting perspective, and straightening images
  • Creating, naming, hiding, and deleting layers
  • How to make selections and masks quickly
  • Improving mask quality with Refine Edge
  • Techniques for combining multiple images
  • Non-destructive editing techniques with adjustment layers and Smart Filters
  • Retouching essentials, such as blemish removal and body sculpting
  • Color correcting images
  • Using the essential blend modes, layer effects, and styles
  • Creating contact sheets and web photo galleries
Subjects:
Design Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Michael Ninness

Creating PDF contact sheets

Something that you can't actually do in Photoshop proper is actually print more than one image on a single piece of paper unless you actually make a document in Photoshop and actually combine those images into that single document and then send that document to your printer. So, a workaround is to use Adobe Bridge and create a contact sheet, a PDF contact sheet using the Output Workspace inside Adobe Bridge. So, here we are. We're pointed at a particular folder of images, and I want to create a multi image per page document that I can either e-mail to someone as a PDF or print from Acrobat to my printer.

To do that, we'll go to our Output workspace. Up here is our workspace switcher. We're currently in Essentials. There's a little dropdown menu here. We'll switch over to Output. And what that does is switches your workspace to let you create this PDF contact sheet. The images that you had in your Content pane have been moved into this horizontal strip down at the bottom. And it's been replaced here with your output preview of what the PDF currently looks like. Let's go ahead and select all our ten images. I'm going to go ahead and click on one of the thumbnails and do a Command+A or Ctrl+A to select all ten images.

The first thing you need to choose, in your Output tab over here on the right, is whether or not you want a PDF contact sheet or a Web Gallery. We'll cover up the Web Gallery in a separate video. For now, we'll focus on the PDF contact sheet feature. The first thing you would get to choose from then is what template you want to use. There are some templates that ship with Bridge, and you can see them listed here: 2*2, 4*5, 5*8 and so forth. Let's go ahead and choose the 2*2 Cells option. Everytime you make a choice, in any of panes over here on the right, whether it'd be document layout and so forth, you do have to click the Refresh Preview button in order for that update to occur.

You can see, by default, the 2*2 grid is laying out the images four to a page and displaying the file name as well. Now, you can customize all of this with the options we have here down below. If you want to choose a different template, let's go with say 4*5 and click Refresh Preview. And again, we'll update that center area, and you could see this looks more like a traditional contact sheet. We just have really small thumbnails. Let's go back and start customizing this. First thing I'm going to do is change my page size. You have several different standards to choose from.

I'm going to go U.S. Paper and just choose Letter Size 8.5 x 11. You can change the Orientation to be Vertical or Horizontal. I'm going to go with Vertical. You can choose the output Quality, meaning the resolution of your images. There's a preset here, if you want low resolution for faster printing or the maximum resolution for 300 ppi. What this will do is downsample your images, especially those contact size. These are a lot smaller than the images that you're starting out with. So, it will downsample them down to 300 dots per inch, as part of creating the contact sheet for you.

You also have a Quality slider here to specify the JPEG quality that it's going to be generating for you behind the scenes. You can set the Background color. And since this is generating the PDF that you can share with others, you can actually password restrict the document. That's completely up to you. You can give a password to actually open the document or a password to allow them to print it or even disable printing, depending on what you're trying to do with this particular document. If it's just a read only document you want to share and e-mail to someone, but you don't actually want them to be able to print it, then you have that option.

Completely up to you, depending whether or not you're making this for yourself or for someone else like a client review or approval spec sheet of some sort. If we scroll down past the Document section, we have the Layout section, and this is where that template was just adding 4*5 rows as a preset here. But if I want 2 images by 2 images or just one image per page, I can customize that here. Let's do 3*3. And again, to get an update on this, we hit the Refresh Preview button. That'll generate the first page and display the preview of that first page in your Preview area here.

So, there I get 9 images per page, just by doing Columns 3, Rows 3. You can control the amount of space between each image. Use Auto-Spacing, Rotate for Best Fit, basically standard options that pretty much make sense. If you want, you can choose Repeat One Photo per Page. That's really cool. Let's go ahead and hit Refresh Preview again. This is going to generate a much larger PDF document. So, since I have 10 images here, I'm going to get 10 different pages, but I'm going to get 9 copies of each page. So, it's a way to actually output, say, 4*6, as many can fit on the page based on your paper size.

So, it's up to you, a lot of flexibility here. If I want, I can add the Overlays and control their Font and Size. So, by default, the Filename is checked as well the file Extension. If you want, you can change the Font by choosing any font in your installed list of fonts in your computer. I'll just leave it at the defaults here, but you can change the font size, style, color of the text as well and also choose to number your pages if you want. You can add a custom header or footer, put your custom branding on there, maybe the name of your company and so forth.

And then, if you're going to make this a presentation, like a slide show, you can actually have the PDF open up in full screen and have these pictures auto advance. So, you've a lot of flexibility here, just depending on what it is that you're trying to create. I'm going to just go ahead and go with what I've got here. And if you turn on the View PDF After Save check box, that will launch Adobe Reader or Acrobat Professional, depending upon what you have installed in your computer, and show you the final results once you're done. Let's go and hit the Save button. It'll ask to give it a name. I'll call it MyContactSheet, and I'll save it to the Desktop by doing Command+D on the Mac.

If you're on the PC, you might have a different looking Save As dialog box where you can click the word Desktop to have this end up on your Desktop. Let's go and hit Save. It's going to generate that full PDF for me, and when it's done it will launch the appropriate PDF viewer, in this case Acrobat. We'll go to Fit to View, and you can see it's a 10 page document where each page being repeated 9 times at each page, so a lot of flexibility. You can create presentations, contact sheets, multiple layouts, save your layouts as templates back in Bridge.

So, if you decide that you want to use this again, you can click the New button and give it name. We'll call it MyContactSheet. So, you won't have to do that setup again, and that will be added to your template list so you can quickly use that again for your next batch of images. So, lots of flexibility. Just do it from within Bridge, in the Output module, rather than trying to look for something like this in Photoshop Proper. When you're done, you can go back and click on the Essentials Workspace at the top to take you back to your standard working view inside Adobe Bridge.

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