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A common and simple need for most photographers is to create and then eventually print a contact sheet. Here what I want to do is take a look at how we can actually assemble the contact sheet, using Adobe Bridge. One of the things that you want to do first of, course, is organize your images. In this case, I have my images in a folder, and as I click through them we can see these set of photographs. You know one of the problems with digital capture is that it's really easy to lose photographs, but by creating a contact sheet, it kind of gives us something analog to hold on to, so we can see certain images.
It can also help us determine which images we want to work, and it's just a nice visual to have at hand. In order to create the contact sheet, what we need to do is click on one image, hold down the Shift key and then click on the other at the opposite side to select all. Next, we'll click on this workspace button and here choose Output. In the output workspace, we have two options: Web Gallery or PDF. Let's click on PDF. And then from that Template menu, we have a number of different templates Currently, I have selected 4x5 Contact Sheet.
Here, I can to simply choose Refresh. Now one of the interesting things about this is that if we scroll through these panels, we'll discover that there are a handful of different options. Yet for the most part, these are really straightforward and direct. So I am simply just going to highlight a few things here. One is I'd like to change my size to inches, so I can actually see the paper size. We have Quality and the pixels per inch we also can control the Layout. For example, let's say we want three columns rather than four. But once we've dialed that in or modified that setting, we simply click Refresh Preview.
It will then generate a new contact sheet. Again, scrolling through this, we have the ability to add Overlays; we can have Headers or Footers. And then new to Photoshop CS5 is ability to have Watermarks. We can, of course, also have PDF's that play back, but in contact sheet we don't really need that, so we'll skip that option there, but new, as I mentioned, was this Watermarking option. And here what we can do is click on this option, and we can place that Watermark on top of each of our images. For example, I could insert some text here and in this case, I am going to go ahead and just insert some copyright information.
And I can choose a Font and a Size and a Color. Now in order to see that, of course, we have to click Refresh Preview. So that's the one thing that's a little bit quirky in regards to how this works is that one of the things you need to do is make changes and then click on Refresh Preview. Now a lot of times you'll want to add watermarks, especially if you're going to handing this contact sheet to a client or someone like that, in order to protect your images. All right. Well, now that we've dialed in all of our settings, all that we need to do is to click on Save.
This will then open up the Save As dialog. Here, we'll go ahead and give this document a name and then Save that out. Now once this PDF has been saved, we can either e-mail this to someone, or for that matter, we could open it up and print it out on our desktop printer.
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