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Creating a contact sheet in Bridge or Photoshop


Photoshop CS6 for Photographers New Features

with Chris Orwig

Video: Creating a contact sheet in Bridge or Photoshop

Creating a contact sheet in Bridge or Photoshop provides you with in-depth training on Photography. Taught by Chris Orwig as part of the Photoshop CS6 for Photographers New Features
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  1. 2m 8s
    1. Welcome
      1m 25s
    2. Using the exercise files
  2. 12m 23s
    1. Getting familiar with and customizing the interface
      3m 26s
    2. Arranging photos and choosing Screen Mode options
      2m 6s
    3. Selecting a workspace
      2m 47s
    4. Introducing Auto-Save and Background Save
      4m 4s
  3. 8m 23s
    1. Creating a contact sheet in Bridge or Photoshop
      4m 2s
    2. Working with Mini Bridge
      4m 21s
  4. 31m 23s
    1. Introducing the new basic tone controls
      3m 18s
    2. Learning about the basic controls
      3m 42s
    3. Enhancing and correcting your images with more power
      3m 35s
    4. Updating the processed version of legacy files
      3m 11s
    5. Adding midtone contrast with a better Clarity control
      4m 20s
    6. Utilizing the new Adjustment Brush features
      4m 59s
    7. Painting away moiré patterns
      2m 40s
    8. Making precise adjustments with the Point Tone Curve panel
      3m 39s
    9. Using lens corrections to remove color fringing
      1m 59s
  5. 28m 49s
    1. Applying layer style effects to a group
      2m 24s
    2. Working with groups and filtering
      7m 50s
    3. Blending and renaming layers
      5m 46s
    4. Free transforming a layer with the Bicubic Automatic interpolation option
      5m 28s
    5. Filtering and finding layers
      4m 15s
    6. Using a shortcut to change the fill and opacity of a layer
      3m 6s
  6. 12m 37s
    1. Adding Field Blur
      3m 24s
    2. Working with Iris Blur
      3m 55s
    3. Enhancing photographs with the Tilt-Shift Blur tool
      5m 18s
  7. 21m 24s
    1. Making content-aware corrections with the Patch tool
      4m 33s
    2. Using the Content-Aware Move tool
      7m 3s
    3. Making effective selections for Content-Aware Move
      6m 54s
    4. Finishing the project and extending the canvas
      2m 54s
  8. 43m 29s
    1. Using the Properties panel
      3m 4s
    2. Making automatic adjustments
      6m 4s
    3. Cropping redefined
      6m 9s
    4. Using perspective cropping
      2m 48s
    5. Adding a light source with Lighting Effects
      6m 26s
    6. Working with Liquify in real time
      2m 52s
    7. Making adjustments with the Adaptive Wide Angle filter
      7m 22s
    8. Using Face-Aware Mask Generation
      3m 1s
    9. Sizing images with the Bicubic Automatic interpolation option
      1m 53s
    10. Changing brush characteristics and making paths
      3m 50s
  9. 27m 6s
    1. Getting started with video in Photoshop
      5m 45s
    2. Adding typography and audio to a video project
      5m 13s
    3. Working with multiple clips
      4m 41s
    4. Adding audio and transitions and exporting the final project
      6m 21s
    5. Thinking creatively about working with video
      5m 6s
  10. 4m 23s
    1. Working with the new Print dialogue
      4m 23s
  11. 20m 46s
    1. Introducing Creative Cloud
      1m 5s
    2. Modifying still images with the Blur Gallery and Smart Filters
      6m 28s
    3. Adding a creative blur effect to video clips
      4m 56s
    4. Changing image size and resolution with the Crop tool
      3m 30s
    5. Using conditional actions to add watermarks
      4m 47s
  12. 33s
    1. Goodbye

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Video Duration: 4m 2s3h 33m Intermediate Apr 23, 2012 Updated Dec 11, 2012

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This course explores the newest version of Photoshop from a photographer's perspective—helping users of previous versions of Photoshop make upgrade decisions and get up to speed with CS6. Author Chris Orwig covers the improvements to Camera Raw, including the improved exposure controls, Adjustment Brush tool, and Lens Correction filter. He then addresses the enhancements in Photoshop, such as the new Layer panel behavior, which makes renaming and organizing layers almost effortless, and image-editing features like content-aware retouching, photorealistic blur effects, and redefined nondestructive cropping; plus the brand-new ability to edit video in Photoshop. The final chapter addresses the new Creative Cloud subscription option, detailing features of interest to photographers: the enhanced Blur Gallery and Liquify filters, conditional actions, and improvements to the Crop tool.

Topics include:
  • Getting familiar with the new interface
  • Exploring improvements to Bridge and Mini Bridge
  • Recovering highlights and improving exposure with Camera Raw
  • Making precise raw adjustments with the Point Tone Curve
  • Grouping, filtering, and finding layers
  • Correcting distortion with Adaptive Wide Angle controls
  • Working with the new Content-Aware tools
  • Making better selections
  • Performing perspective cropping
  • Getting started with video in Photoshop
  • Making picture-perfect prints with the Print dialog
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Chris Orwig

Creating a contact sheet in Bridge or Photoshop

One of the benefits of digital capture is that it's now easier than ever to take and to make photographs. One of the downsides is that many times we capture too many images. We need some tools which allow us to kind of handle and organize our files, because otherwise they can get lost on a hard drive. Well, here I want to look at one such tool which allows us to create and design a Contact Sheet. Now in the previous version of Photoshop and Bridge, you could go to the Output module. There you could design a Contact Sheet, export that to a PDF format.

Yet in the new version of Photoshop and Bridge, there's a Contact Sheet which allows us to create this Contact Sheet layout, which will automatically open up in Photoshop. Let's take a look at how we can do this. Well, first we want to select some images, and we'll do that in the Adobe Bridge. Here I'm going to click on this folder, Bridge, and then I want to select all of these pictures. On a Mac press Command+A, on Windows press Ctrl+A. Next, navigate to the Tools pulldown menu, go to Photoshop, and here with the Tools you'll notice there's a new tool Contact Sheet II.

Let's click on that. This will open up the Contact Sheet dialog and also show us the Photoshop interface in the background, because it's a Photoshop engine which will build this Contact Sheet. Well, here you can see we're using these 11 files. We can specify Width and Height, Color mode, Bit Depth, Color Profile. Then there's this little check box. You can either choose to Flatten All the Layers, or if you want to edit the layers after the fact, you can turn this off. Let's turn that off, because I want to highlight a feature in regards to working with layers which can be helpful for modifying multiple layers.

So again, we'll turn that option off for demo purposes. We can also determine how many columns or rows we prefer. And if we want to use the file name as a caption, we can choose a font to our font type or size. All right. Well, let's leave all these settings as is and click OK. Once you click OK, Photoshop will create a new document and begin to create this layout. In the Layers panel you can see it's populating that panel with the different images and also text files which are describing the images, the file names.

Once this is complete what we can do is we can customize things. For example, if I go to my Layers panel, I can turn off the visibility of certain layers, and you can see how those layers are now not shown in this document. Another thing that you can do is make changes after the fact, and this can be really helpful. For example, one of the new features in the Layers panel allows you to filter or just show certain layer types. Well, if we click on the T key, it will then just show us the text layers in this document. There they are.

Well, here I'll go ahead and click on one, scroll down, hold down the Shift key and click on another. Next, I could change the opacity or the font or the color. I'll just decrease the opacity so you can see that that now shows up in a much more muted way. It's now light gray rather than black. So again, we can make changes to our Contact Sheet after the fact. In regards to the layer of filtering, we'll talk more about that later, but for now when you want to turn off the Filtering, we'll just click the icon again, and now it shows us all of the layers.

Another way that you can create this same contact sheet is from right inside of Photoshop. To do that you'll navigate to the File pulldown menu, then in the File pulldown menu what you want to do is go all the way down to Automate. There underneath Automate you'll see you have the option for Contact Sheet II. When you click that option it will reopen this dialog. Now you could either use the files that you've already selected in Bridge, or you can manually select those files and then create the Contact Sheet. It's the same process as we did before.

I just want to highlight that you can initiate or start this process either from Photoshop or Adobe Bridge.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Photoshop CS6 for Photographers New Features .

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Q: This course was updated on 12/11/12. What changed?
A: We added an additional chapter, "Creative Cloud Updates December 2012," to cover the new features rolled out with the Creative Cloud subscription model for Photoshop, including the Blur Gallery and Smart Filters' new impact on still images, and the abilities to blur video, change image size and resolution with the Crop tool, and use conditional actions to add watermarks to your images.
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