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Photoshop is the world’s most powerful image editor, and it’s arguably the most complex, as well. Fortunately, nobody knows the program like award-winning book and video author Deke McClelland. Join Deke as he explores such indispensable Photoshop features as resolution, cropping, color correction, retouching, and layers. Gain expertise with real-world projects that make sense. Exercise files accompany the course.
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As you may recall, we are in the middle of generating a contact sheet here inside the Adobe Bridge. I have got the Bridge trained on the contents of the 11_printing folder. I have selected the eight images from photographer Jason Stitt of the Fotolia Image Library. I have selected PDF in the Output panel and switched to U.S. Letter Sized Paper. Now we are going to customize the layout. We are going to save that layout as a preset and we are going to generate our PDF document. So I will switch to the Layout area of the Output panel. Notice by default that we are seeing 2 Columns, 2 Rows.
Columns of course being vertical, Rows being horizontal. I want three rows, because after all, I am looking at a vertically oriented page, I figure I can smoosh some more images onto that page. I will press the Tab key. Of course in another world just pressing the Tab key would invoke a live preview, and I would see what in the world it is I am doing. But that doesn't work inside of the Output panel. The reason is you have to initiate a preview. You have to ask for one and it takes a moment to generate. So you have to click on that Refresh Preview button.
As I say, you will be clicking on that button a lot, make it your friend. All right. Now, I am going to drop down here. I figure, I could go with Auto- Spacing, it's not going to make much of a difference in this case, that's just going to auto-space the images and their file names, those itty-bitty file names that we are seeing there. You could Rotate the images for the Best Fit, if you want to. I will show you what that looks like. By the way, you could Repeat One Photo per Page. So let's see both of those options. What the heck? Let's see all three of these check boxes. Click on Refresh Preview in order to ask for it.
Notice that we are seeing in this case just one photo per page. So we are seeing a bunch of images of this first guy, Boy in yellow.jpg. He looks just sensational, I think. And then of course you would have a total of eight pages, one for each of our eight images. That would be great if you are going to cut out a bunch of say wallet-size photographs or something along those lines. However, it's not really what I want to do. I want to create a contact sheet. So I am going to turn off Repeat One Photo per Page and I am going to turn off Use Auto-Spacing.
I might stick, however, with Rotate for Best Fit. Let's see what that looks like if I Refresh that Preview. That looks pretty darn good. This would give me a sense of what each and every one of the images look like. It does mean that the vertical images are going to be rotated on their sides. But that's fine. However, I don't like the spacing at all. I am going to change the Margins, just so that I am absolutely assured that none of these images are going to get cut off. You have to change each one of the Margins independently. There is no way to link them together, which is a pain in the neck, in my opinion. But anyway, I will go ahead and change out each one of them, like so.
And then we have Horizontal and Vertical. You might very well wonder what in the world those mean. That controls the amount of space between the images and their file names and each other. So I want to tighten that spacing. I will go ahead and change Horizontal to 0.1 inch, so not much space at all, and Vertical to 0.1 inch as well, like so. Click on Refresh Preview to see what in the world it is that I have wrought. And now you can see we have just a tiny bit of space between these images. We are taking full advantage of the page. I love it.
Let's go ahead and switch down to Overlays. Overlays are these little guys, which by default are the Filenames and their Extensions. If you don't want the Extensions, you can turn that off. If you don't want people to see that they are JPEG files, for example. Totally up to you. I am going to leave that turned on though. But I do have a deep and abiding hatred for Arial. So I will go ahead and switch down here to Myriad Pro, which is, I believe, going to look much better. But I don't want it to be Bold Condensed. Let's just go ahead and switch to Regular. That's fine. The Size could be larger. What the heck? Let's make it 12 pt, so that people can see.
We also have the option of adding a Page Number if we want to. If you have a long multi-page document, you may want to give it a page number, for the simple reason that you do that thing, where you print out the document, and then you walk away from your printer and you trip and fall and you spill the pages all over the place. And then you have to somehow reassemble the document. Then the Page Number will be your friend. Anyway, it's up to you. I am not going to trip and fall. I am not even going to print this darn thing. I am just showing it to you. I am going to go ahead and expand Header at this point. The Header would be something that would appear at the top of the document.
I don't want a Header, nor do I want a Footer, but you do have that control now in CS5. Isn't that great? Playback, we definitely want to go to Playback. Because I hate Playback. Gosh! I am so full of opinions on this topic. But here's the idea. When you open this image inside of say Adobe Acrobat or the free Adobe Reader application, then, do you really want it to just start immediately playing as a slideshow? The answer is no. But notice, in the past Open in Full Screen mode was turned on by default, now it's turned off by default, which is great. I love that.
Leave it off, unless you want to absolutely play it as a slideshow the second it opens. I don't think you do. So I am going to leave all these check boxes turned off. But that is an option that's available to you. Finally, we do have Watermark right there. A Watermark would be sort of a copyright notice presumably, that would be printed across the images, so that nobody can use your images without consulting with you. You can add that if you so desire. By the way, if you are going to go that route, I would expand the Size of your Watermarks so it's nice and big.
I don't want a Watermark. I am just going to switch back to Layout here, so that I can see my lovely layout. I am going to click on View PDF After Save, which I think is very important. Now, let's Refresh our Preview just to make sure we are seeing the most recent stuff. I don't think I really made any significant changes, except the font. That's assigned to the Filenames, which I can't even see anyway, so it doesn't matter that much. Let's go ahead and Save out a preset, which is called the Template here inside this panel. I will go ahead and call this template 2 x 3 letter, because it's letter size paper, and that's it.
Just keep it simple. Click Create and now I have a new template that I can come back to anytime I like. All right. So now we are ready to save out the PDF file, and that is exactly what we are going to do in the next exercise.
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