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Creating a contact sheet template

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Video: Creating a contact sheet template

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.

Creating a contact sheet template

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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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals

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  1. 39m 52s
    1. Welcome to Photoshop CS5 One-on-One
      1m 49s
    2. Making Photoshop your default image editor
      7m 43s
    3. Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      8m 10s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      7m 37s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 31s
    6. The color settings explained
      6m 54s
    7. Loading the CS5 color settings in Bridge
      3m 8s
  2. 53m 36s
    1. There is nothing you can't do
      2m 1s
    2. The power of Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Duplicating a layer
      4m 49s
    4. Liquifying an image
      4m 43s
    5. Adding a layer mask
      5m 54s
    6. Loading an alpha channel
      7m 42s
    7. Selecting with Color Range
      4m 10s
    8. Making a Hue/Saturation layer
      2m 53s
    9. Luminance blending
      7m 21s
    10. Mask density
      5m 9s
    11. Making a knockout layer
      4m 11s
  3. 51m 23s
    1. The best way to work
      41s
    2. Setting General preferences
      5m 33s
    3. Changing the pasteboard color
      5m 41s
    4. File handling, performance, and units
      7m 25s
    5. Touring the Photoshop interface
      11m 5s
    6. Creating and saving a workspace
      7m 21s
    7. Changing settings and updating the workspace
      6m 4s
    8. Resetting the preferences
      7m 33s
  4. 2h 46m
    1. The amazing Adobe Bridge
      1m 17s
    2. Making a new image
      5m 11s
    3. Opening an image
      7m 7s
    4. Opening and closing multiple images
      5m 24s
    5. Opening a problem image
      4m 23s
    6. Adding file information
      8m 37s
    7. Introducing Adobe Bridge
      7m 37s
    8. A whirlwind tour of Bridge
      7m 21s
    9. Adjusting the interface and thumbnails
      8m 18s
    10. Using the full-screen preview
      8m 5s
    11. Rotating images on their sides
      5m 38s
    12. Assigning star ratings and labels
      8m 40s
    13. Filtering thumbnails in the Contents panel
      9m 13s
    14. Moving, copying, and deleting files
      6m 34s
    15. Creating and assigning keywords
      6m 38s
    16. Searches and collections
      7m 3s
    17. Batch-exporting JPEG files
      8m 57s
    18. Batch-renaming
      7m 15s
    19. String substitution and regular expressions
      8m 50s
    20. Grouping images into stacks
      7m 21s
    21. Comparing images in Review mode
      5m 58s
    22. Playing images in a slideshow
      4m 49s
    23. Customizing and saving the workspace
      7m 17s
    24. Using Mini Bridge in Photoshop CS5
      8m 36s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. Learning to swim inside an image
      37s
    2. The tabbed-window interface
      5m 19s
    3. Arranging image windows
      4m 26s
    4. Common ways to zoom
      5m 31s
    5. New zoom tricks in Photoshop CS5
      4m 24s
    6. Hidden old-school zoom tricks
      4m 34s
    7. Scrolling and panning images
      4m 8s
    8. Viewing the image at print size
      6m 42s
    9. The Navigator and "bird's-eye" scrolling
      2m 56s
    10. Nudging the screen from the keyboard
      2m 39s
    11. Scroll wheel tricks
      3m 41s
    12. The Rotate View tool
      3m 36s
    13. Cycling between screen modes
      6m 17s
    14. Using the numerical zoom value
      6m 14s
  6. 1h 6m
    1. Imaging fundamentals
      58s
    2. What is image size?
      7m 45s
    3. The Image Size command
      6m 0s
    4. Selecting an interpolation option
      4m 56s
    5. Upsampling versus "real" pixels
      5m 22s
    6. The penalty of pixels
      5m 35s
    7. Print size and resolution
      7m 26s
    8. Downsampling for print
      6m 39s
    9. Downsampling for email
      7m 28s
    10. Options for upsampling
      8m 13s
    11. Better ways to make a big image
      6m 1s
  7. 44m 43s
    1. Frame wide, crop tight
      1m 2s
    2. Using the Crop tool
      8m 8s
    3. Fixing out-of-canvas wedges
      5m 31s
    4. Crop tool presets
      6m 53s
    5. Previewing the crop angle
      4m 24s
    6. The Crop command
      4m 47s
    7. Straightening with the Ruler tool
      4m 18s
    8. Cropping without clipping
      5m 1s
    9. Perspective cropping
      4m 39s
  8. 1h 41m
    1. Making drab colors look better
      1m 20s
    2. Brightness and contrast
      4m 10s
    3. Adjusting numerical values
      4m 26s
    4. Introducing adjustment layers
      5m 17s
    5. Editing adjustment layers
      2m 51s
    6. Saving adjustment layers
      4m 35s
    7. Adding a quick layer mask
      4m 23s
    8. Introducing the Histogram
      4m 34s
    9. Working with the Histogram panel
      6m 27s
    10. Using Color Balance
      7m 18s
    11. Introducing the Variations command
      4m 51s
    12. Luminance and saturation controls
      3m 54s
    13. Fading a static adjustment
      3m 21s
    14. How hue and saturation work
      4m 28s
    15. Rotating hues and adjusting saturation
      6m 4s
    16. Creating a quick and dirty sepia tone
      4m 42s
    17. Adjusting hues selectively
      5m 32s
    18. The Target Adjustment tool
      4m 24s
    19. Photoshop CS5 Target Adjustment enhancements
      53s
    20. Adjusting the color of clothing
      8m 44s
    21. Enhancing a low-saturation image
      4m 23s
    22. Refining saturation with Vibrance
      5m 1s
  9. 1h 57m
    1. Photoshop versus the real world
      1m 21s
    2. Meet the selection tools
      10m 26s
    3. Marking the center of an image
      4m 9s
    4. Drawing a geometric selection outline
      4m 45s
    5. Blurring a selection outline with Feather
      6m 8s
    6. Copy and paste versus drag and drop
      5m 31s
    7. Creating a graduated selection
      4m 29s
    8. Aligning one image with another
      4m 45s
    9. Accessing the Move tool on the fly
      3m 34s
    10. Invert and Match Colors
      5m 4s
    11. Matching colors selectively
      3m 52s
    12. Feathering and filling a selection
      5m 14s
    13. Dressing up a composition with effects
      5m 34s
    14. The incredible image rotation trick
      2m 18s
    15. The Magic Wand tool
      4m 12s
    16. Tolerance and other options
      7m 7s
    17. Grow, Similar, and Inverse
      5m 39s
    18. Quick selection and the Magnetic Lasso
      7m 27s
    19. Evaluating a selection in Quick Mask
      8m 52s
    20. Saving and loading selections
      6m 14s
    21. Placing an image with a layer mask
      3m 23s
    22. Eliminating edge fringing
      7m 43s
  10. 1h 58m
    1. Brushing to correct
      56s
    2. How brushing works
      4m 52s
    3. Working with spacing
      7m 32s
    4. Changing size and hardness
      7m 45s
    5. The heads-up Color Picker
      7m 17s
    6. Flipping a mirror image
      3m 33s
    7. Setting the source for the History brush
      3m 42s
    8. Brightening details with the Dodge tool
      7m 49s
    9. Darkening details with the Burn tool
      3m 5s
    10. The Sponge tool
      4m 29s
    11. Backing off edits
      8m 4s
    12. Patching eye bags
      8m 57s
    13. Evening out flesh tones
      7m 23s
    14. Smoothing away whiskers
      7m 41s
    15. Reducing shadow noise
      7m 0s
    16. How healing works
      4m 40s
    17. The enhanced Spot Healing brush
      4m 52s
    18. Using the better Healing brush
      4m 23s
    19. Introducing the Clone Source panel
      3m 49s
    20. Cloning from one layer to another
      5m 30s
    21. Working with multiple sources
      4m 44s
  11. 1h 23m
    1. The layered composition
      1m 0s
    2. Making a new background layer
      6m 58s
    3. Working with "big layers"
      6m 24s
    4. Move, Duplicate, and Scale
      4m 11s
    5. Transforming a copy and repeat
      5m 15s
    6. Stacking order and eyedropping a layer
      5m 15s
    7. Adjusting multiple layers at once
      4m 22s
    8. Switching between layers
      4m 56s
    9. Making a digital star field
      5m 9s
    10. Blend mode and clipping mask
      4m 50s
    11. Dragging and dropping from your desktop
      4m 38s
    12. Black + Lens Flare = glow
      6m 16s
    13. Locking transparency
      5m 42s
    14. Adding gradient layers
      8m 12s
    15. Stacking an adjustment layer
      4m 12s
    16. Adding shadow and stroke
      6m 9s
  12. 1h 17m
    1. Outputting from Photoshop and Bridge
      1m 32s
    2. Printing an RGB composite
      5m 31s
    3. Customizing the subjective print file
      3m 15s
    4. Gauging print size
      5m 35s
    5. Scale, position, and page orientation
      5m 6s
    6. Three important printing curiosities
      4m 41s
    7. Introducing the Output options
      5m 34s
    8. Establishing a bleed
      5m 52s
    9. Using the Color Management options
      7m 21s
    10. Generating a PDF contact sheet
      6m 18s
    11. Creating a contact sheet template
      6m 8s
    12. Saving and opening a PDF contact sheet
      4m 18s
    13. Introducing the Web Gallery
      7m 53s
    14. Exporting and editing an HTML site
      3m 58s
    15. The Airtight Photocard site
      4m 56s
  13. 1h 9m
    1. Rules of the web
      1m 1s
    2. Introducing web graphics
      6m 59s
    3. A first look at Save for Web
      5m 47s
    4. Scaling a layered image versus a flat one
      7m 30s
    5. Incremental downsampling
      3m 1s
    6. Adding text, bar, and stroke
      4m 24s
    7. Assigning copyright and metadata
      6m 21s
    8. Comparing GIF, JPEG, and PNG
      4m 59s
    9. Determining the perfect JPEG settings
      6m 31s
    10. Saving metadata
      3m 52s
    11. Working with an unprofiled RGB image
      4m 35s
    12. Downsampling graphic art
      4m 49s
    13. Saving a GIF graphic
      6m 1s
    14. Antiquated GIF versus the better PNG
      4m 6s
  14. 1m 37s
    1. Until next time
      1m 37s

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