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Creating contact sheets

From: Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate

Video: Creating contact sheets

In this movie I'll show you how to create a contact sheet. That contains thumbnails of images with file names. So that you can either catalog images or show them to clients. What have you. I'm working inside Photoshop's file browser. Which is Adobe Bridge. And I'm looking at the contents of the 21 Print folder. I'm going to go ahead and select all these images by pressing Ctrl+A or Cmd+A on the Mac. Then I'll go up to the Tools menu and choose Photoshop and then choose Contact Sheet II which has been reinstated inside Photoshop.

Creating contact sheets

In this movie I'll show you how to create a contact sheet. That contains thumbnails of images with file names. So that you can either catalog images or show them to clients. What have you. I'm working inside Photoshop's file browser. Which is Adobe Bridge. And I'm looking at the contents of the 21 Print folder. I'm going to go ahead and select all these images by pressing Ctrl+A or Cmd+A on the Mac. Then I'll go up to the Tools menu and choose Photoshop and then choose Contact Sheet II which has been reinstated inside Photoshop.

Thanks to popular uproar, it's back. It's a very useful command. So I'll go ahead and choose it, it switches me over to Photoshop. Tells me that I'm going to be using the images from the Bridge, and I have a total of eight selected files. Next, I can specify the size of my document. I'm working in inches, 8x10 inches is just fine. You definitely want a high resolution value, so that you can make out the detail in your thumbnails. And anywhere from 267 to 360 is going to serve you just fine.

As you can see, by default, it's set to 300, which works out nicely. The Mode of RGB color's just fine. If for some reason you were going to commercially reproduce this image, however, you might think about switching to CMYK. I recommend you leave the bit depth set to 8 bit. The color profile of Adobe rgb 1998 is ideal when working with an eight bit rgb image. Now you may want to go ahead and turn off, flatten all layers. What that allows you to do is move the thumbnails around.

And you can also move the labels. Which is very handy. Now, for the thumbnail options. You have control over the placements so they can go across the page first or down the page first. Or likely, you're going to want to cross. And then you have control over the number of rows and columns, bear in mind we only have 8 images, we can make them pretty big. So I'm going to change the number of columns to 2 and I'll change the number of rows to 2 as well. And I'm going to go ahead and Rotate my images for best fit. So in other words, some of the images are going to be sideways but they'll all be the same size. Now I'm not a fan of Auto Spacing.

Photoshop has a tendency to space the images extremely close together. So I'll turn that check box off and then I'm going to change both the vertical and horizontal values. To a quarter of an inch. Finally you can caption each thumbnail with its file name, and you can determine the font. So I'm going to change the font, from Arial, to one of the fonts that ships along with the creative suite, Myriad Pro, and I'm also going to change the style to regular. And finally, I'll reduce the type size to 10 points. And then I'll click okay in order to begin generating the contact sheet.

Now, because we have 8 images. And each one of my contact sheets is going to measure 2 images wide, and 2 images tall. We're going to get 2 independent image files, as you can see here. So Photoshop has created an image for me called contact sheet 001. And another one called contact sheet 002. Now, let's say what you want to do is you want to move the captions into the images. Rather than having them underneath. Fortunately, we have all of our layers intact. So it's just a matter of selecting and moving all the type layers.

Notice up here at the top of the layers panel. That allows us to see certain layers, and not see others. Assuming that pop up menu set to kind, you should see a little T icon in the middle. I will click on it to see just the type layers and then I will go up to the select menu in choose the all layers command or you can press control all a or command option a on a Mac to select all the text layers inside the image. And now I'm going to zoom in on these layers. And I'm going to press the control key. Or the command key on a Mac. To get my move tool on the fly.

And I'll go ahead and drag those layers into place. Now in some cases the text aught to be white instead of black. For example this infamously blue text appears inside of this woman's dark hair. So to fill it with white, all I have to do, assuming that white is my background color. Is press Ctrl + Backspace or Cmd + Delete on the Mac. And I'll go ahead and scroll down to this image. The fake snow text looks fine, but I think I'll move it over just a little bit. We have another problem with dark text on dark care.

So we'll go ahead and click on a couple against red layer. Press Ctrl + Backspace, or Cmd + Delete again to fill that text with white. And then I'll go ahead and scroll up to this image, switch to The Joy of Color.PSD layer and drag the text to a new location. Now, if you want to turn off the filtering so that you can see all the layers in the layers panel, then just click on the T icon again to deactivate. And that's how you create a contact sheet of thumb nails using the reinstated Contact Sheet II command.

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Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate

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  1. 2m 4s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 4s
  2. 29m 46s
    1. The best of Photoshop automation
      35s
    2. Introducing the Patch tool
      3m 43s
    3. Using Content-Aware Patch
      5m 42s
    4. Retouching with Content-Aware Patch
      2m 5s
    5. Using the Content-Aware Move tool
      3m 9s
    6. Using Content-Aware Extend
      2m 4s
    7. The Content-Aware Scale command
      6m 35s
    8. Scaling in multiple passes
      2m 22s
    9. Protecting skin tones
      3m 31s
  3. 32m 55s
    1. Editing the histogram
      1m 50s
    2. The new automatic Levels adjustment
      4m 33s
    3. Customizing a Levels adjustment
      4m 53s
    4. Understanding the Gamma value
      2m 7s
    5. Opening up the shadows
      2m 48s
    6. Previewing clipped pixels
      3m 40s
    7. Retouching with Output Levels
      4m 25s
    8. Making channel-by-channel adjustments
      2m 19s
    9. Faking a gray card in post
      2m 51s
    10. Assigning shortcuts to adjustment layers
      3m 29s
  4. 57m 43s
    1. How sharpening works
      1m 38s
    2. Introducing the Smart Sharpen filter
      6m 56s
    3. Understanding the Radius value
      5m 20s
    4. Gauging the best sharpening settings
      5m 45s
    5. Addressing color artifacts and clipping
      5m 49s
    6. The Remove and Reduce Noise options
      4m 22s
    7. The Shadows/Highlights options
      7m 36s
    8. Correcting for camera shake
      6m 47s
    9. Sharpening with the Emboss filter
      5m 45s
    10. Sharpening with the High Pass filter
      4m 44s
    11. Painting in sharpness
      3m 1s
  5. 1h 9m
    1. Vector-based type
      1m 35s
    2. Creating and editing point text
      5m 58s
    3. Font and type style tricks
      7m 10s
    4. Type size and color tricks
      6m 42s
    5. Kerning and tracking characters
      8m 7s
    6. Creating and editing area text
      3m 50s
    7. Selecting and formatting paragraphs
      6m 36s
    8. Setting text inside a custom path
      5m 32s
    9. Creating text along a path
      6m 12s
    10. Adjusting baseline shift
      4m 45s
    11. Creating and stylizing a logo
      6m 49s
    12. Masking text into image elements
      6m 14s
  6. 57m 13s
    1. The other vector-based layer
      1m 39s
    2. Dotted borders and corner roundness
      8m 14s
    3. Drawing and aligning custom shapes
      3m 55s
    4. Creating your own repeatable custom shape
      5m 43s
    5. Selecting paths and isolating layers
      4m 11s
    6. Combining simple shapes to make complex ones
      5m 59s
    7. Cropping, adjusting, and merging shapes
      5m 50s
    8. Creating a soft, synthetic sparkle
      6m 22s
    9. Saving a resolution-independent PDF file
      6m 42s
    10. Turning a small image into a huge one
      8m 38s
  7. 1h 14m
    1. Depth, contour, and texture
      1m 28s
    2. Imparting depth with a layer effect
      9m 9s
    3. The power of the drop shadow
      7m 37s
    4. Modifying a layer and its effects
      6m 21s
    5. Saving custom default settings
      4m 12s
    6. Creating a custom contour
      8m 5s
    7. Introducing Bevel and Emboss
      8m 8s
    8. Multiple effects and multiple layers
      7m 45s
    9. Global Light and rasterizing effects
      8m 5s
    10. Gloss and surface contour
      6m 4s
    11. Adding texture to Bevel and Emboss
      7m 21s
  8. 34m 48s
    1. Styles store settings
      1m 38s
    2. Creating and applying a paragraph style
      3m 41s
    3. Redefining a style and styling a word
      5m 38s
    4. Creating and styling a placeholder style
      5m 43s
    5. Applying and creating layer styles
      5m 45s
    6. Loading and customizing layer styles
      5m 42s
    7. Merging and saving layer styles
      6m 41s
  9. 56m 48s
    1. Meet the transformations
      1m 55s
    2. Transformations and Smart Objects
      5m 46s
    3. Adjusting the interpolation setting
      5m 10s
    4. Rotating a layer with Free Transform
      5m 22s
    5. Scale, duplicate, and repeat
      4m 30s
    6. Creating a synthetic star field
      5m 20s
    7. Warping a logo with Arc and Flag
      5m 34s
    8. Distort, perspective, and skew
      4m 15s
    9. Using transformations to draw and correct
      7m 0s
    10. Bolstering text with layer effects
      5m 43s
    11. Adding highlights with Lens Flare
      6m 13s
  10. 43m 36s
    1. Removing the weight that the camera adds
      1m 7s
    2. The Warp and Reconstruct tools
      6m 44s
    3. Brush size, hardness, and opacity
      4m 29s
    4. The Pucker, Bloat, Push, and Twirl tools
      7m 12s
    5. Saving and reapplying Liquify settings
      4m 9s
    6. Lifting and slimming details
      9m 42s
    7. Warping legs, arms, and fabric
      5m 33s
    8. Improving a model's posture
      4m 40s
  11. 58m 46s
    1. Shoot in color, convert to black and white
      1m 55s
    2. Three ways to grayscale
      5m 36s
    3. Mixing a custom black-and-white image
      7m 31s
    4. Simulating an infrared photograph
      6m 39s
    5. Creating a sienna-infused sepia tone
      5m 38s
    6. Creating a hyper-saturated image
      5m 26s
    7. Introducing the Black & White command
      3m 16s
    8. Customizing the Black & White settings
      4m 50s
    9. Black & White meets the Channel Mixer
      7m 29s
    10. Infusing an image with tint and color
      5m 9s
    11. Grayscale and Split Tone in Camera Raw
      5m 17s
  12. 41m 34s
    1. The many ways to print
      1m 41s
    2. Using the test document
      3m 18s
    3. Print, position, and size
      5m 57s
    4. Description and printing marks
      3m 3s
    5. Establishing a bleed
      3m 44s
    6. Getting reliable color
      5m 54s
    7. Special printing options
      5m 1s
    8. Previewing an image at print size
      4m 16s
    9. Creating contact sheets
      4m 49s
    10. Creating a multipage PDF
      3m 51s
  13. 31m 9s
    1. Making Internet imagery
      1m 6s
    2. Introducing Save for Web
      4m 39s
    3. Creating the perfect JPEG image
      5m 14s
    4. Creating a high-contrast GIF image
      6m 23s
    5. The two varieties of PNG
      3m 57s
    6. Downsampling for the web
      5m 59s
    7. Adding copyright and contact info
      3m 51s
  14. 1m 3s
    1. Until next time
      1m 3s

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