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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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