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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
Welcome to the chapter on printing. There are a couple of different reasons why you want to make prints. One is, kind of completes the whole photographic process, the other reason is that it can be a functional, can be a functional way to help to see your images rather than having them buried on hard drive. You can elevate them to the surface and in this movie I want to talk about creating a contact sheet for that functional purpose as well as a few other aesthetic purposes. We are going to be working on this file in the Austin folder. So go ahead and click into that folder, select one of those files and then click on the Output module. Now when you navigate to the Output module, you will see what you last did. In my case it was a Web Gallery so I want to go to the PDF options here and then I'm simply going to click Refresh Preview, just to get rid of that Web Gallery, now I have this PDF gallery. The next thing that I'm going to do is double- click this dividing line to close my folders so I can really focus in on creating a PDF file.
Now let's say that I have all these photos, I'll go ahead and scroll through them with the arrow keys you can see them down below, I have all these photos that I want to include on a contact sheet. I'm going to then print those out so that I can remember those photos. I'll click on the first one, scroll to the right and then I'll click on the last photo in order to select all of them and then from Template dropdown menu, I'm going to choose a template that will allow me to show multiple images on one page. In this case, I'm going to go to 2x2 cells and click Refresh Preview. Now this is just going to begin to show me how this layout is going to work and I say, okay. So far so good, I liked it, I have my image thumbnail expect its way too big and I also see that I have some other information with regards to the file name.
How can I modify this, right? Well open up my Document panel and here is where I can choose my paper size. I'm going to take this to Inches so I can actually see what I have, 8"x11". I actually want to go to this A3 which is a little bit larger than that, which is that 11.69" x 16.54". Okay, great, well that's the size that I want to use. I want a high quality file here. Background is going to be white. I don't need any password protection in this case then I'm good to go. Next I'll go into the Layout option. All right, here is where I can really crank this up. What I'm going to do is take this to four columns and four rows and click Refresh Preview. Now will you ever really know what number is correct? No, that's why you want to enter a number, hit Refresh Preview and then kind of teach yourself what will work best.
When I look at that, I say, you know what, hey that will be kind of nice that will fit on one page, except that I realize, I don't want to go to a document that large. So I'll go ahead and change this back to that A4 size, click on my Refresh Preview and then see how this works. One of the things that we are going to see here is that in this case, we have the same proportional layout. All it's doing is mapping those proportions or mapping those columns and those rows to that particular paper type. I just want to illustrate how that works. All right, well we can click Auto- Spacing On, Rotate for Best Fit, Repeat One Photo per Page if we want a whole page with this photo and then another page with this photo. Well I don't want to do that so I'll leave that off.
All right, well, let's close that and open up Overlays where we can include our file name and the extension. Do I really need an extension? Not really. So I'll click that off. What's my font size? Well I want my font size to be super small and in addition I'm going to go ahead and click on my color picker here and choose a nice gray color because the file name isn't that important. All right, we will go ahead and close that and then we have some Playback options, because keep in mind this is going to be a PDF file. Now in this case, do I really want to play this back? No. It's just something I want to print, so I don't want open it in Full Screen View mode. I don't want it to advance, I don't want to loop, I don't need to determine the transition. So I'll turn all those options off.
Next, I'll go to the Watermark options, if I want a watermark on top of my images, I would add that. In this case, I don't need it. Final step, View PDF after Save. Yep. I'll go ahead and click Save. I'll save this to the Desktop and I'll call this austin-doors. Click Save, it will then generate the PDF and launch Acrobat. Here, we can see we have that. I'll go ahead and change this so we can fit that page in the view. And you know, what kind of crazy about all that? It was incredibly simple. There weren't many steps involved at all. Now there are couple of steps in regards to getting familiar with how this works, yet, for the most part this whole process is seamless and now I have this real functional page, this contact sheet with these images that I can then print out.
Now why do you want to print out a contact sheet? Well I have already talked about a couple of reasons. There are few others. You may want to burn the images to a CD and include a contact sheet as well or you just may simply want to have a folder full of contact sheets which shows you all the images on a particular hard drive, that can be really helpful as well. So now, all that we need to do in order to complete this process is click on the icon for Print in order to send this PDF to our desktop printer.
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