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In Photoshop CS6 Essential Training, Julieanne Kost demonstrates how to produce high-quality images in a short amount of time, using a combination of Adobe Photoshop CS6, Bridge, and Camera Raw.
The course details the Photoshop features and creative options, and shows efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, the course explores techniques for nondestructive editing and compositing using layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more.
In Photoshop and in Bridge you can use tools to help you print multiple images per page. We'll start in Bridge and I'll select all of these images by using the keyboard shortcut Cmd+A, or Ctrl+A on Windows. Then under the tools menu I'll choose Photoshop and Contact Sheet II. When you select Contact Sheet II, it's a script that will take you over to Photoshop. Because you have your images already selected in Bridge, Contact Sheet knows that and will work with those files.
You can then choose the Units that you want to work in, the Width, Height and Resolution of your document as well as the Mode, Bit Depth and Color Profile. By default contact sheet will flatten all of the layers as it creates the contact sheet, but if you want to keep each of the different thumbnails as well as the text separate, uncheck that option. You can then decide how you want to place your thumbnails and how many you want to put per page. In this example, I'll change the Columns to 3 and the Rows to 4.
I'll use the Auto-Spacing so that contact sheet will space my images both vertically and horizontally. I can also choose to place the file name as a caption underneath each one of the images. If you don't want this simply turn it off. I'll leave it on, set to Minion Pro Regular at 12 points. Before I click OK, I just want to point out that once you've set all these parameters, you can save them out, so that you can load them later without going through all of the adjustments.
We'll click OK and Photoshop will create the blank document at 8x10 and then open each of the images from Bridge and lay them out on a single piece of paper. If you have more images selected than can fit on a single sheet then Photoshop will make a secondary contact sheet and continue laying out the thumbnails. So, here we can see that we've had two contact sheets created. This is the second one and here's the first one. In the Layers panel you'll notice that the layers for the type as well as the thumbnails are all on their individual layers, so that I could reposition them if I wanted to.
Now all I need to do is save both of these contact sheets. And one last important note, at the beginning I mentioned that you could create these contact sheets either from Bridge or Photoshop. If you prefer to start in Photoshop and not in Bridge, you would select File and then Automate and then Contact Sheet. The only difference here is that you can either select images that you have in Bridge or you can use the dropdown menu to choose individual files or a folder of files or even the Open Documents, so that's a quick and easy way to create contact sheets in Photoshop or Bridge.
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