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In Photoshop CS4 New Features, leading industry expert Deke McClelland covers the latest developments in Adobe's powerhouse image editor, Photoshop CS4. Deke explores the new tabbed window interface and the Adjustments and Masks palettes, the enhanced toning tools, content-aware scaling and the latest versions of Camera Raw and Bridge, which prove nearly indispensable to the digital photographer's workflow. From the interface to integration, Deke leaves no stone unturned.
Now we naturally think of new versions of programs as adding new features. Photoshop CS4 actually removes several features. For example, under the Filter menu, we no longer see a Pattern Maker and we no longer see an Extract command. Both of which are welcome omissions in my opinion. However, some of the omissions are little bit startling. For example, if you go to the File menu and you chose Automate, where is Contact Sheet? Where is Picture Package, where is Web Gallery? Well, these features have moved over to the Bridge.
So I'm going to go ahead and choose Browse in Bridge in order to switch to this folder of completed images that I have created over the span of this series and I'm going to switch from the Essentials workspace to the Output workspace and we are going to see two different Output options. We can either output our images as a multi-page PDF document, that you can then print or email or what have you. Or you can output your images to a Web Gallery and most of the web galleries I should point out create Flash sites, so you are going to need Flash in order to view them. Just one, the final one here, creates an HTML site.
All right, I'm going to focus on the multi-page PDF option and here is how things work. You go ahead and select the images that you want to add to a page. Like I will just go ahead and select these four right here and then you click on Refresh Preview in order to see what those images are going to look like inside of your PDF document and a few moments later you will see a page preview. Now if you change your mind, if you want to see some other images, you just go ahead and click and Shift- click on those images, and click Refresh Preview again. So every time you make a modification, if you want to see the results of that modification, you have to click on this Refresh Preview button.
All right, I'm going to select all nine of my images right here and notice that you have a small variety of templates to choose from, such as 2x2 cells, 4 Wide, all of a sudden, 4x5 Contact Sheets? So we go from 4 images per page, to 20 images per page, which seems like a big jump. Well you can customize all of that stuff. You don't have to just select one of these templates. You can build your own custom document. So you can select a paper size here in the Document area, you can also specify a password if you want to, to open and print the document. You have also sorts of layout options including by the way Rotate For Best Fit, which is great if you have a combination of vertical and horizontal images as I do.
You might even choose to Repeat One Photo Per Page. Let's go ahead and take a look at that setting. We end up just seeing one image repeated over and over again. In our case it's going to be two images wide and two images tall rotated in the case of this first example, because it's a horizontal image. So we would be exporting a total of nine pages to this PDF document. We have the option of setting up filename overlays as are setup right now inside of this image. So you can switch to a different font but the great news is no longer are you limited to Arial and Times and Courier and that's it; now you can choose from any font in your system. So the fact that contact sheets have left Photoshop and arrived here inside the Bridge is actually a terrific thing, we have much more flexibility now and you can add watermarks on top of your images and so on and so on.
What I want to do is I want to change the number of images that fit on a page. So I'm going to change the number of Columns to 3, and the number of Rows to 3 and I'm not going to Repeat One Photo Per Page. I'm just going to export all of my images to a single page and now just to see what it looks like, I will go ahead and click on Refresh Preview once again. And a few moments later, you are going to see your final document here. Now bear in mind this is just the first page of the document. If it's a multi-page document, you are going to have to actually export it to see those other pages. Mine happens to be a single page document because I have nine images, 3x3, everything fits. But to create your final PDF document, you want to scroll all the way to the bottom of the list and go ahead and click on the Save button, specify a location and then view the file inside Acrobat. There you have it, the new Contact Sheet and Picture Package and Web Gallery features available to you here inside the Output workspace in Bridge 3.0.
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