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Photoshop is the world’s most powerful image editor, and it’s arguably the most complex, as well. Fortunately, nobody knows the program like award-winning book and video author Deke McClelland. Join Deke as he explores such indispensable Photoshop features as resolution, cropping, color correction, retouching, and layers. Gain expertise with real-world projects that make sense. Exercise files accompany the course.
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All right gang, we have established all of our Contact sheet settings, we've gone ahead and saved out a template. We have our images selected, we are all ready to go ahead and generate that PDF Contact sheet, and you do that by clicking on the Save button down here the bottom of the Output panel. But when I advise you to do, even if you are just absolutely sure you've got everything set up exactly the way you wanted. Click on Refresh Preview one more time because if you end up clicking off the images or do something like that, if you end up making any change you can mess things up. So you might as well just confirm that you have what you really want, then click on the Save button and you will be invited to save that PDF file.
Now I've gone ahead and navigated in advance of the Contact sheet subfolder inside of my 11_printing folder. If you want to go there as well then the easiest thing to do here on a PC because it's kind of hard to get to the Desktop, is to click on this sort of circumflex icon right there, and then choose your Desktop. If indeed your exercise_files folder is located on your Desktop as it is in my case, so click on Desktop and then you would navigate down to exercise_files, double-click on it, find your 11_ printing folder, double-click on it, go to Contact sheet which is currently empty in my case but we'll have a file in it in just a moment and I'm going to call this guy Jason Stitt 2x3, like so, and I could enter .pdf if I wanted to.
However that is something that if I neglect to do it, the Bridge will do it for me. So click on Save, and we're generating the PDF document, and because I have View PDF After Save selected I go ahead and view the PDF file here inside of Adobe Acrobat Pro in my case, now you may not have Adobe Acrobat Pro. That's perfectly okay. You might open in Preview on the Mac or something along those lines. My vote for the best solution where PDF files are concerned is the free Adobe Reader.
And what you do is you go to adobe.com. You look for Adobe Reader, there's going to be a button at some place on the site that's going to take you to it and you download it for your specific platform. It's a very fast download. It's not a big program it, doesn't cost anything and then you'll have it forevermore. And you can see just how absolutely gorgeous this Contact sheet is, not just because of these wonderful images from Jason Stitt they are so good looking, but also because the Bridge has done such an awesome job.
So even though I consider this feature to be a royal pain in the neck from an ease-of-use vantage point, it does generate great results. But you know what? Now I look at this and I think, um, not so much. I don't know if I want this second page with just two images on it and that's all. Since it's two pages and I've got eight images might as well fill up those pages. So let's go ahead and close out and switch out our layout. The only change is I'm going to switch to two rows let's say. And then I'm going to click on Refresh Preview. So here I am inside the layout area, very important, switch to two rows, click Refresh Preview, wait for it to happen.
Looks awesome, in fact I have to say it looks better than it did before. Go ahead and save out a template. I really recommend you do that every time you like what you see and I will call this guy 2 x 2 letter this time, and I believe last time I had spaces between my numbers in my x. I'm a stickler for convention, so I'll go and click on Create, and let's see if I've got matching template names, I do. That's so very important to me. By now you must understand that I'm completely fastidious, and I'm now ready to click Save. So I will save at yet another version of this template and I will go ahead and call this Jason Stitt 2x2, there goes my convention.
Now my 2 and my x are right up against each other. That's fine though, these are file names. That's a template. It's all working for me, click on save, and now I will generate the PDF file and presumably it's going to open on up again in Adobe Acrobat Pro and presumably it's going to make me go, huh, this looks so great. I will go ahead and zoom out just a little bit by clicking on this little Minus sign right there, and uh, I just love these images. My gosh, especially inside the Contact sheet they look so awesome. Here's the second page looking good, so handsome, so beautiful, so cheerful, everything is looking exactly the way I wanted.
In the next exercise I am going to show you how to create a Web Gallery, join me, won't you?
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