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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 addition to being able to create a simple contact sheet like we did in the previous lesson, Bridge allows you to create a multi-page PDF document that you can print as a contact sheet or send to any client. In order to do this, we'll need to switch to the Output workspace in Bridge. You'll want to click where it says Output, or if that's not visible, use the Triangle to access the dropdown menu and then choose Output. In the Output workspace, you have the option of creating a PDF or a Web Gallery.
We'll create a PDF first. We can choose from a variety of different templates or we can modify and then make our own. Let's start with this 2x2 cells. In order to see what we're doing, we're going to need to refresh the Preview. But before I click Refresh Preview, I also want to make sure that all of my images are selected. So I'll use Cmd+ or Ctrl+A to Select All and then choose Refresh Preview. This will allow Bridge to generate the PDF so that we can see how our images are going to be displayed.
Let's take a look at some of the document settings. You can see that the Page Preset is set to International Paper. I'm going to change that to U.S. Paper for now, and I'll change the Size to 8x10. There are different options for Quality. I can keep it set at a High quality, or if I'm printing a contact sheet and I don't need as high of a quality or I'm sending this over e-mail, I might want to lower the resolution down. I also have a Quality setting. I could set this up to 100% for the best quality, but it's going to give me a larger file.
I'll leave it down to 70 for now. We can also change our Background Color if we want. We can select from the presets or click in the Color Swatch and choose whatever color we want. We can even set a Password to open the file and a Password for other permissions. This might come in handy if, for example, you're photographing prototypes for a client and you wanted to make sure that no one else was able to open this PDF. All right! Let's close the Document Settings and look at Layout. Right now, it's set to 2 Columns and 2 Rows.
Let's change that so that there are 3 Rows. You'll notice that when I make these changes, the preview isn't updating automatically. I would need to click Refresh Preview in order for that to happen. If you wanted to print a single image multiple times on a page, then you would check the option to Repeat One Photo per Page. I'm going to leave that off for right now. You could also use the option to Rotate for Best Fit, so that if I had some horizontal images and some vertical images, Bridge would automatically rotate them in the PDF so that the thumbnail was as large as it could be.
All right! In the Overlay area, you'll notice that I've got the Filename and the Extension turned on, and we can see that right here in the preview. If I turn off the Extension, then it would leave that off, and of course, I can change all sorts of options for the Font, Size, and Color. I can even add a Page Number. When I do add a Page Number, I can choose to place this on the Header or the Footer. I'll choose the Footer right now and then Bridge will ask me if I want to enable the Footer section. We haven't gotten there yet. It's further down in the list of options.
But for now, I'll click Yes. Again, there are a variety of different options that we can customize for the type for that Footer. For now, I'll leave them as they are and we'll move down to the Header. If I wanted to add a Header, I just need to enable it and then I can type in the text. So for example, I might type in Window Seat, so that I know that this is part of the WindowSeat project. I'm also going to add a Divider. Now I want to refresh the Preview to see what that'll look like. You can see we've got a divider at the top and there's my text for Window Seat.
In addition down in the footer, there's my page number. All right! Let's close the Header and Footer and look at the Playback. Because we're creating a PDF document, I have the option to make this an interactive PDF. I can open it in Full Screen mode, I can automatically advance to the next page if I was creating the slideshow, and I can even loop the PDF file. If however, the reviewer wants to advance the images at their own pace, then we then we would leave all of these off. Finally, I can add a Watermark to my images by enabling it and then choosing where to place it and inserting either Text or a Graphic.
If I want to insert Text, I might just insert the Copyright Symbol and then 2012, Julieanne Kost. If we want to preview the PDF after we save it, we can check that on, and then to create the PDF, click the Save option. We can Save this as WindowSeat and then choose to save it to the Desktop. When I click Save, Bridge will render out that PDF contact sheet, all of the pages it needs, and then it will automatically open that in your PDF reader of choice.
If you don't have the Acrobat Reader, you can always download that from Adobe.com. If you spend a lot of time customizing all of these settings, you'll want to click the Save button here in order to save this template. For now, I'll call this 2x3 150ppi, and then click Create. Now you can see that it appears under my list of templates, so the next time that I want to output the same PDF, I can do so very quickly. As you can see, the Output module can quickly create you a multi-page contact sheet or even a single-image-per-page document that's easy to send a client and enables them to look at your work quickly using Acrobat Reader.
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