Layouts

Understanding a Picture Package

With all the choices available for creating different variations of your images, you might get the idea that keeping track of all these choices is time-consuming or difficult. Not so; to facilitate the task, Photoshop lets you generate several types of multiple-image layouts. Multiple-image layouts are useful when you need to gather one or more Photoshop images in a variety of sizes for a variety of uses. For example, if you create an advertisement, you might want to have multiple image layouts for printing in different publications. Can you imagine what would be involved to create this type of arrangement of images manually? For each duplicate image, you'd have to create a layer, resize it, then position it correctly on the page. A lot of work! You can generate a single layout, known as a picture package, which contains multiple sizes of a single image, as shown in Figure 34. The picture package option lets you choose from 20 possible layouts of the same image, and then places them in a single file.

Creating a Web Photo Gallery

You can display your image files on a Web site by creating a Web Photo Gallery. A Web Photo Gallery contains a thumbnail index page of all files you choose. To create a Web Photo Gallery, click File on the menu bar, point to Automate, then click Web Photo Gallery. You can choose which folders to include in the gallery by clicking the Browse button (Win) or Choose button (Mac), choose selective files using the Bridge (Win) or Selected Images from Bridge (Mac), and choose the gallery location by clicking the Destination button. Before you click OK to generate the Web Photo Gallery, you can customize the look of your Web Photo Gallery using the options in the Styles and Options lists.

Assembling a Contact Sheet

Previewing and cataloging several related images could be a time-consuming and difficult chore, but Photoshop makes it easy.

It allows you to assemble a maximum of 30 thumbnail images in a specific folder, called a contact sheet, as shown in Figure 35. If the folder used to compile the contact sheet contains more than 30 files, Photoshop automatically creates new sheets so that all the images appear.

FIGURE 34

Sample picture package

FIGURE 35

Sample contact sheet

FIGURE 34

Sample picture package

FIGURE 35

Sample contact sheet

Create a picture package

FIGURE 36

Picture Package dialog box

Click File on the menu bar, point to Automate, then click Picture Package.

The Picture Package dialog box opens.

TIP You can use the Browse button (Win) or Choose button (Mac) to select the image you want to package.

Verify that Frontmost Document appears in the Use text box, click the Layout list arrow, click (1) 5 x 7 (2) 2.5 x 3.5 (4) 2 x 2.5, then compare your picture package dialog box to Figure 36.

Click OK.

TIP Photoshop creates a temporary storage file (called Market Fresh copy) while it creates the picture package, then deletes the file when it is complete.

Save the picture package in the location where your Chapter 9 Data Files are stored, use the default name (Picture Package.psd), then close the file.

Save your work, then close Market Fresh.psd. You selected the Picture Package option from the Automate command on the File menu, selected a layout for a picture package, then created a picture package using the Market Fresh image.

Frontmost Document is pictured by default

FIGURE 36

Picture Package dialog box

Frontmost Document is pictured by default

3 page sizes are available

16 page layouts are available

Customizing a Picture Package

With so many options available in Picture Package, you might think it would be impossible to customize any further. Well, you'd be wrong. You can adjust the amount of space between images, and even overlap images. If you click the Edit Layout button in the Picture Package dialog box, the Picture Package Edit Layout dialog box opens. See Figure 37. This dialog box lets you add a grid, make more page size changes, and create image zones.

3 page sizes are available

16 page layouts are available

FIGURE 37

Picture Package Edit Layout dialog box

FIGURE 37

Picture Package Edit Layout dialog box

Create a contact sheet

FIGURE 38

Contact Sheet II dialog box

Images are located • by source folder

The placement of images in columns and rows is defined by user

FIGURE 38

Contact Sheet II dialog box

Images are located • by source folder

The placement of images in columns and rows is defined by user

Use of filename as caption makes images easier to retrieve

1. Create a folder on your computer that contains copies of at least three Photoshop images you have created, then name the folder Contact Sample.

TIP See your instructor if you require assistance. If you do not have three images available, use any three of the Data Files for this or any other chapter.

2. Click File on the menu bar, point to Automate, click Contact Sheet II, then compare your dialog box to Figure 38.

3. Click Browse (Win) or Choose (Mac), navigate to the Contact Sample folder, click OK (Win) or Choose (Mac), then click OK to close the Contact Sheet II dialog box. Photoshop opens the files and places them in a new file called ContactSheet-001.psd.

I TIP Photoshop automatically numbers additional contact sheets consecutively.

4. Save ContactSheet-001.psd where your Contact Sample folder is stored, use the default name (ContactSheet-001.psd), then close the file and exit Photoshop.

You created a folder and placed images in it, selected the Contact Sheet II option from the Automate command on the File menu, and then created a contact sheet of the images in the folder you created.

Automating Photoshop

Photoshop offers several options for automating the process of creating professional-looking contact sheets. In addition to creating picture packages and contact sheets, you can also use the Automate command (on the File menu) to crop and straighten crooked images, change color modes conditionally, fit an image to a specified size (without distorting the image), and merge multiple images to create panoramas.

SKILLS REFERENCE

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Clone Stamp Tool

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Create a snapshot

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Duplicate selection and

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[shift] (Mac), then press

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Key: Menu items are indicated by > between the menu name and its command. Blue bold letters are shortcuts for selecting tools on the toolbox.

CHAPTER SUMMARY

The Channels palette, which is located behind the Layers palette, stores the color information about the file. The Channels palette is also used to create and store information about layer masks. Pixels can be isolated by creating a mask, or by using the Extract feature. The Extract feature has its own set of tools and lets you paint around an area that you want on its own layer. There are a variety of eraser tools. The Eraser Tool, for example, deletes pixels it comes in contact with, while the Magic Eraser Tool deletes similarly colored pixels, and the Background Eraser Tool deletes a particular color that falls within the crosshairs of its brush tip. The Clone Stamp Tool does not delete pixels, but makes it easy to move pixels from one area to another.

You can create a snapshot of your image, which lets you return to previous state of the image's appearance with a single mouse click. This is a useful feature that allows you to see what your image looked like at specific phase. You can create arrangements of images. The Picture Package lets you create arrangements of a single image, and the Contact Sheet lets you create an image of up to 30 thumbnails of individual images.

What You Have Learned:

• How to use the Channels palette

• How to create an alpha channel

• How to isolate an object using the Extract feature

• How to delete pixels using eraser tools

• How to repair an image with the Clone Stamp Tool

• How to make selections using the Magic Wand Tool

• How to create and use a snapshot

• How to create a picture package

• How to assemble a contact sheet

Key Terms

Alpha channel Used to add specific color information by creating and storing masks.

Contact sheet A document that contains a maximum of 30 thumbnails of images in a specific folder.

Default channels The color channels that are automatically contained in an image.

Extract feature Used to isolate a foreground object from its background.

Magic Wand Tool Lets you choose pixels that are similar to the ones where you first click in an image.

Picture package A layout of multiple sizes of a single image.

Snapshot A temporary copy of your image that contains the history states made up to that point.

Spot channel Contains information about special premixed inks used in CYMK color printing.

Tolerance The measurement of how close a pixel color must be to another color.

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