Contact Sheet II

A common practice is to send several photos to a client for review. Earlier we explored a dynamic photo gallery; let's take a look at a more static option called a contact sheet. Traditionally, it has been a common practice to create a contact sheet from rolls of film. This is done so the photographer or client could select images for printing at full size. This step was done for both convenience and costsavings.

A video pro can harness the practice of contact sheets to save time and money. By pulling multiple images into a PDF document, you can quickly send several photos to a client via e-mail. Let's give it a try.

Step 1. Choose File>Automate>Contact Sheet II

Step 2. The Contact Sheet II dialog box opens and prompts you to specify which images to use. This can be done by choosing from the Use menu in the Source Images area:

• Current Open Documents. This uses all images that are currently open in Photoshop.

• Folder. Click the Choose button, then navigate to a folder containing images. You can choose to Include All Subfolders to use images within any subfolders. For this example, click Choose and select the folder called Contact Sheet in the Chapter 12 folder on the DVD-ROM.

• Selected Images From Bridge. If you've selected images in Bridge before invoking this command, Photoshop will use those for the contact sheet.

Step 3. In the Document area, specify the dimensions of the paper, a resolution, and a color mode for the contact sheet. For e-mail uses, enter a page size of 8 X 10 inches and a resolution of 150 ppi, and use the RGB color mode.

Step 4. Choose Flatten All Layers to put all images and text onto a single layer. This will reduce the overall size of the files. If you need the ability to edit photo captions, then leave this box unchecked.

Step 5. In the Thumbnails area, specify options for the thumbnail previews and document layout.

• Place—You can choose to arrange thumbnails across (from left to right, then top to bottom) or down (from top to bottom, then left to right).

• Enter the number of columns and rows you want for each contact sheet. When a page is full, Photoshop will automatically create new contact sheets. As you modify settings, a visual preview of the specified layout updates. For this, the folder contains 10 images, so choose 2 columns and 5 rows to maximize thumbnail size.

• Choose to Use Auto-Spacing so Photoshop will optimize the amount of space between each thumbnail.

• Deselect Rotate For Best Fit so the images appear properly oriented.

Step 6. Choose Use Filename As Caption to label each image with the source file name. This will allow the client to give better feedback.

Step 7. Click OK to run the action.

Step 8. Choose Layer>Flatten Image to merge all layers.

Step 9. When the file is done. . . Choose Save As and choose to save the file as a Photoshop PDF file for maximum compatibility and easy e-mail use.

A Little Space Is Needed it—| For best results, keep a I * 1 minimum of 1/8 inch between the images in your scan. If the Crop And Straighten Photos command fails (which is very rare) then manually crop the images with the Crop tool.

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