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1.7: Making Contact Sheets in Adobe Bridge

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    With your images in Bridge, you can now make a contact sheet, a document that shows all the images captured for a particular project. Contact sheets show your photographic process: how many pictures were taken, how you approached the subject, and the images you did not select for printing. They allow your instructor to learn more about your work as a photographer.

    contact sheet of black and white abstract images
    Figure \(\PageIndex{11}\): Contact Sheet Example (Copyright; Jessica Labatte)

    Image Description: Contact sheet of different black and white abstract images, arranged four across and six down.

    1. Open Adobe Bridge and navigate to the folder that contains the images for the assignment.
    1. Select all images in the folder (Command + A). Selected images will be highlighted with blue squares. On the right side, you will see the number of images selected.
    1. In the menu bar, go to Tools > Photoshop > Contact Sheet II.
    1. Photoshop will open a Contact Sheet II menu box. Select the following settings:
    • Source Images
      • Use: Bridge, with the number of photo files selected.
    • Document
      • Units: inches
      • Width: 8.5
      • Height: 11
      • Resolution: 300 pixels/inch
      • Color Profile: Adobe RGB 1998
      • Flatten All Layers: checked
      • Mode: RGB Color
      • Bit Depth: 8-bit
    • Thumbnails
      • Place: across first
      • Columns: 5
      • Rows: 6
      • Rotate for Best Fit: checked
      • Use Auto-Spacing: checked
    • Use Filename as Caption
      • Checked. This allows your file name to be selected underneath the image thumbnail.
      • Font: Lucida Grande is the default; regular, 8 pt.
    1. Then click OK. This will start the Photoshop automated process. It will open, resize, and place your images in the document. When an 8.5 x 11-inch document has 30 images, a new document will be opened until all the images are placed.
    2. When all of your contact sheets have been created, save the files to your assignment folder. In the menu bar, go to File > Save As.
    3. Then, in the Save As menu box, rename the file adding your last name: Smith_ContactSheet_AssignmentName.
    • Select the folder you created for the class.
    • Select the folder for the assignment.
    • Format: JPEG
    • Click Save.
    1. Saving the file as a JPEG will prompt a menu for JPEG options. Choose Quality 8 and then click OK.
    1. Upload this file to the appropriate OneDrive folder when you turn in your assignment.

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