Toolbox 2: Contact Sheets

In this semester, we are going to be making contact sheets for many assignments. You will need to know how to do this. There are a couple of guides you will find helpful.

To be successful with contact sheets, make sure that all the photos you want to have on a sheet are in a folder on your One Drive.

Then, follow these steps:

    • (Photoshop) Choose File > Automate > Contact Sheet II.
  1. In the Contact Sheet II dialog box, specify the images to include by choosing an option from the Use menu.

  2. In the Document area, specify the dimensions and color data for the contact sheet. Select Flatten All Layers to create a contact sheet with all images and text on a single layer. Deselect Flatten All Layers to create a contact sheet in which each image is on a separate layer and each caption is on a separate text layer.

  3. In the Thumbnails area, specify layout options for the thumbnail previews.

    • For Place, choose whether to arrange thumbnails across first (from left to right, then top to bottom) or down first (from top to bottom, then left to right).
    • Enter the number of columns and rows that you want per contact sheet.
    • Select Use Auto-Spacing to let Photoshop automatically space the thumbnails in the contact sheet. If you deselect Use Auto-Spacing, you can specify the vertical and horizontal space around the thumbnails.
    • Select Rotate For Best Fit to rotate the images, regardless of their orientation, so they fit efficiently on a contact sheet.
  4. Select Use Filename As Caption to label the thumbnails using their source image filenames. Use the menu to specify a caption font and font size.

  5. Click OK.