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Hour 18. Special Effects and Useful Tric... > Contact Sheets and Picture Packages

Contact Sheets and Picture Packages

In this automated world, it's only fair that Photoshop should provide ways to automate some of the more noncreative tasks that we must occasionally do. Two of my favorites are contact sheets and picture packages.

Contact Sheets

If you come from a background of darkroom photography, as I do, you're already used to making contact sheets of every roll of film you process. When you download images from a digital camera, you might use a transfer program that displays your photos as slides in a sorter, or you might simply copy them from card to hard drive. If you follow the latter course, you don't know what you have until you open each picture in Photoshop and look it at. That takes time. Suppose that you could simply scan thumbnails of your pictures, and choose the ones you wanted to use without deciphering the cryptic numbers from the camera or having to open each picture separately. Much easier? You bet.


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