If you have wanted to create sheets that show sets of images in your folders or series, in order to print them like the “contact sheets” from analog times, this is fairly easy to do. Reasons for doing so might be that you want to keep a printed visual record of what’s in your project folders or project collections, or you might want to document possible sequences for presentations or for photo books, to name just some reasons for using this process.
Here’s an example that goes through six easy steps. You need to have both Bridge and Photoshop running on your computer. I am currently using Bridge CC 2017 and Photoshop CC 2017 on the PC, but this works similarly on the Mac and with older versions of the two programs as well.
Step 1: Open Bridge and open the folder that contains the files that you want to print on a sheet, in the right order. Here I am using a folder with twelve “Bodyscapes” files of mine as an example.
Step 2: From the menu, select Tools > Photoshop > Contact Sheet II.
Step 3: The “Contact Sheet II” window will be activated in Photoshop automatically:
Step 4: Select the size you want the pages to be. For instance, I usually use 8×10” for printing properly on 8.5×11” sheets.
Step 5: Select the number of columns and rows you want – 4×4 is a good place to start. Do not use filenames as captions unless you want them to be appearing.
Step 6: Hit the “OK” button, and BINGO! The contact sheets will appear in Photoshop as if by magic, in sequence, and can then be saved and/or printed.
And there’s my contact sheet for this folder!