In December, Art Licensing Agent Suzanne Cruise was the expert of the month for the Art Licensing Info Monthly Ask Call Series.  (The hour long audio is available for free – CLICK HERE to get your copy.)

One thing she mentioned was that her team uses the “Contact Sheet” function in Photoshop™ to create presentations for manufacturers. This got my attention because anything that can make my work go faster so I have more time to create is something I want to know about!  I promised to figure it out and put it on the blog so here we go…

Contact Sheet II is an automation script (I think it’s a script – I’m calling it one anyway!) that allows you to sit back and watch Photoshop™ grab and organize groups of images for you.  It is ideal if you work in a consistent size and orientation, requires a little human tweaking if your image sizes vary.

Contact Sheet II comes in Photoshop CS3 (and earlier versions, I think) but you need to download and install the plug-in if you are working in CS4.  Here are the links for CS4: – for windows -Mac

These plug-ins have more than just Contact Sheet II.  Here is what it includes (text from the linked web pages):

There are some plug-ins and presets that have been removed in Photoshop CS4. If you wish to use these plug-ins and presets still you can find them in your Goodies folder on your DVD install disc. 

This download includes plug-ins for Photoshop CS4 English, Spanish and French versions.

The following plug-ins and associated files are included in this package:

• Bigger Tiles
• Picture Package (ContactSheetII)
• ExtractPlus
• PatternMaker
• PhotomergeUI
• Web Photo Gallery (WebContactSheetII) plus presets
• Textures for Texturizer
• script for Layer Comps to Web Photo Gallery

Here is a video tutorial of how “Contact Sheet II” works, some examples and some pluses and minuses.  I for one plan to start using this more in my business, hopefully it will be helpful for you as well!

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Here’s to your creative success!

– Tara

P.S.  Thank you to all the artists who emailed me with help in finding this feature! You are awesome!

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