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Multiple Image Printing in Photoshop CS4

One real annoyance with Photoshop CS4 is that Print Package and Contact Sheet printing is missing. These options appeared in earlier versions of Photoshop but they aren’t installed automatically in Photoshop CS4.

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You might be excused for thinking this means you can’t print multiple photos per page in Photoshop CS4. Nothing could be further from the truth. The secret is to find the missing features on your program disk or, quicker still, download them from the web.

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Here are links to the files you need for the Mac and the PC:

Download and run the files. If you’re on a PC the download zip file contains an executable file you simply run and it places the files you need in a folder on your desktop.

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Open the desktop folder, open the appropriate English, French or Spanish folder, choose Goodies > Optional Plug-ins. Then choose the plug-ins appropriate to your version of Windows. In the folder are the Contact Sheet, Web Contact Sheet and PhotoMerge plug-ins. You need the Contact Sheet plug in as it provides both the Picture Package and Contact Sheet features.

Copy the ContactSheetII.8LI file to your C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS4\Plug-ins\Automate folder.

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You will also need to copy the Goodies> Presets > Layouts folder and place it in your C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS4\Presets folder – just drag and drop the entire Layouts folder into the Presets folder.

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Restart Photoshop, open a file and choose File > Automate > Picture Package.

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When you launch the Picture Package choose either the Foremost Document, Folder or File from the Use menu as the image(s) to start with.

Select the page size to use and then the layout arrangement. You can, for example, print four 4 x 5 images or a combination of 4 x 5 and 2 x 2.5” – there are plenty of options to choose from.

If you enable the Flatten All Layers checkbox you will end up with all images on a single layer rather than each image appearing on its own layer.

Set the printing Resolution and add Labels to your images if desired and click Ok.

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To customize a layout, click Edit Layout and you can click and drag to resize any of the images in the layout.

To add an additional image click Add Zone and then size it.

If the ratio of your selected image’s height and width are different to the ratio of the zone the image is placed in, the image will be scaled to fit one dimension – it will not be cropped – but it will print slightly smaller in the other dimension.

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What isn’t at all obvious is how to print multiple images at various sizes in the Picture Package.

To do this, click on an image in the Picture Package and a File dialog will open. Select the image to print at this location in the Picture Package.

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Continue and select different images for every one of the layout boxes if desired.

When you are done, click Ok.

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Photoshop creates an image the size that you specified with all the images that you selected sized and positioned in the layout. Depending on whether you had Flatten All Layers enabled or not, each image will be on a separate layer or your image will have one layer full of images.

You can now save or print this image.

Print Package is a feature of Photoshop that really should have been included in a regular install of Photoshop CS4. It shouldn’t be as difficult as it is to find and install.

The good news, however, is that once you’ve gone to the trouble of installing it, it will be there every time you need it and also, by adding this feature you’ve also reinstated the Contact Sheet option.

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Helen Bradley is a Lifestyle journalist who divides her time between the real and digital worlds, picking the best from both. She writes and produces video instruction for Photoshop and digital photography for magazines and online providers world wide. She has also written four books on photo crafts and blogs at Projectwoman.com.

  • http://shannonhuntphotography.com/blog/ Shannon

    Pretty cool. I can’t wait till CS5 comes out though.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/45551630@N02/ Carl

    You can also do a contact it in Bridge in the OUTPUT. Ctrl+F4. It ends up on a .pdf.

  • Marie Glynn

    Thanks, as usual. I just LOVE your posts: thorough yet plainly stated.

  • http://kountrykreations.blogspot.com Darla

    Since I’m still teaching myself PSC4, is there an advantage or disadvantage to:

    “If you enable the Flatten All Layers checkbox you will end up with all images on a single layer rather than each image appearing on its own layer.”

    Thanks!
    Darla

  • http://www.photographytipsntricks.com James

    Thanks, Really great post & Very useful.

  • http://thomaskrueger.eu Thomas

    Instead of printing with Photoshop I prefer Qimage from http://www.ddisoftware.com/qimage

  • Sam

    May I ask how did you do to put several images in the “before” part on the top first picture?

  • amanda

    I am still very confused as i have never downloaded plug-ins before… i got the folder open and copied the contact sheet file. But where to put it is where im confused, if you could email me explaining this to me a little that would be greatly appreciated.

    thanks

    amanda

  • Dave

    Helen:
    Just wanted to say thank you for taking on Adobe’s responsibility or should I say irresponsibility in removing Picture Package and then not explaining how to install the plug-in. Your article was spot on. This was not the first time Adobe has regressed in software releases. I was contracted to convert static forms for the gov. I was working in AA 5. In order to set the tab stops on the form in 5 it require a few seconds. When they released AA 6 I had to develop Java script to change the settings. Although PS rocks, my personal experience with Adobe has not always been favorable.

  • Alice

    Thanks so much, wanted to use this feature for “art” or hum, “craft” projects and this page explained it all so easily, and now I can use my CS4 PS with great confidence! :)

  • Tan

    After sleepless nites trying to figure out how to use the new CS5, you became a miracle in my sites. Your ease of explination and implementation of what I feel was a necessary part of the program calmed my migrane and works flawlessly. Thnk you so much.

  • Amy

    Thanks for this. Unfortunately Adobe buggered up again by causing the program to crash when I try to save a new layout, and it doesn’t save so I can’t use custom layouts. Very irritating. If you know a way around this, let me know!

  • http://www.perryreid.com Phil Perry

    I followed your instructions for inserting the Photoshop Contact Sheet and Picture Package for CS4 to my MAC. When I open automate and select Picture Package I get this note “Cannot find any layout files in Presets:Layouts”. The layouts are exactly where they need to be but Photoshop isn’t finding them. Can you provide a course of action?

  • http://www.alexanderjb.tk Hydrox24

    This is really helpful for me and I am downloading the script right now, thanks so much!

  • Alfred

    You are an absolute lifesaver! I just can’t believe PS CS4 didn’t ship with Picture Package installed! I would have been completely lost without your brilliantly clear, step by step instructions. Wow! Thank you!!!

  • http://karenmillerphoto.com Karen Miller

    “Print Package is a feature of Photoshop that really should have been included in a regular install of Photoshop CS4. It shouldn’t be as difficult as it is to find and install.”

    AGREED!!
    It was one of my most used features
    Unfortunately though, after following your instructions I do see the plug ins in my Goodies file (Mac user) but still get the same error message when I try to open Picture Package
    “Cannot find any lay out files in Presets:Layouts”

    can you -anyone help?!
    Thank you

  • Ruth O’Callaghan

    Hi There,

    Thank you so much for your instructions they really are quite clear and perfect. I do have a query though. I tend to have a lot of small images to print out eg. 4 images on a 6×4 inch print and usually create one directory to print them from, but how can I automate picture package to simply select each 4 images in batches repeatedly at a time to do this? Is there a script somewhere or can a batch that can be made to speed the process up? I don’t want to have to navigate to the directory each time for each individual image. I have found a gimp program with a script but I really want to so this all in photoshop. Any help on this would really be great as I am at my wits end trying to figure this out!!

  • Raj

    Nice tutorial…

Some older comments

  • Ruth O'Callaghan

    November 4, 2011 10:18 am

    Hi There,

    Thank you so much for your instructions they really are quite clear and perfect. I do have a query though. I tend to have a lot of small images to print out eg. 4 images on a 6x4 inch print and usually create one directory to print them from, but how can I automate picture package to simply select each 4 images in batches repeatedly at a time to do this? Is there a script somewhere or can a batch that can be made to speed the process up? I don't want to have to navigate to the directory each time for each individual image. I have found a gimp program with a script but I really want to so this all in photoshop. Any help on this would really be great as I am at my wits end trying to figure this out!!

  • Karen Miller

    October 30, 2011 02:58 pm

    "Print Package is a feature of Photoshop that really should have been included in a regular install of Photoshop CS4. It shouldn’t be as difficult as it is to find and install."

    AGREED!!
    It was one of my most used features
    Unfortunately though, after following your instructions I do see the plug ins in my Goodies file (Mac user) but still get the same error message when I try to open Picture Package
    "Cannot find any lay out files in Presets:Layouts"

    can you -anyone help?!
    Thank you

  • Alfred

    April 14, 2011 11:25 pm

    You are an absolute lifesaver! I just can't believe PS CS4 didn't ship with Picture Package installed! I would have been completely lost without your brilliantly clear, step by step instructions. Wow! Thank you!!!

  • Hydrox24

    March 20, 2011 08:31 pm

    This is really helpful for me and I am downloading the script right now, thanks so much!

  • Phil Perry

    March 9, 2011 02:32 am

    I followed your instructions for inserting the Photoshop Contact Sheet and Picture Package for CS4 to my MAC. When I open automate and select Picture Package I get this note "Cannot find any layout files in Presets:Layouts". The layouts are exactly where they need to be but Photoshop isn't finding them. Can you provide a course of action?

  • Amy

    February 25, 2011 10:41 am

    Thanks for this. Unfortunately Adobe buggered up again by causing the program to crash when I try to save a new layout, and it doesn't save so I can't use custom layouts. Very irritating. If you know a way around this, let me know!

  • Tan

    December 13, 2010 07:07 am

    After sleepless nites trying to figure out how to use the new CS5, you became a miracle in my sites. Your ease of explination and implementation of what I feel was a necessary part of the program calmed my migrane and works flawlessly. Thnk you so much.

  • Alice

    December 11, 2010 08:29 am

    Thanks so much, wanted to use this feature for "art" or hum, "craft" projects and this page explained it all so easily, and now I can use my CS4 PS with great confidence! :)

  • Dave

    November 7, 2010 10:12 pm

    Helen:
    Just wanted to say thank you for taking on Adobe's responsibility or should I say irresponsibility in removing Picture Package and then not explaining how to install the plug-in. Your article was spot on. This was not the first time Adobe has regressed in software releases. I was contracted to convert static forms for the gov. I was working in AA 5. In order to set the tab stops on the form in 5 it require a few seconds. When they released AA 6 I had to develop Java script to change the settings. Although PS rocks, my personal experience with Adobe has not always been favorable.

  • amanda

    July 28, 2010 03:58 am

    I am still very confused as i have never downloaded plug-ins before... i got the folder open and copied the contact sheet file. But where to put it is where im confused, if you could email me explaining this to me a little that would be greatly appreciated.

    thanks

    amanda

  • Sam

    July 28, 2010 01:29 am

    May I ask how did you do to put several images in the "before" part on the top first picture?

  • Thomas

    May 11, 2010 03:11 am

    Instead of printing with Photoshop I prefer Qimage from www.ddisoftware.com/qimage

  • James

    April 10, 2010 09:54 pm

    Thanks, Really great post & Very useful.

  • Darla

    April 9, 2010 03:43 am

    Since I'm still teaching myself PSC4, is there an advantage or disadvantage to:

    "If you enable the Flatten All Layers checkbox you will end up with all images on a single layer rather than each image appearing on its own layer."

    Thanks!
    Darla

  • Marie Glynn

    April 7, 2010 06:25 am

    Thanks, as usual. I just LOVE your posts: thorough yet plainly stated.

  • Carl

    April 7, 2010 05:01 am

    You can also do a contact it in Bridge in the OUTPUT. Ctrl+F4. It ends up on a .pdf.

  • Shannon

    April 7, 2010 03:43 am

    Pretty cool. I can't wait till CS5 comes out though.

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