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Library: Creative Design

 

Command InDesign and Bridge to work together for timesaving results

Added on Monday 15th of February 2010 04:39 am EST

 

As you probably know, you can use contact sheets for a variety of reasons. The contact sheet shown in FIGURE A is one example in the literal sense. What you may not know is that you can also use the Contact Sheet command in Bridge to uniformly place a number of images in an InDesign layout. We’ll show you how to use this feature as a starting point for creating a contact sheet template.



NOTE: You can download our sample image files from the URL Listed at the beginning of this article to use with this tutorial. (Images provided by PhotoSpin. Some images modified for educational purposes.)


On your mark, get set
As always, your first step in creating any layout is preparing your image files. It isn’t necessary for you to size the images because the Contact Sheet command can do that for you. And you don’t really need to convert your images to CMYK for offset printing because InDesign can do that. You do, however, need to check the size and filename of your images.

Size up your images
Primarily, you want to make sure your resolution-dependent files can sustain resizing without losing image quality. This is especially important when using the Contact Sheet command because InDesign scales the images based on your settings.
For example, our sample images are all about 8 x 12-inches and 72 ppi. If InDesign scales them to half their size, we’ll get 4 x 6-inch images at 150 ppi— great for desktop printing. If InDesign scales them down to a quarter of their size, we’ll get 2 x 3-inch image...