Create A Contact Sheet In Photoshop

It’s Photoshop Wednesday and today I’m going to show you this really quick but powerful (at least in my eyes!) trick I just recently learned about in Photoshop: How to create a contact sheet.

Being a digital scrapbooker we often find ourselves frustrated by the lack of organization from not visually being to see our kits like we can with paper scrapbooking. Being a Mac user I organize all of my kits in iPhoto but that’s another day, another tutorial. 😉 Even though iPhoto keeps all of my kits organized and I can tag items or put them into folders I still need to be able to feel the papers in my hand. I don’t know how to explain it. The other day I was looking for some other automation scripts and came across the option to create contact sheets. Yes! I can’t tell you how this tool has given me both worlds.

I’m using Photoshop CC. EDITED TO ADD:  If you’re a Photoshop Elements user check out the Adobe page on how to create this in PSE.

  • With Photoshop open, go to File > Automate > Contact Sheet II

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  • You’ll choose your options in the next screen.

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Under Source Images: choose the folder or files you want to grab the images from.

Under Document: choose the size of the paper. I’m printing mine out on regular 8.5 x 11 so I can stick them in a binder to be able to flip through it.

Under Thumbnails: choose how many images are going to be spread out over how many columns and rows. You can also choose for Photoshop to auto space but you could also decide that you don’t want the images to be bunched up together.

Under Use Filename as Caption: check this box if you want Photoshop to notate the file name under each image.

Your end result will look like this:

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All you have to do is save this and either file away or print and you’re done. I have created contact sheets to keep track of my journal cards, brushes, and cutting files. A digital (and hybrid) girl’s dream come true! So get organized today and start using your supplies!


This blog post was written by Jeryn Carlisi. Leave her a comment or take a moment to like and/or share on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. She’ll enjoy it as much as you enjoyed her blog post. 🙂
  • February 12, 2014 - 8:06 pm

    Sarah - Awesome tip – thank you!!ReplyCancel

  • February 13, 2014 - 1:16 am

    Monique - Wow that is an awesome tip. Didn’t know this was possible. Cool! Thanks for sharing 😀ReplyCancel

  • February 14, 2014 - 10:47 am

    Amber - My mind has just been blown.. Nicely done, J! xoxoReplyCancel

  • February 15, 2014 - 9:20 am

    Leslie Shelton Price - I love your products and so appreciate this contact sheet tip. Checking PSE now to see if I can do this. I use Picasa to see what digi goodies I have, but have missed the contact sheets that use to accompany all digi kits (the good ole’ beginning days of digi). Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • February 16, 2014 - 2:48 pm

      Jeryn Carlisi - So it seems as though it works a bit differently in PSE. Check THIS out.ReplyCancel

  • May 21, 2014 - 6:20 pm

    Tools to Create Photo Collages for 4×6 Printing » Deena Rutter - […] that Photoshop tutorial where I showed you how to create a contact sheet so you could organize and finally SEE your digital kits? You’re going to use the same […]ReplyCancel

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