28 Replies Latest reply: Jan 18, 2015 1:06 AM by johanh6255355 RSS

    PICTURE PACKAGE

    bcares1 Community Member

      Is there a third party plug-in to replace Picture Package in CS6? Why would Adobe do away with a very popular and necessary part of PS?

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          janelle_f Adobe Employee

          Have you tried Contact Sheet II?

           

          this document gives instructions in creating your own picture package:

          https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yX1q2M0SXPirxVMPRyspL9c4ijTT0KJuaXUBBQAHyCo/edit?pli=1

           

          -janelle flores

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            bcares1 Community Member

            Thanks. I have, but it won't allow you to place different size photos on

            the same layout (1-5x7,2-3x5,4-wallet,etc). Picture Package was easy,

            convenient and fast.

            • 3. Re: PICTURE PACKAGE
              Community Member

              bcares1 wrote:

               

              Is there a third party plug-in to replace Picture Package in CS6? Why would Adobe do away with a very popular and necessary part of PS?

               

              You may find this recently concluded thread interesting intriguing:

               

              http://forums.adobe.com/message/4554823

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                Community Member

                bcares1 wrote:

                 

                …to place different size photos on the same layout (1-5x7,2-3x5,4-wallet,etc). Picture Package was easy,

                convenient and fast.

                 

                I fully agree, and it's one of the reasons I keep Photoshop 11.0.2 ("CS4") installed and ready to go.  Another reason is Grain Surgery2.  There are more…

                 

                On the Mac, I can even open more than one version of Photoshop running, just by opening the older version(s) first and assigning different scratch disk volumes to each version..

                • 5. Re: PICTURE PACKAGE
                  bcares1 Community Member

                  After reading through all the forum discussions (arguments?), I guess

                  that's what I'll be doing also. I'm just upset that Adobe never seems to

                  bother asking the people that use their products what features they want or

                  need. Having to keep several versions of the same software loading up the

                  hard drive is a pain!

                  • 6. Re: PICTURE PACKAGE
                    bcares1 Community Member

                    Apparently there isn't a third party plug-in yet to replace it because

                    nothing pops up on any of my searches.

                    • 7. Re: PICTURE PACKAGE
                      MikeKPhoto Community Member

                      Like you I missed the picture package, but ended up with a product called Qimage and have not looked back. Enables you not only build picture packages, but a great print productivity tool and money saver. Apart from picture packages, it has many templates like printing two up 5x7's on one page, but with the custom feature it is a pice of cake to print panoramas side by side - good paper savings - also has an auto layout feature.  Not too badly priced and has the ability to use outpot profiles.

                       

                      Mike

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                        Noel Carboni Community Member

                        Wow, is QImage still around?  I bought a copy a bizillion years ago and after a while I didn't keep up with updates.  That was back in the day when print drivers didn't do a good job of interpolation, and it overcame that by using better algorithms.  Its page layout stuff started out a bit clunky and got better when I was using it.

                         

                        Even if it just does what the last version I looked at did, that is a very good suggestion, Mike.

                         

                        -Noel

                        • 9. Re: PICTURE PACKAGE
                          Community Member

                          Thanks for mentioning it, Mike.  Qimage appears to be moderately priced, but…  it's Windows only.

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                            MikeKPhoto Community Member

                            Yup still around, I am still running V2010 and runs great on Win7 x64, but there are more recent editions available

                            • 11. Re: PICTURE PACKAGE
                              bcares1 Community Member

                              I'll take a look at QImage. It sounds like it would fit the bill, but I

                              still reserve the right to be mad at Adobe! Thanks for the suggestion.

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                                bcares1 Community Member

                                If its for Windows only, its back to the drawing board...

                                • 13. Re: PICTURE PACKAGE
                                  MikeKPhoto Community Member

                                  Yes that is a kicker. A while back I was a Mac person, but ran Qimage on an el-cheapo laptop just for printing from Qimage had the images on a share drive and all worked great - I bought an HP netbook from Fry's for about $200 and run a few of my legacy products - like the famous WS-FTP - still my fav FTP client.

                                   

                                  Mike

                                  • 14. Re: PICTURE PACKAGE
                                    Community Member

                                    bcares1 wrote:

                                     

                                    …I'm just upset that Adobe never seems to bother…

                                     

                                    You might be interested in post #5 in this other thread.  CLICK here.

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                                      Community Member

                                      MikeKPhoto wrote:

                                       

                                      …ran Qimage on an el-cheapo laptop just for printing from Qimage…

                                       

                                      As long as it's not a plug-in that would require a second Photoshop license (for Macintosh), that's a great idea.  It would even run on my cheap Toshiba which has Windows Vista. 

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                                        Community Member

                                        I'm glad you brought it up, Mike.  Now it'll come up in a forum or Google search! 

                                        • 17. Re: PICTURE PACKAGE
                                          JJMack MVP

                                          If your running on Windows you can install the 64bit and 32 bit CS5 ContactsheetII plug-in into CS6. CS6 ContactsheetII is installed into Adobe's Required folder and will co-exist with CS5 plug-in installed into the Plug-in folder setup for third party plug-ins. In the Photoshop menu File>Automate> you will see two ContactsheeII itemes and one Picture Package items.  Picture Package use to be in ContactSheeII. ContactSheetII was changes in CS6 for thers were errors in its dialog with the preview thumbnail and the size images would be and for some reason Adobe removed Picture Package from ContactSheetII in CS6. If you install the CS5 Plug-ins in CS6 do not forget to copy the Layout Folder into Presets Picture Packages needs that folder contents.

                                           

                                          Mac user are out of luck here because CS5 ContactSheetII plug-in is only available in a 32Bit version and there is no Mac CS6 32bit Photoshop.

                                           

                                          Mac and PC users can use my Photoshop Photo Collage Toolkit in CS6 as a poorer replacement for Picture Package.  There are two scripts in that package useful for Pictire Packages.

                                          1.) PasteImageRoll for creating single image size picture packages in a single document for pring on roll paper

                                          2.) BatchPicturePackage will create Picture Package Collages. You need to create templates for the Picture Package layouts Images will be rotated for proper orintation.

                                           

                                          Look at the following thread http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1014453?start=0&tstart=0

                                           

                                          http://forums.adobe.com/servlet/JiveServlet/downloadImage/2-4556503-212464/450-353/CS6PP.jpg

                                          http://forums.adobe.com/servlet/JiveServlet/downloadImage/2-4462505-202110/235-297/walletRoll.jpg

                                          http://forums.adobe.com/servlet/JiveServlet/downloadImage/2-4462505-202111/266-600/twoPortrait.jpg

                                          Picture Package Collage template http://www.mouseprints.net/old/dpr/PicturePackage3Prints.psd

                                           

                                          http://forums.adobe.com/servlet/JiveServlet/downloadImage/2-4463329-202189/450-562/PicturePackage3Prints.jpg

                                           

                                          Message was edited by: JJMack

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                                            MikeKPhoto Community Member

                                            Yup it is a standalone program not a plugin and works great on XP and Vista so no Adobe licensing issue at all

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                                              bcares1 Community Member

                                              I too have a cheap (read slow) pc so maybe I'll be try Image. Im tired of

                                              the chatting with someone in India who's trying to tell me that Contact

                                              Sheet II is the solution to my dilemma.

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                                                Noel Carboni Community Member

                                                MikeKPhoto wrote:

                                                 

                                                a few of my legacy products - like the famous WS-FTP - still my fav FTP client.

                                                 

                                                Sorry about going a bit off-topic, but Mike, for really nice integration with Windows, try the WebDrive product.  I upgraded from WS-FTP to that.

                                                 

                                                There's nothing like having a network drive connected to an FTP server for easy access in Windows.  Just drag and drop files in Explorer windows, run comparison tools between local copies and web sites...  Great stuff.

                                                 

                                                -Noel

                                                • 21. Re: PICTURE PACKAGE
                                                  INeedABag Community Member

                                                  These are the steps I took to enable the CS 5 Picture Package in CS 6 (64 bit):

                                                   

                                                  Downloaded PSCS5OptionalPlugins_Win_en_US.zip  for from http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/thankyou.jsp?ftpID=4688&fileID=4376

                                                   

                                                  Unzipped file to give C:\Downloads\Adobe CS\Plugin module\PSCS5OptionalPlugins_Win_en_US.zip\PSCS5OptionalPlugins_Win_en_US\Optional Plug-Ins\Win64:

                                                  Download.jpg

                                                   

                                                   

                                                  Copied ContactSheetII to C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS6 (64 Bit)\Required\Plug-Ins\Automate:

                                                  Program File.jpg

                                                   

                                                  Program Files Adobe Photoshop (64 bit).jpg

                                                   

                                                  Copied C:\Downloads\Adobe CS\Plugin module\PSCS5OptionalPlugins_Win_en_US.zip\PSCS5OptionalPlugins_Win_en_US\Presets\Layouts to C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS6 (64 Bit)\Presets:

                                                  Download Presets.jpg

                                                   

                                                  Presets.jpg

                                                   

                                                  Restarted Photoshop CS 6.  Photo Package will be listed under the Automate options under the first Contact II.

                                                  • 22. Re: PICTURE PACKAGE
                                                    ledeane Community Member

                                                    Is it possible to instal Picture Package in Photoshop CC?  I have tried the above instructions and get the message that it could not complete because this version of Photoshop does not supply the services required by tis plug-in module. thanks  jc

                                                    • 23. Re: PICTURE PACKAGE
                                                      JJMack MVP

                                                      If your on a PC perhaps the PC cs5 versions can be. If not perhaps my scripts will work.

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                                                        R_Kelly Community Member

                                                        Unfortunaly the picture package, web photo gallery and contact sheet II plugins from cs5 no longer work in photoshop cc on windows.

                                                        They definitely won't work in the mac version of photoshop cc either.

                                                         

                                                        I believe they won't work on the windows version of photoshop cc because the deprecated adobe dialog manager among other things, was finally removed in photoshop cc.

                                                        • 25. Re: PICTURE PACKAGE
                                                          JJMack MVP

                                                          The reason CS5 Mac Picture Package does work in Mac CS6 is because Mac CS5 Picture Package is only availabe for Mac Photshop CS5 32 bit  and Mac CS6 is 64 bit only.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          So it look like if you use CC you need to look else ware.  Perhaps my scripts will run.  You can do a picture packge type thing.

                                                           

                                                          Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen has tunnel vision the only thing in his sight is the corporate customer all he can say is the creative cloud is of grate value to the corporate customer.

                                                           

                                                          So you will continue to see more features like Picture Package a photographer's tool striped from Photoshop where corporate tool like script which Adobe also uses will remain. And you will see more new web html stuff.

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                                                            ledeane Community Member

                                                            Thanks for your answers as to why there is no more Picture Package in Photoshop CC.  It seems to me Adobe is forcing people to use their Lightroom front end for printing.  It has a fine package print feature.  But CC can not print directly to Lightroom.  Much of my workflow requires a seperate print from different layers often involving often hundreds of print packages.  Surely they know this.  Its very inconvenient but I am having to compose and print from CS4 and simply play with CC like a hobyist. Ttruthfully, it is rather fun.  If anyone has a real solution to picture package printing from CC please let me know.  Thanks.  jc.

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                                                              R_Kelly Community Member

                                                              Have a look at what JJMack posted in post #17

                                                              • 28. Re: PICTURE PACKAGE
                                                                johanh6255355

                                                                Contact Sheet II in CC14 does perfectly the trick in 4 clicks, even for pictures of various dimensions.

                                                                No limit to number of columns/lines (i print on large rolls)

                                                                Automation > Contact Sheet > Select files or folders > Select dimensions.

                                                                Done.