Your joking of course right not using layers in Photoshop is a capital offence. Layers is where all Photoshop power come from and they are so easy child's play...
A video showing a 5 image collage PSD template being populates with images: http://www.mouseprints.net/old/dpr/Populate911_720p.mp4
also check out Paste Image Roll Script and Picture Package Support
Photo Collage Toolkit
Photoshop scripting is powerful and I believe this package demonstrates this.
The package includes four simple rules to follow when making Photo Collage Template PSD files so they will be compatible with my Photoshop scripts.
- Size the photo collage templates for the print size you want - width, height and print DPI resolution.
- Photo collage templates must have a Photoshop background layer. The contents of this layer can be anything.
- Photo collage templates must have alpha channels named "Image 1", "Image 2", ... "Image n".
- Photo collage templates layers above the background layers must provide transparent areas to let the images that will be placed below them show through.
There are twelve scripts in this package they provide the following functions:
- TestCollageTemplate.jsx - Used to test a Photo Collage Template while you are making it with Photoshop.
- CollageTemplateBuilder.jsx - Can build Templates compatible with this toolkit's scripts.
- LayerToAlphaChan.jsx - Used to convert a Prototype Image Layer stack into a template document.
- InteractivePopulateCollage.jsx - Used to interactively populate Any Photo Collage template. Offers most user control inserting pictures and text.
- ReplaceCollageImage.jsx - use to replace a populated collage image Smart Object layer with an other image correctly resized and positioned.
- ChangeTextSize.jsx - This script can be used to change Image stamps text size when the size used by the populating did not work well.
- PopulateCollageTemplate.jsx - Used to Automatically populate a Photo Collage template and leave the populated copy open in Photoshop.
- BatchOneImageCollage.jsx - Used to Automatically Batch Populate Collage templates that only have one image inserted. The Collage or Image may be stamped with text.
- BatchMultiImageCollage.jsx - Used to Automatically Batch Populate Any Photo Collage template with images in a source image folder. Easier to use than the interactive script. Saved collages can be tweaked.
- BatchPicturePackage.jsx - Used to Automatically Batch Populate Any Photo Collage template with an image in a source image folder
- PasteImageRoll.jsx - Paste Images into a document to be print on roll paper.
- PCTpreferences.jsx - Edit This File to Customize Collage Populating scripts default setting and add your own Layer styles.
All image layer you see here required no human intervention they were all automated
I can't even seem to select more than one image
You should be able to select more images then you have ink to print. Have you looked at batch, image processor or the Bridge. Photoshop is extremely powerful but Photoshop is not learned in a short time and many thing are not intuitive. You in all likelihood will never use all the features Photoshop has. Like the rest od us you will onle user the features you have a need to use.
Thank you for all your replies, your collage system looks great and I will certainly have a go when the pressure eases off and I have some time to play around with it. Do you need a specialized printer to deal with the continuous roll?
I love Photoshop Layers and actions and use them widely, but for now just want to know if there is a quick automatic function somewhere to print specifically four 6x4" pictures or two 8x12" pictures (which have been correctly sized, or not) on an A4 page from Photoshop CC. There used to be a facility under "automate" in CS4 but I can't find anything similar now? I can't find it in Bridge either, which would also be fine for my current purposes.
Further to the above, an example would be File- Automate- Contact Sheet II for 4 selected photos, works well but I can't figure out how to get rid of the white spaces between the photos, I have sized the page to A4 and the individual pics to a quarter of this each but still end up with white spaces between them- I have the dialogue in this box checked on Automatic spacing with zero values.
I love Photoshop Layers and actions and use them widely, but for now just want to know if there is a quick automatic function somewhere to print specifically four 6x4" pictures or two 8x12" pictures (which have been correctly sized, or not) on an A4 page from Photoshop CC.
Though I wrote the PasteImageRoll script for printing a large number of images on roll paper. There is no reason it can not be used for cut paper. Image do not need to be size sized or rotated. The script will handle that. Scripting is much more powerful them Actions. The script will calculate the number or of columns of image that will fit on the width of paper you set and will not run if the number of image you select will not fit the length of paper you set is left on the roll of paper. So if you have 13" x 19" cut paper it like 19" left on your 100 foot 13'' wide roll paper. So if set 300 DPI, 1 copy of pictures 13" wide Paper , 1.75 feet left, 4" wide 6" high, .25" border .25" grout and rotate for best fit. You can select any 9 image in a folder and the will size the fit the 4"x6" tiles. If the image do not have a portrait or landscape 3:2 aspect ratio the sized images will be centered virtual crops. The image are not cropped they are masked. You can manually tweak the crop by moving the image before printing. If you omit the borders and grout the document create will be 12"x18" with the 13"x19" http://www.mouseprints.net/old/dpr/PasteImageRoll.jsx
Thank you JJ, Adobe PS should sit up and buy it from you, even iPhoto and Elements and Picasa have easier options than what they offer for quick prints in volume.
There are two other options. 1) Record an action that will resize and place the images for you. Or, if you have access to Lightroom with CC subscription, Lightroom will do this using the PRINT module and is super easy to use. Just set up the template, select an entire group of photos and then let Lightroom place them 4-up and either print directly to your printer or save as JPG for printing later.
However Elements an Picasa can not do things Photoshop can and with Photoshop Automation you can create things like PasteImageRoll and Collage tools IMO better then Elements and Picasa have. Scripting is work it programming Action are easy to record. However Photoshop has a huge learning curve it takes years. You need to gain the knowledge that develops with use and experience. You seem new to Photoshop. Though Actions are easy to record and edit you need knowledge to create action the will work well on just about any document, You may want to look at my crafting actions package.
Crafting Actions Package UPDATED Aug 10, 2014 Added Conditional Action steps to Action Palette Tips.
- Action Actions Palette Tips.txt
- Action Creation Guidelines.txt
- Action Dealing with Image Size.txt
- Action Enhanced via Scripted Photoshop Functions.txt
- CraftedActions.atn Sample Action set includes an example Watermarking action
- Sample Actions.txt Photoshop CraftedActions set saved as a text file.
- More then a dozen Scripts for use in actions
This is exactly what I am looking for, many thanks!