5 Replies Latest reply on Jan 22, 2016 1:30 PM by wobertc

    Print contact sheet cells transparent background

    molinski4611

      Does anyone know who to make the cells have a transparent background so my identity plate (full size image background) will look normal without the white box?

       

      I'm trying to make a proof book, something I had done a long time ago with the contact sheet plugin and a custom action on photoshop cs1.

      Finally catching up with the times, but the lack of customization is killing me. Or I just can't find the cell option...

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        • 1. Re: Print contact sheet cells transparent background
          wobertc Adobe Community Professional

          If you are in the Print BOOK module (correction), Contact Sheet, and Zoom to Fit-

          You should not see the white unless your images actually have the white areas in the photo.

          Is your PS action creating jpg files with the same aspect ratio? and making the white areas part of the image?  (jpg files can not have transparency)

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          • 2. Re: Print contact sheet cells transparent background
            molinski4611 Level 1

            Thanks wobertc,

             

            Making the files "zoom to fit" is not an accurate representation of the image since my purpose is to make a proofing booklet.

            My old action was the "Contact Sheet II" in the old versions of photoshop and then used the layered psd file to add a background, stroke, and drop shadow to my contacts on a 3x3 spread with the file name under it.

             

            There's no simple layout in the BOOK module like there is in the PRINT module, unless I'm missing something.

            While in the PRINT module, users have the option to change the background color which is great and the cells are transparent.

            But when the image is put in the background, it appears to be something the Lightroom programmers did not account for...

            • 3. Re: Print contact sheet cells transparent background
              wobertc Adobe Community Professional

              Yes - I now see your problem. I also get the white edges to the photos using the Print module.

              Definitely a suggestion for the Lightroom programmers to look at.!

               

              The Book module has some custom 'Multiple Image" page templates, but I have found they are very hard to alter to my requirements. But if you persevere and have a book page that looks good, immediately save it as  a custom template you can use always.

              The adjustments you can make are 'Cell Padding' and adding 'Photo Text'. The problems are that you have to select each 'Image' cell and each 'Photo Text' cell individually to define them. I have tried holding [Ctrl] to select multiple cells,and that works- sometimes!.

              I just tried selecting multiple 'Photo Text' cells and setting them to "Filename" - did not work for some reason (i couldn't get the filenames to show)

              Apply your background image globally- that could be your logo graphic

               

              So the best you can do is- Create the best page template you can, saved as "Custom", set a book preset to use only your custom page, Then you can add hundreds of images to the book and get multiple pages of 'Proof Pages' with Autofill.  You have the choices- sent to Blurb, JPG, PDF.

              • 4. Re: Print contact sheet cells transparent background
                molinski4611 Level 1

                I've worked with the BOOK module too trying to get a custom layout, but its so clunky compared to the PRINT module which makes it so easy.
                Putting one image at a time is not something I can do at my studio when were working with 52,000 images every wedding season

                 

                If Lightroom moderators or watching this, let's get the glitch taken care of!

                • 5. Re: Print contact sheet cells transparent background
                  wobertc Adobe Community Professional

                  "One image at a time."

                  Not if you set the book preferences to use your custom page and then use Autofill.

                  I just auto-filled 257 photos to make a 16 page book of 'proofs'.

                   

                  Choose your images- select them all

                  Choose the Preset

                  Select [Autofill]

                  Done!

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