Do you want to make a contact sheet or CD case inserts? If the latter go to Create>More Options>CD Case Insert (in the editor). Does that do what you want?
I guess it would be called a CD case insert. I would like to be able to put my photo images as thumbnails with their file name on a jewel case size which is I think about 4.75x4.75. In PSE Elements 8, from EDITOR, I selected Create>More Options but I don't see CD Case Insert. There is a CD Jacket option but when I select it, I don't see a layout where I can put the thumbnail photo images with a specific number for the columns and rows.
I don't understand why the automation tools and export options are grayed on this application either but that probably won't matter if I can get the CD insert option to work correctly.
Any assistance will be appreciated.
Automation tools and Export are always grayed out in the PSE Editor. Those menu items are only there for any legacy plug-ins that require something to be there, and I've never run across anything that does. So that's normal.
You would need to figure out your own arrangement of the thumbnails on a blank file (you can use guides and the grid to help you with positioning) and then use that as the graphic for the case insert/jacket.
Avery has Photoshop templates for free download:
Scroll down about 2/3 to see the ones for your project. You can insert the thumbnails prepared in Elements.
Ok, I clicked on the link and downloaded the CD/DVD Case Insert compatible for Adobe Photoshop and saved it to my desktop. I'm thinking I may need to save it a certain way to use it with Photoshop Elements 8.0. Can't figure out how to use it in Elements or how to get the thumbnails with the file names to put with it. Are you talking about selecting print multiple in the Organizer and change to contact sheet so it will load the thumbnails? I went there and couldn't find the jewel case size that I downloaded. Thinking it may need to be moved but not sure where to send it. I'll never understand why Adobe took the simple method of accomplishing this away from Elements after the 2.0 version.
Thanks for any help you can give me.
Thanks for explaining about the Automation tools and Export options. It helps to understand that nothing is wrong.
Not sure what you mean by figuring out my own arrangement of thumbnails on a blank file. If I create a new file and drag photos in it to resize, it doesn t show the file name and there are no instructions on how to make this work with case/insert jacket under Create>More Options>CD Jacket.
Some printers have a cd/dvd preset for page size or you can add your own in the
advanced dialog of the printer.
If you have print to pdf listed in your printer choices, you can probably add a preset
in the advanced dialog for the pdf printer.
Also if you have microsoft's XPS document writer, there is a dvd preset.
Try the following in order to utilize the Avery template referenced in prior postings:
- Download from Avery, and Unzip. Template should open in Elements. Background layer is called "Guides"
- Duplicate this layer - called "Guides copy"
- Place a blank layer between these 2 layers, and fill this with white (Edit>fill layer>white) - or any color of choice
- Open your picture, and make a selection of what will become the identifying thumbnail, if you will. Copy this to the clipboard (Edit>copy)
- Go back to where you left off in step #3, and paste (Edit>paste)
- Access the move tool, and position the thumbnail, and resize with the corner handles
- Repeat these steps for the second place holder of the template
- Add your text
- Finally delete the "Guides copy" layer
Let us know how you make out.
Thanks so much for all the details you provided. I have Windows Vista and I see the choice to select Microsoft XPS Document Writer for my printer, however, when I select that, I can't find a DVD preset option even under advanced settings. I guess I will have to search for a thumbnail program that will automatically add my photos as thumbnails with their file names on a jewel size case.