Nov 24, 2006

Picture Package in PhotoShop: (Tutorial)

Picture Package in PhotoShop: (Tutorial)
Photoshop is powerful & flexible photo editing tool through which we can do almost all kinds of photo editing work here I am describing that how you can create picture package in Photoshop. Picture package is one of it’s best features. It is nothing but multiple copies of an image in a single page this multiple copies of images can be of same size or different size.
Picture package let’s you customize in many ways you can choose from a different sizes & different placement options

This is very useful for photo studios through this they can make array of passport or stamp size photographs quickly or they may create a package of different size using same image.

Creating picture package:

Here are the steps to create a picture package

Step 1: Scan a photograph for which do you want to create a picture package with yours favorite scanner & save the file with an appropriate name.

Step 2: Start ‘Photoshop’ package.

Step 3: Click file > Automate > Picture Package option.

Step 4: Picture Package dialogue box will be appeared on your screen. Choose an image for which you are intended to create a picture package by clicking ‘Choose’ button or if you already have the source image opened on your screen then select ‘Use front most document’ check box..

Step 5: Choose Layout from the layout option, picture package dialogue box also shows preview for selected layout
Step 6: Input resolution values for the package in resolution option.
Step 7: Choose appropriate color mode & click ‘Ok’ to create picture package.

Customizing Layout:

You can also customize layout according to your needs when you can’t find layout of your choice in layout option predefined layouts are store as a text file in “C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop 6.0\Presets\Layouts”

These type of text file can be created according to your needs. You can create new layouts or edit existing layouts by using any text editor like ‘Notepad’ or DOS’s edit command. Just suppose you want to create a new layout which has document size 8x10 inches where 8 is width and 10 is height of an image & this document will have 2 (4x6) size photographs. So let’s create this text file in ‘Notepad’ application here are the steps to do it.

Step 1: Start ‘Notepad’ application

Step 2: Enter this following line on the first line of the file.

I 8 10

Here ‘I’ is measurement unit in inches & 8 , 10 is width & height respectively of the document. You can also use other unit, like centimeter & pixels use letter C or c for centimeter & P or p for pixels.

Step 3: Second line of the file has ‘Caption’ that you want to appear in picture package dialogue box. Enter following line in the second line of the file
2 ( 4 x 6 )

Step 4: in the next lines enter the position & dimensions of image which you want to appear in the document type following lines in the file.

0.5 0.5 6 4
0.5 5 6 4

These above each line for each picture which you want to appear in the document. This lines have size & dimensions of the picture each lines have four values which is separated by a space. These values are for c1 r1 c2 r2 for the first line Where


& for the second line



Step 5: Save this file with an appropriate name in
“C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop 6.0\Presets\Layouts”

Step 6: Use this newly created layout in Photoshop by clicking file> Automate>picture package option. There you may find new layout, which you have created.

Step 7: Choose an appropriate image by clicking ‘Choose’ button & then click ‘Ok’ button to create picture package your picture package will be created. So by this way you can create as many job a file as your needs.

Creating multiple image picture package

By using picture package option we can create a package, of multiple copies of same image. It is also possible to create a picture package of different images in photo shop. This can be used to create catalogue of photos. This is known as contact sheet. Here are the steps to achieve this:

Step 1: Close all opened images, create a folder & copy all images into this folder, which you want in the catalogue.
Step 2: Click File>Automate>Contact Sheet II
Step 3: ‘Contact Sheet II’ dialog box will be appeared on the screen.

Step 4: Click ‘Choose’ button & specify folder name which contains images which you want to be appeared in the contact sheet.

Step 5: Under document options specify width & height of the contact sheet document & also specify appropriate resolution & unit of resolution & color mode.

Step 6: In thumbnail section you can specify layout of the document. By place option you can choose either ‘Across First’ or ‘Down First’. ‘Across First’ means images will be filled horizontally & ‘Down First’ means images will be filled vertically into the document. In thumbnails section also specify no of colums & rows that you want in contact sheet document.
If you specify 2 columns & 3 rows then total 6 images can be appeared in one contact sheet. If the folder which you have specified here has more images then according to no. of images more contact sheets will be created automatically.

Step 7: Select ‘Use filename as caption’ to give captions to images as filename & you can also choose font & font size for the caption.

Step 8: Dialogue box also shows preview for the contact sheet click ‘Ok’ button to create contact sheet.

Creating an action to automate the task:

An action is a series of commands like a batch file that you can play back. Through action we can automate any photoshop job for example you can create an action for creating Array of passport / Stamp size photos, just suppose you want to create an Array of 16 (2x3) inches images. Here are the steps to create an action for above job.

Step 1: Open an image for which you want to create an Array

Step 2: Open actions pallate by clicking window>Show actions.

Step 3: Click ‘Create new action’ button from action pallate.

Step 4: New action dialogue box will be appeared on your screen, give appropriate action name & also choose a function key for shortcut then press ‘Record’ button to start recording.

Step 5: Now we have to create a pattern for the image which we have opened so click ‘Select’ menu then choose ‘All’ from the menu.

Step 6: Go to ‘Edit menu’ & click ‘Define pattern’ option. A dialogue box will be appeared on the screen give appropriate pattern name & press ‘Ok’ button pattern of image will be created.

Step 7: This pattern can be filled in any document so create a new file by clicking File> New give appropriate value for the width, height & resolution & choose color mode & then press ‘Ok’ button. Here I am giving width as 8 inches & height as 12 inches.

Step 8: Click ‘Edit’ menu & choose ‘Fill’ option from the menu. ‘Fill’ dialogue box will be appeared on the screen under contents select use ‘Pattern’ from the drop down list & from the ‘Custom pattern’ choose pattern which you have created under ‘Blending’ choose appropriate mode & opacity & then press ‘Ok’ button & that’s all recording job is over.

Step 9: Now stop recording by clicking ‘Stop recording’ button from action pallate.

Using an action

Follow the steps to use the action –

Step 1: Open an image for which you want to create an action.

Step 2: Press the shortcut key of action which you have defined. Action will be played & array of passport size photo will be ready automatically. All jobs which

you have defined in action will be done automatically. By this way you can create as many actions as you need. Actions can be saved for future use. To save an Action first you need to create an action set by clicking ‘Create new set’ button from the action palate & then create new actions & save the actions by ‘Save Action’ options from the action pallate further this action can be loaded by choosing ‘Load Actions’ option from the action pallate. Action can be created for any job it saves our valuable time.

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Nov 13, 2006

Easy Macro Recorder (Record Mouse and Keyboard events) : Tutorial

Have you ever heard that your PC would do work for you without doing yourself. If your answer is "NO" then this article is for you. Yes it is possible that computer will do all of your daily routine work/tedious jobs that you do on computer. 

Just suppose you want to check your yahoo mail. so first of all you starts Internet Explorer then you type in yahoo websitename then you click on "Mail" options then you type in your Login Name and password aftert that you click "Sign In" button. When Inbox appears on the screen you usual click "Check Mail" button to check your mails. All the above steps you use again and again when you check mails. 

These time consuming job would be done automatically. Easy Macro Recorder made these things possible, it is a macro recorder utility which records your mouse events and keyboard events as a macro and then play it back as and when you want. Once you record any macro then you can play it back any number of times, any time. You can make a shedule of it too.

1. Downloading the software :
You can download evaluation version of the software by clicking the following link

2. After downloading the software successfually, Install the software by Doucle Clicking the setup program.

3. When installation is done. You can either start Easy Macro Recorder by double clicking the icon on the desktop or by Clicking Start > Programs > Easy Macro Recorder.

4. After starting Easy Macro Recorder it automatically gets minimize into the system tray. Right click its icon in the system tray a popupmenu will be appeared.

5. To start recording click 'Record' option of the popumenu. 'Save Macro As' dialog box will be appeared on the screeen. Type in the filename in which macro will be placed and then press "save" button. Now recording will be started and Easy Macro Recorder will now record each and every keyboard and mouse events. Its icon will be changed to "R" symbol it means Easy Macro Recorder is recording now. It is just to show the status of the Easy Macro Recorder.

Note : Any time you can start recording by pressing 'F9' Key.

6. Now do your work whatever do you want to record. When you want to stop recording, Right click the icon of Easy Macro Recorder then click 'Stop' option from the popup menu. Recording will be stop.

Note : To stop recording shortcut is 'F10'.

7. To playback your saved macro, Right click the Easy Macro Recorder icon in the system tray then click 'Playback' option of the popup menu. 'Select macro file to play back' dialogue box will be appeared on the screen, Select the saved macro then click 'Open' button to start the macro playing back. Icon of Easy Macro Recorder will be changed to 'P' character it shows that macro is playing back.

Note : To playback a macro file, shortcut is 'F11'. If you want to finish the macro playing process before it finishes press 'F8'.

You can also make a shedule of a macro, To do this go to Control Panel -> Scheduled Tasks -> Add Scheduled Task In the Scheduled Task Wizard, press Next, then Browse button and select the macro file you want to run in the 'Select program to schedule' dialog. Because Easy Macro Recorder associates with the .mac file extension, so you don't need to select 'Macro Recorder.exe' in the program directory, just select the macro file you want to play back.

By this way you can create as many macro as you desire and automate your time consuming daily routine jobs.

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