Round 6: Create an Editable Contact Sheet
This round starts in the Adobe Bridge. We know that we can create a contact sheet using a preset batch action in Photoshop—we've been able to do this for a while. But did you know that you can create a contact sheet of images in InDesign? Well, now you do.
First use the Adobe Bridge to find the images you want to include in a contact sheet (Figure 10). Easy. Select them all, and choose Tools > InDesign > Create InDesign Contact Sheet (Figure 11). Sit back, relax, and enjoy the sweet ride—InDesign will take care of the rest.
Figure 10 Use the Adobe Bridge to select images for a contact sheet.
Figure 11 Choose the page setup or template before creating the contact sheet.
Just as in Photoshop, InDesign gathers all the images and places them on a page, and inserts the filenames as captions under each image (Figure 12). The really astounding thing about this is that we can create our own templates on which to place our images, and create style sheets to format text. This would be a great way for photographers to personalize contact sheets for their business.
Figure 12 InDesign CS3 creates an editable contact sheet of any size.
So we're at the end of Round 6, and InDesign has Photoshop on the ropes.
But then...just when we think it's all over, Photoshop digs deep and pulls out a lethal blow: a Healing Brush and Curves combination! TKO.