branding contact sheets

transition to a nicer contact sheet

Adobe gives you all the tools to make your contact sheets pretty

I held a 2-hour presentation last week based on InDesign tips and tricks. My audience was an exclusive group from RGD. They were rather attentive (either that or they were bored to sleep) and many asked where they could get some of the files I showed during the session. I, of course, highlighted the keyboard shortcuts file, providing all the rationale behind the changes. I also showed some of the custom templates and settings that I use for the InDesign contact sheets that are initiated through Bridge.

Bridge is the launching pad for many script-based routines triggering other Adobe applications. Photoshop and InDesign both have contact sheets, but I find InDesign’s implementation to be much more flexible. The basic template used by the script is meant to be a starting point. The idea is for the user to make adjustments to all aspects — objects styles, paragraph styles, colours, margins, etc. Once the user has created their own template, they can replace the generic look with their own brand.

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I’ve updated the downloads and gallery sections of the site with the contact resources and screenshots. At the end of the day I wanted to develop a branded contact sheet that was still generic enough that I could share with others. The downloads are grouped based on colour and orientation. I’ve also included the sample images and sample PDFs. Unfortunately I can’t distribute the font that I used in the sidebar (Myriad Pro Light Condensed).

resource around the net

I’ve also utilized some great resources around the net. Special thanks to all of them for helping me dig into the various possibilities.

It’s important to think outside the box. Aside from colour variations, I made some enhancements to the base template. For some screenshots, check out the gallery

If you have any questions on how I built any part of the templates, drop me a line.

March 2, 2009
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One Response to “branding contact sheets”

  1. casey on May 29th, 2009 12:42 am

    don’t forget to check out the gallery for some screenshots to get a better idea of what’s going on. It might save you a download of a pdf or two…


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