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5.9 – Using Photoshop Elements >

Make a Grid or Sequence

1 – Mac Students

When you see Ctrl in the tutorial, use the Cmd key instead.

2 – Keep It Simple

As a grid beginner, all of your photographs:

• Are the same size.

• Are landscape orientation.

• Don't need cropping.

3 – Resize the Photographs

1) Put all of the grid photographs in a folder called Source.

2) Create a second folder called Destination.

3) Go to File > Process Multiple Files.

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4) The Process Multiple Files window opens.

The red numbers in the text below refer to the red numbers in the screenshot.

5) Click the Browse button (1) and navigate to your Source folder.

6) Click OK.

7) Click the Browse button (2) and navigate to your Destination folder.

8) Click OK.

9) Select Resize Images (3).

10) Enter the width (4).

Try 750 px.

11) Make sure Constrain Proportions is selected (5).

12) Click OK (6).

Your resized photographs appear in the Destination folder.

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4 – Download

Download the file below.

make_a_grid.psd

The file:

• Is a blank white canvas.

• Is landscape orientation.*

• Is 6000 px x 4800 px, a 10 x 8 aspect ratio.

• Will print 8 x 10, 16 x 20, etc.

* For portrait orientation, go to Image > Rotate > 90° Left.

5 – Open the File

Open make_a_grid.psd.

1) Click Open in the upper-left corner of your screen.

2) Navigate to your Downloads folder and select make_a_grid.psd.

3) Click Open in the lower-right corner of the Open window.

6 – Open One of the Photographs

1) Click Open in the upper-left corner of your screen.

2) Navigate to the Destination folder and select a photograph.

3) Click Open in the lower-right corner of the Open window.

7 – Move the Photograph to the Grid File

1) Select the Move tool.

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2) Click the Photo Bin icon in the lower-left corner of your screen.

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3) Click and hold on the large image of your photograph that's in the work area (1).

It's best to click and hold in the lower-left corner of the photograph.

4) While still holding, move the cursor to the thumbnail of make_a_grid.psd in the Photo Bin (2).

5) Let go of the mouse button.

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The photograph appears in three locations:

• In the work area.

• In the layers stack on the right side of your screen (Layer 1).

• In the Photo Bin.

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8 – Move the Photograph from the Center

The Move tool is still selected.

Click and hold on the photograph in the work area, and move it to its approximate position.

If you don't move the photograph away from the center, all of your photographs will be piled on top of each other.

You won't be able to see all of them—just the one on top of the pile.

9 – Delete the Photograph Layer

Delete the photograph layer.

1) Click the thumbnail of the photograph in the Photo Bin (Yes).

If the Photo Bin isn't open, click the Photo Bin icon in the lower-left corner of your screen.

2) Press Ctrl + w.

Don't click and delete the white grid thumbnail (No).

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10 – Save

1) Press Ctrl + s.

2) Click Save.

The file is saved as a Photoshop file.

11 – Repeat

Repeat sections 6 through 10 for each of the photographs in the Destination folder.

Click here to go back to section 6.

12 – Reposition the Photographs

Grid lines can help you position your photographs.

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1) Press Ctrl + ' (apostrophe key) to display grid lines.

2) You may need to change the spacing of the grid lines.

If so, do the following.

a) Press Ctrl + k.

b) Select Guides & Grid midway down the left side of the Preferences window.

c) Change the grid settings.

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d) Click OK.

3) Using the Move tool, and the grid as a guide, reposition the photographs to make a grid.

13 – Save as a JPEG

1) When you're finished, press Ctrl + s to save the file as Photoshop file.

You need to save the file as a JPEG if you're going to e-mail or print it.

Do the following.

2) Go to File > Save As.

3) Open the Save as type menu (1).

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4) Select JPEG in the menu (2).

5) Click Save (3).

6) In the JPEG Options window, make sure Quality is at 12.

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7) Click OK.