Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wednesday Q & A Using Multiple Copies of the Same Image in Photoshop

I'm always checking what search terms bring people to the Gallery.  Number one is questions about Smart Objects or Smart Filters.  Number two lately are questions about using multiple copies of same image in a Photoshop (Adobe Photoshop CS6) document.  There's two ways to go with this question and they're about polar opposites.  One would be using copies of the same image as elements in a composition.  Here's a post on The Gallery about that type of use.  The rose is the primary point of interest (only point of interest) and is repeated as the sole background elements.  It's enlarged and thrown out of focus, but it is recognizable.  I don't think that's what people are searching for.  I think they're looking for a way to layout a Picture Package.  Sort of like today's image.  I figured I had to really blur out the face of the person because I don't have her permission to use a recognizable image.  Trust me when I say she is a very lovely young woman.  Adobe didn't include Picture Package in CS5 or CS6.  It's available.  It can be used in either CS5 or CS6, but you have to jump through a couple of hoops (just once) to get it running on the newer versions of Photoshop.  To learn how to get Picture Package and get it going, hit the "Read More".

The easiest way to give you the method is to defer to Steve.  I don't know who Steve is  (I believe he either is or was [in 2010] working for Adobe in their forum support [based on the word Staff in the header), but I did a Google search on Photoshop +Picture Package and found this in the Adobe Forums:

·         10. SG...,

Dec 28, 2010 1:37 AM in reply to the pear


You can download the optional plug-ins for CS5 Windows here:

Once downloaded, unzip (extract) the package.

Note: If you are using a 64-bit edition of Windows, then, by default, there are two editions of Photoshop installed on your computer: a 32-bit edition and a 64-bit edition.

The default location of the Plug-ins folder for the 32-bit edition is
C:/Program Files (x86)/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS5 or CS4/Plug-Ins.

The default location of the Plug-Ins folder for the 64-bit edition is
C:/Program Files/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS5 or CS4/Plug-Ins.

1. From the PSCS5OptionalPlugins_Win_en_US folder, copy

/Optional Plug-Ins/Win32/ContactSheetII.8li plug-in into the C:/Program Files (x86)/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS5/Automate folder (for both Contact Sheet II and Picture Package) and/or

/Optional Plug-Ins/Win64/ContactSheetll.8li plug-in into the C:/Program Files/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS5/Automate folders (for both Contact Sheet II and Picture Package).
2. From the PSCS5OptionalPlugins_Win_en_US folder, copy the /Presets/Layouts folder into the C:/Program Files (x86)/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS5/Presets folder and/or

C:/Program Files/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS5/Presets folder.

3. Restart Photoshop.




All I have to say is thanks Steve and thanks Adobe Forums for providing good information.