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Aug 29, 2012 15:52 |  #1

So this is getting annoying. I am currently using Bridge CS5/6 to make contact sheets because for some reason Adobe can not make Contact Sheet II 64 bit capable, but that is beyond the point. When I make the contact sheet I will change up the rows and columns to make the images fit for my needs so it could be 1 image per page or 35. When I create the contact sheet in bridge it places the full sized images in side the file instead of creating a smaller thumbnail so it makes a 2 page PDF with 24 images, 12 per page 180mb and it is eating up my HDD space. I open them in Acrobat Pro and use the reduce file size command(document>reduce file size) and set it to Acrobat 4.0 or newer and magically the file size is 377KB instead of almost 200MB. Is there anyway to have it reduce the file size when creating them instead of having to do the added step.

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Aug 29, 2012 16:42 |  #2

I have a couple of ideas.

You could try using the output module of Bridge instead of Contact Sheet II. Just specify paper size, number of documents up and across, and have it general the PDF. Maybe that module's smarter? Details here (external link). I read there Contact Sheet II isn't in CS5/6 and that you're meant to use the output module.

Alternately, instead of generating from RAW files, general from resized jpegs. That should be effective.

Last, you could find another contact sheet script somewhere.


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Aug 29, 2012 16:52 |  #3

I am using the output and not contact sheet II for making the PDF.

And that would take more time then just using bridge and reducing the file size later since they are only for proofs and nothing super high quaity when I print them.

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Aug 29, 2012 17:30 |  #4

So the pdf files have large jpeg files embedded or something? Are you having bridge limit the output resolution of the pdf?


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Aug 30, 2012 08:44 |  #5

Don't understand your problem. Contact Sheet II is in Photoshop/Bridge CS6 64bit. Works OK in my version.

http://helpx.adobe.com …pdf-presentation-cs6.html (external link)

But for what it's worth, I found the contact sheet generator in the free FastStone program to be a lot better. Primarily because FastStone lets you save configs as presets.




  
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Aug 30, 2012 16:15 |  #6

I did not know that they finally made it 64 bit capable. I am going to get that and stop using bridge. Thanks for the link.

But to answer the questions, I am using bridge for making contact sheets, NOT Contact Sheet II. Bridge was just making PDF files that were massive(I just created one today from the original raws that was almost 4gb) so it has to be embedding full sized images into the PDF.

I just found out what it was now, the setting was on full and not 300DPI so that is why it was embedding the full files into the PDF. And now all the other issues I have are fixed too.

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Aug 30, 2012 16:51 |  #7

Another win for me! ;)


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