After a photoshoot, the client always likes to see the images taken. It all depends on you, the photographer, how you will give them to the client, but one way is to make a contact sheet. This is typically a *.pdf of all the images in the shoot, in a small thumbnail size on multiple pages. For example, a shoot I just did with 150 images took up 8 pages using the standard 4 x 5 layout.
The following is what I’m using for this tutorial:
Operating System: Windows 7
Program: Adobe Lightroom 4
To create the contact sheet using Lightroom, the following must be done.
- Open Lightroom and import the images you’d like to make a contact sheet of
- Once imported, and after the necessary file naming and meta-information has been changed, ensure you’re in the Library tab – top right – and select the images you would like to add to the contact sheet. If you’re planning on adding all the images in a folder, this is as quick as pressing ctrl+A, or selecting the first image then scrolling to the bottom and while holding the shift key click on the last image.
- Now click on the Print tab – top right.
- On the left hand menu, you can see the different display options. I most commonly use the 4 x 5 Contact Sheet, as I find it’s large enough to view for the client to see what is actually in the image without a magnifying glass. If you click through the different styles, you can see the preview in the top left window of what the layout will look like.
- On the right menu, scroll through the options to change what you see fit. I have found for myself that if I do any changes to Print Sharpening my *.pdf exports are all funky. I also print to the printer, not to an image. It took me a while to sort this out. First I was getting a very highly saturated export, then I was getting only the first 4 images on each page of the contact sheet.
- Once you have everything together and sorted, click the print button and Lightroom will prompt you where to save the file, to name it, and export to a *.pdf document.
Hopefully this helps you!