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Exporting a contact sheet

Expression Studio 2.0

The option to export a contact sheet creates contact sheets as image files (such as JPEG or Photoshop) that you can print or send as e-mail attachments.

Microsoft Expression Media automatically calculates the number of items that can fit in the designated contact sheet size, that number depending upon how you set the View Options feature of your catalog's List view or Thumbnail view.

List view is useful for printing a table of contents of your catalog. The list view style matches the layout of the catalog's List view, with the icons and associated field information of each file.

Thumbnail view prints a table of thumbnails, which is like your catalog's Thumbnail view. The size of the thumbnail in your catalog determines the size of the thumbnail in the contact sheet.

To adjust the visual settings of your contact sheet, click View Options on the Window menu in the catalog, and then make any necessary changes.

The size, resolution, and format of the contact sheet image file can be customized in the View Options dialog box. You can also add headers and footers to your contact sheet. If you have more media items than can appear on a single contact sheet, Expression Media will output as many printed pages as necessary to completely export the catalog as contact sheets. As you adjust the dimensions of the contact sheet, the number of exported pages will be adjusted.

To export a contact sheet

  1. On the Make menu, click Contact Sheet.

  2. Select a Layout option. The layouts resemble the view layouts in the program.

  3. Click the plus sign (+) to choose a header, or the minus sign (-) to choose a footer. The header or footer can be any supported image file that you have on your hard disk.

  4. Select the unit of measure in your exported contact sheet in pixels, inches, or centimeters, and then set the dimensions.

  5. Select the resolution you want for print or screen viewing.

  6. Select a file format for your contact sheet. Depending on the format you select, you might have several options from which to select. To set those options, click the Settings button.

  7. Select Zero pad increments to add zero-padding to the sequential numbers. For example: 001, 002, 003 instead of 1, 2, 3. This type of numbering is valuable because it keeps files in sequential order on your desktop and removable media. Without zero padding, the files would be in the order 1, 10, 11, 12, and so on.

  8. Click Make, and then browse to the location where you want to save the file. Click Save.

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