bringing jpgs directly into layers

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by SCA, Apr 1, 2006.

  1. SCA

    SCA Guest

    I could use some help with the following problem.

    Several times a day I have to go through the following rigmarole. I
    start out with a primary JPG background file, usually approximately 8.5
    x 11 inches. Into this background file I have to import, as separate
    layers, somewhere between 20 and 30 half-inch by half-inch JPG's,
    placing them as appropriate around the background file. Each individual
    little JPG must remain on its own separate layer because sometimes
    individual processing must be done to each one.

    To accomplish this currently, I go out with a file browser and select my
    20 or 30 half-inch JPG's and drag and drop them from the file browser on
    to the open background JPG in Photoshop. Photoshop responds by opening
    all 20 or 30 half-inch JPG's as separate files, which I then tile and
    then painstakingly drag them on to my background file ONE AT A TIME. As
    I drag each individual half-inch JPG file into the main file, I have to
    make sure that I go to the newly created layer and carefully name this
    new layer after the original filename from which the half-inch JPG
    originally came from.

    Needless to say, this is tedious and time-consuming in the extreme. It
    would be much easier if I could indicate to Photoshop that I do not want
    all of these little JPG's opened as individual files but rather be
    included as separate individual layers as part of the primary background
    file, each layer hopefully being named after the original source file
    from which the little JPG came from.

    Does anybody have a way of doing this? So far haven't been able to
    figure out how to do this myself.

    Thanks in advance.

    Photoshop CS 8.0

    SCA, Apr 1, 2006
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    Hunt Guest

    In CS (ver 8), you have Contact Sheet II. I have not explored your exact
    situation, but believe that you can set up a "contact sheet" without the file
    name, and CSII will bring in all the files in a specific folder as separate
    Layers. I'd explore the settings a bit, and you should place your JPGs into a
    separate folder.

    Hunt, Apr 1, 2006
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  3. SCA

    Hunt Guest

    I should have also pointed you to CSII. File>Automate>Contact Sheet II. Make
    sure that Use File Name for Caption is unchecked, as is Flatten All Layers.
    You can experiment with the matrix of your JPGs, i.e. rows/columns on your
    sheet. Also, once assembled, you can adjust the Background Layer color via an
    Adjustment Layer>Fill and choose whatever color you wish.

    Hunt, Apr 1, 2006
  4. SCA

    SCA Guest


    Hey thanks! Works almost perfect in many respects. The only problem I have
    with it is that it scales things on input based on the rows and colums
    settings. If it didn't do that, this solution would be perfect. If it didn't
    scale (since my little JPG's are the exact size I need prior to the load and
    need to NOT be scaled), this solution would be better than I hoped for.

    Thanks again for the reply. I didn't even think of Contacts II.

    SCA, Apr 1, 2006
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    edjh Guest

    This can easily be done with a simple action. First put all the files
    you want to be layers into a folder, but NOT the Destination file which
    we will call Master. Then make an action that consists of Duplicate
    Layer with Master as the destination. Then run it on the folder under

    The only downside is that you will have to remake the action each time
    you do this unless you rename the "original" file before doing it. And
    the destination file has to be in the same location each time. But
    that's easily done too. Actually I'd suggest just having ONE Master file
    to use each time which you then save under a new named when done. That
    way it's all reusable.
    edjh, Apr 1, 2006
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