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Auto-Layout & Post-Layout Instructions



  How to Use Auto-Layout

  auto-layout location

Auto Post-Layout


  How to Use:
    Scale Bar

    Arrows, Arrowheads, Tick Marks
    RBG to CMYK for Publication
    Setting Resolution


auto-layout location in photoshop


1. Under File (in the menu) select Scripts, then Auto-Layout.



2. In the Auto-Layout Dialog box, enter the following:

  A. The number of columns/rows
  B. Lettering options (White/Black)

Gutter: is the width of the white space in between images. A setting of 20 = 20 pixels and works for most figures/plates.

Text Size: Leave at 14 until you view the image and then decide whether it is too large or too small. Close the image without saving if text is the wrong size and start over again.

3. Click "Create the Figure" button:

Your images need to be in file folders: 1 file folder per figure/plate.


Auto-Layout dialog box

find folder picture

create figure panel

4. If the lettering is not in the position desired:

A. Click the Move tool in the Toolbar or type the letter "V" to select.

B. Click on any letter and drag. If wishing to move either horizontally or vertically in a straight line, hold down the shift key: first click and hold on a letter, then hold down shift key, then drag into place.

Use arrow keys to move letters pixel by pixel.

If the lettering is not the right size:

Close image and start over, this time entering different pixel size. Repeat until size is correct.




In the Layers palette, the layers will appear as shown to the right. To access the Layers palette, under Window, select Layers; or press F7 key.

Note that all lettering layers are in a Group entitled Group 1.

If any single letter needs to be moved, you can do that by clicking on that letter's layer (click on the clear area of the layer versus on the lettering or "T") and then move that letter into place by clicking a dragging with the move tool or arrow keys.

The same can be done for any of the images.


5. Save the Figure/Plate:

A. Under File > Scripts, choose Auto-Post Layout.

B. In Post Layout dialog box, set Category to "To Output."

C. Set Function to the appropriate Resolution for the Output desired.

If setting to Resolution Publication, continue on to step 6.


6. Uncheck Resample Image checkbox, and then enter the desired Width or Height, whichever is most important.

If the Resolution is within 10 percent or so of the publication's requested resolution, simply type in the requested resolution and then allow the dimensions to cover less than the desired width.

For example, in the 2nd image down on the right, if the publisher accepted figures/plates at 400 pixels per inch, then the width would be less than desired, but may be acceptable in publication width at 6.19 inches.

In that way, you can avoid resampling (adding or subtracting pixels) in the figure and thus retain the original resolution.

If, however, you decide to use the entire allowed width, check Resample Image checkbox, and then type in the desired Width and Resolution.

Note: Pixels are best subtracted from the final image rather than "made up" when enlarging an image. You may wish to set the algorithm for subsampling pixels to Bicubic Sharper (see 3rd image down on right).


7. Save as a TIFF or EPS file for publication.

If inserting into Word or Powerpoint, you may wish to save as a PNG or JPEG. If a JPEG, be sure to set compression quality to 12 (the lowest lossy compression)

Note that a compression of 12 in Photoshop removes so little visual information that there is no visual difference between these compressed images and the originals. However, if JPEG images are edited and saved again, the compression loss is added and differences can be detected.



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