Gathering model releases in Bridge CS3

Gathering model releases in Bridge CS3

Guide for gathering Model Releases in Bridge CS3 (if you have CS4 look at the very bottom of the tutorial)

It can be quite a hassle to gather model releases before uploading to a stock site. Especially if you have an image of a large group of people.
I have taken the time to figure out how this can be done in a fast and easy way (provided you have already scanned your model releases and that you agency allows multiple MRs in one document).

Here goes:

1. Open all the model releases in Bridge CS3

2. Select the relevant model releases for the image you are uploading

3. Go to the menu Tools/Photoshop/Contact Sheet II

4. In the dialog do the following:

Source Images: “Selected Images from Bridge”

Units: Pixels

Width: 1500

Heigth: the number of MR x 2000 (eg. 3 MRs would be 6000px, 8 would be 16000px etc.)

Resolution: 300 pixels/inch

Mode: RGB Color
☑ Flatten All Layers

Place: down first     ☑Use Auto-Spacing

Columns: 1 (always 1)

Rows: the number of model releases

☐  Rotate for best fit

☐  Filename As Caption

Press “OK”

This is what it should look like if you have 3 model releases:

Save as JPEG

Save with quality setting “10”

This is the output you will get (in a very large version ofcourse):


Do ask if you have any questions.

I will post a video tutorial on the subject at a later time.
If you have CS4 you need to download and install this plugin for Contact Sheet II to work. It take a few minutes of concentration to figure it out, but after that your life becomes easy:

Here are the relevant installation instructions:
If you would like to continue using the legacy ContactSheetII and/orPicture Package plug-ins, please follow these steps:

  1. From the Photoshop CS4 install disc (or the Goodies folder in the folder you can download through the link above), drop the //<language>/Goodies/Optional Plug-Ins/Automate/ContactSheetII plug-in into the //Adobe Photoshop CS4/Plug-ins/Automate folder (this is for both Contact Sheet and Picture Package).
  2. From the Photoshop CS4 install disc (or the Goodies folder in the folder you can download through the link above), drop the //<language>/Goodies/Presets/Layouts folder into the //Adobe Photoshop CS4/Presets folder and restart Photoshop.

IMPORTANT: To add this legacy functionality back into Bridge (as a menu item), do the following:

  1. From the Photoshop CS4 install disc (or the Goodies folder in the folder you can download through the link above), drop the //<language>/Goodies/Optional plugins/Bridge Startup Scripts/photoshop_contact_sheet_ii folder and the photoshop_contact_sheet_ii.jsx file into following locations:
    • Mac OS: Harddrive/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Startup Scripts CS4/Adobe Photoshop/
    • Windows XP: //Program Files/Common Files/Adobe/Startup Scripts CS4/Adobe Photoshop/
    • Windows Vista: //Program Files (x86)/Common Files/Adobe/Startup Scripts CS4/Adobe Photoshop/
  2. Restart Bridge.
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5 Responses to “Gathering model releases in Bridge CS3”

  1. OMG! Thank you so much for this wonderful tip that I just stumbled upon checking out iStock’s free photo of the week. I have been really missing the contact sheet function in Bridge and CS4 and now have it back. Thanks for the wonderful Christmas present. By the way, your iStock portfolio is amazing, I’m not sure why your download numbers aren’t MUCH higher but I’m sure they will be soon. Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing your insights, I love the quote you have up, “No one ever became poor by giving”. Beautiful. Enjoy the holiday season.

  2. Hi Vicki
    Thanks for the appreciation. The tip above is indeed a timesaver. I can’t imagine working without it. Optimizing our workflow in front of the computer can potentially free up a lot of time for shooting 🙂


  3. Hi Daniel,
    Great tip Daniel! I had read this months ago but only implemented just now as I needed it to combine a couple of signed releases into one document. Many thanks. Hope you enjoyed Dublin! S:-)

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