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Creating Custom Templates for CS5 Contact Sheet

If you’re looking to purchase the Contact Sheet Script for CS5, please click here.

It looks like there’s a little confusion out there on exactly how to create a custom template. I’ll do some work on the InDesign template assistant to make it a little easier with some extra functionality. Until I get there, though…

When you open the Assistant panel (in InDesign), the first step is to click the button at the top that designates the template as a custom template.

In CS2, 3, and 4, the Contact Sheet for InDesign script does support a generic template concept. Those templates simply allowed you to set some background stuff. All of the image layout still happened by rows and columns, and all pages looked identical. That functionality, while very useful, is limiting.

With the custom template, you now have full control of the layout of the first, left, and right pages. You can do anything. BUT – the script has to know the difference between a custom template and the old template concept. The way to do that is to write data into the custom template. Clicking that button writes that data. If you do not click the button, the script will think it’s an old style template. It will create the grid of frames just like the old days and ignore your custom frames.

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