One question that I get asked a lot is how I keep track of all of the supplies I use on a layout for crediting when posting in a gallery or here. For a very long time, I was able to remember what supplies I used on a layout. That was, however, back when I was only using supplies from 3-4 different designers on a regular basis.
Last spring, I had a reader email me and tell me about some scripts she was giving away for free on her site. I waited a while before downloading and trying them, but once I did, I was kicking myself for not doing it sooner. Christy Vanderwall has several scripts on her site, but the ones I use the most are the “Copy and Close” and the “Supply Tracker”. You can find the scripts for free on her site, they have been tested in PSE 6 and up and PSCS 2 and up. She has very detailed instructions for installing them as well.
Today, I thought I would show you what you can expect when you run the scripts.
This is how my window looked with all of the papers, elements, and photo that I wanted to use on my layout open:
I created a new, blank canvas, save it as a psd file, and then ran the “Copy and Close” script (see the tutorial on installing, which also shows how to run the scripts). Here’s what I ended up with:
All of the opened files were copied onto my blank canvas, their layer on my canvas was renamed to the file name, and the files were then closed. Here’s a close up view of the layers pallet with their new product names:
Now, I go about my usual scrapping. Moving things around and figuring out what I want things to look like. If I decide I want to add something new to the canvas that is not currently there, I just open the file and run “Copy and Close” again. If I want the font names to be part of the supply list, I change the text layer name to the font name, by double clicking on that layer’s name.
When my layout is all finished, I run the “Supply Tracker” script. This will take all of the layer names and put them on a new text layer as well as adding them to my metadata. Here’s a look at the text layer:
You can see the info. added to the metadata by going to file>file info., here’s what mine looked like:
You can go through and edit out the unimportant layers, but I leave them in there and will edit them after uploading. Just turn off the text layer by clicking on the eye and then save and save as a new jpeg file to get ready to upload.
The really great thing about having this information added to the metadata is when you upload to Flickr, that metadata is uploaded with it as part of the description. You won’t have to copy and paste the supply list at all!! Just edit out what isn’t necessary and you are good to go!
Well, there you have it in a nutshell! How I keep track of what I used on a layout. I love using these scripts and they have made my scrapping life easier! 🙂