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I'm in storyboard hell. I have to place about 400 separate images in sequence on a huge board in photoshop. So I have a 20,000 px by 10,000 px board and a load of layers which have been imported in the correct sequence, I really really want to find a nice way of distributing the layers edge to edge left-to-right then cascading downwards on my canvas.

Can anyone think of a way to avoid me having to do this manually for hours (and imagine if I have to remove or reorganize some in future ... sickening)

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If I may ask, why does this have to be done in Photoshop? Do you intend to print this? – JohnB May 19 '13 at 0:18
There's quite a lot of gfx I have to do to the board as a whole – Alex May 19 '13 at 9:27
I understand that, but what is the end result goal? Just a 20,000px x 10,000px collage of 400 images? If you rephrase the question to "How can I automate the creation of a massive storyboard?" and provide the parameters in the question body, I think we could get some interesting answers. – JohnB May 19 '13 at 13:10

I would use Bridge to make a PDF Contact Sheet:

PDF Contact Sheet

To do this in Bridge, go to WindowWorkspaceOutput

You can specify the output size as well as the number of columns and rows. Whether or not it will be able to process a 20k x 10k pixel output remains to be seen I suppose, I've certainly never tried something of that magnitude.

Alright, so I just tried and the maximum pixel size you can enter is 4096. Maybe you can get crafty and generate a bunch and stitch them together?

Alternatively, if you're set on using Photoshop then you could use a plugin to create a contact sheet. For help with that: Photoshop / Create a contact sheet (CS5)

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uss css and take a screenshot :D – Muhammad Umer May 19 '13 at 3:19

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