Creating a Hanging Plan in Photoshop

by | Royal Photographic Society, Tutorials

Creating a Hanging Plan / Contact sheet

The 2 most common ways of creating a hanging plan are using LightRoom or using Photoshop. To save confusion between the 2 methods I have done a separate blog post for each.Creating a hanging plan in Photoshop AND Creating a Contact Sheet in Lightroom.

Creating a Hanging Plan in Photoshop

In PS you will be looking to create a contact sheet, often called a hanging plan when going for qualification as it describes the order in which images should hang.

(For the purpose of this post I have used 10 images as per the Licentiate requirements for the RPS)

All your images should be named as numbers in the order in which they are to hang. For simplicity I stick to 1 – 10. Alternatively you could choose row number followed by image number i.e. 1-2, 1-3 etc for those on row 1 and 2-1, 2-2 etc for row 1 images.

Put all the images you want on the contact sheet in to one folder on your computer.

Open PS, go to File > Automate > Contact Sheet II.


In Source Images choose the folder that contains your images, then make the following adjustments.


Under Document, set the Units, Width/Height, Resolution, and Mode (colour mode) for the contact sheet. I have used the units for an A4 sheet. The units can be varied depending on the orientation I want the contact sheet to be viewed.

Tick Flatten All Layers, unless you want to make changes to each layer in PS i.e. add a stroke line to each image.

Under Thumbnails, decide how you want your images arranged on the page, in this example I have set it to 5 columns over 2 rows.

Select the Use Filename as Caption option to label each image based on its file name, choose your font and font size.

Click OK and let Photoshop work its magic and create your contact sheet.


Add your name – please note this varies between the associations/societies so PLEASE check their requirements first.

Flatten the image, if you haven’t already.

You are now ready to save or print the hanging plan from the File menu.

In the next post I shall give a little insight in what happens at an RPS advisory day.

** Disclaimer Notice: Please note that the views and observations in this series of posts are purely my own and are not in any way, shape, or form sanctioned by the Royal Photographic Society, The Societies or any of the other photographic organisations or associations. So please check the criteria of your chosen organisation before submitting for your qualification – Good Luck.


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