Printing Sequential Numbered Tickets with Photoshop and Bridge

Creating and printing tickets with sequential numbering can be a breeze with Adobe Photoshop and Bridge working together. This method offers more control over design compared to using pre-made templates. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

Preparation:

Design your ticket: Open Photoshop and create a new document sized for your ticket. Design your ticket layout, including any text, logos, or graphics. Here’s where you can customize the look and feel of your tickets.

Prepare your numbering system: Decide on your numbering format (e.g., starting number, number of digits). You can use a simple text file (like Notepad) to create a list of sequential numbers beforehand or explore using Photoshop’s built-in variables later.

Using Bridge for Batch Processing:

Save your ticket template: Save your designed ticket as a Photoshop (.psd) file. This will be the base template for generating your numbered tickets.

Open Bridge: Locate and launch Adobe Bridge. It’s usually included in the Adobe Creative Suite installation.

Go to Batch: In Bridge, navigate to the menu bar and select “Tools > Batch”.

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elect Action: A new window will appear. In the “Action” dropdown menu, choose “Create Droplets”.

Set Source: Under “Source”, click “Folder” and choose the folder containing your ticket template (.psd) file.

Set Destination: Under “Destination”, click “Folder” and select the folder where you want your finished numbered tickets saved.

Set Filename: Here’s where the magic happens! In the “Filename” section, you can define the naming convention for your numbered tickets. Include the original filename and add text for the sequential number.

Here’s an example:

Original filename: Ticket_Template.psd
New filename: Ticket_[number].psd (Replace [number] with the actual sequential number)
Adding Sequential Numbers (Optional):

Use Variables: If you haven’t prepared a separate list beforehand, you can leverage Photoshop’s built-in variables within Bridge. In the “Filename” section, after the original filename, type _${#}. This will replace # with a sequential number starting from 1 for each generated ticket.

Document Numbering: Alternatively, Bridge offers document numbering options. Click the “Output Options” button and explore the numbering settings under the “Rename” tab. You can define the starting number and number of digits here.

Finalize and Run:

Review Settings: Double-check all your selections, including source, destination, filename format, and numbering options (if applicable).

Create Droplet: Click the “Create” button to create the Droplet. This essentially automates the process.

Run the Droplet: Drag and drop your ticket template (.psd) file onto the newly created Droplet icon on your desktop (or wherever you saved it). Bridge will automatically generate new files based on your defined settings, adding sequential numbers to the filenames.

Printing:

Open Generated Files: Once Bridge finishes processing, navigate to your chosen destination folder and open the generated numbered ticket files (.psd) in Photoshop.

Print Individually: You can print each numbered ticket individually from Photoshop using the “File > Print” option.

Batch Printing: If you’re using a printer that supports batch printing, explore your printer’s software or driver settings for options to print multiple files at once.

Bonus Tip:

For more complex numbering needs, you can explore creating and using Photoshop Actions. Actions allow you to record a series of steps within Photoshop and then replay them on multiple files. This can be helpful for tasks like adding text with sequential numbers directly onto the tickets themselves.

By following these steps, you can create and print a set of professionally designed tickets with sequential numbering using the powerful combination of Adobe Photoshop and Bridge. Remember to customize the design and numbering options to fit your specific needs.

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