The return of proof sheets in Adobe Bridge CC

Adobe makes Bridge useful again.


One of the most popular articles on Sketchbook B is an old article from 2012 about how to make proof sheets* in Adobe Bridge. For some reason, Adobe removed the functionality** a few versions ago and I think all the search hits I get on my site are people trying to figure out how to get the functionality back.

With the latest update to Creative Cloud, Bridge CC can make proof sheets again. Just go to the “Output” workspace (Window > Workpace > Output), select the files that you want to include and Bridge will build a proof sheet that you can export to PDF. There are some definite advantages to using Bridge to build proof sheets:

  • Complete visual control. You control everything – paper size and orientation, label font and positioning, background color, image resolution, grid spacing and more.
  • Watermarks. Automatically watermark the images included on the proof sheet.
  • Custom header and footer. If you want a branded proof sheet with your logo in the header, Bridge will let you do that.
  • Save as a template. Once everything is the way you want it, save it as a template for the next time you need to use it.

Thanks to Adobe for bringing back a really useful feature — even though I never understood why it went away. Adobe's help documentation provides and exhaustive list of features and options. If you’ve never used the proof sheet functionality in Bridge, give it a shot. It’s really useful when you need to share a bunch of thumbnails with a client or colleague.

* Adobe calls them contact sheets, which is what I called them when I used to make them in a darkroom. I prefer proof sheets, today.

** There was a way to install the Output module to the last version of Bridge, but it never worked for me.

Bob Wertz writes about design, technology and pop culture at Sketchbook B. Bob is a Columbia, South Carolina-based designer, creative director, college instructor, husband and dad. He’s particularly obsessed with typography, the creative process and the tools we use to create. He's currently in the middle of a project to design a new shirt a week for an entire year. Follow Bob on TwitterInstagram and Micro.Blog.