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In Photoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New Features, author Chris Orwig explores the enhancements in Photoshop CS5 and Bridge CS5 from a photographer's perspective. This course introduces the Mini Bridge, a brand new panel to browse and open images without leaving Photoshop, expanded layer functionality, improved sharpening and noise reduction in Adobe Camera Raw, cleaning up and enhancing photographs with the new Bristle Brush and content-aware tools, and working with the new High Dynamic Range (HDR) toning controls. Exercise files are included with the course.
Let's take a look at how we can leverage and take advantage of this new watermarking functionality, which we will find inside of Bridge CS5 Output workspace. One of the first things that we need to do is, of course, select a folder with images in it. In this case, I have selected the folder 01_02_Bridge. The next step is to navigate to the Workspace button. If we click on this, we can then select Output. Now, the Output workspace is great for creating web galleries, or for generating and creating PDF documents.
One of the things that's interesting about this workspace is that it has built-in memory. In other words, it will always remember what you did last time. In this case, it remembered that I created a web gallery, and we can see that web gallery here. What I want to do is focus in on creating a PDF document. So, I'll go ahead and click on PDF. Now, one of the things that interesting about this is when you do that, you don't see any instant change. Rather, what you need to do is to go ahead and click on Refresh Preview. Now, when you do that, it will then render, or create a preview of this particular PDF.
It's going to create that preview based on all the different settings that you have dialed-in in these various panels. Well, the panel that I want to focus in on is Watermark. So, you can go ahead and scroll down to that, or you can simply click on this one to open it up. Well, once we've opened up Watermark, you will notice that one of our first options is to Insert Text. Here I'll go ahead and type out (c)chris orwig. Now in order to see that, simply click Refresh Preview. Now, at this juncture, this is really nothing new. Well, what is new is the ability to control the position of this watermark.
For example, if I click and drag to a negative percent here or to the left, as we can see there, it's going to position this or move this off to the left. Same thing is true if I click and drag it in the other direction or in a positive direction there. We can see it will move it to the right. Now, I can also control the overall Vertical Offset as well. Let's take the horizontal Offset to 0, click Refresh. All right. What about vertical? Click and drag to the right. Well, right you would think that probably goes up, and indeed, it does. Click Refresh Preview, and that will then be higher, or we can click and drag to the left and position that lower.
The other thing that's interesting here is we can change our rotation. For example, click and drag up just a little bit there and click Refresh Preview. Then we'll have this Watermark following the orientation or the rotation of this particular line. So, just think of wherever you have that line and then click Refresh. That's going to be the degree, or the angle of that rotation. Well, what about this new feature down below, Insert Image. What is this all about? Well, Insert Image is actually quite powerful, because what we can do is we can use a logo, or a graphic, or an image as a Watermark on top of our photographs.
This can be something that we do in order to protect our images, or on the other hand, we can use something that's kind of creative in order to improve our overall brand and make our brand that much more reinforced and consistent. In order to get your creative juices flowing, what I have done is I have created this little document here. It's called logo.tiff. Let's go ahead and double-click that one to open it up in Photoshop. We'll, here in Photoshop, you can see that I took this old tag. Just with a little bit of layer blending, I created this graphic which says PHOTOGRAPHS BY CHRISORWIG.COM, VISION, PASSION, CREATIVITY, made in California.
You'll also notice that I included some transparency. How then could we use this graphic with transparent pixels and use this as a watermark? Well, all that we would need to do would be to navigate to the File. Then we just need to save this out as a PNG file. Here we would select, from our file format, PNG and then click Save. Well, you will notice, in the background, it actually already saved this file for you. So, I am going to click Cancel here and then navigate back to Adobe Bridge. All right. We are back in Adobe Bridge.
First, what we need to do is select an image, of course. Then over here in this Insert Image Path field, we are going to click on this ... button, which will open up our finder. At this point, we can select the file that we want to use as a watermark and then click Open or select. Next step, click on Refresh Preview. This will then bring this on top of our image. Now, here what we can is dial-in the Rotation, the Offset, vertically and horizontally, in order to get this in just the right spot. For example, let's take these back to 0, just so we can start off in a nice neutral spot right in the center.
Next step, I want to push this off to the left. I also want to lower this down a little bit and then click on Refresh Preview. This will then position this over there in the lower left-hand side. Now if that particular watermark is too big for your own taste, no big deal. Simply use this Scale slider. What we can do then is click on Refresh Preview, and that will make it much smaller. So, one of the things to keep in mind here is that there is so much potential for creating different type of watermarks, whether you're creating watermarks that protect your images, or as we have done here, creating a little fun watermark that actually reinforces or re-enhances your overall brand.
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