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The Adobe Photo Downloader

From: 11 Tricks for Faster Photo Processing with Bridge and Photoshop

Video: The Adobe Photo Downloader

Chronologically I would have done this chapter first. The reason I saved it for this late in the presentation is because you don't get the full value out of using this wonderful little utility until you understand other aspects of Bridge. And this is what I'm going to do. I've got my camera here. I just walked out on the street, just did, walked outside, grabbed a few photographs. I'm going to plug it in right now with my USB cord to this computer. If it doesn't pop up automatically, go to File > Get photos from camera.

The Adobe Photo Downloader

Chronologically I would have done this chapter first. The reason I saved it for this late in the presentation is because you don't get the full value out of using this wonderful little utility until you understand other aspects of Bridge. And this is what I'm going to do. I've got my camera here. I just walked out on the street, just did, walked outside, grabbed a few photographs. I'm going to plug it in right now with my USB cord to this computer. If it doesn't pop up automatically, go to File > Get photos from camera.

What camera do you want to pull from, and this is the basic dialog box. You know what, I am going to bypass this and just click on the Advanced. Alright, now you can see there are previews of your photos and I just took some shots of the street cars going by, alright? And that's a great shot, actually I might use that as texture so I want to keep that and I will make a nice background texture. But you get a little thumbnail here that you can look at. If you don't like it, like hm, maybe I can't use that one, I'm just going to deselect them and I don't have to worry about ever seeing those again.

I can Uncheck All Or Check All. You can also uncheck or check multiples by doing something like this. Selecting it, holding your Shift key down, and selecting. And when you uncheck, they all uncheck. Or if you check, they all check as well. So you can go through them in Advance, and decide which ones you want. This is where it gets important is up here at the top, is with Save Options. With the Save Options on the location here, I can tell it, I want to save these somewhere.

Maybe on my server, maybe on my desktop. I'll create a new folder and call these Russel's picks, alright? There we go. And I'm going to save it in there. And I can have it create sub-folders automatically. And I use this all the time, because I shoot with multiple cameras, so it's really important that I save by shot date. That way, if I'm using multiple cameras, then it'll put in the same folder from those multiple cameras based on that date. But you can do custom name, different types of date, different ways of displaying the dates there. I can rename the files if I want with a custom name. So we'll just call this (UNKNOWN) Street Cars.

And then I'll have to put a serial number after it. I am going to preserve the original file name in the XMP though. Now this is kind of nice and that is when you are done you can have it open in Bridge. Or, you can have it convert them into digital negatives, I'm not going to do that. Delete the original files, but here's what I wanted to show you, is I can have it actually save copies to another folder, so that in a way, it imports it twice. One set of photos you're going to adjust and another set of photos that maybe are the original untouched ones. I'm going to just have it open in Bridge for now. This is where it gets really exciting, is I can have it apply a Metadata Template. So before I ever import in, through Bridge I always go to my Metadata Template, under Tools and I edit it and I put in there the information that I want. So I'm going to hit Cancel, I'm going to go to Tools, Edit Metadata Template and right down here under Description, (UNKNOWN) Street Cars. And I would put date and time, and maybe more information there. But I'm going to save that.

And now when I say, File > Get photos from camera, we're going through this process again, on the Advanced dialog that I'm not going to worry about deselecting this time, but I am going to tell it to use my template. And that's going to pull that Metadata automatically in. So, the more Metadata I have in my template, the easier it's going to be to use this. Let me make sure that it's still looking on the desktop in that folder of mine. There we go. Alright, do not rename the files. No, let's go ahead and have it do it based on custom name, (UNKNOWN) Street Cars.

They really should have this Metadata Template at the top, so that you fix that first. because by the time you get down here and realize you didn't put the description in, now you've got to go back and redo some of this stuff. So I'm going to Get Photos, and now you can see it's going to import these photos, through Bridge, adding the Metadata onto My Computer for me. When it's done, now I'm in Bridge and I'm ready to work. Now it's as simple as clicking on the picture, hitting my Space bar, going through, deciding if I like it. I want to zoom in to check sharpness.

What am I going to do with this? All the thing we've learned in this lesson, we can do immediately now because they're here. And the descriptions already there, the rest of the IPTC Core data, is already there. So I just saved myself a lot of time, by using the Adobe Photo Downloader to bring them in, as supposed to downloading them, and then coming in later and adding the Metadata. Now if I decide I don't want to make that my default, when I plug in my camera, I just go to Preferences, and I can tell it when camera is connected, launch that or I can turn that off now. I like it on, that's all I use, I only use Bridge when I take pictures and I bring it in.

And immediately I get busy working on these pictures, things like deleting the ones I don't want. These obviously are not pictures. I'm going to want to keep right there. Let's keep that one. So, I'll delete those. And I'm actually going to move them to the Trash, not reject them, because I never want to see them again, alright? So, if I want to start applying keywords, all the other stuff we've done, is now available to us because we brought it in through that Adobe Photo Downloader.

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