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Taking pictures is easy; managing images is a different story. In this workshop, Adobe Certified Instructor Russell Viers shares his techniques for sorting through your photo libraries. See how to breeze through images using Bridge and full-screen preview, how to quickly mark the ones you like and open them all for synchronized image adjustment, how to go from Bridge to InDesign and Photoshop for page layout and image optimization, and more. These 11 techniques show how to process your digital photos faster, and save precious time for shooting.
A new feature that came about in CS5 that I find really exciting, may not be something you use for your work everyday. But for personal it's really awesome, and that is this new Export pane or panel down here in Bridge. If you notice that when you select that, you've got Facebook, Flickr, Photoshop.com and save to hard drive. I, I don't really use these three that much. Save to hard drive sounds good, but you're thinking, well, why would I use that? I can already save to hard drive. Well, if you double-click on Save to Hard Drive, you can see that you can set some preferences here.
Export to original location and Export to a specific folder. And rename that at this point. Okay. That's, that's alright. but notice that here you can do some re-sizing of your images. So, why would I need this? Well, let's say that I shot in Camera Raw, and I've got a bunch of 18 megapixel photos that I want to quickly put on my hard drive and add to something that requires JPEGs, add a more manageable web or video size. Maybe I want them in a video. Okay. And I don't want to have to move these huge files around.
That would be a use for this. The one I use is this Facebook right here. I love Facebook. Find me on Facebook, guys, you can be my friend. Now, on Facebook. When I double-click this, it opens the preset menu here, and I can choose a destination. Well, I need to sign in to Facebook here, so. 'kay. Once I log in to Facebook, I can give the Bridge Export panel permission to access my data at any time. I'm going to go ahead and allow that, because I trust that. Okay. Now, when I log in, you'll notice that it finds my account, and it goes and it finds all of the existing albums that I've got up on my website.
So maybe the photos I'm getting ready to upload will be in addition to something that I just do all the time, you know. Me out with the kids, or whatever. In this case, I'm going to create a new photo album, and I'll name this Lacrose. And we'll just say, Kansas City somewhere, doesn't matter. Kansas City. Description, Turo and Oscar playing lacrosse. And I can change my privacy settings here. I'm going to leave it open for everyone and hit OK.
Now when I do this, it's going to add that photo album. Before I do that, I want to name this preset. So I have more than one preset. I'll just call this lacrosse so it's the same name as the photo album. And then I can go up here under Image Options, and I'm going to say Manual Re-size, Constrain to Fit that's fine, and I want to put these little a higher quality. Let's go and put these on 12 maximum. And include the original metadata, and I can choose only Copyright camera settings, Contact information only.
Whatever I want to do there, and additional keywords if you're doing any type of keyword searches. I want to hit save, and it added that album right over there on the left. Now, these, just to keep this short, I'm just choosing two pictures here. But just to give you an idea of the magnitude of this, let's say that I shot 500 photographs in Camera Raw. Well, without this, I'm going to have to process those in a way and then upload those to Facebook. So there's a few steps in there. But with this, I could take an entire folder of camera Raw files, and just drag them right on top of that preset right there.
And it knows it can't do camera Raw up on Facebook, so Bridge is going to work with Photoshop to repurpose these. And when I click like that Now, it's publishing one or two pictures. You're going to watch the progress right here. And when it's done, you'll know that those are up on Facebook. So, if you are a Facebook person. Alright. Then this is a great way to get that stuff from your camera up your Facebook quickly and still use the, the same concepts we've learned elsewhere in this video. So, you download 1000 photographs, you filter down to the 100 you like, or 200 you like, you search by keywords, you upload it to Facebook.
What I think is really exciting about this right here, is that I think the potential's there for other companies, besides Flickr and Facebook, to offer these plug-ins. So I'm really excited to see what's going to happen in the future, as far as third party development of this export panel. So, if you're using a service besides those that are listed here, SmugMug for example, or any of the others. Contact them and say, hey, are you guys writing plugins for Bridge, for the Export panel so that I could very quickly go from what I'm doing anyway for my InDesign document, or for working in video, and very quickly go to my space on the website.
So the Export panel, brand new to CS5, and I'm anxious to see where it goes in future versions.
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