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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.
All right! Let's take a look at how we can use Mini Bridge in order to find and then review our photos. And this is actually pretty simple because Mini Bridge is quite intuitive. One of the things that we can do is click on a folder then see the contents of that folder, in this case, all of these subfolders. Here, all I need to do is simply double -click on a folder name, and I can see all the contents inside of that folder. I can also navigate by clicking up here. For example, I can click on exercise_ files in order to go to that folder there, and then I could double-click inside of another folder in order to view the images there.
Let's say at this juncture, what I actually want to do is go backwards. I want to undo what I just did. Well, you can do this in the same way that you use a web browser. For example, on a web browser, you have Back and Forward buttons. What I can do is click the Back button. This will then take me back where I was, where I was currently viewing this exercise_files folder. Well, let's go down and select our folder, which is 01_02_Bridge. Let's then double-click this folder to open it up. Now here we have all of these nice little thumbnails.
Well, it's kind of tricky to see these thumbnails, and let's say we make them even smaller because we have a lot of thumbnails. Well, wouldn't it be nice, of course, if we could have a little bit larger preview? Well, you can actually open up what's called the Preview Pod. By clicking on the second icon here, you can then select Preview Pod. What that allows us to do is to dedicate space to a preview. Now here, if I go ahead and click and drag this, I can expand this preview area, so that I have a little bit of a larger preview.
Now at this point that is still quite small so I might need to extend this perhaps even more and then extend my edge out so I have more space dedicated to this preview. This particular preview works especially well when you change the way the contents display. Let me show you what I mean. In the bottom right-hand corner, you have this little icon. This is your View icon. Click on this and you can change the view. For example, we can view all this as List. Now at this point, that Preview Pod becomes even more important, but let's say that you find this still little bit too small, simply click on the X, and then you can close that.
And let's say that you really wish you had a larger view of these images. Well, there's a couple of different ways we can view these. If you click on the Next icon over here on the bottom right-hand corner, you have a couple of different ways to review your photographs. One of the best ways I think is to navigate your full-screen preview. You can do so by pressing this shortcut, which is the Spacebar key. Let's go ahead and try that. I'll click on this image. Then what I'll do is press the Spacebar key. This will take this image to a full-screen preview.
Now here, I can simply press my arrow keys, and I can scroll through all of these different images. And I can really evaluate these photographs and determine if these are keepers or not, or if I actually want to open up these images. Press the Spacebar key again. That will then exit out of that fullscreen mode. There's also another mode, which is not quite as drastic, and you saw that right above here. It's called the Preview. You can access the Preview either by clicking right on the icon or by pressing Shift+Space.
I'm going to go ahead and click here in order to select that. And what I can do here is also press my arrow keys in order to toggle through the different images. Now to close this, I can simply click Close. Let's go ahead and take this back to a Thumbnail view because that's a little bit more easy to see, and then I'll expand this a touch more and again, even in this view, I can press the Spacebar key to go to fullscreen. Press it again in order to exit that view. The last thing that I want to highlight here is there is one more mode. It's called Review mode.
If you navigate to review mode, what it will do is it will show your images in this carousel, and this is the same Carousel Review mode that we have inside of Bridge. Use your arrow keys to scroll through this, press the Down arrow key in order to remove images from this particular carousel, and then you can make your way through these images here. All right, in order to exit out of this, we can simply click on this X button here, and that will take us back to Mini Bridge.
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