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

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Probably the most common use for Bridge is just simply viewing your photographs. In this day and age, with our digital cameras, we barely hold the button down and we've shot 50 pictures. This, for example, is a guy I met in Texas. And I liked his face and thought the hat was kind of neat. Looked like a nice enough guy, and I just said can I take your picture and as he was telling me his story I just rattled off a bunch. And then also took him in front of some trees and shot a bunch more. So I shot here 98 photographs in a very short period of time.

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Probably the most common use for Bridge is just simply viewing your photographs. In this day and age, with our digital cameras, we barely hold the button down and we've shot 50 pictures. This, for example, is a guy I met in Texas. And I liked his face and thought the hat was kind of neat. Looked like a nice enough guy, and I just said can I take your picture and as he was telling me his story I just rattled off a bunch. And then also took him in front of some trees and shot a bunch more. So I shot here 98 photographs in a very short period of time.

Now which one do I want to use. Well, I showed you the Preview pane earlier and if I enlarge that I could use the Preview pane. And I could with my loop go in there and see if it's sharp enough. Okay see if that's something I want to use, could do that. That's the old way of doing that. That's the way we did it in CS 3. In CS 4 they gave us a really really nice enhancement which of course is in CS 5 as well and that is hit your Space Bar. Now keep in mind the goal of this is to be able to very quickly go through our photographs, find the one we like, instead of opening it in Photoshop. How long would it take to open this picture in Photoshop? Well, this picture is 6.9 megabytes and that's a JPEG, so you know when it's opened in Photoshop.

This is going to be even bigger. So how long would it take? Well, let's just find out. Let me double click, 'kay. It's opening it, and that wasn't too bad. Let's double click on this one. Wait. Okay, not horrible, all right, but it's still, depending on the speed of your machine, it's still considerably slower than just hitting your space bar. Yup, all you do is hit your space bar and you move into Full Screen mode. If you want to zoom into check something for sharpness for example, like the hair on his hat.

If I click with my mouse I zoom in, and I'm just dragging my mouse around, and I don't think his face or his shirt, it's not as sharp as what I'd like. So I'm going to click with my mouse again, and I'm going to hit my right arrow and go to the next picture. That one looks pretty blurry, let's go to the next one. Really blurry. Next one. Next one. Okay, that's a good face for you, let's zoom in and look and that's actually pretty sharp. I can count the eyebrows on his head, I can see the wrinkles, alright. I can even see the whiskers on his chin so this may very well be a shot that I want to use.

Alright so, that's one way of viewing them is by hitting your Space bar, use Space bar again and it reduces back into the pictures. So you can enlarge your thumbnails if you want. kind of scroll through until you see one that you think you might like. Like this one. And then hit your Space bar. But it's really just as quick to keep hitting your Space bar. Then we see something like this with his eyes closed. Well, you know you're not going to want that. So go ahead and get rid of it. Hit delete if you want. Hit your Space bar and you're back to this view.

Now let's say that I've selected several of them that I like. I like this one. I'm going to go down here and hold my Shift key down and select that one, and I've selected all of em, in that row. And you can see up here, that I've selected 18 of them. Well I want to reduce my thumbnails just a little bit more. And I'm not going to do 18. I'm going to select that one. This time I'm going to hold the Cmd key down, or the Ctrl key on a Windows machine, and I'll select that one. Come down here and select that one.

Maybe I like that one, and that one. Let's just do one more. To do that one. Okay. Now I've selected six images. If I go to View, and I go to Review mode, which is Cmd+ B, now it launches all six of them in this mode and I can just with my arrows I can scroll through. I don't really like that one, so I'm going to hit my down arrow, and that eliminates it, from the choices. Now I'm down to those five, well I really only need four for this project, so I like that one, like that one, like that one.

Hm, which of these two do I want? I'm just using my left and right arrow to toggle back and fourth. And I think I like that one. So I'm going to hit my down arrow, and get rid of that, and those are the four that I'm leaving in my selection. When I hit escape one, two, three, four is all I have selected now. So you can actually narrow your search some by choosing the ones you like and then go to Review mode. Alright. So, how we're going to work? Well, we can use the Preview if we want. Space bar.

Click to zoom in. Click to zoom out. If you're zoomed in you can drag the picture around if you want just with your mouse. Click again. You zoom back out. Hit your Space bar and you're back here or you can use Preview Mode if you want as well. If you go to some of the other work spaces like Film strip, you can see there's a bigger preview, okay? But it's still not as big as Full Screen mode. Alright? So, just keep your finger on that Space bar so you can very quickly see a Full Screen Version of that photo.

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