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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.
One of the strengths of Photoshop is that it is so deep. I mean, there is so much that we can do inside of Photoshop. Yet, at the same time, it's also one of the weaknesses. Sometimes, we can have so many things visible that it can be a little bit overwhelming. Well, for that matter, we can have panels and different things open that are actually irrelevant to our task at hand. Well, the good news is that in Adobe Photoshop CS5, we can now customize our workspace much more easily. One of the ways that we can do this is by navigating to our Window pulldown menu.
Here we can select Workspace and then choose some of these different workspaces, although changing workspaces in this context is a little bit tedious, because we would have to drill down into this menu. Well again, the good news is that we can change these workspaces much more effectively now. You'll notice that in this Application bar up here, we have our current workspace, which is Essentials. Well, if you click on the icon next to this, you can open or expand this menu, or you can select some other workspaces. For example, this particular layout really focuses in on photography, and it opens up and configures your panels in a way that it thinks, 'Hey, if you're a photographer, this might be an effective way to work.' Let's go ahead and click on that option to choose that.
Here, you can see it's focusing in on our Histogram, Adjustments and also layers and then opening up a few other panels here as icons as well. Now if ever we want to change one of our workspaces, we can, of course, click on this icon and make the selection. We can also click on these two lines, which act a way to drag out, almost as if from a drawer, these different workspaces. So, at this juncture, what I could then do is simply click on Essentials in order to go to that workspace. If I ever want to toggle back to Photography, all that I need to do now is simply click on that workspace, or for that matter, whatever workspace will help me to be most effective, considering the task at hand.
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