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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.
Now that we know a little bit about Mini Bridge, we're ready to begin to work with this tool. Yet typically, what you're going to do is you're not going to start with Mini Bridge. Rather, you are going to start with Bridge. So, let's click on the Bridge icon. What we're going to do here is we're going to make our way through these images. We're going to add some star ratings to these different photos. So, I want to select a few photos that I really like. So, let's say that I like this image. On a Mac, I'll press Command+1. On a PC, I'll press Ctrl+1 to add a one star rating.
I'll go ahead and click on a couple of other images and press that shortcut again, Command+1 or Ctrl+1, in order to select a few images here. Well now that I've added this star rating, what I want to do is I want to filter based on this star rating, and I want to do that inside of Mini Bridge. Now at this point, it's a little bit tricky. How do we get back to Photoshop in Mini Bridge? One of the ways that we can do this is by simply clicking on the Boomerang icon. Well now that we're here, you can see that what we have visible are all these images.
And the nice thing about this is that these different images, if we zoom in on them a little bit, also have the same star rating that we applied in Bridge. Now that we have the star rating here, we could say, 'You know, I just want to see the images with the one star.' I just want to see those images because I want to open them or work on them.' One of the ways that we can start to really work with Mini Bridge is if we hover over the furthest edge here, we can then click and drag so that we have a larger view so we can actually see these thumbnails.
We can also change the thumbnail size by clicking and dragging the thumbnail slider. Yet still with all of that, I can't really identify which images are one star very clearly. So, what I'm going to do is click on this Funnel icon. This icon allows me to filter based on criteria that I've actually added inside of Bridge. So, in this case, I'll say, 'Hey, show me those images that have a one star rating.' I'll go ahead and click on that option. I now have all of these images visible, and I've successfully filtered away those images that I don't want to see.
Now, if ever you want to turn off this filter, all you have to do is click on this icon here and then simply choose Clear Filter, and this will take it back to the view where we can see all of the photographs.
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