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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.
Here we're going to take a look at a new feature inside of Photoshop CS5 that's often overlooked, and it has to deal with how we can work with Adjustment layers, and also the Target Adjustment tool. Well, let's say that one of the things that I want to do here is I want to add a levels adjustment to this image. So, I go ahead and click on the Levels icon. Now when I do that, you notice that this field down here isn't highlighted. If I want to change this so that the first field in whatever Adjustment layer I'm working on is targeted, so I can make a change there, all you need to do is to click on this icon here and then choose Auto-Select Parameter.
What that will then do, if we click off this image and click back on this, as it will highlight that first particular field. And then I could simply click on the 5 key in order to change the density of that image. Now this will work with many different types of Adjustment layers, and it's a nice way to just speed up our overall workflow. Let's go ahead and delete this Levels adjustment by clicking and dragging to the Trashcan icon. What else can we do? We could go ahead and click on the Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer, and here you'll notice that this icon, the Target Adjustment tool icon is not highlighted.
In other words, it's not targeted. We can't use it, unless we click on the tool. Well, if you would like to have the ability to have this tools always be selected, whenever we use an Adjustment layer, which has this functionality, all we need to do is to click on this icon here, and then we can go ahead and choose Auto-Select Target Adjustment tool. You'll see that that icon is now pressed. What I could do here would be to simply clicking the sky say, and then go ahead and make a Saturation change to that area of the sky. Or for that matter, if I go back to my Adjustments panel, and if I choose a different adjustment, say Black & White conversion, you'll notice that this tool is automatically pressed active, ready to go, and here I can click and drag and make whatever changes I need to make to this particular image.
So, it's just a nice and handy way to speed up your overall workflow. Now when you click between layers, it will still activate whatever Adjustment layer you're on in regards to bringing up that Target Adjustment tool. Let me show you what I mean. When I click here, you'll notice that now, the Target Adjustment tool and Hue/Saturation is active. Go back to Black & White, and we'll see that that functionality is still turned on. So, if you find yourself using the Target Adjustment tool quite often, I definitely recommend that you check on that preference.
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