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In Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training, Ted LoCascio teaches casual photographers how to organize, edit, and share their digital image libraries using this powerful software package from Adobe. He tours the included Adobe Bridge application, used for importing and organizing photographs, and explores every feature of Elements itself. He demonstrates how to navigate the Elements workspace, which is used to correct and improve images, combine them into projects, and produce slideshows, photo books, web galleries, and more. Ted also explains how to get the most out of each editing mode, and shares tips for correcting, retouching, and sharpening photographs. Example files accompany the course.
Another great organizational feature in Bridge is the ability to apply ratings to your images. You can categorize your images using a 5-star rating system and then locate and display them based on rating. All right, I'm currently in Bridge and I'm viewing the catalog images in our exercise files, and what I would like to do is actually filter what's being displayed here in the Content panel and I'm going to do that using keywords. Now, in the keywords movie I actually created a new keyword tag called Enzo year 1, and I applied that keyword tag to only images that were taken in the first year of my son Enzo's life. So if I then go over here in the Filter panel and I click where it says Enzo year 1, all of those images that are tagged with the Enzo year 1 tag are now displayed in this Content panel.
What I would like to do is actually print out certain of these images. Now, in my household I don't usually choose the images that get printed. A lot of times it's my wife that goes through the images and chooses the ones that she would like to have printed and a lot of it has to do with the fact that she has already talked to someone in the family that wants certain images. So she knows which ones that need to be printed. Yet I know how to print them better and so it's my job usually to print them out. So one way to do this would be to go through these images and actually write down using a pen and paper, the filenames of the ones that you would like printed. However, that will take way too much time, way too labor-intensive.
Instead, what you can do is go through these images here in Bridge and apply a rating to it so that I know that all of the images that have the 5-star rating applied are the ones that we're going to print. So how do we go about doing this? What we can do is go through select the image, and the quickest and easiest way to do this is to click in the area underneath the thumbnail. Notice that we have the series of dots, if you click on one of the dots, it will apply the rating. So for instance, this image is little blurry, so I would say this is a 1-star rating, probably not going to get printed. All right, so I have clicked on the first dot and that applied a 1-star rating and now we can see the star. If we go over here, this one is a little blurry as well, but I think a little better, this one is not too bad, I'm going to actually give that one a 4-star rating.
We can go through the list and do this for every image that we like. Let's say that's a 5-star image right there, the Christmas image. Now, if we have the images that are similar in content and probably deserve the same rating, you can select multiple images. I'm going to click on this image here, hold down the Shift key and select all the way down through the row and then click on a rating and it will give it the exact same rating. So let's give these five stars. All right, so now they all have the exact same rating. So that's one way that you can apply the same rating to multiple selected images here within the Content panel.
All right, another way that you can do this quickly and easily is using keyboard shortcuts. So let's select the next image in the list, clicking on it to select it. If we go under the Label menu, notice over here, we can choose the command from under this Label menu, here we have one star, two, three all the way down to five stars if you like or No Rating which is actually at the top and then also there is a Reject. I could choose one from up here, let's say this is a good image, but it's about a three star. Okay, we're not sure if we want to print that one or not, sort of in between. But for the other ones rather than going under the menu each time, what we can do is select it and then use the keyboard shortcuts. Command+1 would be 1 star, Command+2 2 stars and so on all the way up to 5.
So let's say this is a Command+3 and then we will go to this one. I love this image. That one I want to print, Command+5. Select the next image, that's another good one, Command+5. Scroll down a little bit. I'm actually using the wheel on my mouse to do that at time. Click over here, we use Command+5 again for that one. I would like to print that. That one is maybe a Command+3, not sure about that one. Love these, Command+5. In fact, I just love all of these in here. Let's just go ahead, got to print those. I should have included that one too, that one is good. Print that one, that one is maybe and so on and so forth. So you understand how we do this. Now, after we have applied some ratings to these images, the next thing we can do is filter down our list yet again. Enzo year 1, add to it, the 13 images that have five stars. Click on that in the Filter panel.
Now, we're just viewing the images that we want to print. What I can do is select all of these, open them up in Elements and then proceed to print them. So in this movie what we learned was how we can select images and apply ratings to them in order to indicate something that we would like to use them for. It doesn't necessarily have to be printing; it could be another project that you would like to use these images in. It could be maybe a web gallery or a PDF slideshow, something like that. It's some sort of indication to you that these are images that you definitely want to work with. It's a great, quick and easy way to add that indication to each image and then you could filter down what's being displayed here in the Content panel list, using these ratings over here in the Filter panel.
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