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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.
As you download images from your camera into your collection on your computer, your first instinct may be to view the images in Bridge, scroll through and locate the images that you think are unusable, then delete them. By delete I mean delete them from your machine entirely. I would actually like to discourage you from doing this, because you never know when you might be able to use those images later. Although you may think they are unusable now, you may learn a new feature in Elements that allows you to still use them. If your image is just slightly out of focus, you may be able to still use it by using the Adjust Sharpness feature that's in Elements; or if the colors are just slightly off, you might be able to fix that in Elements as well.
So rather than deleting the images, I suggest that you actually hide them here in bridge and then you can always refer to them later. Okay, so we can hide them from our view, but they are still actually on the machine. So I would like to show you how to do this now. I currently am viewing a specific group of images in my Content panel. What I have done is I have created an Enzo year 1 keyword tag and I have applied that to several images here in our catalog images in the exercise files. You can see over here we have 46 images that are tagged with Enzo year 1.
I have chosen to filter down the list by clicking here in the Filter panel on that keyword tag. So we're just viewing those images that have that tag applied. Let's actually increase the thumbnail size so we can see these guys a lot better. Let's take a look at these first two images here. You will notice that they are awfully out of focus. Okay, I can even make this larger so that it fills up the Content panel. Look at that. Pretty out of focus. And what I did here is I actually took this image without a flash and I wasn't using a tripod and the light just wasn't bright enough in the room, the natural lighting, in order to keep it in focus.
So as a result we got what's called camera shake and he is horribly out of focus and the next image is really no better, there he is. That's a little bit better, might be able to still save this one using some sharpening, but probably not. So I'm probably not going to be using these images, unless I were to maybe at one point decide I wanted to create maybe a painting off of this image. I could use some filter gallery effects and still use this subject as a pretty nice stimulated natural media painting. So what I'm going to do is select the top image and the image underneath by Shift-clicking with them both selected now, I can actually decrease their thumbnail size a bit. What I would like to do is go under the Label menu, rather than deleting these, I'm going to go ahead and I'm going to reject them by applying the Reject label.
All right, when I do that, normally where we see a star rating underneath here or no rating at all, see here these have star ratings, it says Reject in red. That's telling us these images might not be usable. But rather than deleting them, we're just going to reject them. The next thing we can do is go under the View menu and turn off the Show Reject Files option. When we do that, they are now hidden from view in the Content panel. So they still exist, if we decide we ever want to make that painting, we can still open up that image if we were to make them visible again. By going under View, choosing Show Reject Files and they are still here.
I think this is a really good alternative to deleting the images altogether, because once they are gone they are gone. If you download them from the card, then delete it from your machine and then reformat your card, well then they are gone for ever and that's dangerous. We don't want to do that. So we want to use the Show Reject Files or Hide Reject Files feature, now they are just hidden from view. Last thing I want to tell you about this feature is that should you change your workspace display, let's say to something like vertical filmstrip, they are going to reappear, which means that automatically Bridge will turn this option back on and show the reject files.
So that's something to be aware of, should you change your display here by choosing a different workspace. That option is going to turn itself back on and make these images visible. So, now that we're aware of that, what we can start doing is making sure that when we download our images, we don't delete the ones that we think are unusable. Actually keep them around, just reject them and hide them from view.
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