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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image editing application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements 8, along with its companion program, Bridge CS4, to organize and edit photos, build projects like web galleries and photo collages, and share photos with family and friends. Jan dives deep into the application's editing tools, which rival those of the full product, Photoshop, in their ability to take snapshots and turn them into great photos. Exercise files accompany the course.
Adobe Bridge is just a viewer into the files and folders that are on your hard drive. So that means that if I move a thumbnail in Bridge, or I copy a thumbnail in Bridge, or I create a folder in Bridge, all of that actually occurs to the files and folders on my hard drive. And that's different than Adobe Elements 8 in Windows that uses a database to organize images, rather than a File Viewer. So for example, let's say that I want to move one of these images to another folder. If I hold the Ctrl key and click on a thumbnail in Bridge, or right-click on a thumbnail in Bridge, if I have a two button mouse, from the Contextual menu that appears, I can choose Move to, and then I can choose, from this menu, a recent destination, or I can click Choose Folder, and I am going to select my Desktop, and then select the saved files folder and click Choose.
And that has actually moved that image, vase3.jpg, on my hard drive. So if I go out to my hard drive and I look on my Desktop, and I look inside the saved files folder, there is vase5.jpg. I'll close that folder and I'll go back into Bridge. Similarly, I could Ctrl+Click an image or right-click if I have a two button mouse, and choose Copy to, and choose a folder to copy the image to.
And that would give me a second copy of an image on my hard drive. I am not going to bother doing that now. Instead I want to show you that you can also make new folders and move images into new folders in Bridge, with a corresponding effect on your hard drive. So I am going to click in a blank area of the Content panel, and then I am going to up to the top right of Bridge, and I am going to click to Create New Folder icon there. That makes a new subfolder inside the folder that I had currently selected. Notice that the name of the folder, 'untitled folder', is now highlighted in blue, which means that I have the opportunity to name this folder, so I'll call this one 'vases', and then press Return on the keyboard.
Now I am going to select my two images of vases by clicking on one, holding the Command key, and clicking on the other, and then I'll click and hold and drag in either of the selected images, and move over the vases subfolder, and when I see that blue highlight around the subfolder, I'll release my mouse. If I double-click on the vases subfolder, you can see the two images inside of it. And I now have a new vases subfolder on my hard drive that contains these two images.
Now another thing to know is that if you delete a file while you are in Bridge, you're actually deleting it from your hard drive, so you want to be careful of that. I am going to select vase1.jpg, and then I am going to press the Delete key on my keyboard, and I get this message: 'Do I want to reject this file?' or do I want to 'delete it?' If I click Delete, then I get this warning that I am about to move this file into the Trash on my computer. If I say OK, I have now moved the actual file on my hard drive, and if I were to empty my trash at this point from the Mac OS Finder, I would lose that file forever.
Now with vase2.jpg selected, I am going to press the Delete key again, and this time instead of choosing Delete, I am going to choose Reject, and this is different. This simply labels the file as a Reject, so I might go through all of the photos that I have done in a shoot and label some as Rejects. This does not remove them from my hard drive, but if I want, I can hide the files, so that I don't have to look at them here in Bridge. And to do that, I'll go up to the View menu at the top of the screen, and I'll uncheck Show Reject Files.
Now I can't see vase2.jpg, but it's still here on my hard drive, and if I want to see it again in Bridge, I can go back to the View menu and choose Show Reject Files. So if you have a lot of files in a folder, it sometimes helps to make those that you consider rejects be temporarily invisible, so you can see just the best files together. But do keep in mind that deleting a file, or moving it, or copying it, has an effect on the actual files on your hard drive, so you want to be careful what you do to files here in Bridge.
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