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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

Opening files from Bridge into Elements


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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

with Jan Kabili

Video: Opening files from Bridge into Elements

When you're using Adobe Bridge and Elements together, one of the things you'll do most in Bridge is visually find and open files from there into Elements. Earlier, I showed you one way to open a file from Bridge into Elements, which is to hold down the Control key or right- click if you have a two button mouse, on a thumbnail, and from the Contextual menu, to choose Open With and then navigate to Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.0. But I am going to move out of that menu because there is a quicker way to open a file that's associated with Elements, and that's to just double-click its thumbnail here in Bridge.
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  1. 2m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 17s
  2. 13m 0s
    1. Touring Elements
      7m 24s
    2. Starting from the Welcome screen
      5m 36s
  3. 16m 11s
    1. Importing photos from a camera
      8m 48s
    2. Dividing scanned photos
      3m 52s
    3. Capturing frames from video
      3m 31s
  4. 23m 13s
    1. Touring Bridge CS4
      7m 44s
    2. Opening files from Bridge into Elements
      5m 1s
    3. Rotating photos
      1m 17s
    4. Moving, deleting, and hiding photos
      4m 11s
    5. Renaming photos
      5m 0s
  5. 29m 16s
    1. Tagging photos with keywords
      6m 28s
    2. Rating and labeling photos
      5m 55s
    3. Sorting photos by filter
      6m 23s
    4. Finding photos
      4m 33s
    5. Organizing photos in Collections
      5m 57s
  6. 52m 52s
    1. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      8m 34s
    2. Applying Quick Fix lighting controls
      3m 33s
    3. Applying Quick Fix color controls
      6m 30s
    4. Applying Quick Fix sharpening
      3m 44s
    5. Using Quick Fix touchup tools
      7m 43s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      6m 25s
    7. Merging multiple exposures in Guided Edit
      7m 24s
    8. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      6m 31s
    9. Running Automated Actions in Guided Edit
      2m 28s
  7. 30m 57s
    1. Touring the Full Edit workspace
      6m 5s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 28s
    3. Arranging panels
      4m 14s
    4. Using tools
      8m 15s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      3m 8s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 47s
  8. 46m 0s
    1. Using Undo History
      6m 6s
    2. Zooming and navigating
      5m 38s
    3. Creating a blank file
      5m 43s
    4. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 21s
    5. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 10s
    6. Cropping and straightening an image
      3m 12s
    7. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 23s
    8. Processing multiple files
      6m 16s
    9. Saving and formats
      4m 11s
  9. 23m 25s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 30s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      8m 53s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      11m 2s
  10. 22m 24s
    1. Understanding selections
      3m 39s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 36s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      3m 9s
    4. Refining a selection
      3m 59s
    5. Modifying and saving selections
      4m 1s
  11. 55m 51s
    1. Using adjustment layers
      9m 21s
    2. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 49s
    3. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      3m 24s
    4. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 30s
    5. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 3s
    6. Removing a color cast
      3m 55s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 10s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      3m 44s
    9. Sharpening photos
      9m 42s
    10. Working with raw photos
      9m 13s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      5m 20s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      3m 30s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 49s
    4. Healing blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 15s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 13s
  13. 26m 26s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 6s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 0s
    3. Using layer styles
      3m 36s
    4. Using shapes
      8m 25s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 54s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 25s
  14. 7m 35s
    1. Creating text
      4m 7s
    2. Editing text
      3m 28s
  15. 27m 26s
    1. Making a photo collage
      7m 15s
    2. Stitching a photo panorama
      3m 43s
    3. Saving for the web
      6m 40s
    4. Creating web galleries in Bridge
      6m 47s
    5. Creating a PDF slideshow
      3m 1s
  16. 4m 34s
    1. Printing photos and contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Sending photos by mail
      1m 45s
  17. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training
6h 41m Beginner Oct 13, 2009

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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.

Topics include:
  • Finding photos by keywords, ratings, and filters
  • Fixing group shots and merging multiple exposures with Guided Edit
  • Correcting photos automatically in Quick Fix
  • Adding adjustment layers to correct color and lighting
  • Eliminating red-eye in portrait shots
  • Reducing digital noise
  • Preparing photos for the web
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop Elements Elements
Author:
Jan Kabili

Opening files from Bridge into Elements

When you're using Adobe Bridge and Elements together, one of the things you'll do most in Bridge is visually find and open files from there into Elements. Earlier, I showed you one way to open a file from Bridge into Elements, which is to hold down the Control key or right- click if you have a two button mouse, on a thumbnail, and from the Contextual menu, to choose Open With and then navigate to Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.0. But I am going to move out of that menu because there is a quicker way to open a file that's associated with Elements, and that's to just double-click its thumbnail here in Bridge.

Notice that I have some JPEGs here. If I select a JPEG, and then I double-click it, it does open here into Photoshop Elements. I'll close that file, and then I'll go back to Bridge by clicking the Launch Bridge icon in Elements. So that worked fine because he JPEG file format is associated with Elements on my computer. But if you have other photo editing software on your computer, like Adobe Photoshop proper, a file type may be associated with that other program.

So that when you double-click a thumbnail of that format, the file opens not in Elements, but in that other image editing program. In my case, in addition to Elements, I do have Adobe Photoshop on my computer, and so this format, the .PSD or Photoshop Document format, opens into Photoshop proper, rather than Elements on my particular setup. So if I select this thumbnail and I double-click it, it opens Adobe Photoshop CS4 with that file.

I'm going to quit Photoshop by going up to the Photoshop menu and choosing Quit Photoshop, and that takes me back to Bridge. So what I want to do is, while I'm working in Elements, and certainly for purposes of this course is to make sure that the PSD format, and any other format that I'll use often, like JPEG, is associated with Elements. To do that, I'll go up to Adobe Bridge CS4 at the top of the screen and choose Preferences for Bridge. In the Preferences Window, I'll click File Type Associations.

And here on the right, I see an extensive list of possible File Types. I'm going to scroll down to Photoshop Document format, and this is all alphabetical, right here, and notice that on my computer, and this may not be the case on yours, the Photoshop Document format is associated with Adobe Photoshop, rather than with Elements. To change that, I'll click the arrow to the right of the application name, and I'll choose Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.0 instead, and then I'll click OK.

Now in Bridge, if I select this PSD thumbnail, and then I double-click it, the file does open in Photoshop Elements. I'll close the file, and then I'll go back to Bridge by clicking the Launch Bridge icon. Another thing to know about opening files from Bridge into Elements is that you can open more than one file at a time, but first, before trying to open multiple files, you need to select them in Bridge. I find there are some people who don't understand that selecting is a separate operation from opening or doing other things to thumbnails, like rotating them or to deleting them here in Bridge.

So how do you select multiple files in Bridge? Well, first I'm going to click in a blank area of the Content panel to deselect all of the thumbnails. Now let's say I want to select these first three thumbnails. Because they're next to one another here in the Content panel, I can use the Shift key to do that. I'll click once on the first thumbnail, and then I'm going to hold down the Shift key as I click on the last of the thumbnails that are adjacent to one another, and that selects all of the thumbnails in between. And now I can double-click on any one of the selected thumbnails, and that will open all three into Elements.

You can see each in a separate document window here, and you see a thumbnail of each open image down in the Project Bin at the bottom of the Elements Workspace. I'm going to close all those files at once by going up to the File menu and choosing Close All in Elements, and then I'll go back to Bridge by clicking the Launch Bridge icon. I'm going to deselect all of the selected thumbnails by clicking in a blank area of the Content panel. Now let's say that I want to select thumbnails that aren't next to one another. To do that I'll use the Command key rather than the Shift key, so I'll click on the first thumbnail that I want to select, and then I'll hold down the Command key on my keyboard, click on another, and another, of these non-adjacent thumbnails.

Now I can double-click on any one of the selected thumbnails, and that opens all three images here in Photoshop Elements. So the next time that you want to open one or more photos into Elements, try doing it visually from Bridge, rather than by image name from the Mac Finder. Being able to preview lots of photos in Bridge, will help you to choose just the images that you want to open and work on in Elements.

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Q: I have learned about keywords, but I need to learn more about IPTC and keywords. Specifically, when I add keywords (under the IPTC tab), must they be one word only?
A: A keyword can be more than one word.
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