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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.
Bridge contains a Filter panel that allows you to control which image thumbnails are displayed within the Content panel and control their sort order. You can use this panel to locate specific images that you would like to edit and share. Okay, so I'm currently in Bridge and we're viewing our catalog images from within our exercise files, that's what we're seeing here in the Content panel. Content panel is always in the center of the Bridge here as long as you're viewing in the Default workspace, which we are. Then over here on the left we have the Filter panel. Okay, now the Filter panel allows us to control what's being displayed in the Content panel. So we can access specific images based on certain criteria that's listed within the Filter panel. And all we need to do is click on that specific criteria in order to display it.
Now we can also control the way the images are being sorted inside of this panel, the Content panel. Over here, notice at the top of the Filter panel it says, Sort by Filename, and that is the default. Okay, so currently we're viewing all of the images inside of the catalog images folder, alphabetically, A-Z, from top to bottom. Okay, that's what we're seeing inside of here. All right, sorting by filename. We can change that however, if we click on these down-facing arrows here, we can choose a different option from this list.
We can choose by Document Type or Date Created, File Size, File Modified, all of these different options or we can even sort manually. If I choose that, I can actually move things around in here in sort of a light box format which you maybe used to doing if you have ever been to a stock photo site where you could choose favorite images and then move them around. Similar sort of thing here, so you can choose the sort order by moving these around manually. So it's one way that you can do it. What I like to actually choose is this particular option here, which is by Date Created.
Now, as long as we're going to do that, I think we should actually see the date underneath the image. Which is not the default here in Bridge. I'm going to show you how to do that real quick. I'm going to go into the Bridge Preferences under the Bridge menu or press Command+K. That's going to bring us to this Preferences dialog box and we're going to choose the Thumbnails tab over here on the left. Notice where it says Details, we have the option to show additional lines of thumbnail metadata. Again, metadata is information that's stored within the file and one of those items is actually Date Created. That's actually already showing here at the top.
Okay, you can choose from different options here in the list. We're going to choose Date Created and check Show. All right, when we click OK now, you can see we have the date that the images were shot now being displayed underneath the filename. I think that's useful information especially if you're choosing to view these images and choosing the sort criteria of Date Created. Now, I want to change this from Ascending Order to Descending Order so that the images that I have most recently taken are appearing at the top of the Content panel and then moving backwards in time as we scroll down. So that's an interesting way to work. Now, we're working with the most recent images up here at the top of the Content panel by switching this sort order to Descending.
All right, the next thing I want to do is actually filter down what's being displayed inside of the Content panel. We're still going to sort this way by Date Created and in descending order. But we're going to change the amount of images that are being displayed in here based on criteria that I can select within the Filter panel. What I would like to actually do -- we can take a look at the different options in here. We can choose to do this File Type. So if we only want to see the Camera Raw images, we could click on Camera Raw or by Ratings. So if you have applied some ratings, you could choose to only view images maybe that have the 5-star rating, which we can see there are 13 of in this particular folder, or we can choose by Label.
Right, so there are lots of different options in here for filtering down what's being displayed. But another one that's interesting is Date Created. Since we're working with sorting that way, let's go ahead and filter down the list to only show images that were taken on April 16th of 2008. We can see that there's 11 images in this folder that were taken on that date. So let's go ahead and click on that. That places a little checkmark next to that option. Now, we're only viewing these images here in the Content panel and they are still being sorted by the date they were created. Of course, they were all taken on the same date so it doesn't matter. It's now referring to the time, 11:07 and then down to 11:01. So these were taken in a series.
Now, I know for a fact from having taken these images, that there is an additional image in this series that we're not seeing here, that's not being displayed. That's because it's not in this folder. All right, now I would actually like to locate that image. But I don't want to change what's being displayed here in the Content panel. I just want to add it to what's being displayed. So what we can do over here in the lower left of the Filter panel so we can turn on this option, Keep filter when browsing. Well, that means if I click on that, that will stay green like that. That means it's turned on. If we keep that filter on, that means if I go somewhere else, navigate to somewhere else on my system, it will keep that filter.
So if I go to the Desktop now, I'm viewing the exercise files. Let's say what I would like to do, I'm going to go ahead and click on it to select it. If I click on this option on the top in order to view items in the current folder only, that allows us to search through all of the subfolders inside of the exercise files folder. In doing so we have added that missing image, which is actually here. Notice, it's the only one in the series now that doesn't have the word Enzo in its file name, it says quick fix-2. So this is that one image that was missing in the series.
I was able to locate it and display it, actually add it to my filtered list here in the Content panel by preserving the Filter content, turning that on. Navigating to a different folder, actually the exercise files folder that contains all of the folders for our exercise files, and then turning on this option, which actually allows us to view the filter results from within all of the subfolders inside of that exercise files folder. All right, so what we have learned here is that we can use the Filter panel in order to control the sort criteria and the sort order of the images that are being displayed in the Content panel and also we can filter down what's being displayed based on a criteria that we select from within the Filter panel list.
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