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Viewing and selecting images

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Video: Viewing and selecting images

Let's say you have just downloaded your images from your digital camera and you're ready to preview them here in Adobe Bridge. I would like to show how to do that now. Now let's go ahead and in Adobe Bridge with our exercise files visible here in the Content panel, double-click on the catalog images folder. And here we have all of our catalog images inside of the Content panel. Okay that's the center panel here inside of Adobe Bridge. You can see all of the image thumbnails. Now these are the images that we're going to be working with. Now the first I want to show you how to deal here is to change the size of the thumbnails inside of this panel.

Viewing and selecting images

Let's say you have just downloaded your images from your digital camera and you're ready to preview them here in Adobe Bridge. I would like to show how to do that now. Now let's go ahead and in Adobe Bridge with our exercise files visible here in the Content panel, double-click on the catalog images folder. And here we have all of our catalog images inside of the Content panel. Okay that's the center panel here inside of Adobe Bridge. You can see all of the image thumbnails. Now these are the images that we're going to be working with. Now the first I want to show you how to deal here is to change the size of the thumbnails inside of this panel.

Notice that down here we have this slider. I can drag it to the left or to the right and as I do it increases or decreases the size of those thumbnails. So if you want to view more thumbnails at a time, drag to the left and the further you drag the smaller they get until you can fit just about everything inside of the window but they are very, very tiny-tiny. Notice that as you do so you also lose the file name underneath. Automatically it does that, once you reach at a certain point. I'm going to drag to the right again to increase the size of the thumbnails. I kind of like to keep them usually in a three column or maybe a four column format. It's just enough for me.

If you wanted to just focus on these thumbnails here and you don't want to be bothered by the side panels, you can hide the side panels in order to fit more thumbnails on your screen and you click on this double sided arrow over here on the left the bottom left. That's the Show/Hide Panels tab. Click on that and now we're just focusing on the thumbnails. And that's sometimes a good way to work. Especially when you are just working with images right now. Not information about them. Okay the next thing I would like to show you how to do is actually select images from within this Content panel. Because before you can do anything with them, before you can open them up in Elements and apply adjustments to them, you have to select them first. To select an image inside of the Content panel in Bridge all you need to do is just click on the thumbnail and you will see a little highlight appear around the image. Click on it and it's selected.

All right if you want to select multiple images there is two different ways that you can do that. If you would like to select some images that are next to each other that are next to each other you can click one to select it, hold down the Shift key, select one that a little further one that's a little further down in the list and it will add it to the selection and in addition it will also add all of the images in between. Okay, so we select it multiple adjacent images at once by Shift-clicking. You can also add to a selection by holding down the Command key and in doing so you can select individual images that are not adjacent okay. So I'm doing that now holding down the Command key and clicking on random images in here in order them to my selection. So it's very important to understand how to select images here inside of the Content panel. That's how can choose which image is you're going with inside of Elements.

All right. Something else I want to show you how to do is to show different information or more information underneath of the thumbnails. If you go under your Bridge Preferences, bring that up, notice over here we have in the Thumbnails panel, you have to click over here where it says Thumbnails. Here this area that says Details. It says Additional Lines of Thumbnail Metadata. Metadata is information that stored inside of the file. Now we can choose to display some of that information that exists inside of these files, underneath the thumbnail. Right now all we're seeing is the name of the file. If we wanted to, wee could choose to show the date created and I think this is probably the most useful of all of the available options in here. A lot of times people like to view their images by the date they were shot. Okay? And sort them that way inside of a Content panel. That something you can do using the controls in the Filter panel. If I click OK, I now can see the name of the image and also the date and time that it was taken with a digital camera.

All right, let's go ahead and show these again. Then in the Filter panel, which by default displayed over here, if I were to choose Sort By Date Created as oppose to Sort By Filename, which is currently what we are viewing, that's going to change the display here and I can also flip this little arrow around to change it to descending order. Now what I have here at the top of the Content panel are the images that are the most recent and then they work their way down backwards in time as you scroll down. And that's sometimes a nice way to work.

All right if were to go ahead and hide this information again by clicking this button in the lower left. Focus on the thumbnail, let's say we like having that information but for now we just want to focus on the images themselves. We can go under the View menu and we can choose Show Thumbnail Only. All right, so now we're just viewing the images. So this makes it sort of more like a light box type of presentation. Sometimes that's a useful way to choose images to work with as well. All right something else that we can do is choose to view details. Right in here we're going to see individual images and next to the image, lots of information about the image itself.

You can see in here we have got not just the name and the date created but also modified, the size of the image, the document type, some camera settings; the dimensions and the resolution, the color profile that is embedded inside of it, the author and the copyright. And if you remember from watching the movie where I downloaded images from camera, you can actually enter this information as you're downloading. So it's nice to be able to access that here as well. All right so that's another way that you can view your images here inside of Bridge. I'm going to go back to the As Thumbnails. All right, so now that we know how we can preview our images in Bridge after we download them from our camera, now we can open them up in Elements and start working with them and making adjustments to our images.

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Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training

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Ted LoCascio
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  1. 2m 22s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the example files
      1m 20s
  2. 12m 1s
    1. Understanding Photoshop Elements
      2m 10s
    2. Using the Welcome screen
      2m 33s
    3. Importing photos from a digital camera
      7m 18s
  3. 1h 1m
    1. Viewing and selecting images
      2m 1s
    2. Creating and saving a custom workspace
      5m 29s
    3. Rotating images in Bridge
      3m 20s
    4. Renaming images in Bridge
      5m 34s
    5. Adding keywords to images
      7m 38s
    6. Applying ratings to images
      5m 17s
    7. Labeling images
      5m 17s
    8. Searching for images
      6m 38s
    9. Creating Collections
      2m 50s
    10. Sorting images with the Filter panel
      6m 36s
    11. Using image stacks
      7m 2s
    12. Hiding images
      4m 6s
  4. 31m 55s
    1. Opening images from Bridge
      2m 24s
    2. Working with palettes and the Palette Bin
      4m 53s
    3. Using the Project Bin
      6m 44s
    4. Zooming and scrolling
      8m 1s
    5. Fixing mistakes with Undo and Redo
      5m 3s
    6. Saving versions
      4m 50s
  5. 49m 38s
    1. Opening and viewing images in the Quick Fix mode
      6m 8s
    2. Understanding Auto Color and making tonal adjustments
      8m 50s
    3. Using the Lighting sliders
      5m 19s
    4. Using the Color sliders
      7m 1s
    5. Applying Auto Red Eye Fix
      3m 31s
    6. Applying Auto Sharpen
      4m 25s
    7. Using the Guided Edit mode
      6m 19s
    8. Processing multiple files
      8m 5s
  6. 10m 22s
    1. Understanding image resolution
      3m 23s
    2. Resizing images
      6m 59s
  7. 17m 8s
    1. Applying Auto Crop and Auto Straighten
      6m 22s
    2. Using the Straighten and Crop tools
      4m 10s
    3. Changing the canvas size
      6m 36s
  8. 30m 32s
    1. Why make selections?
      6m 3s
    2. Using the Quick Selection tool
      8m 37s
    3. Using Refine Edge
      7m 15s
    4. Saving and loading selections
      8m 37s
  9. 25m 58s
    1. Working with the Layers palette
      9m 45s
    2. Using adjustment layers and masks
      8m 37s
    3. Applying transparency and blend mode adjustments
      7m 36s
  10. 40m 56s
    1. Removing a color cast
      5m 53s
    2. Correcting skin tone
      3m 38s
    3. Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation adjustments
      6m 37s
    4. Balancing contrast and color with Levels adjustments
      7m 10s
    5. Correcting dark or light areas with Shadow/Highlight Adjustments
      5m 17s
    6. Improving images with Color Curves adjustments
      5m 55s
    7. Converting color images to black and white
      6m 26s
  11. 54m 14s
    1. Using the Red-Eye Removal tool
      8m 1s
    2. Using the healing tools
      7m 42s
    3. Whitening teeth and eyes
      6m 20s
    4. Cloning to remove contents
      8m 14s
    5. Adjusting perspective and correcting camera distortion
      6m 10s
    6. Using Photomerge Group Shot
      6m 17s
    7. Using Photomerge Faces
      6m 4s
    8. Using Photomerge Panorama
      5m 26s
  12. 16m 1s
    1. Creating a clipping mask
      7m 25s
    2. Creating collages with gradient blending
      8m 36s
  13. 22m 15s
    1. Reducing noise
      8m 7s
    2. Sharpening with Unsharp Mask
      7m 16s
    3. Sharpening with Adjust Sharpness
      6m 52s
  14. 17m 54s
    1. Understanding Camera Raw
      1m 46s
    2. Opening Camera Raw images from Bridge
      6m 37s
    3. Applying tonal and color adjustments in Camera Raw
      6m 23s
    4. Saving raw images
      3m 8s
  15. 40m 41s
    1. Painting with the Filter Gallery
      8m 7s
    2. Creating a pencil sketch
      7m 40s
    3. Customizing images
      7m 59s
    4. Adding artwork with the Content palette
      9m 39s
    5. Building and saving a multi-page photo creation
      7m 16s
  16. 37m 5s
    1. Creating a slideshow
      6m 58s
    2. Creating a photo book
      9m 1s
    3. Creating a photo collage
      6m 58s
    4. Creating a greeting card
      6m 31s
    5. Creating a web photo gallery
      7m 37s
  17. 31m 6s
    1. Choosing color settings
      7m 1s
    2. Printing to an inkjet printer
      8m 13s
    3. Using Picture Package
      4m 33s
    4. Saving for the web
      5m 55s
    5. Attaching images to emails
      3m 6s
    6. Burning to CDs and DVDs
      2m 18s
  18. 56s
    1. Goodbye
      56s

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