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Photoshop is the world’s most powerful image editor, and it’s arguably the most complex, as well. Fortunately, nobody knows the program like award-winning book and video author Deke McClelland. Join Deke as he explores such indispensable Photoshop features as resolution, cropping, color correction, retouching, and layers. Gain expertise with real-world projects that make sense. Exercise files accompany the course.
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All right here I am still working inside the Bridge. The Bridge is pointed at the contents of the 03_open_org folder. And what I am going to have you do at this point is enlarge the thumbnails. But first let's make the preview a little smaller, because it's taking up too much space. And I am going to switch back to the metadata panel. By default, you are seeing some very dinky thumbnails that are quite useless, in my opinion. I suggest you make them bigger, and you can do that, by the way, by dragging this little slider control here at the bottom of the Bridge interface, and that will make the thumbnails either bigger or smaller, totally up to you.
You can make them ultra-big if you like. You can even, incidentally, click on these icons in order to reduce the thumbnail size, or in other word to increase the thumbnail size. Notice by the way, when I drag back and forth that I am scaling these thumbnails incrementally. If you want more structure than that then you can turn on this guy, the thumbnail grid. Now notice that if I increase the size of the thumbnails or decrease the size of the thumbnails that they go ahead and change in pretty big increments.
And that's totally up to you, personal preference. I am going to turn it off. Notice also you can change how you're viewing the content. Right now, we are seeing is thumbnails. You can switch to details like so where you see a big thumbnail. And you also see some details from the metadata including this description that was automatically assigned by the camera, or if you want to see more images at a time you can switch to the List View. I am going to switch back to Thumbnails of course, because I want to show you something about working with the scroll wheel, here inside the Bridge. Notice if I scroll up using my scroll wheel, or down, then I will scroll the thumbnails, no big surprise there.
But the Bridge is smart enough to notice where the cursor is. So if you hover over the folders area and scroll down or scroll up then you'll scroll your folders, which is totally great. That's the way it ought to be after all. You also have the option of scaling your thumbnails using the scroll wheel. So if you press the Ctrl key and scroll up, then you will increase the size of the thumbnails like so and if you press the Ctrl key and scroll down you will decrease the size of the thumbnails. That is a Cmd scroll up to increase the size of the thumbnails on a Mac and a Cmd scroll down to decrease the size of the thumbnails.
Then finally, assuming one of the thumbnails is active here, so that the Bridge knows that you're working inside the Content panel. You can press Ctrl+Plus, or Cmd+Plus on the Mac, in order to zoom in or press Ctrl+Minus or Cmd+Minus on the Mac to zoom out. All right so I want something more along the lines of these kinds of thumbnails right there. Now the next thing I want to do is change the brightness of this interface. By default, I think it's much too bright. I want an Interface that's not competing with the images nearly this much, something that more resembles a traditional light box.
Because after all, think about it, are you the kind of person that likes to watch TV in a really brightly lit room. Or would you prefer to watch TV in a dark room so that you can really focus on the television? The same holds true when you're looking at images in a light box. They look better, and you can focus on them better when they are set against a dark background. Again, you know it's a personal preference, up to you. I'm going to go to the Edit menu and choose the Preferences command. If you're working on a Mac, you go up to the Bridge menu and choose Preferences. You've got a keyboard shortcut just as you do in Photoshop of Ctrl+K here on the PC or Cmd+K on the Mac, and I am going to switch back over here to General.
And I'm going to move this dialog box over a little bit so I can see what I am doing. Notice that you have independent controls over the Interface Brightness and the Image Backdrop. So if I reduce the brightness of the Backdrop, that's just going to affect the backdrop here inside the Content panel and, incidentally, inside the Preview panel. And then I would also turn around because that's not enough, right? I would also turn around and reduce the Brightness of the overall Interface. To something like this here, and this is a totally subjective modification. There are no numerical controls.
But the great thing is you can preview what you're doing as you do it, which I think is fantastic. Now the Accent Color is currently this gold color right there. If you don't like that, you can switch to something like Crystal, which is going to give you a grey accent. Again, it's not going to compete as much with the overall images. Then there's this check box that I recommend you turn on. But first let me show you how things are set by default. I'll go ahead and click on the OK in order to accept my changes. Now notice I'll move my cursor into the Preview panel, and I get a little magnifying glass.
If I click, let's say in Max's face right there, then I can see up his nose, which is very nice, inside of this loop. So I'll position a loop so that it's pointing at one of his eyes. And then I see that I magnified inside of this loop. And the idea is that you're checking for little problem details inside the image. But I'm really not that big a fan of the loop, I have to say. And by default, it comes up when you least expect it. You know, you end up clicking inside the Preview accidentally, and then you get this loop, and then it's hard to close, because there's this dinky little close box right there that I'm hovering over with my ginormous hand. [00:05:11.] Then you can click on that tiny little x to hide the loop, or you can click inside the loop as well.
But is a little confusing, a little non-intuitive in my opinion, and I don't think it really looks that good, kind of the weird square-ish thing with some jagged edges. Anywho, let's say you don't want it coming up all the time, just as I don't. Then you press Ctrl+K, Cmd+K on a Mac, to bring up the Preferences dialog box Once again and click on this check box to turn it on so that you have to Ctrl+click, or on the Mac Cmd+click, to open a loop when previewing or reviewing. So again, that's just for loop haters like me. And then I'll go ahead and click OK in order to accept that modification, or, actually there's a couple of other things I want to do.
I'm going to switch over to Thumbnails here, because I would like to see more than just the file name, which is all we're seeing right here. For example, I could say that I want to see the Date Created, which is fairly useful. And you'll see both date and time. Or you might prefer to see the Date Modified. I am going to go ahead and switch this to Author, which is only going to show me the Author if I've added an Author to the file information to the metadata, which I have. Oh my gosh I get to see my name over and over again. Isn't that nice? And I also want to see the Dimensions of this image.
So that I can see the pixel dimensions how wide and how tall the image is and what the resolution is set to. And that's it, then I'll go ahead and click OK in order to accept those modifications. Then I can see that it didn't add an author name to all of my images so I still have some work to do. Here's something that I think you got to see that's really wildly cool. If you go to the View menu, you can choose this option right there Show Items from Subfolders. So you're not only seeing the contents of this folder, but you're seeing all the folders inside of it too.
So go ahead and turn that Command on for a moment. Now notice we are going to see a bunch more images including those files that we saw at the outside of this chapter from Felix Mizioznikov, who is listed as an author as you can see. And if you want to see all of the exercise files for this entire series, you could just click on Exercise Files now, and not only will you see the folders, but you'll also see all the images, that is, if you go ahead and choose that command again. Because the Bridge remembers the setting of this command on a folder by folder basis.
So I'll go ahead and choose Show Items from Subfolders, and now it's still working on it, by the way, that's why it's not really responding to me at this point. And notice that it's doing its best to try to show us thumbnails of all of these images. So they take a little while to display. But we can also see the author information for these guys that are coming up. And you can get a sense of what will be happening in future exercises. How exciting is that? I'm going to switch back to the 03_open_org folder, and I misspoke by the way, under the View menu this command is currently turned off.
So it goes in and turns itself off every time you switch to a different folder. Probably a logical way to work, actually. Anyway, there's how you modify the Interface, create larger thumbnails and so on. In the exercise, I'm going to show you how to invoke a Full Screen Preview, as well as rotate images that are on their sides.
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