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In Photoshop CS4 New Features, leading industry expert Deke McClelland covers the latest developments in Adobe's powerhouse image editor, Photoshop CS4. Deke explores the new tabbed window interface and the Adjustments and Masks palettes, the enhanced toning tools, content-aware scaling and the latest versions of Camera Raw and Bridge, which prove nearly indispensable to the digital photographer's workflow. From the interface to integration, Deke leaves no stone unturned.
All right, now let's take a look at the enhanced Bridge 3.0, which ships with every single version of Photoshop CS4 out there and the Bridge, as many of you know, is a separate program that allows you to inspect the contents of the folder and so you can see thumbnails of your images for example and you can also evaluate your images, apply star ratings, you can organize your images, all kinds of stuff that you can do and it is just gotten that much better inside this new version of the program. Now to get to the Bridge from Photoshop, you go to the File menu and you choose Browse in Bridge. I want you to first take a look at the workspaces that are now located up here at the top of the screen and you can make this area devoted to the workspaces bigger or smaller if you want to. You can get to other workspaces by clicking this down pointing arrowhead. Now workspaces are panel organizations essentially much as they are inside a Photoshop. So the Essentials workspace is showing you a large Content panel with lots of little thumbnails inside of it. A smaller Preview panel and just about all the panels are visible on screen. If you want to be able to see your images along the bottom of the screen and see a bigger preview, you can switch to this Filmstrip workspace and this is interesting.
This is something that is new to the Bridge 3.0. Let's say you want a vertical filmstrip instead of a horizontal one. You go ahead and drag out this bar right here, this is the same as it was before, you drag out this divider bar and then you grab the content tab and drag it into this location and drop it, but here is the thing that is different. The Filmstrip workspace goes ahead and automatically update. So if I switch back to the Essentials workspace, here it is then I go back to Filmstrip again and it is now a vertical filmstrip. So you really don't have to go saving your own workspace if you don't want to. You can just go ahead and modify the ones that Adobe has given you. You can also change the priority of these workspaces. Notice that the Essentials workspace, if I hover over it, has a keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+F1 or Command+F1 on a Mac. If I decide I'm going to use Filmstrip more often, I can just go ahead and drag it into this location here and drop it in a place. And now notice suddenly does it appear in front of Essentials if I hover over it, it gets the first keyboard shortcut as well, Ctrl+F1 or Command+ F1 on a Mac, which is fantastic. I think it makes a lot of sense. You can also see the path of your folder. Notice that I'm working inside this Nikon 4 folder, which itself is located inside of a folder called Photos to be sorted, because I'm still trying to sort through all of these folders here and if I wanted to see the contents of Photos to be sorted, I can just go ahead and click on it. Now I want to go back to Nikon 4, so I'm going to go up here to these recent folders. You can recognize this icon has a little clock in it. That's what tells you that is a recent folder list. I will go ahead and choose Nikon 4 to switch back to it and might as well switch to the Folders panel as well, so I can see what I'm doing. And I'm going to switch back to the Essentials view so that I can see a lot of different thumbnails here and I'm going to make these thumbnails bigger with my scroll wheel. Normally the scroll wheel scrolls up and down inside the list. But new keyboard shortcut, if you press the Ctrl key and scroll up, you are going to make your thumbnails bigger. So I want thumbnails that are about this big. Now I'm still sort of sifting through these images trying to figure out which ones are like, which ones I don't like. It is a total mess because it is my personal photos. Of course if they were professional photos, I would get to them lickety split but since they are personal photos, I haven't gotten to them at all lately. So notice that I captured not only JPEG images, but Raw Nikon images as well, these NEF files. Let's say I just want to look at the raw files. I would go over to my filter panel, twirl open file type and I would click on Camera Raw image and now I'm just going to see the NEF files. Now I want to sort of inspect the images of my son Max here just learning to ride the bike. And I want to grab these images and put them inside of a collection, which is a new feature. So I will go ahead and click on the first one and then I will scroll down the list and Shift-click on the last picture of Max's on his bike and now go over to the Collections panel by clicking on this tab and this little icon down here. You hover over it, it says New Collection. Click on it. It asks me, do you want to put these files inside this collection? Oh, absolutely, so I will click yes and then I will name this 'Max on bike' or something along those lines. So I have got a new collection of just those images that I put in here.
Now the images inside the collection don't all have to hail from the same folder. I could go to a different folder. I will go up to this clock icon again and choose Nikon 5, which has a bunch of images of Max on his bike as well. And I will go ahead and select these images by clicking on one and Shift clicking on the other and I will drag them into Max on Bike as well. So images across different folders, completely acceptable. And I will click on Max on bike and I can see all of these images. So you are not actually copying the images to a different folder or even moving them to a different folder; you are just establishing these collections that the Bridge will keep a track of it for you.
Now lets say I have done a few images of Max riding by fairly quickly. I'm actually moving the camera to try to track him. So I click on one and Ctrl-click on another and Ctrl-click on the third -- that would be Command- clicking on the Mac in order to select nonadjacent images like these. I want to compare them to each other so I will go up this little icon right there, the Refine icon, click on it and choose Review mode, which will take me to this Review mode right here. Now I only have three images so I can see them all at screen at once. If I had more images then we would see these images on a kind of lazy susan that you can move through. All right, here is the nifty trick. If I click one of these images I will see the loupe and of course this is something we would have seen in the previous version of the Bridge. But I can loupe multiple images at the same time like so and check this out. If you press the Ctrl key or the Command key on the Mac and drag one of these loupes, you will move them all. So that you can evaluate different portions of the image, which is especially useful if they are all three photographs of the same location. These are pretty similar here. Now I can evaluate that this top image, even though it has very nice composition I think, is not in focus at all. We've got way too much motion blur going on. So notice here I'm going to go ahead and close this loupe right there by clicking on that little close icon right there to make it go away. Notice that this file name is highlighted, which is telling me that this is the active image inside the Review mode. I'm going to press the left arrow key to switch to this image right here and you could also use these arrow buttons right here to move through the images. Then to dismiss an images from the Review mode, you click on this down pointing arrow or you press the down arrow key on your keyboard and that will make that guy go away. Now I can look at both of these images and decide which one I like better and this image looks pretty good but he is turned away. So I will just press the 2 key to give this image a two star rating as you can see right there. And then I will move to the next image by pressing the right arrow key and I will press the 3 key to give this one a 3 star rating. And now we are done with the Review mode, so I will go ahead and dismiss it by clicking on the X and I have star rated these images. Now there is yet another thing you can do based on search criteria. So if I go over to my Keywords panel, I can see that I have established some custom keywords that were for this series of photographs of my son Sammy. So, I have gone ahead and created a keyword in the People area called Sammy. And he is jumping in Boston and this is this enormous wall. He is too big to be jumping off of it but he is doing this fearless jumping, so of course I sat by and took photographs of it. And I want to find these images and I have no idea where they are. Now, I do know that I go back to my recent folders here, I will go ahead and click on Nikon 4 and then I will click on Photos to be sorted. So I know the image is in one of these folders, so it is in one of these sub folders right here. Then I will go down inside the Collections panel, I will go down to this icon that has a little gear next to it and I will click on it. This is the new Smart Collection icon. And I want to look inside Photos to be sorted, I want to search all subfolders and I will look for a couple of keywords. And you can click on this icon here and choose any of several different criteria, but I'm going to stick with keywords and I want to look for Sammy and then I added another keyword by clicking on this Plus button right there and then I manually entered the word 'jumping' and I could enter the other ones too. But I think that is enough to get the images that I'm looking for. So I will go ahead and click on the Save button. Now it may take a few seconds in order to populate this view, but there are those photos that I was talking about of Sammy jumping off the wall. So this is awesome and I will go ahead and say 'Sammy jumping,' like dangerously or something along those lines. But I now have all of these images collected in a single location. That just gives you a sense of what is in store for you inside of Bridge 3.0, enjoy.
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