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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
In the previous movie, we talked quite a bit about the Bridge Review mode. Now the Bridge Review mode is pretty intense, right? There are all these different things that you can do. You have this carousel. Well, how about if you want to just view your images in a little bit more of a simple way yet you want to get rid of all of the Bridge interface? Well, in order to do that you can use what's called the Full Screen View mode. Now if you select an image, I'll go ahead and click on one image. I can access the Full Screen View mode for one or more images by pressing the Spacebar. Now that I'm in this Full Screen View mode, again I can evaluate the image without all the Bridge interface. Now there is just a couple things that I want to point out. One is that the background is this gray color. Press the Spacebar again to exit. That gray comes from our background inside of Bridge.
So let's press Command+P on a Mac/ Ctrl+P on a PC to open up Preferences. I want to make that background white. And I want to do that just to spice things up a little bit, change it up just to give you ideas of what else you can do. So now with this white background. I'm then going to select the first image, hold down the Shift key, select the last image and press the Spacebar tool. Now that I have all of those images in Full Screen View mode, I can use the arrow keys and I can scroll through those different images. Now, when I scroll through the different images, I can get to an image and say, you know what? I like this and I like that I can view it in Full Screen View mode, except I need to process this image a little bit.
Now in order to process the image, all I need to do is press the R key for Raw. That will then open up Camera Raw. In this case, I'm just going to brighten up the exposure a little bit, little tiny bit of Fill Light and then maybe warn this one up just a touch. I think that looks nice, click Done. It then takes me back to this Full Screen View mode. Now if you weren't able to see those changes, because those changes were pretty subtle, trust me that it's updating this image. And let's make a little bit more of a dramatic change. Press the R key. I'll de-saturate this. Click Done and now you can see that it updates that file on the fly.
Now that's really nice, right? And then I can continually click through the images and let's say that I get to an image that I really like. This one is a keeper. I then want to add a star or a label rating. All that I need to do is press a number, in this case I press the number 2 and you can now see down below that I have a two star rating associated with this image. I'll press the number 7. I now have that yellow label as well. And then finally to exit out of this Full Screen View mode press that Spacebar again and you'll notice soon we get back, my thumbnail is obviously updated. It's now black and white and this image now has that second or that yellow label as well as that two star rating. So one of the things that I found with this Full Screen View mode is it is the most functional view mode in the sense that there aren't any bells and whistles.
That's just one image after another on a really clean background and it's pretty functional. Now there is one other that I think I have to talk about regards is that I forgot to talk about. If you press the Spacebar tool, you can also press the O key. It will then open up that image inside a Photoshop. You can then process that image, do it whatever you need to do. You can navigate back to Bridge, either by using a Bridge shortcut, clicking on the Bridge icon or simply clicking on it in the background and it will take you back to the Bridge. Spacebar will take you out of that Full Screen View mode as well. All right, that wraps up our conversation about the Bridge Full Screen mode.
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