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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 this movie, we will be viewing the images you can find at the 07_08 folder, subfolder snow_camping. We will actually be working from this folder for the next few movies. Now in the previous movie, we talked about how we can preview our images and it's kind of an interesting way to look at the images and evaluate them. In this movie, we are going to talk about how we can review or take advantage of the Bridge review mode. Now this is new to CS4 and it's actually quite fascinating. I think once you will see this, you are going to start to use this quite often. All right, well in order to take advantage of the review mode, what I'm going to do is go ahead and select the first image in my set here and then I select multiple images.
In my case, I'm going to select all of these. So hold down the Shift key and then I'll click on the last image. Now these are some photographs from this last winter. What I want to do is review these images. Now there are a couple of ways that I can access this review mode. The easiest way is to navigate to the View pulldown menu and then choose Review mode or you can always press the shortcut key, Command+B on a Mac/Ctrl+B on a PC. Now because this is a new feature and because this feature is actually pretty cool, I actually think you are going to use this quite often. You probably want to write that shortcut down. So go and jot that one down.
All right, let's navigate to the Review mode. All right well, why do we want to use this Review mode and what's it all about? Well for starters you will notice in a few things. We have some controls at the bottom, also a little bit of descriptive information. Then I have what looks like a carousel of images. Now how can I then go through my images? Well, press the Right Arrow key and I can then go through these images. Here is Travis and his little garage or his mudroom in front of the house. Here we are heading up to the mountains, Travis getting close to the top. Absolute amazing snow, beautiful panorama views.
There is Mount Rainier in the background. It was just unreal. There is our tent and there is Travis walking away from the tent. There is a shot of us up at the top as the sun setting. Just unbelievable. And then I have this other photograph of Travis and his wife Holly. So all I'm doing here is pressing the Arrow keys to go through these different images. One thing is that you are also noticing is that I have a grey background. Well, where does that grey color come from? Let's exit out of this review mode for a moment by pressing the Escape key. Now I'm back to the Bridge. Well you know it's the same color as I have here.
Well let's say that I actually want to show a client images in this review mode for some reason. And I really want it to be black. Well, I need to go to my Preferences, right. Adobe Bridge CS4 > Preferences, change the Image Backdrop to Black, click OK. We will now see that the backdrop for the Content window is black. Then press that shortcut key, Command+B on a Mac/Control+B on a PC. Review mode is now in this black mode. Okay, well that's kind of interesting. Okay well, then why would you want to use review mode? And how can you understand some of these shortcuts and some of the things that you can take advantage of here? Well, you may want to use Review mode in order to evaluate a certain set of images and even more. Press the H key while you are in the Bridge Review mode and here you can show or hide the commands. Let's go through them, so we are thinking okay I can actually do some functional stuff here.
It's not just show and tell, it's actually pretty functional mode. Esc gets me out of it; I can create a new collection. We haven't talked about collections but we will soon. What a collection is, is that group of images that isn't contingent upon any kind of a hierarchal folder structure or a folder for that matter. So it's a really nice way to begin a group images. We can also show the loupe. Now this is actually a little bit wrong, right. It says click to show that loupe. That's not going to work for me and here's why. I'll press the H key to hide this Review mode and I'm going to go ahead and navigate to back to one of my other images.
Rather using the arrow keys, this time I'm going to click on in the image. And here we have the image. Now when I click on this, I don't see my loupe. And do you remember why? Well, the preference we have set up, and we talked about this in the last movie, is on a Mac Command- click, on a PC Control-click. That will then open up the Loupe View mode and then we can pan around the image or we can say, hey what kind of jacket is he wearing? Mountain hardware. We can see little details of that. And then to get rid of that tool, again it's also holding down the Command key on a Mac/Control key on a PC. Make sure you see that Hand tool and then click and it will close the loupe.
All right, well let's bring back to this Command, so just keep that in mind, that by default it says Click, but we changed that in Preferences. So it's Command or Control click for us. Well, now that Down Arrow is actually pretty interesting, what that Down Arrow does is allows us to remove an image from a selection. I'll press the H key and let's say I'm going to scroll through these images and I'm looking to create a set of images that really belong together. So these were all out in the backcountry, beautiful, great. The beginning of the trip. Cool, but then I have this portrait. This is really a beautiful portrait in my opinion. They are just amazing people, they are so active and energetic and you can just see it in their faces, right. But it doesn't fit in the set. So I want to get rid of the image.
I'll press the Down Arrow key. Now this is really fun, watch this. It just gets rid of it, it drops it down. Now it's not deleting the image, it's just simply removing it from the Review mode and I can continually do that to get rid of all my images. Now, when I get down to a number that doesn't allow me to have that Carousel like this number 4, in this case now my Review mode looks just a little bit like that Preview. So I'm going to continually get rid of these until I'm left with one image. You will also notice that it's resizing my images for me. Now again, it's not deleting those images, it's simply removing them from this Review mode. Well, now that I have got rid of all of them, I can't do much here, so I'll press the Esc key that exits out of the Review mode.
It shows me the image that I had, the last one there it's selected. And then I want to select all of these and relaunch Review mode, because there is more to learn. So I'll press Command+A on a Mac /Ctrl+A on a PC. Now we want to launch Review mode, so I'll navigate to View> Review mode. Now we are back to normal. What's the shortcut key to bring back those commands? You have to write this one down, because it's important one. All right it's the H key. So I'll go ahead and press the H key that will bring back those commands. All right, well in navigation, Right and Left Arrow keys, okay great. Now we can edit, we can rotate our images. I'm pressing the right bracket key or left bracket key to rotate those. I can set rating. I'll press 3 and I now see I have a 3 star rating below. I can also determine this to be a reject, I can clear my rating, increase or decrease with period and comma, open this image in Camera Raw or just open it in Photoshop. Open all the images that I have in this Review mode in Camera Raw or simply open all of them inside of Photoshop. So again, there is a number of things that we can do here and then down to our controls. We can navigate through our images with the controls.
We can also remove an image with that control there. This is a control for the Loupe tool. If you forget that shortcut key. This is the icon for adding the image to a collection. We will talk more about collections later and then finally we have the ability to exit out of that Review mode. So one of the things that you can see here is that Review mode has a really nice kind of fluid way to look at images, yet it is not just something that's pretty and nice to look at. It's actually quite functional. And it's a new feature inside Adobe Bridge CS4 and I think it's one of those new features that you will probably be using quite often.
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