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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 are going to talk about another view mode. It's called the Bridge Slideshow. Now, in order to show the slideshow, I'm going to select a few images and again I'm working from the 07_08_bridge folder, subfolder snow_camping. Now, I want to select all of these images, so I'll click on one of them and then press Command+A on a Mac/Ctrl+A on a PC. Now, that I have all of the images selected and also, as a side note, you don't have to select all of the images. I have done that because I only have ten, and it will be kind of fun to show these images. So after I've selected all of those images or you've selected multiple images, you want to navigate to the View pulldown menu and then choose Slideshow or you can press the shortcut key Command+L to open up the slideshow. So go ahead and click on that option and now here I'm on the slideshow.
Now, a couple of things about the slideshow. It's automatically playing for me, and I haven't been able to dial-in any settings,and I don't really know how this actually works. So I'm going to go ahead and press the Spacebar key and the Spacebar will pause or play your slideshow. Important shortcut, right? The other shortcut that is important that you want to write down is the same shortcut that we used in that Bridge Review mode; it's the H key. Now, the H key will show all the slideshow commands and again, they are broken up into General, Navigation and Editing. General, Escape to Exit the Slideshow. Okay, got it. L, Slideshow Options, that's going to be very helpful. B for Blank or Unblank. I'll go ahead and press that. What that does is it allows me to start off my slideshow presentation with a blank slide. You know there is times where you don't want an image visible, so you press that B again, and it will then unblank that so you can kick off your slideshow.
Now Spacebar we've already talked about. That gives you the ability to Pause or Play, and then Plus or Minus allows you to zoom-in on the image show. I can then go ahead and zoom in or out on the image. Here I'm zoomed-in into 200 or 400%, and these are all small JPEGs. So when I zoom-in, of course I'm going to see some artifact. All right, well let's press the H key to bring back the Slideshow commands. I then have some Navigation options, which are pretty straightforward. I can use my different Arrow keys. I also have the ability to add some editing. We've seen this before right? Rotation, setting a rating or a label, we can determine a file as a reject, decrease or increase the rating, open the file in Camera RAW or open it in Photoshop.
Again, all of these shortcuts are very similar, if not almost completely identical to the Bridge Review mode and that's kind of nice. Now, the one thing that's different is the Slideshow Option. So I'll press the L key to open up my Slideshow options. Let's go through these, we have Display Options, Slide Options, and Transition Options. Display options. I can black out additional monitors if I have another monitor. That way it will remove any competing light. Repeat the Slideshow, if I want it to auto-repeat and keep going. Zoom Back And Forth in my opinion doesn't work very well, so I wouldn't choose that option. It just kind of zooms your images in and out, and it doesn't really looks very good. Again, that's my own personal preference. You are going to have to decide on your own.
All right, Slideshow Options. Slide Duration, couple of seconds, no captions. When presenting, I want it to Scaled to Fill or to Fit or Centered. I'll go ahead and choose Centered there. Again, this is really going to be contingent upon the overall file size and the type of slideshow you want to present. Now Transitions, in my opinion the best transition is the default Dissolve. Some of these other ones feel a little bit gimmicky to me, so I'm not going to choose any of those in my own workflow, but again, you'll want to experiment a little bit with those. And then I have that Transition Speed, Slower or Faster. Now, one of things I find is if the images are a little bit more moody, I want a little bit more of a slow transition. If they're pretty snappy, pretty in-your-face photographs, you can visually, really quickly I want a little bit of a faster transition.
All right well, I have dialed in my settings. I click OK, I'm ready to launch the Slideshow. Press the H key, hide those commands, then press Spacebar and now that slideshow is playing. The only thing that I may want to modify here is I may want to go ahead and modify the background color and if you didn't watch those previous movies, I'll show you that one more time. Press the Escape key to exit, navigate to Bridge > Preferences and modify the Image Backdrop. Now it's black, click OK, then choose from the View pulldown menu Slideshow, and now my slideshow is on this black background. And because I launched it, it's going to auto-play for me. If I want to stop it, all that I need to do is press the good old Spacebar key. The slideshow has paused. I'll give this image a two star rating and we can see that down below. And that wraps up our conversation about the Bridge Slideshow mode.
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