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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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In this exercise, I'm going to show you how to use the Review mode to compare and contrast images. It's great for picking that best image in a group of shots. So for example, I've got this bunch of butterflies that are grouped into a stack. If I just click on a thumbnail, you'll see a preview of just the one Butterfly, just the poster Butterfly and that's it. However, if I Option+Click or Alt+Click on this thumbnail, then I select the entire group of 14 butterflies. The Bridge is doing its best to show me all 14 inside of this Preview panel.
But they're actually smaller ironically than they would be inside the Content panel. Now you do have another workspace that you can choose from, a predefined workspace that is. If you click this down pointing arrowhead, you can switch to Preview. Then you get this gigantic Preview panel. That shows you nine images in my case. But that's still not big enough. And I need more detail. So I'm going to switch back to the Essentials workspace. With this entire stack selected, all 14 butterflies, I'm going to go up to this Refine icon once again, click on it.
And choose Review mode. Or you can press Control+ B, Command+B on the Mac. I don't know where B actually comes from, but it is the first letter in Butterflies so that works for me. Now notice that you can see these images in a kind of lazy susan fashion. Now I find this to be a little bit confusing when you click the right arrowhead. Notice you've got a right arrow and a left arrow. When you click the right-arrow, you don't swing the lazy susan to the right, the way I would think, you would, instead you swing it to the left. So you move to the next image to the right.
If you click on the left, you swing the lazy susan to the right because you're going to the image on the left, so, just so as you know. Anyway, what you want to do here is you want to check out each one of these images and then decide if you're going to rule it in or rule it out. So for the mean time, I might look at this image and say yeah, it looks okay. And by the way, you don't need to click on these left and right arrow icons. You can just press the Left and Right Arrow keys on your keyboard. So I'll go and switch to this guy. He's looking good at with the wrong direction actually. All right. That's fine. I'll just keep go in to the right.
So I'm pressing the Right Arrow key. That looks actually pretty great. Not so good here. The Butterfly's got a problem. Its wing gets shoot off a little bit. So I'm going to jettison this image from the Review mode. And you do that by clicking on this down pointing arrowhead or if you want to you can just press the Down Arrow key. Now we'll take an image out of Review mode. It doesn't throw it away or anything like that. You just don't see it on the lazy susan anymore. This guy isn't framed properly. Notice that, the wing gets cut off on the right hand side. So he's out. That's a better framing, but then when I switch to this guy that's a better focus.
So I'll go back. Press the Left Arrow key to go back to Butterfly pavilion-06. And I'm going to throw it out. Then I'll press the Right Arrow key to advance to the next one. Actually he's the best of these butterflies. So I'll go ahead and switch back to him. Press the Down Arrow key to send him away. This guy looks stellar. I'm definitely keeping him. He's got a got a little bit of chew to going on there. But that's okay. He is too dark. So I'm sending him away. Let's check out the next guy. Looks pretty good I suppose. But you know what, I'm going to throw that out because this butterfly looks even better.
It's not this version of the butterfly either. Go ahead and get rid of it. It's this next guy. So it's number 13 that I like quite a bit. So the images, I'm keeping I believe are number 13, number 2 and of course these are the renamed versions of the butterflies. These aren't the original filenames that I gave you. But anyway number 2 looks good to me. Number 8 looks awfully darn good. Number 9 looks good as well. 11, I think, I'm going to go ahead and get rid of it. And 1, I think, I'll get rid of that one as well. Notice as soon as I go down to four images in the case of these butterflies, I switch away from the lazy susan.
And I'm seeing all four images on screen at one time. Now I want to show you this really cool loop trick. Even though, I was telling you, I'm not a big fan of the loop. This next feature is really great. When you're using it inside the Review mode, it can be quite helpful, especially when you're trying to look at tiny little insect heads. So because I changed how I get to the loop, I have to press the Ctrl key or the Command key on the Mac and click in order to zoom-in on that Butterfly's face. Just check that out. Is that not cool? Then I'll do the same thing inside of this guy and move it onto the head a little bit.
Ctrl+Click or Command+Click on this guy's head as well, and then Ctrl+Click or Command+Click on this butterfly. Now check it out. If I drag any one of these loops around, then I'd move it independently of the other loops. However, if I press and hold the Ctrl key or the Command key on the Mac and drag any one of the loops, they all move together, which is I would say a fairly breathtaking fantastic feature. It really gives me a sense of who's in focus and who's not.
For example, even though this guy looks good from far away. His head's not really in focus. What we should be able to see is the light dancing of those compound eyes. That would be fantastic. But I didn't really lock on the focus properly on this specific butterfly. This guy looks awfully darn good. This guy looks pretty good. And this guy, my goodness! You are a dream butterfly my friend. All right, so the final thing I want to do is I want to go ahead and save these four images to a collection. I'm going to drop-down to this little icon in the bottom right corner of the window.
I'll click on it. That brings up this New Collection dialog box. I'll go ahead and call this guy Four stellar butterflies or something like that. Then I'll click the Save button in order to save it out. I'm returned to the Bridge as you can see here. I am now looking at these four butterflies inside the collection. I'll go over to the Collections panel and there it is Four stellar butterflies. I can subtract some butterflies from it. I could add some more. I can do whatever I want just as I can with other collections here inside the Bridge. In next exercise, I'm going to show you how to parade your images in a slideshow.
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