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Creating and assigning keywords

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In this exercise, I am going to show you how to create and assign Keywords inside of the Bridge. And it's a little bit of a pain in the neck, because it's a manual process. But you may find it fairly enjoyable. It's kind of Zen light. I cannot stress the importance of doing it on a regular basis. You will be so happy in the future, because the Bridge cannot look at an image and say hey, yeah there is a guy in a snowmobile. Or there is a mountaintop, or there is a tower, or there is a child or anything like that, whereas you can. So if you take some time to add Keywords for people, places and friends that kind of thing, then you can search for those terms in the future.

Creating and assigning keywords

In this exercise, I am going to show you how to create and assign Keywords inside of the Bridge. And it's a little bit of a pain in the neck, because it's a manual process. But you may find it fairly enjoyable. It's kind of Zen light. I cannot stress the importance of doing it on a regular basis. You will be so happy in the future, because the Bridge cannot look at an image and say hey, yeah there is a guy in a snowmobile. Or there is a mountaintop, or there is a tower, or there is a child or anything like that, whereas you can. So if you take some time to add Keywords for people, places and friends that kind of thing, then you can search for those terms in the future.

And make your images discoverable, years down the line which is a really, really terrific thing. All right so let's get started. I am working inside the 03_open_org folder. I am going to switch over to Sammy jumps, because these images already have Keywords inside of them. I'll click on one press Ctrl+A or Command+A to select all of them. And then I'll press Ctrl+I or Command+I on the Mac to bring up the File Info dialog box. And notice that we have some Keywords separated by semicolons. So this is one way to add Keywords to an image, Boston; jumping; Sammy; wall.

So we essentially have a sentence, which is Sammy is jumping off a wall in Boston. Awesome! That's exactly what we want out of this. In the future I could search for that. All right! So I am going to cancel out of there. Let's go ahead and add these terms to our Keywords panel. I'll switch over to Keywords, which by default is located down in the lower right corner. I'll make my Keywords panel quite a bit taller by dragging up word on that horizontal bar. And notice that Sammy and Boston are in the right locations. They are found inside the right category that is Sammy is a People and Boston is a Place.

And jumping and wall are just sitting there as Other Keywords. Now I want these guys to be persistent, so that I can use them in the future. So I am going to right-click on Sammy and chose Make Persistent. And then I'll right-click on Boston and do the same thing. Now then I'm going to add some Keyword categories. And the Bridge calls Keyword category's Keywords. And then it calls Keywords Sub Keywords. I don't really know why it does that. There might be some convention like that out there. Don't know, I find it to be confusing. But anyway, you click on the Plus button to create a new category here.

And I'm going to call this one Actions. And then I'll drag jumping into the Actions category, twirl it up and now jumping is persistent just like that. Let's add another category for Objects like so. And then I'll drag wall into Objects, there it is and it becomes persistent as well. Now let's switch over to 03_open_org which contains some of the other images. And you know what while I am here I might as well add another Keyword for Max of course, my eldest son. So I'll right-click on People and choose New Sub Keyword.

That's what you choose there. And then enter the name Max, like so. All right so now let's begin keywording these guys. I am going to grab these images of Sam right there. These two actually I will start with and label them Sammy, like so. And then I'll drop down here to this group. Since there is a bunch of images in row I'll click on one, Shift click on the last one there, and label them with Sammy. Even though Max is highlighted here I am not using him for these specific images. It's the checkmark that actually counts. Let's continue to scroll down the list until we get to these images.

There is Sam along with Max of course, all the way down to here. And so I clicked on one, Shift clicked on the other, turned on Sammy. Now I am going to go back to Max. This guy is Max right there when he was very young. Turn on Max. And these two of course are Max. I'll go ahead and label them. So I am moving through this fairly quickly. You may be working along with me, maybe you're not, maybe you're just watching me, which is perfectly fine. I will go ahead and click on this one. Ctrl+Click or Command+Click on this guy and Ctrl+Click or Command+Click on this one too, because you may recall that is my son Max's knee smashing into my son Sammy's head.

And now I'll go ahead and turn that one on. So we've labeled the People I think throughout all of these images. And at this point let's say that I want to label the animals. Now you may be groaning, thinking oh now we are not going to do all these animals Deke, forget about it. That would take us a while, and I don't want to sit here watching you create all these Keywords. Actually I created them in advance. So I am going to go up here to my Keyword flyout menu icon, click on it and choose Import. And then I will navigate my way into the Exercise Files folder.

This file sitting loose inside the Exercise Files folder because I didn't want to trash out this open_org folder, because we are working in it so much here inside the Bridge. It's called Animal keywords.txt. And it's just a simple text file that you can export from Keywords if you want to. So there is an Export Command as well. It'll make a text file for you. Or you could take a look at how these text file is organized and create one of your own. Very easy to work with you'll see. Click on open and bang, there's a bunch of animals. Now I am no zoologist, so my Animal categories are anywhere from very general to very specific.

But that guy's a Primate and so are all these guys. So I'll label them as Primates, excellent. And then these guys right here are obviously hippopotamuses. I didn't make Hippos. My gosh! I better go ahead and right-click on Animals and choose New Sub Keyword and say Hippo. That's very important that we label Hippos. And then Shift+Click on this guy and turn on Hippo. And he is a Rhinoceros. So he is a, he is a miscellaneous animal. And these guys are some unknown brand of pigs.

So I will go ahead and make them Miscellaneous Mammals too. And then there are just two Hyenas. I didn't figure out I was going to make a Hyena category. And I don't know what that guy is, some horned creature. Go ahead and turn on Miscellaneous Mammal. All right well then there is an entire classification of birds, which includes these guys right there. There might be more but they definitely suffice as birds, oh Red Pandas. Because he is so cute and cuddly he gets his own, Red Panda. And then Butterfly, let's go ahead and click on one, Shift+Click on the other. I think we've got, oh look of all those with Sammy right there. So I can Shift click all the way up to here.

So that was an entire day at the Butterfly Pavilion there. Go ahead and turn on Butterfly. And I think I've done some very nice keywording at this point. So you could go nuts, add more, do whatever you want. But that's basically what it's about. Just spend a few minutes after every photo shoot adding the Keywords. You will be glad you did. You'll remember people that you will forget a year from now. They will be identified inside of your library. So you can call them up very easily, which is convenient for friends and family members and essential for clients, believe me.

And in the next exercise I am going to show you how to run searches and assemble collections.

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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals

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  1. 39m 52s
    1. Welcome to Photoshop CS5 One-on-One
      1m 49s
    2. Making Photoshop your default image editor
      7m 43s
    3. Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      8m 10s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      7m 37s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 31s
    6. The color settings explained
      6m 54s
    7. Loading the CS5 color settings in Bridge
      3m 8s
  2. 53m 36s
    1. There is nothing you can't do
      2m 1s
    2. The power of Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Duplicating a layer
      4m 49s
    4. Liquifying an image
      4m 43s
    5. Adding a layer mask
      5m 54s
    6. Loading an alpha channel
      7m 42s
    7. Selecting with Color Range
      4m 10s
    8. Making a Hue/Saturation layer
      2m 53s
    9. Luminance blending
      7m 21s
    10. Mask density
      5m 9s
    11. Making a knockout layer
      4m 11s
  3. 51m 23s
    1. The best way to work
      41s
    2. Setting General preferences
      5m 33s
    3. Changing the pasteboard color
      5m 41s
    4. File handling, performance, and units
      7m 25s
    5. Touring the Photoshop interface
      11m 5s
    6. Creating and saving a workspace
      7m 21s
    7. Changing settings and updating the workspace
      6m 4s
    8. Resetting the preferences
      7m 33s
  4. 2h 46m
    1. The amazing Adobe Bridge
      1m 17s
    2. Making a new image
      5m 11s
    3. Opening an image
      7m 7s
    4. Opening and closing multiple images
      5m 24s
    5. Opening a problem image
      4m 23s
    6. Adding file information
      8m 37s
    7. Introducing Adobe Bridge
      7m 37s
    8. A whirlwind tour of Bridge
      7m 21s
    9. Adjusting the interface and thumbnails
      8m 18s
    10. Using the full-screen preview
      8m 5s
    11. Rotating images on their sides
      5m 38s
    12. Assigning star ratings and labels
      8m 40s
    13. Filtering thumbnails in the Contents panel
      9m 13s
    14. Moving, copying, and deleting files
      6m 34s
    15. Creating and assigning keywords
      6m 38s
    16. Searches and collections
      7m 3s
    17. Batch-exporting JPEG files
      8m 57s
    18. Batch-renaming
      7m 15s
    19. String substitution and regular expressions
      8m 50s
    20. Grouping images into stacks
      7m 21s
    21. Comparing images in Review mode
      5m 58s
    22. Playing images in a slideshow
      4m 49s
    23. Customizing and saving the workspace
      7m 17s
    24. Using Mini Bridge in Photoshop CS5
      8m 36s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. Learning to swim inside an image
      37s
    2. The tabbed-window interface
      5m 19s
    3. Arranging image windows
      4m 26s
    4. Common ways to zoom
      5m 31s
    5. New zoom tricks in Photoshop CS5
      4m 24s
    6. Hidden old-school zoom tricks
      4m 34s
    7. Scrolling and panning images
      4m 8s
    8. Viewing the image at print size
      6m 42s
    9. The Navigator and "bird's-eye" scrolling
      2m 56s
    10. Nudging the screen from the keyboard
      2m 39s
    11. Scroll wheel tricks
      3m 41s
    12. The Rotate View tool
      3m 36s
    13. Cycling between screen modes
      6m 17s
    14. Using the numerical zoom value
      6m 14s
  6. 1h 6m
    1. Imaging fundamentals
      58s
    2. What is image size?
      7m 45s
    3. The Image Size command
      6m 0s
    4. Selecting an interpolation option
      4m 56s
    5. Upsampling versus "real" pixels
      5m 22s
    6. The penalty of pixels
      5m 35s
    7. Print size and resolution
      7m 26s
    8. Downsampling for print
      6m 39s
    9. Downsampling for email
      7m 28s
    10. Options for upsampling
      8m 13s
    11. Better ways to make a big image
      6m 1s
  7. 44m 43s
    1. Frame wide, crop tight
      1m 2s
    2. Using the Crop tool
      8m 8s
    3. Fixing out-of-canvas wedges
      5m 31s
    4. Crop tool presets
      6m 53s
    5. Previewing the crop angle
      4m 24s
    6. The Crop command
      4m 47s
    7. Straightening with the Ruler tool
      4m 18s
    8. Cropping without clipping
      5m 1s
    9. Perspective cropping
      4m 39s
  8. 1h 41m
    1. Making drab colors look better
      1m 20s
    2. Brightness and contrast
      4m 10s
    3. Adjusting numerical values
      4m 26s
    4. Introducing adjustment layers
      5m 17s
    5. Editing adjustment layers
      2m 51s
    6. Saving adjustment layers
      4m 35s
    7. Adding a quick layer mask
      4m 23s
    8. Introducing the Histogram
      4m 34s
    9. Working with the Histogram panel
      6m 27s
    10. Using Color Balance
      7m 18s
    11. Introducing the Variations command
      4m 51s
    12. Luminance and saturation controls
      3m 54s
    13. Fading a static adjustment
      3m 21s
    14. How hue and saturation work
      4m 28s
    15. Rotating hues and adjusting saturation
      6m 4s
    16. Creating a quick and dirty sepia tone
      4m 42s
    17. Adjusting hues selectively
      5m 32s
    18. The Target Adjustment tool
      4m 24s
    19. Photoshop CS5 Target Adjustment enhancements
      53s
    20. Adjusting the color of clothing
      8m 44s
    21. Enhancing a low-saturation image
      4m 23s
    22. Refining saturation with Vibrance
      5m 1s
  9. 1h 57m
    1. Photoshop versus the real world
      1m 21s
    2. Meet the selection tools
      10m 26s
    3. Marking the center of an image
      4m 9s
    4. Drawing a geometric selection outline
      4m 45s
    5. Blurring a selection outline with Feather
      6m 8s
    6. Copy and paste versus drag and drop
      5m 31s
    7. Creating a graduated selection
      4m 29s
    8. Aligning one image with another
      4m 45s
    9. Accessing the Move tool on the fly
      3m 34s
    10. Invert and Match Colors
      5m 4s
    11. Matching colors selectively
      3m 52s
    12. Feathering and filling a selection
      5m 14s
    13. Dressing up a composition with effects
      5m 34s
    14. The incredible image rotation trick
      2m 18s
    15. The Magic Wand tool
      4m 12s
    16. Tolerance and other options
      7m 7s
    17. Grow, Similar, and Inverse
      5m 39s
    18. Quick selection and the Magnetic Lasso
      7m 27s
    19. Evaluating a selection in Quick Mask
      8m 52s
    20. Saving and loading selections
      6m 14s
    21. Placing an image with a layer mask
      3m 23s
    22. Eliminating edge fringing
      7m 43s
  10. 1h 58m
    1. Brushing to correct
      56s
    2. How brushing works
      4m 52s
    3. Working with spacing
      7m 32s
    4. Changing size and hardness
      7m 45s
    5. The heads-up Color Picker
      7m 17s
    6. Flipping a mirror image
      3m 33s
    7. Setting the source for the History brush
      3m 42s
    8. Brightening details with the Dodge tool
      7m 49s
    9. Darkening details with the Burn tool
      3m 5s
    10. The Sponge tool
      4m 29s
    11. Backing off edits
      8m 4s
    12. Patching eye bags
      8m 57s
    13. Evening out flesh tones
      7m 23s
    14. Smoothing away whiskers
      7m 41s
    15. Reducing shadow noise
      7m 0s
    16. How healing works
      4m 40s
    17. The enhanced Spot Healing brush
      4m 52s
    18. Using the better Healing brush
      4m 23s
    19. Introducing the Clone Source panel
      3m 49s
    20. Cloning from one layer to another
      5m 30s
    21. Working with multiple sources
      4m 44s
  11. 1h 23m
    1. The layered composition
      1m 0s
    2. Making a new background layer
      6m 58s
    3. Working with "big layers"
      6m 24s
    4. Move, Duplicate, and Scale
      4m 11s
    5. Transforming a copy and repeat
      5m 15s
    6. Stacking order and eyedropping a layer
      5m 15s
    7. Adjusting multiple layers at once
      4m 22s
    8. Switching between layers
      4m 56s
    9. Making a digital star field
      5m 9s
    10. Blend mode and clipping mask
      4m 50s
    11. Dragging and dropping from your desktop
      4m 38s
    12. Black + Lens Flare = glow
      6m 16s
    13. Locking transparency
      5m 42s
    14. Adding gradient layers
      8m 12s
    15. Stacking an adjustment layer
      4m 12s
    16. Adding shadow and stroke
      6m 9s
  12. 1h 17m
    1. Outputting from Photoshop and Bridge
      1m 32s
    2. Printing an RGB composite
      5m 31s
    3. Customizing the subjective print file
      3m 15s
    4. Gauging print size
      5m 35s
    5. Scale, position, and page orientation
      5m 6s
    6. Three important printing curiosities
      4m 41s
    7. Introducing the Output options
      5m 34s
    8. Establishing a bleed
      5m 52s
    9. Using the Color Management options
      7m 21s
    10. Generating a PDF contact sheet
      6m 18s
    11. Creating a contact sheet template
      6m 8s
    12. Saving and opening a PDF contact sheet
      4m 18s
    13. Introducing the Web Gallery
      7m 53s
    14. Exporting and editing an HTML site
      3m 58s
    15. The Airtight Photocard site
      4m 56s
  13. 1h 9m
    1. Rules of the web
      1m 1s
    2. Introducing web graphics
      6m 59s
    3. A first look at Save for Web
      5m 47s
    4. Scaling a layered image versus a flat one
      7m 30s
    5. Incremental downsampling
      3m 1s
    6. Adding text, bar, and stroke
      4m 24s
    7. Assigning copyright and metadata
      6m 21s
    8. Comparing GIF, JPEG, and PNG
      4m 59s
    9. Determining the perfect JPEG settings
      6m 31s
    10. Saving metadata
      3m 52s
    11. Working with an unprofiled RGB image
      4m 35s
    12. Downsampling graphic art
      4m 49s
    13. Saving a GIF graphic
      6m 1s
    14. Antiquated GIF versus the better PNG
      4m 6s
  14. 1m 37s
    1. Until next time
      1m 37s

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