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In Photoshop CS6 Essential Training, Julieanne Kost demonstrates how to produce high-quality images in a short amount of time, using a combination of Adobe Photoshop CS6, Bridge, and Camera Raw.
The course details the Photoshop features and creative options, and shows efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, the course explores techniques for nondestructive editing and compositing using layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more.
As you view your images in the Content panel, it's essential that you're comfortable with the number of images that you're looking at, as well as the size of the preview. The first thing that we might want to change is the size. If we scroll down to the lower-right here, you'll notice that there's a slider, and we can just click and drag in order to make our thumbnails larger, or drag to the left in order to make them smaller. There are also icons at each side of the slider, which we can click to make our images smaller or larger.
If you are a keyboard junkie, you can also use either Command+Minus on the Mac or Ctrl+Minus on Windows to make your thumbnails smaller, or use Command+Plus or Ctrl+Plus in order to make them larger. So now that we can customize the size of our thumbnails, what about the content that's underneath the thumbnails? Well, if we want to display more information about each image, we can use our preferences. So I'll choose Adobe Bridge CS6 and then come down to Preferences on the Mac, or go underneath the Edit menu and select Preferences on Windows.
You can see there is a keyboard shortcut here too, which is Command+K on Mac or Ctrl+K on Windows. If we click on the Thumbnails area, you'll notice that we can add additional lines of thumbnail metadata. So for example, if I wanted to show the size underneath the name of my file, I'll click Show to turn on the line of metadata and then choose Size from the list. If I want to show Dimensions, we'll go ahead and choose that. But I actually want to show the dimensions in inches, so I'll select that from the list.
You can see, each time I choose to show additional lines of thumbnail metadata, we get a preview of what that will look like in the content area. And of course we can add up to two more and select from any of the other options. For now, I'll go ahead and leave it set to our two lines and click OK. Now, if I want to quickly toggle that on and off, I can use the keyboard shortcut Command+T or Ctrl+T on Windows. This will allow me to see more thumbnails at any given time, but of course, I won't be able to see any information about the thumbnails.
In order to bring it back, just use that same keyboard shortcut, Command+T or Ctrl+T. You can also move your thumbnails around to create a different sequence for telling your story. For example, if I wanted this image to appear first, I simply select it and then drag it to rearrange. If I want this image to come second, again, just click and drag. You will notice that when you start creating your own custom sort orders, up at the top here where it says Sort, it automatically changes to Manually.
Prior to this, it was set to Filename, and if I select that, Bridge will display the images alphabetically again. But if I go ahead and choose Manually again, Bridge remembers that custom sort order that I created. In addition, you can use the icon to the right, this little caret icon, to either choose an ascending or descending order for your images. Well, I am going to go ahead and put these back to sorting by filename and then also going back to the Preferences and I'm going to turn off the additional lines of thumbnail metadata.
But I think you can see that as you work with your projects with varying numbers of images in them, it's really convenient to be able to change not only the size of your thumbnail, but also the information that is underneath your thumbnail and the way that your thumbnails are ordered, so that you can tell your story.
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