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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 continue to talk about working with workspaces and we left off in the last movie with this custom workspace that I created, CHRIS ORWIG. And now let's talk about some different ways that we can begin to select other workspaces and begin to work inside of the Adobe Bridge. Well, we've already discussed this idea that when you to the Window menu > Workspace, you'll notice that each workspace has a shortcut assigned to it. In this case CHRIS ORWIG is Command+F1 on the Mac/Ctrl+F1 on a PC. So I can select that workspace by pressing the shortcut. I'll go and press Command+F2 because I'm on a Mac. On a PC that will be Ctrl+F2. All right, you know what I decide? I really wish that this were my first workspace. All I need to do is click and drag this to the left. Now it's in position number one and check this out.
Window > Workspace, the shortcut is now Command+F1 on Mac, Ctrl+F1 on a PC. So it would actually take note of what position it's in, and then assigns the appropriate shortcut to it. Now I can also change how may workspaces I can actually see, in this case, I can only see Essentials. If I want to get to the other workspaces, it's a little bit more like a pulldown menu, and there is that CHRIS ORWIG workspace. So that way if you want to clean up your interface a little bit, you can minimize that. Now speaking of minimizing things, you can also hide another portion of your interface that you can see here. If you navigate to the Window pulldown menu and select Path Bar, you're going to then hide that aspect of the Bridge interface. Again, Window and Path Bar. Now the Path Bar has some really interesting things. Not only does it have the different folders that you are working on, it has some stuff in regards to your thumbnails. Also the way you filter, sort, rotate, create folders, delete images. So again, you are going to decide if you want that information or not, but if you are interested in minimizing the interface, now you know a couple of ways to do that.
Well, there is a little bit more to talk about in regards to interface. What I want to talk about here is how you can have Bridge setup for perhaps multiple monitors. Now currently we have Bridge in this CHRIS ORWIG workspace, I'll navigate to my window pulldown menu, and I'm going to choose New Synchronized Window. Now what's this whole New Synchronized Window thing about? In order to stimulate this begin on a separate monitor, because I only have one, I'm going to go ahead and minimize this, and also minimize my thumbnails, and then I'm actually going to change my workspace as well. So I'm going to go in here and choose Window > Workspace and Light Table. So again this workspace is a little bit different, and you can see it updated out there. Now it's so small, we can't really see the updates. So I'm just going to go ahead and minimize that this way.
All right, what's the deal with the synchronization? Now when I go through my thumbnails, and I'll go ahead and click on different thumbnails, we can see that both versions of Bridge are synchronized. That's kind of interesting, isn't it? So as you can imagine, you can have two Adobe Bridge windows open, you can have them synchronized, and in one window, you could be working on Metadata. Well, in another window you could be viewing a real large preview of the image. This way you can speed up your overall workflow, and even more, this can actually help out when you are presenting your photographs, because you can be viewing the thumbnails and the Bridge interface on one monitor, then on that second monitor, you can run, you can run full screen or slides of view, and that way you can be viewing the images nice full screen without seeing any other Bridge interface. So you can see all the Bridge interface, you can see what image is next. The person viewing that monitor, or that projected view of the monitor, can't see what's coming next. So it's a real nice way to be able to present your work.
Now if you don't have multiple monitors, then the synchronized view won't help you out very much. Yet I wanted to include that, because it's kind of interesting. Now there is something else that you can do as well. Let say you just want a new Bridge window, and you want to browse other files. I'm going to go to File > New Window. Now I want to have a new window this time, I'll go ahead and make this one much smaller, so we can see what's happening, and expand this a little bit so I can go to my folders. Here I'm going to navigate to Folders, Desktop, and navigate to my exercise files, and I'll go ahead and navigate, let's say to folder two here for our exercise files, and now here you can see that I can go through different images. Now it's kind of interesting, isn't it? Because I can then have different Bridge windows that are looking at different folders. Now that's kind of nice, isn't it, because there are times where I may want to leave a Bridge Window up in order to have some other images visible on these, and then go to a new location, and all I need to do to do that is to choose File > New Window. All right, well, that wraps up our eclectic conversation about some different ways that you can begin to work with the Bridge workspaces.
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