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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, I want to talk about how you can customize your workspace in order to get more out of the whole metadata and keywording process. Now, here is my own Preference in regards to customizing the workspace. What I like to do is to have really tall columns because a lot of times you'll find you need to access information that's buried pretty deep. For example, I'm going to open up this IPTC panel here and now when I do that, I have to scroll to access that. So it's kind of hard to access the information because I have to do all the scrolling. So in my opinion, what I like to do is drag this up to the top panel here and notice that I'm starting off in the Essentials workspace. So I drag it up top.
Now that it's grouped up there, I'll then bring up my Keywords as well. Now, typically I work on keywording at one point, then in another point, I work on my metadata and here you'll notice, I'm going to scroll as far in order to view all that information, perfect. I then have the ability to view the Preview, Metadata, and Keywords. I do the same thing over here on the left column. I drag my Filter up to the top and my Collections up to the top, because I do want to take advantage of any collections I have. I may need to work on filtering or I may just simply want to go to a different folder. So I want to access to all of that different type of information. Now, are these panels as important as the ones on the right? Not really. So I'm going to go ahead and minimize these because I don't need to view them as much.
On my thumbnails, I typically want to make those a little bit bigger. So I'm going to make those bigger. And then you know my preference is to get rid of everything but the thumbnail. Command+T on a Mac/Ctrl+T on a PC. All right, well now that I have all this, I'm almost ready to save this out. I just want to open up a little bit more space for my Metadata panel over here and Preview and Keywords. Now, that I like that, I'll click on the icon, which will allow me to save this. I'll call this a New Workspace. I'm going to name this CO for Chris Orwig, - META and click Save and there we have this new layout. Now, I don't want this to be my first position. Let me go ahead and drag this over right in front of Metadata, so I have Essentials and Filmstrip because I use those quite often. And then when I need to do my metadata work, I have that CO - META workspace as well.
Now, you're obviously going to want to experiment a little bit with arranging these panels in a way that make sense to your own Metadata workflow. Yet for me, this seems to work pretty well. The only other thing that I like to do is sometimes I like to minimize the left side completely so I can really focus in on the task of the metadata process. Although I like having it there. I don't want to get rid of it. Now, I can open it up if I need it. So again, that's the only other thing that I may want to do with this workspace. And on that note, we're now ready to begin to add some metadata. In particular, I want to look at how we can add a copyright to our images and we'll do that in the next movie.
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