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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 am going to show you how to filter thumbnails in the Content panel. And by filter, I don't mean assign Photoshop style filters let's say or any form of special effects. Rather, we are going to show and hide images inside the Content panel based on specific criteria. So the filter is if the images meet a specific criterion then we'll see them. If not, we won't. So for example, one way to filter images is to go up to the Star option here in a Path bar, click on it. Then you'll see this menu of options.
For example, let's say I just want to see those images to which I have assigned 1 or More Stars, notice that. So this will include the 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and 5 star images. You can also press Ctrl+Alt+1, Command+Option+1 on the Mac. An then, I will see all of my star rated thumbnails. From here, I could decide you know what, this hippo is not a star man. He is a two star hippo. And notice, by the way to change a star rating the thumbnail has to be active. So you may have to click on it once for example in order to make the thumbnail active and then, click again to change the star rating.
I might also think gosh! You know what, Sammy with his head being smashed that's at least a three star image there and so on. This also, this butterfly image totally rocks. I will make it two stars. Then you could refine your search further. You could say, you know what, I want to check out just the 2 or More Star images and you'll see this bunch right here and so on, because we've dropped out the one star image. Now let's say I am a little confused. I'll go back here to show 1 or More Stars. I want you to notice by the way when there is a Star Filter going on either a Star or Label Filter, you'll see the Star active up here in the Path bar.
I am looking at all these one star and higher images and I am thinking where is that one of Max holding the butterfly. That was a great image. Then I guess I didn't star rated, I guess I just assigned a label. So I'll go up here again to this icon, click on it and I'll say I want to just see the Labeled Items please. If I do that, then I'm not seeing anything which is a little bit of a surprise. No items to display with the current filter, 92 items fully all of them are hidden at this point and I am sitting there scratching my head. The problem is that I have assigned multiple filter criteria that don't overlap each other.
So I'll bring up the Star menu again. Notice, I'm seeing only those images that have one or more stars and are labeled. Well, there is no such image inside of this folder right now. So I'm going to have to turn off Show 1 or More Stars and then, I can see my two labeled images. You can also by the way just clear out the filter, if you want to see all of the images. Once again, choose this command or press Ctrl+Alt+A, Command+Option+A on the Mac. All right, so I am going to go ahead and give Max a star rating and I might as well do the same thing with the squirrel.
Incidentally, I'll go ahead and give Max no star rating for just a moment. So you can see you can assign star rating to multiple images at the same time. This also works with Labels. So I'll click on Max, Shift+Click on the Squirrel. Click this star inside the Squirrel and they both get stars as you can see. Now, if I go back of the Star and say all right now show me 1 or More Stars. I'm not going to see any more images. The same problem, I have multiple search criteria. I'll go back up here once again and I had to turn off Show Labeled Items Only because I want to see the unlabeled items as well.
Now, I can see all of these one star images. Now, let's say at this point. We are looking at the star rated images and I decide, one of the images doesn't deserve a star rating. I want to get rid of it. I'll click on this image of Sammy with a strange expression and I will click before the star to turn it off. And as soon as I do and release, it disappears, because it no longer matches that filtering criterion, and we can see that the filter is still turned on. So just something to bear in mind. You'll have to keep track of that. All right now I am going to go ahead and green light a few of these images here.
I'll scroll down to the bottom. I like the hippo. I'll click on him. I'll Ctrl+Click on this butterfly up here the one that's called B0000450. Maybe the monkey, you have got to love the monkey. And then, I'll scroll up the list and maybe grab this butterfly as well. I'm doing this by the way by Ctrl+Clicking or Command+Clicking on the thumbnails because when you Ctrl+Click on a PC or Command+Click on the Mac on the thumbnail, you select nonadjacent thumbnails inside the list. And now, I will go ahead and press Ctrl+8 or Command+8 on a Mac in order to assign that green approved label just so that I have a handful of images that meet that criteria.
Now, let's go ahead and clear out the filter by choosing the Clear Filter command or pressing Ctrl+Alt+A, Command+Option+A on the Mac. I want you to notice the other place to filter inside of the Bridge and it is even more powerful than that Star menu. And that's this Filter panel right here. Go ahead and click on its tab to switch to it. I am going to make it taller so that we have a little more room to work. Notice that it auto populates. So in other words, it's showing you every criteria that it thinks matters where these images are concerned.
Notice here inside of my Ratings, which you can twirl open if you need to, there is no four-star rating. I have not assigned four stars to anything. So I do not see four stars in the list. I just see that there are 15 one star images in my case. Your results may vary. I have 3 two star images, 1 three star and 1 five star as well. If I click on one of these star ratings, for example two star, I will just see those three images to which I assigned two stars. I am not going to see two stars and the higher, the way I will with the Star menu. I will just see that rating and nothing more.
If I then decide to click on something else such as On Fire! Then I am not going to see any thing because I don't have any two star images that are on fire. I'll need to clear out my filtering criteria in one of two ways. Either, I can turn on fire back off by clicking on it once again. Then I'll also turn off two stars by clicking on it. That's one way to work. Let's go ahead and turn those guys back on. Another way to work is to just once again choose the Clear Filter command or press Ctrl+Alt+A, Command+Option+A on the Mac. Now the amazing thing about this Filter panel is that you can filter much, much more than Labels and Ratings.
I'll go ahead and twirl those guys close for a moment. Notice, I can see all the different file types that are available to me. So I've 30 DNG images there they are. DNG being Adobes' Digital Negative format. It's a format for preserving RAW images captured by high-end digital cameras. I have two folders if I want to check them out. But what I love about the Folder option there is you can turn it off so that you are not constantly seeing the subfolders. This way, if I just heard on DNG, JPEG, Photoshop document and TIFF, I am seeing all the images but I'm not seeing either of those folder icons, which is fine by me.
And then, of course I can turn these guys off if I want to as well. So I've got two layered Photoshop documents. What are they? Well, they are these guys right here: Lone Peak.psd and Grand Tetons.psd. Very interesting, I could check them out inside of Photoshop if I want to. If you turn off the last checkmark standing then you will see all of your images again because you're essentially turning the filter off. Another really great way to filter images in my opinion is by either Date Created. So you can see all the creation dates.
You'll see that these images go back over about five or six-year span of time. We'll also Date Modified, which can be very useful. We have Orientation. If I click on Portrait, notice this, I will see the rotated images as well, the once that got rotated into portrait position. So the Bridge is correctly reading these images based on their Metadata. I'll go ahead and turn that guy back off. And if I scroll down the list here, I can search by Camera model, which is totally awesome.
So I can see that two of them don't have any camera models associated with them because goodness! They are folders. You are right. I did not photograph these folders Bridge that's a good call. Go ahead and turn that off. But I can see that I shot two of them with a D-LUX 3 which was Leica camera and the rest are shot with various Olympus Cameras the most popular for each of the E-30 pictures. I have 60 of those in all. I'll go ahead and turn that off once again. Twirl close model. Twirl open Copyright Notice. So, I can see, all right, I've gone ahead and marked some of these images as copyrighted, kind of a bizarre collection, rather random actually.
If I go ahead and turn on all three of these Copyright Notices, those are the ones I chose the copyright and that's it. What about the others? Let's go ahead and turn those guys off for a moment. And then, turn on No Copyright Notice. Well, I have a lot of really great images to which I need to assign copyright statements. Obviously, by the way, if you go to the View menu and you choose Show Items and Subfolders so that we'll see into the Felix Mizioznikov folder and the Sammy jumps folder as well, then we have more images at our disposal including down here under Copyright Notice, we have five images that are copyrighted to Felix.
So the Filter panel constantly updating. Just remember, if you ever need to clear the filters so you can see all the images inside one or more given folders then, press Ctrl+Alt+A and that's Command+Option+A on the Mac. In the next exercise, I am going to show you how to move, copy and delete files.
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