Photoshop CS4 Essential Training
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Finding images


Photoshop CS4 Essential Training

with Jan Kabili

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Video: Finding images

Bridge has a number of features that will help you to find just the photo you're looking for from among your growing collection of digital photographs. Using Bridge you can append metadata and keywords to files and then you can make use of Bridge's filtering features and its collection features to find your photos. I'm going to start here in Bridge by going back to the Essentials preset workspace by clicking Essentials up here at the top of the screen. When you make a digital photo or when you make a scan, a lot of information about the image is already appended to your file.
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  1. 2m 31s
    1. Welcome
      1m 27s
    2. Using the example files
      1m 4s
  2. 25m 14s
    1. Touring the interface
      4m 25s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      5m 15s
    3. Using tools efficiently
      3m 51s
    4. Arranging panels
      3m 53s
    5. Customizing keyboard shortcuts
      2m 50s
    6. Saving a custom workspace
      3m 0s
    7. Changing screen modes
      2m 0s
  3. 19m 3s
    1. Touring the Bridge interface
      6m 31s
    2. Opening images from Bridge
      1m 20s
    3. Reviewing images
      4m 42s
    4. Finding images
      6m 30s
  4. 44m 53s
    1. Setting preferences
      4m 23s
    2. Choosing color settings
      8m 11s
    3. Zooming and panning
      5m 27s
    4. Resizing and image resolution
      3m 17s
    5. Adding to the canvas
      2m 2s
    6. Rotating the canvas
      1m 44s
    7. Choosing color
      4m 49s
    8. Sizing a brush tip
      3m 4s
    9. Undoing and the History panel
      5m 0s
    10. Saving and file formats
      3m 29s
    11. Creating a file from scratch
      3m 27s
  5. 37m 58s
    1. Making geometric selections
      6m 14s
    2. Modifying selections
      4m 43s
    3. Combining selections
      3m 16s
    4. Using the Quick Selection tool
      5m 34s
    5. Refining selection edges
      4m 12s
    6. Using Quick Mask mode
      2m 18s
    7. Selecting with the improved Color Range command
      4m 32s
    8. Selecting with the Magnetic Lasso tool
      2m 28s
    9. Using the Background Eraser tool
      3m 7s
    10. Saving selections
      1m 34s
  6. 39m 56s
    1. Understanding layers
      5m 43s
    2. Creating layers
      5m 12s
    3. Working in the Layers panel
      2m 19s
    4. Locking layers
      4m 17s
    5. Working with multiple layers
      4m 6s
    6. Merging and flattening layers
      3m 55s
    7. Adding a shape layer
      4m 43s
    8. Basic layer masking
      4m 23s
    9. Using layer blend modes and opacity
      5m 18s
  7. 23m 19s
    1. Cropping
      3m 26s
    2. Straightening
      3m 17s
    3. Transforming
      4m 42s
    4. Working with Smart Objects
      6m 48s
    5. Using Content-Aware Scaling
      5m 6s
  8. 1h 10m
    1. Reading histograms
      4m 21s
    2. Using adjustment layers and the Adjustment panel
      6m 4s
    3. Adjusting tones with Levels
      7m 49s
    4. Limiting adjustments with layer masks
      5m 40s
    5. Using masks in the new Masks panel
      6m 9s
    6. Limiting adjustments by clipping
      3m 6s
    7. Adjusting with Shadow/Highlight
      5m 7s
    8. Adjusting with Curves
      7m 37s
    9. Adjusting with Hue/Saturation
      3m 42s
    10. Adjusting with Vibrance
      2m 16s
    11. Removing a color cast
      4m 26s
    12. Using the Black & White adjustment layer
      2m 39s
    13. Using the Dodge Burn and Sponge tools
      4m 11s
    14. Reducing noise
      2m 39s
    15. Sharpening
      4m 42s
  9. 38m 0s
    1. Using the Spot Healing Brush tool
      5m 17s
    2. Using the Healing Brush tool
      5m 51s
    3. Using the Patch tool
      4m 52s
    4. Using the Clone Stamp tool
      4m 8s
    5. Enhancing eyes
      9m 29s
    6. Changing facial structure
      5m 0s
    7. Softening skin
      3m 23s
  10. 44m 38s
    1. What's a raw image?
      4m 25s
    2. Touring the Camera Raw interface
      7m 35s
    3. Working in the Basic panel
      7m 54s
    4. Working in the Tone Curve panel
      2m 21s
    5. Working in the HSL/Grayscale and Split Toning panels
      3m 46s
    6. Looking at the other Camera Raw panels
      3m 45s
    7. Using the Adjustment Brush tool
      4m 2s
    8. Using the Graduated Filter tool
      3m 56s
    9. Working with multiple files
      6m 54s
  11. 21m 6s
    1. Using the Brushes panel
      8m 30s
    2. Filling with color
      3m 49s
    3. Replacing color
      4m 14s
    4. Using gradients
      4m 33s
  12. 16m 55s
    1. Working with point type
      9m 59s
    2. Working with paragraph type
      3m 17s
    3. Warping text
      3m 39s
  13. 25m 23s
    1. Adding a layer style
      4m 6s
    2. Customizing a layer style
      3m 35s
    3. Copying a layer style
      3m 5s
    4. Creating a new style
      3m 32s
    5. Using Smart Filters
      5m 22s
    6. Working in the Filter Gallery
      5m 43s
  14. 13m 14s
    1. Auto-blending focus
      4m 47s
    2. Creating Photomerge panoramas
      4m 2s
    3. Combining group photos
      4m 25s
  15. 23m 27s
    1. Creating an action
      7m 16s
    2. Batch processing with an action
      6m 36s
    3. Using the Image Processor
      9m 35s
  16. 29m 20s
    1. Printing
      11m 32s
    2. Making a contact sheet from Bridge
      6m 12s
    3. Creating a web gallery from Bridge
      7m 17s
    4. Preparing photos for the web
      4m 19s
  17. 30s
    1. Goodbye

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Watch the Online Video Course Photoshop CS4 Essential Training
7h 55m Beginner Oct 13, 2008

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Photoshop has become an indispensible tool for photographers, designers, and all other creative professionals, as well as students. Photoshop CS4 Essential Training teaches a broad spectrum of core skills that are common to many creative fields: working with layers and selections; adjusting, manipulating, and retouching photos; painting; adding text; automating; preparing files for output; and more. Instructor Jan Kabili demonstrates established techniques as well as those made possible by some of the new features unique to Photoshop CS4. This course is indispensable to those who are new to the application, just learning this version, or expanding their skills. Example files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Learning and customizing the interface and workspace
  • Utilizing various manual and guided selection techniques
  • Working with Adobe Camera Raw
  • Adding special effects with layer styles and Smart Filters
  • Creating Photomerge panoramas
  • Optimizing photos for the web and creating web galleries
Jan Kabili

Finding images

Bridge has a number of features that will help you to find just the photo you're looking for from among your growing collection of digital photographs. Using Bridge you can append metadata and keywords to files and then you can make use of Bridge's filtering features and its collection features to find your photos. I'm going to start here in Bridge by going back to the Essentials preset workspace by clicking Essentials up here at the top of the screen. When you make a digital photo or when you make a scan, a lot of information about the image is already appended to your file.

You can add more information here in the Metadata panel of Bridge 3.0. I am going to scroll down in the Metadata panel until I get to the area called IPTC Core. All of the fields here have a pencil next to them, meaning that I can add information here. So I could put in as Creator, myself. I can add other identifying information. I can even add a Copyright Notice. On a Mac, I would do that by pressing Option+G. On a PC, I would press Alt+0169 and then I will type my name and the year.

You can also add keywords or subject matter tags to your photos. When I click off the Metadata panel, I am asked whether I want to apply the changes I made to the image that was selected at the time. And I will say yes, go ahead and apply that. You can also create and apply subject matter keywords to individual photos. I am going to click on the Keywords tab here, and you can see some suggested keywords that come with the program. I am going to add a keyword of my own by clicking the plus sign at the bottom of the Keywords panel, then typing flowers.

I will press Return and then I am going to select some photographs to apply this keyword to. I will click on the first flower photograph, hold down the Shift key, and click on the last. Then I am going to click in the checkbox to the left of the flowers keyword to apply that keyword to these particular photos. Now let me show you how to find photos using metadata or keywords. This becomes more important as you start to add more and more photos to your computer. I am going to move over to the Filter panel on the left.

Let's make this wider by clicking on its border and dragging. As you can see there are a number of filter criteria. First, we can see how many of our photos have no label on them. 29. And how many do have a label? There's 1. If I wanted to see which one that was, I would just click there, and it would show me in the Content panel which photo has a label. I can also see how many of these photos have five stars. First, I will deselect the Review criteria, because none of the photos with a Review label also have ratings.

Then I will click on the five stars and I see all three of the images that have five stars. Now I am going to go down to the File Type, and I can select to see all of my JPEGs that have five stars. There are none. So I'll deselect the five stars and now I see all my JPEGs. I could see all of my Photoshop documents and my JPEGs and so on. I am going to deselect those criteria. If I scroll down further in the Filter panel, I see Copyright Notice. I am going to click the arrow to the left of that area and I can see that there is one photo that has the copyright symbol and my name.

There are 21 other photos to which I appended my copyright information earlier. Let's just look at the one photo that we worked on together and you can see it here in the Content area. And I will click on that again to deselect. Now let's talk about keywords. I will go to the Keywords area of the Filter panel and there I can see my only keyword that I have used, which is flowers. If I click on that keyword, it will show me all eight photos that have that keyword. Once I have isolated some photos like this, I can save the results of this search as a collection.

I am going to click on the first of my photos and then click on the last and then I am going to go to the Collections panel here and I am going to create a new collection by clicking the icon at the bottom of the Collections panel. Yes, I do want to include the selected files in this collection, and these are my flower scans. Adding these files to a collection has not moved them on my hard drive. It simply keeps track of those particular photos where they live on my hard drive and I know that I can always access just those photos by coming to the Collections panel and clicking on the flower scans collection.

Let me show you one more thing and that is how to make a Smart Collection, which automatically updates itself. To do that, I will click on the New Smart Collection icon at the bottom of the Collections panel and I can set some criteria. Let's say I want to have a collection of all photos that have a Copyright Notice on them. So I will select Copyright Notice as the criteria. Copyright Notice contains, I'll put the copyright symbol Option+G or Alt+0169, and my name.

I can add another criteria if I want or I can just leave it at that. I'll match if any criteria are met, and I will click Save. Bridge has gone out again and found the images that are keyworded with flowers. But if I were to go in and remove the keyword from one of these items, it would also then automatically be removed from my Smart Collection. Let me name this collection, which is smart flower scans. Now if I have other photos to which I add the keyword flower, they will automatically appear here in this collection.

If I delete the keyword flowers from any one of the existing photos, that photo will be deleted from this collection. So let's try that. I'm going to click on one of my flower photos here and then I am going to go over to the Keywords panel, then I am going to uncheck flowers and then I will click in a blank area here. Then I will click off of the smart flower scans and back on it and as you can see, that particular flower scan, which was flowers001.tif, has now been automatically removed from my smart flower scans collection.

You can use some or all of the powerful features that I've shown you in this movie to organize your own photo collection. And you can do that right here in Bridge 3.0, which is already on your computer if you've installed Photoshop CS4 or the Adobe Creative Suite 4.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Photoshop CS4 Essential Training .

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Q: How can artwork be transferred from Photoshop CS4 to Illustrator CS4 without the background?
A: Save the image in Photoshop’s native PSD format. The background in Photoshop must be transparent, meaning there should be no background layer. (To remove a background layer, move your artwork to a separate layer by selecting and copying the content, minus the background, to a new layer, and then delete the background layer. A checkboard pattern behind your image indicates transparent pixels.) 

In Illustrator, select File > Open, and select the PSD file. In Photoshop Import dialog box, select Convert Layers to Objects.

Q: How do I retouch an image I have of an old photograph I scanned?
A: There are a few courses that address image restoration. Check out the Photoshop CS4 Portrait Retouching Essential Training course, and for problems dealing specifically with old photographs, watch the Restoration movies in chapter 15 of the Enhancing Digital Photography with Photoshop CS2. Additionally, learn how to research and date photos with our Growing and Sharing Your Family Tree course.
Q: A client has asked for artwork to be delivered as JPEGs or BMP files in 16-bit format. In Photoshop CS4, there does not appear to be an option to save an image as a 16-bit JPEG. Is there a way to save JPEG files as 16-bit in Photoshop?
A: Unfortunately, JPEGs cannot be saved in 16 bit. JPEGs, by nature, are 8-bit. So if you open a high-bit image into Photoshop CS4, you will see no option in any of the save dialog boxes to save the file as a JPEG. You would first have to convert the image to 8 bit (by choosing Image > Mode > 8 bits/channel) and then save it as an 8-bit JPEG. If you open a high-bit image into Photoshop CS5, you will see the option to save it as a JPEG in the Save, Save As, and Save for Web dialog boxes.  But the JPEG will not be saved as 16-bit. Instead, Photoshop will downsample it to 8-bit for you  before saving it as JPEG.
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