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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.
Let's start by learning how to download your images from a digital camera. Of course you can do this through the operating system, but by using Adobe Camera Downloader, we can add important information to files as we download them. In Bridge there is an icon of a little camera and if we select that, it will launch the Photo Downloader. Now you can choose whether or not you want this to automatically launch--because it is its own separate little utility--whenever you connect a camera or plug in a card reader. So I am going to go ahead and select No for now, but if you're doing this often then you might want to select Yes.
Now if you don't have a camera or a card attached, then it will say that it can't find a device right up here. So you won't see what I'm showing you until you actually plug in your own camera or your own card reader to your computer. But let's take a look at all of the different options. You'll notice that we can change the location, so I'll go ahead and select Choose and then just navigate to my Desktop to save my images here. I can create a subfolder to put all of my images in, and we can do that based on either a variety of different presets here or if we wanted to add in our own custom name, we could select that.
So the presets that have the year, month, and day are really convenient if you've taken images on multiple days on the same card and you want Bridge or the Photo Downloader to automatically create all of those subfolders. For now I'll go ahead and choose Custom Name, and then we can enter the custom name right below. So in this case, I'll go ahead and type in Oregon, since that's where all of these images were taken. We also have the opportunity to rename our files. Again, we can choose from a variety of presets or we can go ahead and create our own by choosing Advanced Rename.
Because all of these presets include the date and I don't necessarily need that, I will go ahead and choose the Advanced Rename and I'll type in the text that I want to add to each image. And then I want to add a sequence number. So I don't need the date, time so we can click the minus, and also another Minus here for the text. Now you can see I am left with a sequence number, and of course, I can modify that if I want, but I'll go ahead and put a sequence of Two Digits.
Down below we can see the current file name, which is the file name that the camera provided as well as a preview of the new file name. Now it's up to you whether or not you want to rename at this point. I'm actually going to click Cancel because I typically rename later in Bridge, because I often throw images away, and because I'm renaming with a sequence, I don't want there to be any missing images or any gaps in that sequence. So for now, I'll go ahead and click Cancel, but it's good to know that you can rename your files.
So I'll go ahead and set this to Do not rename. We can uncheck the option to open Adobe Bridge, because of course that's actually how we got to the Photo Downloader, but like I mentioned, it is its own utility so you could just launch it separately. There is an option to delete your original files if you'd like to delete them from the card. Since I typically reformat my card in the camera, I will often leave this off as well. And we could save another copy to a secondary location if we wanted to, by checking this on and then choosing wherever that secondary location is.
It's a really nice way to get a secondary backup of all of your images. There's also an Advanced Dialog option, which I really like because it allows me to see the thumbnails of the images that I'm going to import. You'll also notice that if I don't want to import all of my images, I can uncheck them and then simply click on the images that I do want to import. In addition, we can apply metadata on import. We could add in our creator and our copyright information.
But again, if you don't want to do this here, you can do it later to multiple files at one time using Bridge. Then we'll simply click the Get Media button here and we can see if we navigate to the Desktop and open up the Oregon folder, Adobe Downloader has copied the files off the card to exactly where we told it to put them, and it's built the thumbnails for us.
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