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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 talk about an amazing and functional feature inside of the Adobe Bridge and it's called collections. Now, why would I say it's amazing? Well, I say it's amazing because what you can do is you can use collections in order to group images in a way that isn't contingent or isn't dependent upon your folder structure. Now, let me explain. All right, in order to take advantage of collections, you need to click on the good old Collections tab there to open up the Collections panel. Next, what you want to do is determine what type of collection you want to make. Well, let's say that I want to make a collection of all my keepers. I want to be able to access all my keepers from let's say a hundred different folders, okay.
Interesting, right? Interesting concept, how can I then do that? Well, I'm going to go ahead and click on one of the images that I like, this one. I think that's a keeper, hold down the Command key on a Mac/Ctrl key on a PC, then click again on another image that I like. So now I have two images. Next, I'll click on this icon here to create a new collection and it will ask me, do you want to include the selected files in the new collection? Well, yeah, that's why I selected them. Click Yes. Now I have this new collection. I'm going to name this collection Keepers, all right, great. Now, I'm going to go back to my Favorites in Exercise files and folders and scroll down to that folder, you see that those images still exists in that folder. I want to add a few more to this Keepers folder, and I want to add a few more from the Engagement folder.
Now, let's find a couple of images that I like here. I really like the emotion of that shot, I also like this one, I'm going to go ahead and drag those to this Keeper collection. Now, they are part of that collection. When I click on it, check this out. I now have the ability to view all of those images. Well, what are some other reasons why you would want to create collections? Well, you may want to create collections let's say for images that you want to print. For example, recently my wife Kelly want to go through my whole image library and pick out some images that she want to print for her house. Now, she could of course go through each folder and then add a particular label or star rating, then I would have to go through each folder after she went through them, right? But, on the other hand what she could do is simply drag them to a collection called hey Chris, print these and print them in a certain size. I can then click on that particular collection and view all the images that she wants to print. So as you can see, there are a number of different valid and valuable reasons for creating collections.
Now, I just added these two images to a collection, clicked on that collection here. I want to go back to my folders, so I'll click on the Back button, and now it takes me right back to the last folder I was in. All right, well, what's another reason for why do you want to create a collection? Let's click on the snow_ comping folder, and this time what I'm going to do is create what's called a Smart Collection. What is a Smart Collection, and well, as it sounds, it's a collection that has a little bit of a logic built into it. So I'm going to click on the icon for creating a New Smart Collection, this will then open up the dialog window. Now, for started, it's saying, hey, where do you want to look? Look In the snow_ camping folder? Yeah, that's where I want to go, and I have a number of different folders that I can go on. I could also go in a folder that has sub-folders as well, but my case, just the snow_camping folder.
Now criteria, what I'm interested in doing, is creating a Smart Collection, that will show me just the images that were shot with a particular Exposure setting. What I want this to do is just show me the images that were shot at f/2.8, Include All the Subfolders, in this case, there aren't any. But I'm going to leave that checked on, because that's a good option when you are creating Smart Collections. And Include Non-index Files, it may be slow because it has to go through those files. But again, I don't have any sub-folders, I don't have any non-indexed files, I'll leave it on. I'm not really worried about it. I'll go ahead and click Save. Now, what's going to happen is it's going to then show me these images that were captured at f/2.8. So I'll name this 2.8, and then press Enter or Return. So again, it just shows me these three images that are the only three images that I captured using f/2.8. Now, to confirm that, I can go down here and look at a little metadata placard. Now you can see f/2.8 and you can see that on in all three of those images.
So again, one of the reasons you may want to use Smart Collections is to take advantage of the descriptive metadata that's part of your images. This is just simply become part of the image, I then want to sort based on that particular aspect. Now on the other hand, this Keepers collection, this regular collection, is something that's a little bit more custom, something that I've created from scratch. Now, if you ever want to remove something from a collection, you click on it and then you have that good old Remove Collection button, and you can go through the collections that way as well. So as you can see collections are a pretty amazing and functional tool that you can use in order to group your images in a way that isn't contingent upon traditional folder structure and what this can help you do is it can help you manage your assets that you can access files that sometimes would have otherwise been buried in a traditional folder structure.
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