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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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All right, now that we've all had a refreshing geek moment, let's go ahead and return to the real world or something very closely resembling in. And I'm going to show you how to group images in the stacks here inside the Bridge. And stacks are groups of related images that are packed together, so that they are consuming less room inside the Content panel. So for example, let's go ahead and group all the butterflies. I'll click on the last one and then I'll Shift+click on the first one to select that entire range. Then I'll go up to the Stacks menu. And I'll choose Group as Stack, or you can press Ctrl+G, Command+G on the Mac, very standard keyboard shortcut for creating groups.
And I might do the same thing with Sammy right here, Sammy and the butterfly. Go ahead and click on one, Shift+click on the other, press Ctrl+G, Command+G on the Mac in order to group them into a single stack. Let's do that with these hockey pictures as well. Click on one Shift+click on the other, Ctrl+G, Command+G on Mac in order to group them. And you're probably beginning to get a sense that things are going to be very tidy, once we're done, especially given the fact that we've started with such an adhoc collection of images in the first place. I'll click on the final red panda, which is the last of the zoo images.
And then Shift+click on that hyena, which is the first of them. And press Ctrl+G or Command+G on Mac in order to group those together. Now let's say, I now want to move these to the top of the stack. And you can assign a manual sort order inside of the Bridge. Right now we're looking at the images by filename. But I could just go ahead and drag this guy, just grab him and drag him to in front of the first Max picture and drop him into place in order to move that entire stack. Now you have to be watchful. If you're moving a stack and not just one image inside the stack, you want to make sure that not only is that first slide, see how the stack looks like, two slides one on top of the other.
Make sure that the first slide is active but so is the rear slide. Both of them need to be active in order to move them around. And let me show you what I mean by that. I'll go ahead and click on the butterfly thumbnail. And Notice I just select the first slide. That's still good. If I now drag the butterfly like so, I just drag that one butterflyout of the stack and my stack is now down to 13 images instead of 14. All right. Let's put them back in there, like so. And notice that my poster frame changed. So I'm seeing a different butterfly. I'll show you how to fix that in just a second.
Anyway, in order to select the entire stack, two things you can do. Either, you can Alt+click or Option+click on the Mac on that stack and that selects the whole thing, both the forward slide and the rear slide. Now I'll click on a different image for a second here. And now the thing you can do is click on this sliver, either on the right-hand side or at the bottom of this little stack icon right there. So click on this background sliver. And that will select the entire thing as well. Now let's drag up the list.
And notice that I can pull it, by stack inside of a folder, if I want to. But I can't move it in between a couple of folders because the folders always appear at the top here on the PC. I believe they appear at the bottom on the Mac. But anyway they're wherever they are, is the idea. So we've got the butterflies and we've got the animals. Let's see. Let's also grab Sammy. And I'll Alt+click on him, Option+click on the Mac and Shift+Option+click or Shift+Alt+click on the other stack in order to grab it. And now let's go ahead and drag both of these guys. There we go. And I'll drag them up to this location and drop them into place.
You got to be careful. You can also drop a stack into another stack. And if you do that, you'll combine the two stacks together. All right, so now that we've done this, how do we change the poster frame, so that we're seeing a different image on top? Well, I want you to see that you've got this little Play button so you can play through all the images in the stack. But that plays very quickly because it's designed to work with multiple frames inside of a movie. So, if you have a bunch of movie stills, you can play them sequentially by clicking on that Play button, but it doesn't work for non-sequential images like these.
All right, so instead, I want to expand this stack. And I'm going to do that by going up to the Stacks menu and choosing Open Stack or you can press Ctrl+Right Arrow, Command+Right Arrow on the Mac and that goes ahead and expands the stack like so. Then I want to grab my favorite Butterfly which is going to be this one, I think right there. And I'll drag it to the top of the Stack like so at to the very front of the stack, not out of the stack like this and then to another folder for that matter, but rather to the very beginning of stack. And now that will become our poster frame.
I'll go to the Stacks menu. And I'll choose Close Stack, Ctrl+Left Arrow, Command+Left Arrow on the Mac in order to make this guy now, my poster frame. All right. Let's do the same for the zoo animals Ctrl+Right Arrow, Command+Right Arrow on the Mac in order to expand. Let's go ahead and grab this awesome hippopotamus there. Move him to the top of the stack, right to the very beginning like so. And then press Ctrl+Left Arrow or Command+Left Arrow in order to collapse that stack. Now at this point, you might say guys, you don't want that squirrel. He is so lonely.
I think he wants to join the hippopotamus. So you can go ahead and move other images other thumbnails into stacks like so. And he doesn't become the poster frame, so we can't really see that he's been added. But we do see that the number of images is advanced from 27 to 28 now. And then after this point, you can add any other images you want. I could go ahead and get this shot of Max with the butterfly in his hand. And then the wider shot of Max and butterfly together. And I could move them into the stack with Sam & butterfly and notice my number is advanced from 10 to 12.
So those images are in place. And it's really up to me. You can stack as many more images as you want, any old place you want as well. I want you to see one more thing. Because we moved our images around our thumbnails, we have switched to a manual sort order. And at any given time you can have one life manual sort order. So for example, I could switch back to Filename. So I'm seeing the images in the order according to their filenames. And then I could switch back to my last manual sort order if I wanted to.
You need to watch it though because if you end up going back to Filename for example and then messing with some images, moving them to different locations, your last manual sort will be lost and your new manual sort will take over. So there's just one manual sort going on at a time. That's recorded by the Bridge anyway. I'll go ahead and switch back to Manually. We're really coming up with the tidy collection of images at this point. But you know what I'm going to get, a little tidier on here. I'm going to go ahead and select this image right there, the A0000304 and then I'm going to Shift+click on this image of Sammy.
And I'll group those guys together. And I swear to you, I don't know about you but this image of Max is really starting to creep me out. So I'm going to replace that poster frame by pressing Ctrl+Right Arrow, Command+Right Arrow on the Mac. And I'll grab this happy brother's image right there and make it the poster frame. Now Ctrl+Left Arrow, Command+Left Arrow in order to collapse the stack, and let's just go ahead and throw these winter images together too. My goodness so much spring cleaning, Ctrl+G, Command+G on the Mac in order to combine those. And then finally the two Seattle towers, Ctrl+G in order to group those together as well and now we'd have nothing but stacks inside of the main 03_open_org folder.
In the next exercise, I'm going to show you how to compare images inside the Review mode.
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