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In Photoshop CS6 for Photographers, author, photographer, and teacher Chris Orwig explores Photoshop from the perspective of the photographer.
The course details the features and techniques behind enhancing and retouching photos, preparing them for print and online publishing, and much more. Chris demonstrates how to make basic edits in Camera Raw, develop and save color profiles, work with layers and selections, tone and sharpen, and retouch images while retaining their natural character.
Chris also shares some creative tips and project ideas, such as converting a photo to black-and-white and enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks. The course also covers workflow details, such as organizing images in Bridge and Mini Bridge, optimizing Photoshop preferences, and calibrating your monitor.
Here, we're going to explore how we can group or filter our photographs using collections. Collections give us a lot of flexibility; we're going to be looking at two different types of collections. The first one is smart collections, then the second is just regular collections. All right. Well, here what we want to do is click on the Collections tab in order to navigate to the Collections panel. The first thing we want to do in order to create a smart collection is to click on the icon which is located to the right. When you click on this, it'll open up the Smart Collection dialog this allows us to search a particular folder or subfolder and then define some criteria.
For example, we can setup the Criteria of Rating. In this case, we're going to choose Rating and I want to view, or I want to see the files which have a four or five star rating, so let's choose the rating is greater than or equal to four stars. Next Match if any criteria is met and then this check box here, this is really fascinating. Include All Subfolders. If you had subfolders inside of this folder, it would search all of those files, you could even choose by leaving this check box on to search all the files which haven't been browsed by the Adobe Bridge.
Okay. Well, let's go ahead and save this out. Here I will click Save. Well, in doing that I now have this New Smart Collection, and I'm going to go ahead and name this 4 Star. Next I'll press Enter or Return, and you can see that what it's doing is it searching through that folder and if there were any subfolders and just showing me all of these images which have a 4 or 5-star rating. I should actually rename this, I'll go ahead and double-click in there, and I'll type out 4 or 5-star, and that's how smart collections work, it just another way to filter or to find images which have a certain criteria which you've defined.
Well, let's take a look at another way to work with collections, and let's go back to our Chapter 2 folder. Well, so far we've really looked at how we could group images together with stacks when we're just working with one folder. But what about those situations where you want to group images together and the images aren't in the same folder? Well, you can do that by using just Regular Collections. Let me set the scene here. In this Chapter 2 folder, I have some photographs that were captured of Jared Mason. These pictures were captured in one of my previous training courses, Narrative Photography.
Yet if you navigate to the Chapter 3 folder, you'll also notice there's another photograph of Jared Mason. Well, I want to group all of these pictures together. To do this, we need to create a collection. So let's go ahead and in the Collections panel, let's click on this icon here the one on the left. I'll name this collection Jared Mason. Next, I'll navigate to the folders where these images exist--first the Chapter 3 folder and just drag and drop. You can see one image was added to this collection. Let's go back to the Chapter 2 folder here, I'll click on this image, hold down the Shift key then click on the last image in the set. You can see in the Preview panel that we've selected all four pictures.
Now I'll click and drag and drop these into this collection. And now that I have this collection, I can use this as a way to view all of these pictures. If we click on the collection name, it will then change our filtering, and it will show us these photographs. If ever we have a picture that we want to remove, say like this one here, because it includes Jared Mason and also a stranger--this guy who was walking across the bridge. We'll just click on the image and then click on Remove From Collection. When you do that, it isn't deleting the photograph. Rather, it just removing it from this collection. And in this way you can see that you can group your images together in some really fascinating ways.
Perhaps you want to create a collection, which is portfolio, and every once in awhile when you come across one of those images which is worthwhile of including in your portfolio, well, then just drag and drop that into that collection or you can create collections based on other criteria as well. It just gives you this ability to group or organize images together in a way that isn't dependent upon file or folder or hard drive location.
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