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Before we start playing around with Photo Shop, we need to get images into Photo Shop and one of the most popular ways to do that is to bring in images from a digital camera. So, you have your digital camera connected to your computer, but how do you get them into Photoshop? Well, Photoshop has a great tool to help you do that. It's called Adobe Bridge. It's a free file browsing application that you'll already have on your hard drive if you installed Photoshop. But once I have Adobe Bridge launched, and, by the way, the icon looks like this here.
Then I'm going to go to File, and I've already connected my camera, and it's turned on. And I'm going to chose File > Get photos from camera. This little prompt comes up here, asks me if I want to launch photo downloader automatically whenever a camera or card reader is connected. And it says the option can be changed later if you have preferences. But I'm just going to go ahead and choose no for right now. Now after scanning your camera or your card reader, for the images, we'll get a thumbnail here.
And you could actually choose the device or the card from here if you have multiple cameras or cards hooked up at the same time. But you'll notice that it says I have 351 files selected. I actually haven't had selected anything. So what I need to do is actually I'm going to come down here to the Advanced Dialog button, I'm going to press this and that will illuminate everything. And as you can see here, I can see previews of all the images on my card. It's my kids playing out in the snow here. And they're all checked. Now, if I were to now go and choose this Get Media button, it would import all of these images to my computer, but I, I might not want that. So I can choose Uncheck All and manually select the images that I want to bring in.
And actually for what we're doing here I do want them all. So I'm going down to the check all button and press that so that all these images are selected. Over here we have the basic save options. We can chose where we want to save this. It's automatically going to create a sub folder for us. >> And we can choose how we want that sub-folder to be named. We can choose a shot date, or a custom name, or we can choose no sub-folder and just dump them all into whatever location we have here. And we can also choose to rename the files. And there's a few different naming conventions, most based around the shot date taken from the information stored in the image from your camera.
There are a couple of other options that are kind of important that delete the original files. This will wipe your camera or your card clean, so be careful of that. I usually like to manually delete them on my camera. I want to make sure that they copy over correctly before I delete them. I'm a little bit of a worrywart in that sense, but, I usually leave this unchecked. I could also create copies, so if I wanted to save them in one location up here at the top and choose another location there as well, I can choose as Save copies and then choose another location to save them.
So I'm not going to do that right now though. Once I've got the settings where I want them, I click on the Get Media button, and bring in these images. And there you have it. You see that no only has it copied the images into Adobe Bridge, into my Pictures folder where I told it to save them, but it also created subfolders for each shot date just like I told it to. So I could open up one of these folders, just double-click it. Then we could see the images here.
I should also point out that if you have a DSLR that shoots video and still-images, or any digital camera, I should say, then those movies can be brought in and previewed in Adobe Bridge as well. So, the point really is here, that, is that Adobe Bridge is a quick and efficient way to bring in images from a digital camera or a card reader into your computer and then into Photoshop.
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