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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, I want you to introduce you to the Bridge interface. Now in order to do that, what I want to do is begin to look at some of the more important aspects of the Bridge interface. Now keep in mind, this is just an introduction. We will be getting our hands dirty. We will be working with Bridge quite a bit. So that will come later but now for the introduction. Well, let's focus in on that top portion of the Bridge. Well for starters, you can see that we have our Favorites and our Folders. Those are two different ways to navigate to our files. Then on top we have the little Bridge icon, we have Back/Forward buttons. Those work just like back and forward buttons on your Web browser. Then you will notice we have a handful of different icons.
I'll be talking about those in a few minutes. Let's skip that for a moment. Underneath that we have what's called path bar. You can see Users/Orwig/Desktop/Exercise Files. Now I can click on any of these different titles here and navigate to the desktop by clicking on Desktop there. That also helps me to remember or helps me take note of where actually I am. Moving right along, we have these buttons, which allow us to choose different workspaces. I'm currently in the Essentials workspace and again you can click on those to change the way that the Bridge interface is actually organized. You can also click and drag these to reposition them. We will talk more about that later when we are actually working in Bridge. Now we have the ability to change what we are looking at, in regards to our previews. This can help speed up our workflow. We have the ability to sort or filter our files and we can do that by their star rating or by their label and a few other variables as well.
We have a little Search field, so we can search for files. We can rotate images. We can look at our most recent files and we can create new folders, and we can also delete images, and finally, we have this little Preview panel here. All right, well let's zero in on some of those icons that we skipped earlier and I said we would talk about them later. Now I want to zero on these because these are really new, right? The first icon is the Recent File or Folder icon. Now that's really helpful because I can see my recent files that I've worked on in Bridge and also the recent files that I worked on in Photoshop, in my case. Now the Get Photos allows me to download photos from my camera. I can refine my search, I can open up Camera Raw, and I can also navigate to the Output module in order to create a PDF document or a website.
All right, well, let's move right along, and look at the lower portion of the Adobe Bridge. Couple of things I want to plan out here. First start you will notice there are these little lines. These set of lines act as resize handles. You actually don't have to click right on those lines, but it's telling me that if I click anywhere on this dividing line, I can drag that to resize that particular panel, and that's really helpful for customizing the way that you use Bridge. All right, moving down to the bottom here, Show/Hide Panels. Now if I press the tab key, I'll hide all the panels in the left, and also all the panels on the right. Now again, that's really helpful, so I can focus in on that content window.
All right, well, next we have the ability to change the size of the images, or that media in the content window, and if I click on this icon here, I get the smallest view possible, this one the largest view, and then I can also click and drag the slider to change the view as well. There are few shortcuts to do that as well. Again, we will talk about those later. Now we have some Layout options down here. You will notice four different icons. Let's change the way that the Bridge interface is organized, and then we have our Metadata panel where we can add, and modify, and examine metadata, and then our Keywords panel. That's where of course we can add some keywords.
All right, well, let's bring all of those back for a moment. My hope is that this brief introduction to the Bridge interface will help you, as we begin to work with the Bridge and at the side now I have included this file in the exercise folder. You may want to open it up and print it out; it may help you become more familiar with how the Bridge actually works.
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