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In Photoshop CS5 Essential Training, author Michael Ninness demonstrates how to produce the highest quality images with fantastic detail in the shortest amount of time, using a combination of Photoshop CS5, Adobe Bridge, and Camera Raw. This course shows the most efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, Michael shares the secrets of non-destructive editing, utilizing and mastering Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw, layers, adjustment layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more. Exercise files are included with the course.
I'm starting this movie out in Adobe Bridge, because there's a really cool command there, or a little piece of functionality that will help you when you want to make a composite of multiple files into a single document. We're going to create like a postcard for a florist shop called Hansel & Petal. And there's a bunch of images that we want to combine and rearrange and layout within a Photoshop file. So, I'm going to go ahead and select the images that I want to work with. So it's these four thumbnails. I've just clicked on the first one. I'm going to hold down the Shift key and click on the last file I want. So, I've got these four thumbnails, this logo and then two background options.
I've selected all these images and I want Bridge here to combine all of them into a single file. It's a lot easier than opening up all eight or seven of these files and dragging them into one particular document. Bridge can take care of that for us automatically. I'm going to go to the Tools menu, down to the bottom where it says Photoshop, and it says Load Files into Photoshop Layers. Then I just kind of kick back and watch Photoshop do its thing. It's opening up every single of these files and placing them, starting in the upper left-hand corner. So, they may not be where you want them positioned in the final composition, but this just saved you probably about two or three minutes of work, from having to manually drag these into a single file.
So, there you have it. You see in the Layers panel, it's opened up and placed all these layers into this one document and it picked up the file name as their layer names. Now you may want to change those names later, and we'll learn how to do that in another movie. But just real quickly, this is probably the easiest way to combine multiple files into a single Photoshop document. So, you can get busy and working on your final piece.
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