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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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In this exercise, I am going to show you how to move, copy and delete files here inside the Bridge. And it works pretty much the same way it does at your desktop level with the very same results incidentally. So if you move a thumbnail, you're actually moving the file to a different folder. If you copy the thumbnail, you are copying that file to a different folder or hard drive or volume or what have you. And if you delete a thumbnail then you're sending that file to the Recycle Bin on the PC or the Trash on the Mac. So bare all that in mind. These are real changes that we are making to the files.
The cool thing is that you do have one level of undo here inside the Bridge. And you can use it to unmove or uncopy or undelete a file. All right so I am still looking at the contents of the 03_open_org folder. I'll go up to the View menu and turn off Show Items in Subfolders. So I am just seeing this single folder of images at a time. And I'm going to leave the Sort set to Filename, but I am going to switch back to standard alphabetical order like so. And let's add a folder at this point. I'll create a new folder and I'll call it Lake Powell, lets say.
Because I shot all these first images here at Lake Powell. I will go ahead and press the Enter key or the Return key to accept that new folder. And you can see it here inside the twirled open list in the Folders panel as well. And now I'm going to click on this first image in order to select it. I'll scroll down the list till I get to the last water photo here. And I'll press the Shift key and click. And when you Shift+Click on a thumbnail, you select an entire range of thumbnails as we are seeing here. Now I'll grab it and then I'll drag these images onto the Lake Powell folder and release.
And I could do that either here inside the Content panel or over here inside the Folders panel, either one is going to work. And now I've gone ahead and moved these images off to Lake Powell. Go ahead and click on Lake Powell folder to see its contents. Everything looks great. If you decide later you didn't want to do that. For example let's say, I decide to make just a silly move. I'll go back to the open_org folder. I'll switch back to reverse alphabetical order, and I'll grab these images right here. Click, Shift+Click like so, in order to select this entire range.
And I think gosh, these don't really go here, such a hotchpotch of images. I think I'll move them into the Sammy jumps folder, because that's where Sammy is jumping around. Let's go ahead and click inside that folder now. These are a bunch of images of Sammy jumping off of a very high wall. But now I look at this and I'd originally thought, well, gosh these images of this guy snowmobiling and the snowmobile tracks and this big lone peak that I busted up my knee cap on, and all this other stuff. These are some great thrill seeking pictures. But now I look at it and it's like that's terrible.
These guys don't go together. Why then you go out to the Edit menu, and you say Undo Move. Ctrl+Z, Command+Z will put those images back where they were, fantastic. All right I'll go back to the open_org folder. Let's go ahead and copy an image this time around. In fact let's copy this image of Sammy into the Sammy jumps folder, even though he is not jumping, and in fact in this image, if I Crtl+Click or Command+Click on it to add it to the selection. And again Ctrl+Clicking or Command+Clicking adds nonadjacent images to the selection, which wasn't technically necessary here because they are adjacent, but it still worked.
And this is some thrill seeking Sammy stuff going on here because he getting his head smashed. So maybe this belongs, but I'm not really sure. Not sure where I want these images to go, so I think I'll copy them, let's say. Now if you are moving between different hard drives or different networked volumes then you are going to copy automatically. However, if you are moving images on the same hard drive and you want to copy them. You do like so. You go ahead and drag the thumbnails to the new location such as Sammy jumps. And then press and hold the Ctrl key here on the PC or the Option key on the Mac.
So these keys don't match each other. It's Ctrl on the PC, Option on the Mac. You'll get a Plus sign here in the PC next to your cursor. You'll also get a Plus sign but it's in a cool green sphere on the Mac. It looks much better. Anyway, I'll go ahead and copy these guys. Notice they still exist right here, but they're also found inside the Sammy jumps folder. And again by the way, you have the option to undo that operation. You can choose the Undo Copy command or press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on the Mac. Finally, let's go ahead and say, nah, I want to delete these images, I don't want them here. So you could of course undo the copy at this point, but let's say it's later on down the line and you've decided delete is the thing to do.
Then click on one, Shift+Click or Command+Click or Ctrl+Click or what have you to get the other one selected. They are both selected now. And you could press the Delete key in order to delete them. But if you do that, you'll get this message right here. And the Bridge is going to assume that you don't want to delete the images but you want to reject them, which is why the Reject button is highlighted. Let me show you how that works. When you reject an image, you just go ahead and mark it as rejected, like so. And you get rid of the star rating that it had before and you replace it with Reject.
And that means that you can choose to hide those images if you want to. So in other words, they are still there. We have just said, I don't want to have anything to do with those images. They're not making it into this project for example. And you can actually go to the View menu and say that you don't want to see the Rejected Files like so. Or if you do want to see the Rejected Files then you can turn it back on. And so that's one way to work. If you're not sure that you want to get rid of the images which most of the time you're not. The only time, I actually delete images is because I've backed them up elsewhere.
So I don't spend a lot of time just throwing stuff away. So I'll click on these two though, they are backed up elsewhere. We want to go ahead and delete them. I'll press the Delete key again and you'll see, by the way that we have a little bit of advice down here, ending with you can also use Ctrl+Delete to delete an item. That would be Command+Delete on the Mac. In other words Ctrl+Delete or Command+Delete will go ahead and skip this message. So I am going to cancel out and I'm going to press Ctrl+Delete or Command+delete. I will still see an alert message but this is the one that follows.
And this one says are you sure you want to move these two items to the Recycle Bin here in the PC, the Trash on the Mac. And if you don't want to see these warning every single time you are trying to delete files then you can turn on the, Don't show again checkbox. However I think it's prudent to leave that checkbox off, because I do like to go ahead and just you know take a second look to make sure that I want to get rid of the files. And then I click OK in order to delete them. Again, if you don't like that you go up to the Edit menu and you say Unto Delete in order to bring those files back, Ctrl+Z, Command+Z on the Mac.
But I'm comfortable with deleting them. That is how you move, copy and delete files inside the Bridge.
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