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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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So we've seen how you use the Open command to open a single image. Now, let's open multiple images. I am going to go up to the File menu and choose the Open command once again. Ctrl+O, Cmd+O on the Mac or, of course, just double-click inside of the empty Application Frame. And now, I am going to go ahead and grab many images at once. Let's say I want to select a select a range of images. I could click on Peek-a-boo.jpg here inside the Felix Mizioznikov folder, which is inside the 03_ open_org folder incidentally. And then I could Shift-click on Sunglasses at dusk.
What that does, by virtue of the fact I pressed Shift and clicked, I went ahead and selected all the images in between those two as well. Another way to work is you can do a little marquee, like so. So you have to make sure that you are marqueeing in an empty area inside the Open dialog box in order to select all the images that fall under that marquee, or you can select multiple non-adjacent images. For example, if I click off the thumbnails to deselect them, and then I click let's say on Sunglasses at dusk.jpg and Ctrl-click on Radical low angle.jpg.
That would be a Cmd-click on the Mac. Then I select just those two images. I don't select the range of images in between. But what I want is all four of these guys. Don't get Two young women.jpg yet. There's a problem with that image. I'll show you how to work around it in the very next exercise. But for now just grab these four and click on the Open button. And that's going to open all four of the images inside of this tabbed window interface here on a PC. Now, on a Mac, you may see multiple floating windows instead. And if you want to switch to multiple floating windows, here on a PC or in the Mac, I could go up to the Arrange Documents icon in the Application frame, click on it and choose Float All in Windows.
Now, I have a bunch of floating image windows, like so, that I can move to any location I want. Notice that they are perfectly happy to move on top of elements of the interface. So you can completely clutter up your interface if you want to, as I've done right here. If you decide later, gosh, this is kind of a mess, I would like to consolidate everybody inside of the tabbed window interface once again. Then go back up here to Arrange Documents, click on it and choose this very first option, Consolidate All or if you have loaded dekeKeys, you have a keyboard of Ctrl+Shift+A on the PC or Cmd+Shift+A on the Mac, and that's going to tidy up your display as you see it here.
We'll be discussing the tabbed window interface in more detail in a later chapter. But for now, I want to show you one more thing. Let's say you don't want all of your images to be tabbed, by default. You want them to open in independent windows. You would press Ctrl+K or Cmd+K on the Mac in order to bring up the Preferences dialog box. Then you would drop down to Interface. Notice this option Open Documents as Tabs. Turn it off, click OK. Let's go ahead and close all of these images. I'll go to the File menu and choose the Close All command.
Ctrl+Alt+W or Cmd+Option+W on a Mac. That closes everybody. Then I'll double-click in the Application Frame once again. Select all of these guys, so click on one, Shift-click on the other, like so, inside the Felix Mizioznikov folder. Click Open and everybody opens inside of an independent floating image window. Now, I need to show you one more thing. This is a really cool feature. This is one of the just-do-it features inside of Photoshop CS5. I am going to press Shift+Tab for a moment, that's not a new feature, in order to hide the right side panels.
And I am going to move these guys over a little bit so I can see all of them at once. There's ways to automate this, but I'm just playing around here. What I'm going to do, just so that I've made a change inside of everyone of these images, I am going to go ahead and make little selections and press the Backspace or the Delete key on the Mac in order to do some more Content-Aware filling like that. That didn't make much of a difference inside of this image. Let's try it right there and see if get something cool, click OK. Once again, even though it doesn't look like much of anything happened, we did make a change.
I'll drop down. This is going to make a very big change if I select his face. I'll press the Backspace key, Delete key on the Mac. Click OK, and let's see what it replace his face with. Oh, perfect! Now, over to this image here and select it, and then, press the Backspace key or the Delete key on the Mac. Click OK. Now, the only reason I'm doing this is so there's some change made to each one of these images. In case you think I am just goofing around, which admittedly I am. Wow! That looks good. All right. Now, I'll go up to the File menu, and I will choose Close All, Ctrl+Alt+W, Cmd+Option+W on the Mac.
Here's the new feature. Instead of having to respond to Photoshop as to whether you want to save your changes or not on an image by image basis. You can say Apply to All. So if you do want to update all of images, select Apply to All and then click Yes, or Save on the Mac. If you don't want to save any of your changes, as I don't, then select Apply To All and click No on the PC, or Don't Save on the Mac. And then everybody just goes away. Such a timesaver for those of you who are used to opening multiple images at the same time.
Really, great new feature. In the next exercise, I'm going to show you how to open an image that just doesn't want to open inside Photoshop.
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