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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.
So the standard way of opening a file in Photoshop is to use just the regular old "File > Open" menu command and that just brings up your regular operating system Open dialog. And of course you'd navigate to in the directory or folder that you are trying to find your images in. That's fine, it works. It's great. There is actually I think a much more visual way to open the images or find the images that you want to open. That's of course to use Adobe Bridge. So rather than File > Open, you'll see there is a "File > Browser in Bridge" command. If you're a keyboard shortcut junkie you can see Command+O or Ctrl+O on Windows. This is for standard Open keyboard shortcut.
And then there is a variant of that Command+ Option+O or Ctrl+Alt+O to Browse in Bridge. If I go ahead and choose that menu command instead, that will switch you to a different application called Adobe Bridge. So there's one disadvantage there that it is a separate App, but it's an App meant for viewing and browsing and finding images very easily, and then of course you can see your visual thumbnails there. I've a particular folder that I'm working from here and if I want to open up a file, you just simply double-click on the thumbnail and that will pop that back open in Photoshop. I'm going to go ahead and close this file by clicking the little Close box in the document tab.
Instead of using the File menu you also have a handy little button here in what's called the Application Bar, and it has little Bridge icon when you hover over it tells Launch in Bridge. So if you click on that you don't want to memorize the keyboard shortcut, that's a way to switch back over to Bridge. And of course if Bridge wasn't already open, this would have caused Bridge to launch the first time there. There is a boomerang button so if you all you want to do is return back to Photoshop and not open any additional files here, you can click the boomerang icon, and that's just a way to switch back and forth by clicking buttons to go back and forth between Bridge in Photoshop.
One little variant bonus tip here. Let's go back to Bridge for a second. Here I was just double-clicking on a JPEG. If I double-clicking on this JPEG of course it's going to open Photoshop. This file here is a raw file. It's got the file extension .dng. Again if you're shooting on Canon that might be CR2 or a Nikon it might be NEF, but when you double-click on a raw file, we got to see the file extension. If it's a raw file, Bridge intercepts that raw file and opens it up in the Camera Raw dialog. I'll go ahead and double-click on that and some of you've probably already seen this before. I'm going to go ahead and hit Cancel to take this back to Bridge.
If I clicked at the Open Image button, then it would pass this on over and open it up inside Photoshop. Here is the bonus tip, whenever you see a file in Bridge that has this little icon here in the upper-right corner of the thumbnail, that's your Settings icon. It lets you know that this file has had settings applied to it in the Camera Raw dialog. And of course this is relevant for both JPEGs and Raw files. And if you see that you may have already chosen the setting as you want for this particular image, and you don't really want to have to open it up back in Camera Raw before it goes into Photoshop.
So if that's what you're wanting, just hold-down the Shift key and double-click, and that will skip the Camera Raw dialog and open that up in Photoshop and use the settings that were saved for that file. So there we have it, a couple of different ways to open files, standard File > Open command or the more visual approach by using Adobe Bridge.
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