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In Photoshop CS6 Essential Training, Julieanne Kost demonstrates how to produce high-quality images in a short amount of time, using a combination of Adobe Photoshop CS6, Bridge, and Camera Raw.
The course details the Photoshop features and creative options, and shows efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, the course explores techniques for nondestructive editing and compositing using layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more.
When people first start using Photoshop to open their files, they typically go to the File menu and then choose Open. This brings up the operating system's Open dialog box, and certainly you can navigate to different folders and you can click on an image and then see a small preview of that image. But honestly, to open all of your documents this way and to look through all of your photography would be extremely tedious. So I'm going to go ahead and click Cancel, and instead I'll use File and then Browse in Bridge.
Now, Bridge is a secondary application that's automatically installed when you install Photoshop or when you install any of the Adobe Creative Suite products, and the great thing about Bridge is that it's just a really visually rich media browser. And not only can you see your images, you can see information about your images, you can enter keywords, you can filter, make collections, all sorts of things in Bridge. When you want to open up a file, all you need to do is double-click on the file in Bridge and that will open it into Photoshop.
In order to close a file, we'll just click on the X. And then if we want to return back to Bridge, we can either choose to Browse in Bridge or use the keyboard shortcut Command+Option+O or Ctrl+Alt+O on Windows. If you decide not to open a document from Bridge and you want to return back to Photoshop, you can simply click on the boomerang icon. And here's a little bonus: if you have worked on your image in Camera Raw, you will notice that there are setting icons next to your image.
If you want to open this image into Photoshop but you don't necessarily want to open up Camera Raw because you have already applied the settings that are necessary to the file, if you hold down the Shift key when you double-click on the image, you will bypass the Camera Raw dialog box, and Bridge will hand off or open the image directly into Photoshop. So there you have it, a much more visually rich experience to opening your files using Bridge than using the operating system.
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