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Photoshop has become an indispensible tool for photographers, designers, and all other creative professionals, as well as students. Photoshop CS4 Essential Training teaches a broad spectrum of core skills that are common to many creative fields: working with layers and selections; adjusting, manipulating, and retouching photos; painting; adding text; automating; preparing files for output; and more. Instructor Jan Kabili demonstrates established techniques as well as those made possible by some of the new features unique to Photoshop CS4. This course is indispensable to those who are new to the application, just learning this version, or expanding their skills. Example files accompany the course.
The purpose of this very short video is simply to make sure that you know that where Bridge really shines is in its ability to help you to visually choose and open files directly into Photoshop. So imagine that you are in Photoshop and you are looking for a file by its file name. You know how hard it can be to remember the names of all of your many files, particularly when you are dealing with photographs that come in from your camera with nothing, but numbers for names. Contrast that with the picture that you see here, this preview in Bridge that lets you know, hey, this is the photo I am looking for and the one I want to open in Photoshop.
As long as the photo is in a format that is associated with the Photoshop, like PSD, Photoshop Document or JPEG or TIFF, all you have to do is double-click on the photo thumbnail to open that photo in Photoshop. I actually like to hold down the Option key, that's the Alt key on Windows, as I double-click at thumbnail to dismiss Bridge from the background. That opens the photo in Photoshop, as you can see up here, ready to be worked on. So I urge you, if you are using the Exercise Files for this course, try to get yourself in the habit of looking for the file and opening it from Bridge rather than searching for a file by name directly from Photoshop and do the same on your own personalized photos when you're at home.
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