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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.
An additional organizational feature found in Bridge is the ability to group photos or stack images. This can be tremendously helpful when you're trying to organize a large volume of images, or when you have a lot of images that are very similar and you really don't need to see them all in the Content area--instead you would just like to see one thumbnail that would kind of represent the rest of the images in that stack. In order to create a stack or group your images together, you would simply select the first one and then hold down the Shift key in order to select the range of images. And of course they don't all have to be in a row.
We could hold down the Command or the Ctrl key if we wanted to remove some of these images, but I'll go ahead and add those back in. And then we go under the Stack menu and the keyboard shortcut to group as stack is Command+G or Ctrl+G. Now you can see, here is our stack. There's 14 images in it. If we want to see the contents of the stack, all you need to do is click on the number 14. That expands the stack, and then you can click on it again to collapse the stack. Of course, there is keyboard shortcuts for that as well. You can open the stack and then close the stack but honestly, I think that just clicking on the number is probably easier.
If we wanted to create a secondary stack, we could. We could hold down the Shift key and select this range of images and then again use Command+G or Ctrl+G in order to stack those. But sometimes the image on the top of the stack isn't the image that best represents all of the images inside the stack. So let's click on the five here, and I'm going to select the fourth image here in the stack, and then use the Stacks menu to promote this one to the top of the stack.
That way when I close the stack, that will be the image on top. Same with this one. If I go ahead and select maybe this image right here, choose Stacks, and then Promote to Top of Stack, then when I close the stack, maybe this image is more representational. Once you have more than one stack or group of images, you can expand all of your stacks at one time, and you can collapse all of your stacks at one time.
If I make my thumbnails a little bit larger and position my cursor on top of the stack, you can see I can actually play through the stack to see all of those images within the stack. It might seem a little bit odd to play through them here, but this is an exceptionally cool feature if you've photographed a time lapse where you've shot multiple images of the same scene over time and you simply want to see how those images change over time. Of course, you can use this in combination with all of the other different ways that we have been able to search and find our images.
So for example, if I wanted to quickly just go to my Keywords and click on Crater Lake, Bridge would filter down so that I am only seeing the images with that keyword. I could select them all and group them, expand the stack if I wanted to, select the image that I like the best or that I think is most representational of the group, promote it to the top of the stack, and then remove the filter so that now we can see all of the images. Collapse that stack and now just in this panel, I can really get a good idea of all of the contents of my photographs, while seeing a much larger thumbnail of each of the groups.
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