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In Photoshop CS6 for Photographers, author, photographer, and teacher Chris Orwig explores Photoshop from the perspective of the photographer.
The course details the features and techniques behind enhancing and retouching photos, preparing them for print and online publishing, and much more. Chris demonstrates how to make basic edits in Camera Raw, develop and save color profiles, work with layers and selections, tone and sharpen, and retouch images while retaining their natural character.
Chris also shares some creative tips and project ideas, such as converting a photo to black-and-white and enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks. The course also covers workflow details, such as organizing images in Bridge and Mini Bridge, optimizing Photoshop preferences, and calibrating your monitor.
Here, we're going to focus in on how we can organize our photographs by using stacks. You can think of stacks kind of like a tangible stack of paper on your desk or maybe a stack of printed photographs. In a sense, what you can do is pile things together, and you can use this method in order to organize your pictures. Well, in the previous movie, we left off by taking a look at how we could sort our photographs by rating. Let's go ahead and change the sorting here. Rather than Rating, let's choose File Name. In this way, we can see that we have similar images next to each other.
I have some photographs which I captured in Mexico, other pictures from New York, and then some from Santa Barbara and then a few more from Massachusetts. A lot of times when you're working with folders, you'll have photographs that you capture in different locations, or maybe you just have pictures of different subject matter, and you want to group or stack those photographs together. Well, how can you do that? Well, let's work with this first set up here, these pictures which were captured in Mexico. Click on the first image, then hold down the Shift key and click on the last image that you want to stack together.
Next, you can navigate to the Stacks pulldown menu, and at the top of the menu, you have an option for Group as Stack. Let's go ahead and click on this option. Well, now you can see it's collapsed or stacked together all of these photographs. I now have eight pictures in one stack. And if I click on the stack, you'll notice that there is this little playhead here. You can click and drag that playhead needle in order to view the images in the stack. If ever you want to expand this, well, just click on the number, and it will expand that. If you want to re-collapse the stack, just click on that number again, and it will bring that back to where it was.
Let's go ahead and stack a few more sets of photographs. Here, I'll click on these which were captured in New York. Click on the first one, then hold down the Shift key, and click on the last one. Let's go to our Stacks pulldown menu and choose Group as Stack. You'll also notice there's a shortcut here its Command+G on a Mac, Ctrl+G on Windows. All right! Well, now that we've done that, let's stack together these next photos, Click and Shift-click, then press Command or Ctrl+G, and then finally this last group, click on the first image, hold down the Shift key, click on the last image, and let's group those together as well.
Now, what may happen is that you may find stacks to be really helpful for you because it kind of cleans up all of the clutter, and it can allow you to group similar images together. Let's say that what you want to do is you want to get rid of all of these stacks that you've done, or you just want to expand everything, is you can navigate to your Stacks pulldown menu and then here we can choose Expand All Stacks. This will then expand all of those so that we can see all of our images and I find that, that function is really important so that we don't lose images inside of a stack.
Well, let's say that after having done this, we've decided that we want to get rid of a few of these stacks altogether. Let's take a look at how we can do that. In order to do that, I'm going go back to my Stacks pulldown menu, then I am going to choose Collapse All Stacks. This will give me the ability to bring those back to this collapsed state. Next, I am going to click on a stack, then back to the menu. Here, in the menu, we have an option to remove or ungroup these from the stack. We can click on that. You can see that these photographs, now they're no longer part of a stack. I want to do that with these two as well, and you can do this with one or more stacks.
Click on one stack, hold down Command or Ctrl, click on another, and then go back to that menu here, and here we'll choose the same option, Ungroup from Stack. And again, what I want to show you here, all the ins and outs of how you can start to work with stacks so that you can know how you can effectively integrate this into your own workflow. Well, here, we've really been focusing in on how we can group or organize pictures together when we're working with photographs that are in one folder. Well, what about the situations where you want to group pictures together which aren't located in the same folder? Well, in order to do that, you need to create what's called a Collection.
We'll take a look at how we can work with Collections in the next movie.
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