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Photoshop is the world’s most powerful image editor, and it’s arguably the most complex, as well. Fortunately, nobody knows the program like award-winning book and video author Deke McClelland. Join Deke as he explores such indispensable Photoshop features as resolution, cropping, color correction, retouching, and layers. Gain expertise with real-world projects that make sense. Exercise files accompany the course.
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So we've seen a variety of different ways to magnify the image, so you can see it in meticulous detail. We've seen the Loop function, which is the least of the bunch in my opinion. We've seen the awesome Full-Screen Preview and we have seen the obviously, quite useful Review mode. Now, we're going to see what I consider to be the best of the bunch. It's also the oldest of the features. It's the Slideshow function. It is absolutely V feature that you want to spring on a client when want to knock their socks off with your artwork or awesome photography.
So, here's how it works. I am looking at the contents of my Four stellar butterflies collection here. I do indeed have four images of butterflies that are ready to play. Now, none of them are selected currently. That means, when I invoke the Slideshow function, I will play the entire collection full of images, all four of them. So, I'll go up to the View menu and I'll choose Slideshow or I can press Ctrl+L, Command+L on a Mac. You'll see each one of these images stay on screen for five seconds, then, rather quickly, transition into the next image, like so.
Now, the Bridge is not going to repeat these images. It's just going to play them one after the other. It's going to stop the slideshow and that'll be it. You'll probably want to customize the Slideshow function in order to show off your images a little better. Let me show you what I mean. I'll click off the image again, so that we're going to play all the images. I'll go up to the View menu and I'll choose Slideshow or press Ctrl+L, Command+L. That's L, the second letter in slideshow. This becomes important in just a moment. While the slideshow is playing, you can press the L key in order to bring up the Slideshow Options dialog box, which I've moved off-screen just slightly.
I'm going to scale these images to fill up the screen like so. That means a little bit of each image is going to get cropped. I'll repeat the slideshow so that I have time to make a difference here. I'm also going to slow down the Dissolve, so that one image fades into the other a little more slowly. You can change the Caption setting, if you want to. I think it's just fine for my purposes. You also have the option of zooming these images back and forth, so you get a little bit of a Ken Burns Effect. Don't you know? All right! Now click OK, so that we can see what's happening.
Actually, this is looking pretty darn good. You can see how some of these butterflies are better focused than others, now that we're taking in each butterfly in a Full Screen Preview mode here. If you want to zoom the images as you're working, you can, just by clicking inside the image. That will zoom it. Then we can see the strange-like red resin that's on this butterfly, kind of looks a little bit like blood or something like that. But I don't think it is. I don't think butterflies have that kind of blood.
Then once you've zoomed in like this, you can press the Arrow Keys to switch from one image to another. So I press the Right Arrow key to move to the next butterfly. You can see how this guy doesn't have nearly as much focus. He is quite soft actually by comparison to the previous one. Then we've got this butterfly right there. What I love about this is those tiny hairs. This is amazing! I have to say, I was just using a standard lens. I'm not using a special macro lens here. I shot every one of these with an Olympus E-30. They just came out absolutely great. Now, the butterflies are centered differently.
So, we're seeing different pieces of different butterflies as we move between them. Then if I feel like I've got my fill of the close-up view, I could click again in order to send the butterfly farther away. Now, if you want to get a sense of the various keyboard options that are available to you as you're in the Slideshow mode, then press the H key. That goes ahead and either hides or shows the various keys that you can use to control your slideshow on screen. Now, notice you can pause and play by pressing the Spacebar.
I've obviously somehow paused my slideshow. So, I'll press the Spacebar to start it up again. Now, I'll press H, so we can see these various options. I can rotate my images with the Square Bracket keys. I can change the star rating with 1-5, or the Label with 6-9. I can reject an image, all this other stuff that I can do here. You can see that I can decrease the rating with the Comma key or increase the rating with a Period. That's as same as the Lesser Than and Greater Than keys. So that's where that rationale comes from.
You can open an image inside Photoshop by pressing the O key or in Camera Raw by pressing R, just all sorts of options that are available to you. You can even insert a blank slide at a point by pressing the B key. Then see the butterflies again by pressing B as well. All right! That is your Slideshow mode. Just imagine this with your own images, your own artwork, a client sitting in front of them in rapt awe. You have a sense of just how great the Bridge is at organizing and presenting your images.
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