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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
All right, welcome to Chapter 8. In this chapter, we are going to continue our conversation about working with the Bridge. And in this movie I want to talk about how we can preview our files. Now currently I'm in the Essentials workspace and my preview for my images is really small. So I want to change this up a little bit and also talk a little bit about how we can customize the interface. I'll go and grab this Content tab and click and drag that to the right of the Preview panel. And then I'll grab that Preview tab, click and drag that into this middle window here. Now I have this really large preview. I kind of like that.
I want to open up a little bit more space for my thumbnails, so I double- click the Metadata tab and then press Command+T on a Mac/Ctrl+T on a PC to minimize the thumbnails so I'm just looking at images. And finally I'm going to decrease the size of these thumbnails. Okay, now they are nice and small. I'm going to make it a single column of thumbnails and now I can hover over this film strip and scroll with my scroll wheel if I have a three button mouse or click and drag the scroll bar. Now all I'm doing here is just further talking about how we can customize the Adobe Bridge interface. Okay, let's say that I have customized that. There is really nice large preview and I'm going through these images and you know what? I want to evaluate a couple of images. I like this one, I also like this one.
They were captured just about at the same time, very different expressions, and I want to compare the two. So, on a Mac I'll Command-click, on a PC I'll Control-click another thumbnail. Now I can add more thumbnails as well and here you can see I'm adding some more. Now to remove thumbnails, what I'm going to do then is Command-click on a Mac, Control-click on a PC on those thumbnails, they are now removed from that Preview panel. Well so far, so good. I have these two images up and I kind of like this one on the top. I know the expressions are a little bit strange, but it's kind of intriguing to me. The one down below is really classic and so I kind of want to evaluate these two and compare them with each other. So, I can see them here and I say okay, I like both of them but I need to determine if they are actually sharp. Now in order to determine if they are sharp and to look at the details of the images, I'm going to use the Loupe tool.
Now before we talk about the Loupe tool, I want to remind you of one of our Bridge preferences. If you navigate to the Adobe Bridge CS4 pulldown menu and then choose Preferences, and we go to General and then Behavior. Do you remember this preference? We decided to choose on a Mac/Command-click, on a PC, Control-click, to open the loupe when previewing or reviewing. Now we turn that on because if it wasn't on, what'd happen is when you click that the loupe would open up and in my opinion, that's kind of distracting. So now if we want the loupe, we have to add that little shortcut key. So that makes sense to me. It helps me minimize accidental clicks, bringing up that loupe and having that loupe getting away. Because the reality of the matter is how often you actually use the loupe? Well, not that often.
But there are times when you need it. So when I need it, I've set that preference up, so that I'm going to press Command on a Mac/Control on a PC and then click. Let's go back to the image. Here is what we are going to do. I'll go ahead and hover over an area of the image that I want to evaluate, hold down Command on a Mac/Control on a PC and then click and there I can see the face. Okay, that looks nice and sharp. Well let's compare with the face up here. Command-click on a Mac/Control-click on a PC. Oh, interesting! Well, this one is obviously sharp and this one is completely out of focus and blurry. So that's not going to work for me. Well, how then can I close that loupe? A couple of different techniques for you. One is you can click on the X in the bottom right hand corner or if you hold down the Command key on a Mac/Control key on a PC, it's when you hover over the loupe, the cursor changes to that little Hand tool that allows me to reposition the loupe. When I see that Hand tool, if I hold down the Command key for the Mac/ Control key for the PC and then click, the loupe disappears. Keep that in mind, you can have multiple loupes across multiple images. Let's add a few more to the mix, just for the fun of it.
Hold down the Command key on a Mac/ Control key on a PC, click on a few more thumbnails and then we are going to go ahead and hold down that shortcut key, Mac Command click, PC Control click. And I'm going to go ahead and pull up these different thumbnails so again I have the ability to really zero in on a few different expressions here. Now as I'm doing that, you will notice that this one was a little bit too low and as I drag that down from foot up top, so I can actually the expression, so again all that I need to do is reposition those and as I do that, you will see that they will flip. Now there is a little bit of overlap here, yet I'm okay with that because really I have decided that I want to evaluate these two expressions. Now I like this expression, although it's not quite sure, this one looks a little bit too much forced. So I have decided, I don't really like this image. I want to get rid of that one so I'll go ahead and hold down the Command key on a Mac/Control key on a PC and I'll remove that one from the mix, I think they have gotten a little bit complicated. Haven't they? It's kind of hard to see what's going on because these loops are everywhere.
How then do we minimize those loops? Well, hold down your shortcut key, Command on a Mac/Control on a PC and then click on the loupe and that way you can get rid of it and again you can slowly whittle it down to your two keepers and then evaluate those further as needed. Now once I get back to this Preview view, I notice, okay, it was okay. She was a little bit out of focus because he is in focus. I like that, I like the expression. Same thing on the top, great emotion. And so what all these techniques do for me, is that they allow me to preview my images in some pretty unique ways in order to make editorial decisions if the images is a keeper or not.
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