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In Photoshop CS5 Essential Training, author Michael Ninness demonstrates how to produce the highest quality images with fantastic detail in the shortest amount of time, using a combination of Photoshop CS5, Adobe Bridge, and Camera Raw. This course shows the most efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, Michael shares the secrets of non-destructive editing, utilizing and mastering Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw, layers, adjustment layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more. Exercise files are included with the course.
So you may have noticed that when you're using Adobe Bridge, there's actually two different ways to assign star ratings to images depending on the mode that you're in. So you may have noticed that when you're in one of the full screen modes. So let's actually go there. Let's say I'm in the Full Screen Preview mode by pressing the Spacebar. I can use my arrow keys to go through and see image to image. If I want to assign a rating to one of these images, when I'm in this mode, you simply can just press a number on the keyboard, 1-5. So if I press 5, I get a five- star rating, four, three, two, one.
And then, if I press 0, that's how I take away a rating. So I don't have to type anything extra. Just the number. Let's press the Escape key. If I go to the View menu and pull it down to Review mode, same thing. I can just press a number. So if I want to give this a rating, I just press the number 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and then 0 again to cancel that. But when I'm in this mode, the just regular View mode and viewing the content and looking at the thumbnails, I can't just type a number to assign a rating. Yes, I can use my Label menu, if I can select an image, and go to my Label menu, but that's really a pain.
But here is the clue when you do look at the Label menu, you can see what the keyboard shortcuts are. And you can see on a Mac its Command+1 or 2, 3. And then in Windows, of course, that would be the Ctrl key. So Ctrl+1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Well, what if you just want to type a number in this mode too? So by default, when you type numbers or letters or whatever in this particular mode, that actually acts as a selection shortcut. So if I have a number of items here that all start with different letters, I can just type the first few characters to jump to that particular item.
Now, since these all start with the letter S, that's not really going to do much for me. But Bridge is actually smart. You will see that all the names start with Sisters_. But then after that they are all unique: 01, 02, 03. So if I were to type numbers, that's a way to navigate through this particular view of these thumbnails. So for instance, if I type the number 5, you'll see its smart enough to jump to the fifth item, the item number five. If I type two numbers quickly, it will jump to that particular item. So if I type 15, it selects number 15.
So it's up to you whether or not you'd like this behavior more than the ability to assign ratings just by typing a number. If I want to give that image a five star rating, by default, in this particular mode, I have to hold down a modifier. So I would do Command+5 instead of just 5. And there I get that rating. Command+0 to take it away. If you want to alter default behavior of how just typing numbers work, that is a preference that you can change. Under the Bridge menu on the Mac or under the Edit menu in Windows are the Bridge Preferences.
And in the Preferences dialog, there is a Labels category. And right there, that checkmark is turned on by default, Require the Command Key, on Windows it would say Require the Control Key, to Apply Labels and Ratings. If I turn that off and click OK, now when I click on the thumbnail and just type a number, like the number 5, it applies that five star rating. So you have it. You have -- either way it's up to you. If you've ever wondered why there's a difference? Well, now you know. It's a default and you can change that default in your Preferences.
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