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One of the great features in Bridge is that you're able to rate or label your images, not only in the content panel but also in the full screen preview as well as the review mode. When we did this in previous lessons, and that's what gave some of these images 1 star. We learned that there was a preference that controls how we can use our keyboard shortcuts in order to assign our labels and stars. So I want to return back to that to make sure we're all in the same place, I'll choose the Bridge menu and then Preferences.
If you're on Windows, you want to select the Edit menu and then Preferences. You'll notice that I've unchecked this requirement to use the command key to apply my labels and ratings. If I check this on, on the Mac, I'll need to use my Cmd key. On Windows, I would need to use the Ctrl key plus 1 through 5 to star rate my images, or the Cmd plus 6 through 9 in order to label them. And, of course, these labels can be changed to anything you want. If I wanted red to stand for something like, To Be Printed, I could go ahead and enter that in.
So, you can enter in whatever you want that label to be as a reminder. I'm going to uncheck this and then I'm going to click OK. And what that enables me to do is just tap 1 through 5 here in the content window. It's still the same when you go to review mode or fullscreen mode. You would just tap in the numeric keys, you never use the modifier. But it's really quite nice here in the content view to not need that modifier. So you don't always have to go into one of the review modes when you are rating your images. Here, what I've done is I've just made my thumbnail size a little bit larger and then I can just scroll through and if I want to promote any of the images that are 1 starred to 2-star, I can now just tap the 2 key. So we'll just select the ones that we like.
And we'll promote these to 2-stars. So basically, I found some images that I like a little bit, some images that I like a lot, and I'm giving the 2-star rating to the images that I like the most. Now, some of you might be giving 5-star ratings to the images you like the most. That's fine. I typically just have a very kind of small ratings scale the no rating means that I don't really like the image, 1-star means there are very good images, and then 2-stars are my top images otherwise for me it gets too confusing. You know, what's the difference between a 2 star and a 3 star? And a 3 star and a 4 star? Of course, if I wanted to change one of these ratings, I can do so as well.
Select the image. If I want to demote this, I can just tap the 0 key. The 0 key removes the star, and I can also simply click next to a star icon, in order to increase the star rating. Or I can click to the left of the stars in order to remove a star rating. If I wanted to add a label I would just tap like the six key, now I get my red label. If I tap the 7 key I get yellow, 8 is green and 9 is blue. If you don't take the keyboard modifier off and you try to just tap say for example the 1 key, what bridge will do is that it will actually try to do a search in all of your file names, because it's trying to find an image that has the number 1 in its name. So just be sure that you go in that preference and turn it off. Finally, if you scroll through and you really find an image that you don't like, if you select that image you'll notice under the label menu. There is a reject label.
Now, you might have found this previously, if you had just tried to tap the delete key in order to delete an image from Bridge. Bridge asks you if you want to reject the file or delete it. And then you can choose to reject it in which case it just gets a label that says reject versus deleting it, which will delete it from your hard drive. So if I click Reject, we can see that reject label is applied. Excellent. Well, changing that preference that removes the modifier key, the Cmd key or the Ctrl key, should make Bridge's behavior much more consistent and easier to remember.
Just tap 1 through 5 for your star ratings, and 6 through 9 for your labels, regardless if you're in review mode, fullscreen, or the content panel.
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