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In Photoshop CS6 Essential Training, Julieanne Kost demonstrates how to produce high-quality images in a short amount of time, using a combination of Adobe Photoshop CS6, Bridge, and Camera Raw.
The course details the Photoshop features and creative options, and shows efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, the course explores techniques for nondestructive editing and compositing using layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more.
One of the great features in Bridge is that you're actually able to rate or label your images not only in the Content panel that we're looking at right now, but also in the Full Screen preview as well as Review mode. Let me show you what I mean. We'll select these first five images, and then I'll go into Full Screen Preview by tapping the spacebar or selecting it from the View menu. And while I am in here, if I want to give my image either a color label or a star rating, I can press one through five for my stars or six through nine from my color labels.
So let's go ahead and label this with a six, which is going to give me a red color label. And then I'll move to the next image. I think I want to give this a six as well, too, or a red label, and move through and see if there's any other images that I really like. Okay, no. So we've got those two and when I hit the Escape key you'll notice that the first two images have that red label. Now let's go to another series of images, maybe the next sequence of five, and this time I'll go into the Review mode.
Again, if I move from one image to the next and I want to add a star or a label, it's one through five for stars, six through nine for a label. So again, I can tap the six key, move to the next image and apply the label to all of the images that I want. When I'm finished, tap Escape and we can see that those labels have been applied. But here is the odd thing. While I'm in the Content panel, if I decide that I want to give this image a red label and I tap the 6 key, it jumps to another image.
Well, that's because by default I tap the 6 key, Bridge is trying to find an image that has a 6 in it, so that's why it jumped up to this image. You can see that while we're in just the Content panel, if we go under the Label menu, all of the stars as well as the labels have a keyboard modifier key--in this case it's the Command key on Mac or the Control key on Windows that I would need to use to apply either that rating or that label.
So now, if I select the image and I use Command+6, I'll get that red label. But I would actually prefer that they are all consistent. I very rarely want to type in a 6 or 7 to find a file that has a 6 or 7 in the file name. So I'm going to use the preferences by going to Adobe Bridge, and then Preferences on the Mac--you would go under the Edit menu and choose your preferences on Windows--and then we'll move to the Labels area, and I'm going to uncheck the option that requires the Command key to apply the labels and ratings.
So now you can see that I can just tap 6, 7, 8 or 9 to get my color labels and I can also just click 1 through 5 to get my star ratings. Then we'll click OK and if I select another image, instead of using that keyboard modifier, I can just tap the 6 key to get my red label or we could move to another image and if I wanted to give it a two star, all I need to do is tap the 2 key, as opposed to using that Command key or Ctrl key on Mac or Windows in order to apply two stars.
So now that should make it much more consistent and just easier to remember to just tap the number that you want for the number of stars or tap 6 through 9 for the labels, and you don't need a modifier key, regardless of whether or not you're in the Content or in Review mode or in Full Screen.
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