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In Photoshop CS6 for Photographers, author, photographer, and teacher Chris Orwig explores Photoshop from the perspective of the photographer.
The course details the features and techniques behind enhancing and retouching photos, preparing them for print and online publishing, and much more. Chris demonstrates how to make basic edits in Camera Raw, develop and save color profiles, work with layers and selections, tone and sharpen, and retouch images while retaining their natural character.
Chris also shares some creative tips and project ideas, such as converting a photo to black-and-white and enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks. The course also covers workflow details, such as organizing images in Bridge and Mini Bridge, optimizing Photoshop preferences, and calibrating your monitor.
Apart from browsing, reviewing, and evaluating your photographs, one of the most important things that you'll do in the Bridge is you'll add star or color labels to your photographs, and you'll do this as a way to mark or to signify which images are better than the others. One of the things that we all know is that in digital photography, we capture too many pictures. We need some sort of a workflow which allows us to whittle these down to the keepers, to separate the wheat from the chaff. So we are going to take a look at how we can do that here in this movie.
We'll look at how we can add star ratings, also how we can add labels, and then how we can take advantage of that information and filter what we are viewing here in the Adobe Bridge. All right! Let's start off with this photograph here. What I want to do is I want to add a star rating to this picture because I really like it. To do that, you can navigate to your Label pulldown menu, then you can just choose the star rating. This image I'll give a 4-star rating. Another way that we can do this is by way of a shortcut. Let me go back to that menu here. If we click on this menu, you'll notice that each of these different star ratings has a shortcut associated with it.
These shortcuts are really easy to remember. On a Mac, you press Command+1-5. On Windows, that's Ctrl+1-5. That allows you to change or to modify the different star rating. If ever you need to remove a rating, well, just press Command+0 or Ctrl+0, and it will remove the star rating all together. We also have the ability to add color labels. Here, you can see we have labels which we can add. The shortcuts for those are Command or Ctrl+6, 7, 8, and 9. Let me add a color label to this picture so you can see how this works.
I'll go ahead and click on this option or press the shortcut key. Well, now here inside of the Content window, we can see this color label. And what's great about this is we can see this regardless of the size of our thumbnails. If we want to change the size of the thumbnails, you can go down below to the base of the Bridge, and here we can drag the slider. We can make this smaller, or we can increase the size by dragging this to the right and making these bigger. Let's move on to another image. This particular image I want to give a three-star rating. So I am going to use the shortcut. On a Mac, that's Command+3. On Windows, that's Ctrl+3. Next, in order to move to the next image, I'll use my right-arrow key and I'll add a star rating to this picture.
This one. It's a 5-star photograph. Command+5 or Ctrl+5, I can then add that star rating. Another way that we can do this is in also the different view modes. Let me show you what this looks like, say, in the Full Screen View mode. Here, I'll press the Spacebar key. Well, I want to add a star rating. Now that I see this image in full screen, and up close I realize this one deserves four stars. Well, use your shortcut to apply those stars. You can do that by pressing Command+4 or Ctrl+4. You will notice this icon now shows up in the bottom corner of this Full Screen mode.
As I scroll through my other images, I can also see the various star and label ratings to the pictures, so I can view that information and also change it in these different view modes. Let's go ahead and click the Escape key to exit out of Full Screen mode. Well, now that we have added this information to a few pictures, what we want to do is filter what we're seeing based on these stars or labels. And you may have noticed that as we added stars, it opened up some new options in our Filter panel. Here, it's showing us how many images have a 3-star or 4 or 5-star rating and as we work our way through our images, and as we add more ratings here, you are going to see that that's going to update that information.
Let's take a look at how we can then filter based on this criteria. Well, if we want to see the pictures which have four stars, we just click on this option here. If we want to see the images which have four stars and a red label, we can click on multiple fields in order to show that. If ever we want to remove one of the criteria that we've added for filtering, well, just click on that option. You can also add other options, show me all of the 3, 4, and 5-star rated photographs. And in this way, it really simplifies what we're looking at.
All of a sudden now, we're seeing the photographs that we like more than the others. And the great thing about this is that this is really dynamic. If ever we want to change a rating, well, you can just click on an image and then change it. Here, I'll use the shortcut to change the star rating from 3 to 4. On a Mac, you press Command+4. On Windows, you press Ctrl+4. Okay. Well, let's go ahead and remove these filtering options, and let me show you one more way that you can filter what you're viewing inside of your Bridge window. Well, in this case, what I want to do is I want to filter all of these files.
But this time I am going to do this by using the star icon. If you click on this icon, it gives you the ability to show different versions of what you have here. In this case, I want it to show me three or more stars. Here, you can see, it will check off those options for 3, 4, and 5-star ratings and then show me these images here in this window. I just want to highlight that, because you can access this filtering here as well. Let's go ahead and click to clear the filter. And then before we wrap up this movie, I want to highlight one more thing here. Let's go ahead and decrease the size of our thumbnails.
I want to do that so we can focus in on how we can sort the pictures that we are seeing. We can do this in combination with filtering or not. Over here you will notice that you have the ability to change the way that you sort your files. You can sort your files based on their label or rating. Now this can be really helpful. I am going to click Rating here. By doing that, you can see that it now goes from 2, 3, 4, and then all the way up to my 5-star rated images. If I want to change the order, you can just click on the icon which is located to the right of Sort by Rating, and this allows you to change that order so that you can have your 5-star images showing up at the top of the Content panel.
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