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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.
As a photographer, one of the ways that you will work with the Bridge is you will use it to review and to evaluate your pictures. Well, we've already talked a little bit about how we can do this and how we can click on a photograph and view it in the Preview panel. We've also discussed how we can change the size of these panels so that we have a larger or smaller view. Well, in this case, I've opened up my view a little bit. But still, this is just too small. I really want to see if this image has good detail, if it's sharp. Well, when you hover over the image in the Preview panel, you notice that you have a magnifying glass.
If you click, it will show you a zoomed in version of your photograph. If you ever click in the wrong spot, well, you can just hover over this tool and then reposition, so you can focus in on the area that matters most. In this case, it's showing me I have great detail there, and this image is sharp. If you want to close this view, well, just click on that magnifying glass again. There are a few other ways that you can review your pictures, and let's say that what you want to do is have an even larger view. You want to go full screen. Well, to navigate to the Full Screen View, you can go to your View pulldown menu.
Up at the top, you'll notice you have an option for full screen preview. There is also a shortcut. It's the Spacebar key. Well, either way, let's go ahead and select that option. Well, now here, you can see our image, and the background tone here is the same tone that we had in our Content panel. We can also view other images as well. You can do so by pressing your right or left arrow keys to either move forward or backward through your pictures. And by doing this, we can really evaluate our photographs without being distracted by all the rest of the clutter of the Adobe Bridge.
After we've decided that we viewed our images this way, and we are ready to go back to the other view, well, you just need to press the Escape key and that will then bring you back to Bridge. Another way that we can review our pictures is with Review mode. You'll find that as well, underneath the View menu. Click on the View menu. Here you can see you have an option for what's called Review mode. This allows you to display your images almost as if they're on a carousel. Here, once again, we can use our arrow keys--right-arrow key or left-arrow key--in order to move forward and backward through our photographs.
Here, you can see as I'm working my way through these pictures, it's rotating them around. Well, if ever there's a photograph that you want to navigate to, you can also just simply click on it and it will take you to that picture. You may also notice there are some icons down below the images. One of those allows you to use the Loop tool. Click on this tool and it will zoom in on your photograph. Again, we can reposition this in order to view different parts of our photographs. If ever you want to close that, it's the same technique as before, just simply click on that. Now, if you navigate to an image and decide that you don't want this in this Review mode, you can click on the down-arrow button.
That will then remove this picture from this particular view. Another thing that you can do here is add stars or labels. We'll be talking about how we can do that in the next chapter. So I am getting ahead of myself a little bit here, but I just want to highlight that you can do that here in Review mode as well. Once again, once you're ready to exit this View mode, all that you have to do is to press the Escape key and it will bring you back to the Adobe Bridge. Another really helpful way to review or evaluate or just share your pictures is with the Slideshow. You can access that once again by going to the View menu.
Here, we will select the Slideshow. This will then launch a slideshow which will make its way through our images. Here you can see its auto-advancing through my photographs. There is a nice transition. You can customize the Slideshow options once you're in the slideshow by pressing the L key. Here, you can see I have some Slideshow options. This allows me to control my slide duration, also how the image is positioned, and the transition and the transition speed. Once you've dialed in the option that you want to use--say you want your images to be on screen for a longer amount of time--you can select that and then you simply click OK in order to apply that and it will make its way through those photographs.
If ever you want to pause your slideshow, you can press the Spacebar key. The Spacebar key will either play or pause your slideshow. When you're ready to exit out of this view, simply press the Escape key once again and it will take you back to Bridge. All right! Well, now that we've looked at how we can review and evaluate our photographs, let's dig a little bit deeper into how we can determine which photographs are the best and how we can organize these photos. Let's do all of that in the next few movies.
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