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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.
Review mode offers another advantage over the full-screen preview, and that is by enabling you to create a collection of your images when you exit the Review mode. So a collection is just another way that you can save your selects, or your favorite images, and quickly access them at another time. So let's go ahead and do that. The collection that I'm going to create is going to be based on images that I just think would make great textures. Now, I do a lot of compositing so I often need a texture to composite more than one image together.
So I'm just holding down the Command key-- it would be the Ctrl key on Windows--to select the images here that have a lot of texture in them, and then I'll go into Review mode by using Command+B or Ctrl+B. So I'll move through the images and if I don't think they'll make a good texture, I'll just use the down arrow. We'll just quickly go through these. And I think I want maybe a collection of the top maybe eight images from here. So these are the images that I want to create a collection out of.
Now, we know that if I tap the Escape key, that will just take me back to Bridge, but in the lower right-hand corner here, there is an icon to create a collection, which I really like, because when you hit Escape you're really in kind of that fragile state where you just have the selection and if you don't do anything immediately to that selection, you may lose that selection, whereas if I simply click on this Collection icon, it'll ask me to make a collection. So we'll just call this Texture and then click Save. That takes me back to Bridge, and look over here on the left-hand side, we've got a Collections panel and I now have my texture collection with my eight images in it.
The important thing to know about a collection is that it's virtual. You'll see up here in the path that I'm not actually looking at a specific folder; I'm looking at this collection. In fact, if I click the back arrow button here, that will take me back to the actual folder inside the Exercise Files. But if I want to get back to that collection quickly, all I need to do is click on it in the Collections panel. I think it's really fantastic that I can have like this little grouping of images that's always accessible to me and it doesn't take up any more space on my hard drive. Because it's virtual, because it's just part of Bridge's knowledge about these files, there is no duplicating the files.
There is no moving files from folders. There is no having to keep track of multiple actual copies of the files. So I only have one image on the hard drive. It's only taking up whatever space that one image does, but I can put that image into as many collections as I want. And in fact, if we hit the back button again, if I wanted to add another image to that collection at any point in time, I could just select that image here in Bridge and drag it onto the collection.
The image doesn't even have to be in this folder. I could navigate to a different folder, find another texture, and then drag that into my texture collection. So really, this is just kind of the tip of the iceberg when it comes to collections. Down here at the bottom of the Collection panel, I can click on this first icon here and create another collection. Now, I don't want this image to be a part of the collection, so I'll select No. And then we'll just type in Best of Road Trip, navigate back one folder in order to go back to all of my images, and then if I select maybe these images and I really like these and this one here and here, I can drag them into that collection.
I can go down and select additional images and add them to the collection at any time, and then we can quickly go back and forth between my collection of textures and my collection of the best images from that road trip. Remember collections are virtual, so you can make as many as you want by just dragging your files into them. It doesn't duplicate the files on your hard drive, so it doesn't take up any extra space and you can quickly see if images are going to work together in order to tell your story.
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