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Photoshop is the world’s most powerful image editor, and it’s arguably the most complex, as well. Fortunately, nobody knows the program like award-winning book and video author Deke McClelland. Join Deke as he explores such indispensable Photoshop features as resolution, cropping, color correction, retouching, and layers. Gain expertise with real-world projects that make sense. Exercise files accompany the course.
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In this exercise, I'm going to show you how to run searches and assemble collections on the fly. Now you can search like crazy inside the Bridge. You can search according to creation date, color profile, the star rating, the camera model as well as a bunch of EXIF data like Exposure and ISO, and Focal Length, and whether the flash fired or not. It's absolutely crazy! But when you're running a standard search, you're searching according to two criteria and those are Filename and Keywords, which is why it's so great that we assign keywords in the previous exercise.
So, make sure your Bridge is trained on the contents of the 03_open_org folder just as mine is, and then go up to the Search field, and notice by the way if you click this down pointing arrowhead, you're running a search inside the Bridge inside the current folder and any of its subfolders. So we'll also be searching inside these subfolders here. All right! So, I'm going to search by Sammy and the thing I like to do is once I click in this field, press the Backspace key a few times, just to make sure you don't have any weird characters in there, because that will throw off your search.
And then I'll enter sam, and the actual keyword is Sammy but sam is good enough because it's found inside the word Sammy. And notice, we find throughout the 03_open_org folder and all of its subfolders, all of these images right there and altogether I found 32 items that I had tagged with Sammy. Now to get a sense of what that tagging looks like, click on that New Search button right there, and you'll see that what the Bridge went ahead and did was it searched the file name for sam and had search keywords for sam. And it went ahead and show me every file where any criteria are met.
In other words, either the Filename contain sam or the Keywords contain sam, which is very important here, because if I were to say, if all criteria are met, meaning that I'd need both the Filename and the Keyword to include the word sam, and I ran another Find operation, then I'm not going to find anything because I haven't taken the time to assign filenames to my images yet. We will in the future exercise but right now they're just a bunch of garbage file names. So, I'd want to go backup here to New Search and say no, I want any criteria.
Also by the way, you can choose whether or not to search subfolders, which are folders inside of folders of course, and then you can search Non-indexed Files, and Non-indexed Files are most likely to be system level files. But the idea is your operating system is on a regular basis indexing the contents of your hard drives, and it does that theoretically when your computer is idle, and it doesn't have anything better to do. And that way searches in general run much more quickly, but typically the system files are omitted, or there may be a case where new files haven't gotten indexed yet.
So, if you're just searching a folder like this one it's not going to slow things down to search for Non-indexed Files, and you may end up finding some other files. So probably not, but what the heck? And then click on Find and you can see that happened lightning-fast because probably all the files were indexed for one thing, but even if they weren't we are only searching inside 100 or so files. All right, so anyway I have got my same 32 items. Now let's say that I decide I want to go ahead and add these to some kind of collection. And notice right there, I've got this little icon that says Save as Smart Collection.
I'll click on it and I'll say these are my Sammy images and then I'll click Save. And now if I go over to the Collections panel which by default is located in the lower-left region of the screen, then I'll see my Sammy images collection and these images don't have to be in the same folder. They don't even have to be in a single group of folders and subfolders. They can be all over your hard drive if they want to. So, collections are not like folders. In other words, folders actually contain image files, collections just point to those image files someplace on your hard drive and it can be ultimately a hard drive that goes on and off-line.
In other words a portable hard drive that you can plug-in and unplug. All right! Now let's say that I want to run a different kind of search. I'm going to go back to the 03_open_org folder and this time around, I'm going to run a custom search by going up to the Edit menu and choosing the Find command or I press Control+F, Command+F on the Mac. And I'm going to say forget the Filename, we're not concerned about that, because none of the filenames are any good. Let's switch over to Keywords. And I'll say that I want the Keyword to contain max and sam.
So, I'm just looking for images of both of my boys together. So, I'll go ahead and select If all criteria are met. And by the way, you can add and subtract criteria using these Plus and Minus buttons right here, if you need to add more stuff on there. For example, I could say you know what? I want to add another criteria and this time I want the keywords to contain butterfly let's say. So, I just want to find pictures of max and sam together with butterflies. Well, there aren't any, so I'm not really going to run that search. However, that is something I could do.
Now having recalled that there are no pictures like that, I'll go ahead and click on the Minus button and then I'll run my Find, and there they are, they are just the handful of them, one of which is involving my youngest son's head getting crushed. So that's great. It's perfect. That's something I want to remember forever more. I'll go ahead and add that as another Smart Collection and I'll call this one Brothers, so sweet, and then press the Enter or Return key in order to collect those together. Then let's say gosh! You know what? I want to go ahead and collect all the images of the animals together inside of a single collection.
So, I'll switch to Filter and notice my keywords now. I've got an automatically populating keyword list and I could click on Bird and Butterfly and Hippo and Miscellaneous mammal and Primate and Red panda. So, I'll leave out max and sam at this point. And I'll go ahead and select all those guys, press Control+A, Command+A on the Mac to select all of them. And these are by the way just going to be the images that are in this single folder, the 03_open_org folder. If I want more, I can go up to the View menu and choose Show Items from Subfolders, but not really concerned about digging deeper here.
This is good enough. And now I'll switch over to Collections and incidentally in case you're wondering why things like Boston and Wall and Jumping aren't listed here in the Keywords list? It's because I'm not seeing into the subfolder. Those images are inside the Sammy jumps folder. Anyway, this is good enough. Now, I'm going to add them as a collection. By going to the Collections panel and I'm going to drop-down here to New Collection. This guy by the way runs the Smart Collection from your search criteria. In my case I just want a New Collection based on the currently selected images. Should I include the selected files in the New Collection? Absolutely.
You bet. Sure. Click on the Yes button, and I'll just go ahead and call this one Animal shots. And there we have it. It contains 53 items and I can add more images to these collections anytime I want. Again online media, off-line media, it doesn't matter if the images are in the same folders or not, they can be all over your hard drive. In the next exercise I'm going to show you the very next panel over, Export, new to Bridge CS5, it allows you to convert a bunch of images to JPEG. Stay tuned!
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