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This course provides in-depth training on Camera Raw 7, the Photoshop CS6 component that enables photographers to open and manipulate raw format images. Raw images are minimally processed in the camera; they're effectively the exact data recorded by the camera's sensor. Author Chris Orwig shows you how to control a raw image's appearance—exposure, shadow and highlight detail, color balance, and sharpness—with far more precision than is possible with JPEG images. The course also introduces the new workflow procedures and technical concepts and issues associated with raw content, so that photographers can best leverage this powerful format.
Here I want to take a look at a couple of essential Bridge preferences. To navigate to the Bridge Preferences dialog go ahead and click on the Bridge pulldown menu and then choose Preferences, this will open up our Preference dialog. Here we're going to look at just three tabs, General, Cache, and Advanced. Let's start off in General. Here we can control the appearance of Bridge, we can do so by clicking on these little chips and you can see how Bridge is changing in the background or we can just use these sliders.
As you use these sliders what you may want to do is customize the darkness or brightness of Bridge. As you do that the one thing that I want to point out is that the image backdrop that you choose here, this color, that will be the same color or I should say shade of gray that you'll have when you go to that Full Screen mode. So just choose something that you think will work well, whether you're viewing your images here with Bridge or in Full Screen mode. The next thing I want to highlight is that we have this Accent Color. If we change this say to something perhaps like this color here, we'll see that it then changes this accent which we can see in these two areas.
Typically, it's nice to have something which is a little bit minimalistic, so that you can kind of focus in on the image rather than all of these other competing colors. The next thing that I want to highlight is Behavior. Well, here with Behavior we have an option to turn this on that when our camera is connected, it will launch the Adobe Photo Downloader. In this way, we can use Bridge to ingest into bring our images in and off of our camera. If you prefer to use the Adobe Photo Downloader turn that preference on.
Next, we have an option to turn on Double- Click Edits Camera Raw Settings in Bridge. You'll soon discover that you can work with Camera Raw in Bridge or in Photoshop. Typically, you'll want to work with Camera Raw inside of Bridge so that it frees up Photoshop for other work. We'll talk more about that later but for now I recommend that you turn that option on. The next thing that I want to highlight is Cache. If we click on Cache there's an option up here near the top, which allows us to Automatically export the cache to the folders when possible.
This is a critical preference, especially for Camera Raw. Otherwise all of your Camera Raw settings, everything that you do to improve or enhance your photograph, well, those settings will be saved somewhere else. What that means is if you copy an image to a hard drive, well, all of those settings won't go with the image, you'll lose those. So you want to turn that option on so that the settings live right next to the file. The next thing that I want to highlight is Advanced.
Under Advanced, there's an option where you can Start Bridge At Login. Because Bridge is such an integral application, typically it's a good idea to fire it up every time you open your computer so that you can access, review and preview, and eventually open your images in Adobe Camera Raw. Well, now that we've dialed in those Essential Preferences, the next thing we want to do is click OK in order to apply them.
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