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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
All right, welcome back. In the previous movie we added some star ratings to our images. Now, how do we take advantage of that? I'm going to show you a couple of different techniques. Well, here we are in the Filmstrip workspace. And you remember in the beginning of the last movie, I pressed the Tab key to minimize the interface. I'm going to press the Tab key again; it will bring back those panels in the left. Why do I want to bring those back? Well, I can then filter my images based on the rating; in this case I have rated nine images with a one star rating. So go ahead and click on that and then you can see I have this new group of nine images. Now let's say that as I go through this, I decide, you know what? This one is actually a two star rating, so I'm going to add a two to this. On a PC that's Ctrl+2, Mac that's Command+2 and now I notice that it shows me that I have one image that has a two star rating. Now let's just add a label to see what that looks like. I also want to add a red label here. On a PC that's Ctrl+6, on a Mac that's Command+6.
So there you can see I have added that red label and I can advantage of that by just saying, hey just show me the image that has red label and a one star or if I click this off, an image that just has a red label. So you can combine these different options. So I can say, give me the two star images plus the one star plus the red label. Well, there is only image. Turn off red label, well now I'm seeing both the two star and the one star image. So as you can see, you can take advantage of those filters to really see what you are looking out here. Let's go ahead and turn those off. Now I'm looking at all of the images. I can also modify what I'm viewing or filter what I'm viewing by navigating to this icon here and I'll choose the option to show one or more stars. Now in this case, it shows me the one star images, the two stars. There aren't any three stars, aren't any four stars and there aren't any five stars. So it's showing me all of those.
Yet, you may have picked up a shortcut, while you were here. The shortcut is actually pretty nice. We know that Command+1 on Mac is a shortcut to add a one star rating. We will check that out, just add one more key Option+Command+1 and then that shows you just those images. On a PC that would be Ctrl+1 to add it, Ctrl+Alt+1 just to view those. So again this is what my workflow looks like. I'm going ahead and clear the filter off and I'm going to select all of the images, click on the first one, then press Command+A on Mac, Ctrl+A on a PC, navigate to a Label, No Rating and label No Label. Okay, now there is nothing here, no stars, so labels, nothing.
I'm going to go ahead and go through these. So I'm going to go through. Command+1 because I'm on a Mac. Add a one star rating. Command+1 again that's Ctrl+1 on a PC. Command+1 again, then I just use my thumb to press Command+Option on a Mac/on a PC that will be Ctrl+Alt, and then press the 1 key and check that out. I have now filtered that down to these final four images. If you are thinking, okay that's a nice shortcut, but I'm not going to really use it. No big deal, you can almost access those files as quickly, by simply clicking on the Filter menu as well.
And now that we are talking about filtering, I do need to point out that you can also filter your images in number of different ways. You can say, all right, let's go ahead and clear these off, clear the filter. I want to see my four one star rated images and then just show me the ones that were short in this Portrait mode. So there I just have that single image or just show me that landscape photos and I want to see those even without that star rating, I can then sort by landscape or by portrait and again you can see that all of that is dynamically updated. So when you are filtering your images keep in mind, you can take advantage of additive metadata and that's metadata you have added to those images, means the stars or the labels and you can also take care of the descriptive metadata and that's metadata, simply part of the file that describes the file. In this case it is describing the photographs or intention. All right, well that wraps out our conversation about how we can sort our files with different filters from right inside of Bridge and as you see these filters are incredibly strong and they will really help you out in your photographic workflow.
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