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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.
In this movie we are going to talk about a unique feature inside of the Adobe Bridge and it's called stacking. Now, in order to get the most out of stacking, what I need to do is to increase my thumbnail size here in the Content window. One way that I like to do this is to press Command+Plus on a Mac/Ctrl+Plus on a PC. That then increases the size of the thumbnails, and then press Command+T on a Mac/Ctrl+T on a PC to get rid of everything else except for the images. Now, that tells me I can zoom in a little bit more. I have a little bit more space here, right. Command+ Plus on a Mac/Ctrl+Plus on a PC.
All right, look here. I have a set of images and you can find these in the 07_08_bridge folder, subfolder snow_ camping. And one of the things that I've noticed here is that I have some images of different types of content. Well, here I have some skiing images. This is when we're skiing up the mountain. What I want to do is I want to group those somehow. I want to group them into what's called a stack. Because those are kind of different than the rest of the images, right? Then, over here we kind of have the mountain top photographs. All right, okay, good. Then we have a portrait at the bottom. So this one is just a single image portrait, the beginning photo, and the garage, single image portrait, and then I want to have a stack of these skiing ones and a stack of the top of the mountain photos, alright, well great.
So I'm going to go ahead and click on one of the images. I'll then hold down the Command key on a Mac/Ctrl key on a PC, and I'll click on the other images that I want to include in this particular group or this particular stack. Next, I'm going to navigate to the Stacks pulldown menu and I'm going to choose Group As Stack or press the shortcut key there. Then we will now notice there is a little 3, telling me now there are three images in that stack. And now when I click through these and click on the stack, one of the things you'll notice is I'm only seeing the first image in the Preview window over here or the Preview panel over here.
Now, the nice thing about using stacks is you can group similar images. Let's say you have a portrait, three portraits or just the same, you are not really sure which one you are going to choose. Throw those bad boys into a stack or group them as a stack and then you can minimize what you are actually looking at. Now, if you want to open up the stack, there are a number of ways you can do that. You can navigate to the Stacks pulldown menu and choose Open Stacks and that would then expand or open that stack. Even better, you can just click on the number up top. So in this case number 3. That will then open and close that. Now, here we have these images inside of this little stack and I'm going to click on the last one and say, you know what? Because these are skiing photos, I really want this one to be first. So I'm going to click and drag this to the first position there. Now, you'll notice that's the first one. When I close the stack by clicking on the number 3, I now see that image and that one is number 1 in that group stack.
All right, well what about these other images here? I'll go ahead and click on the first one, hold down the Shift key, click on the last image. These are all the mountain top images. And then I'm going to use that shortcut. The shortcut that we briefly saw, you may have picked it up. It's a shortcut to group these images as a stack. on a Mac/Command, on a PC, Ctrl, and then press the G key. So Command+G for a Mac/Ctrl+G for a PC. Those are now grouped into that particular stack and again, click on the number to expand those or to collapse them, click on the number again. Now, if you want to remove these from the group, we'll go ahead and expand them so we can see what's happening and navigate to the Stacks pulldown menu. And then choose Ungroup From Stack or use the shortcut, Shift+Command+G on a Mac/ Shift+Ctrl+G on a PC, and those are now ungrouped and they are just single images. All right, that wraps up our conversation about stacking.
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