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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 briefly talk about another essential preference and that has to do with thumbnails. Now here I have this thumbnail. I can change the size of the thumbnail. I'll make it a little bit smaller there so that we can see we have a thumbnail, we have a one-star rating, then the file name. Well how can we customize what's displayed there? We can customize what is displayed there by going to our Preferences. What's the shortcut to open up the Preferences dialog in Photoshop? It's Command+K on a Mac and Ctrl+K on a PC. The same shortcut works to open up Preferences inside of Bridge, Command+K on Mac and Ctrl+K on a PC.
Thumbnails, Performance and File Handling, that default setting will be fine and then Details though, this we may want to customize. Now I'm going to move this over so I can see the image. Now I can show additional lines of thumbnail metadata. Here I can add the date the file was created, the file size, so we can see I now have the file size there. I'm also going to include the dimensions and again I can choose a number of different options. Now Show Tooltips. I find it's best to leave that off. All right, we dialed in our thumbnail preferences. The last thing I want to show you here is a great shortcut. When you have tons of thumbnails in a folder and it's kind of hard to look at them all, because you have their label, you have the star rating, and all this information. Well, how do you minimize that, how do you get rid of all that? Well, all that you need to do is press Command+T on a Mac/Ctrl+T on a PC.
Think T for Thumbnail, voila! All that information has gone. Now for me that's really helpful because then I can actually focus on the image. I don't really care how that file is named when I'm going through my files. Later that will be important, but right now it isn't. So again Command+T toggles that on and off and that's Command+T for a Mac, Ctrl+T for a PC.
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