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Understanding the Bridge interface


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Photoshop CS4: Color Correction

with Taz Tally

Video: Understanding the Bridge interface

In this section, I would like to chat about a companion tool to Photoshop that will help you in your color correction workflow and this companion tool is called Adobe Bridge. You may or may not be using Bridge at this point, you may or may not be familiar with it, but I thought I at least show you some general guides to the interface and how you can use Bridge to help you with your color correction workflow. First of all understand that Bridge is indeed a standalone application and Bridge is a digital asset management program which means it allows us to management our digital assets such as documents and in this case, Photoshop images.
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  1. 1m 38s
    1. Welcome
      49s
    2. Using the exercise files
      49s
  2. 58m 30s
    1. Setting color workflow preferences
      6m 39s
    2. Managing your memory for optimization
      6m 39s
    3. Assigning color settings
      5m 57s
    4. Understanding color tools
      8m 3s
    5. Accessing color correction tools with the keyboard
      6m 33s
    6. Customizing the color workspace
      6m 21s
    7. Mastering rules of engagement and keyboard shortcuts
      6m 2s
    8. Navigating around images
      7m 43s
    9. Saving time with keyboard shortcuts
      4m 33s
  3. 28m 44s
    1. Understanding the Bridge interface
      6m 19s
    2. Using batch rename
      3m 46s
    3. Adding copyrights and other metadata
      4m 40s
    4. Adding shortcuts to Bridge favorites
      2m 27s
    5. Customizing Bridge preferences
      3m 37s
    6. Navigating files and accessing metadata
      4m 1s
    7. Sorting and labeling images
      3m 54s
  4. 1h 8m
    1. Understanding pixel brick building blocks
      6m 44s
    2. No such thing as color
      5m 2s
    3. Building block channels
      3m 24s
    4. Understanding bit depth and grayscale
      9m 30s
    5. Understanding bit depth and color
      6m 47s
    6. Measuring RGB
      7m 29s
    7. Measuring CMYK
      6m 10s
    8. Exploring LAB
      2m 14s
    9. RGB vs. CMYK corrections
      5m 26s
    10. Understanding the Histogram's display of color
      7m 10s
    11. Understanding neutralization
      8m 54s
  5. 36m 25s
    1. Making visual evaluations and judgments
      10m 1s
    2. Understanding histograms
      7m 23s
    3. Going into details with histograms
      4m 47s
    4. Using numeric evaluation for highlights and neutrals
      7m 35s
    5. Using numeric evaluation for skin tones and complex images
      6m 39s
  6. 21m 35s
    1. Adjusting dimensions, resolution, and modes
      9m 22s
    2. Straightening your image
      3m 4s
    3. Cropping your image
      3m 40s
    4. Finding and evaluating patterns: noise, posterization, and screens
      5m 29s
  7. 48m 57s
    1. Using master channel histograms
      7m 18s
    2. Using individual channel histograms
      5m 9s
    3. Highlights with info and color sampler
      7m 16s
    4. Identifying and correcting shadows
      3m 53s
    5. Finding and using neutrals
      8m 42s
    6. Evaluating and correcting skin tones
      9m 1s
    7. Controlling brightness, contrast, and saturation
      7m 38s
  8. 33m 19s
    1. Presetting white balance
      1m 11s
    2. Customizing white balance
      3m 45s
    3. Target-based correction
      4m 23s
    4. Sharpening in RGB
      12m 37s
    5. Sharpening in LAB
      5m 4s
    6. Understanding white balance
      6m 19s
  9. 13m 28s
    1. Working through color correction
      13m 28s
  10. 20m 15s
    1. Introducing target-based corrections
      3m 1s
    2. Applying two-step target-based corrections
      5m 46s
    3. Applying multi-step target-based corrections
      7m 50s
    4. Saving Curves settings
      3m 38s
  11. 1h 26m
    1. Adding keyboard shortcuts
      2m 38s
    2. Histogram correction
      3m 51s
    3. Channel adjustments
      3m 18s
    4. Skin tones: Black-and-white clipping points
      4m 23s
    5. Skin tones: Cast shadows
      4m 19s
    6. Skin tones: Babies
      4m 45s
    7. Neutrals and potential neutrals
      4m 54s
    8. Clouds, snow, ice, and land
      7m 38s
    9. Flat images
      9m 10s
    10. Underwater images
      4m 23s
    11. Sacrifices
      8m 43s
    12. Image within image: Snow and sky
      9m 1s
    13. Image within image: Sunrise and mountains
      2m 54s
    14. Weird color casts
      5m 36s
    15. Review
      11m 8s
  12. 26s
    1. Goodbye
      26s

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Watch the Online Video Course Photoshop CS4: Color Correction
6h 58m Intermediate Aug 05, 2009

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In Photoshop CS4: Color Correction, digital imaging expert Taz Tally explains how to quickly evaluate whether an image needs a color correction or adjustment. He explains the fundamentals of color images and demonstrates how to set color workflow preferences. Designers, production staff, and photographers will discover quick and accurate evaluation and correction techniques to speed up their workflow in the fast-paced production environment. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Fundamentals of digital color: Understanding bit depth, channels, resolution, grey scale and color
  • Exploring the difference between color correction and image adjustment
  • Choosing and using the best tools for color correction
  • Exploring RGB vs. CMYK corrections
  • Evaluating the histogram’s display of color
  • Using Adjustment layers to affect editable corrections
  • Saving time using keyboard shortcuts
  • Preparing color images for output on various devices
Subjects:
Design Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Taz Tally

Understanding the Bridge interface

In this section, I would like to chat about a companion tool to Photoshop that will help you in your color correction workflow and this companion tool is called Adobe Bridge. You may or may not be using Bridge at this point, you may or may not be familiar with it, but I thought I at least show you some general guides to the interface and how you can use Bridge to help you with your color correction workflow. First of all understand that Bridge is indeed a standalone application and Bridge is a digital asset management program which means it allows us to management our digital assets such as documents and in this case, Photoshop images.

So we have launched Bridge and we are accessing Bridge and in the base root of where we control our computer, we can see our three drives that we have up here. These are internal drives, these are internal drives, this is an external drive. So anything that you can see or locate or any file or folder, and including volumes, you can access through Bridge. Just like in any other interface such as Mac or Windows operating system interface, you can go to the Desktop and any of folders or files we have there you can access through Bridge.

In this case, we have two folders, one called Exercise_Files and one folder called Taz Stuff, and we'll go into Taz Stuff and notice if you click on it, it selects it and if you double- click on it, it will open it. Then it will show you what's inside there. In inside here we have three folders, Client Images, Taz GS images and then Taz Color.Correct_images, and note that these images are not available on the CD. These are just images that I'm currently working on. Although you may see some of these images in the training, you will have your own folders and access your own folders in your own way.

So these are just demos. So this is one way that you can navigate through Bridge. The other is if you look over here on the left hand side, you see a little tab called Folders. When you click on folders, this gives you a hierarchical view of everything that you can have access to on this particular computer. If you are on a network and you have multiple computers and multiple volumes available, they'll all be available here as well and here are those three drives that we just looked at a few minutes ago. There is the data drive, right, there is the external drive, and then there is the Macintosh hard drive, which is the boot drive, and then you can come down to Users and find your Desktop but the easy way to do that of course is just do as we have done here, just click on the Desktop and access your folders there.

So there is kind of multiple ways that you can navigate. You can either use Folders, or you can just navigate through the Content window over here. And anything that you click and select over here, you will also get a preview of over here. For instance, let's go into the Taz Color.Correct_Images folder and see that here we actually get into files. When you click on an image over here, you actually see the preview of the image here. And this is not the only way you can setup the Bridge interface. The Bridge interface could be controlled by resizing any of the panels that you see here, like this, like this, any of these panels can be completely resized any time you want to.

There is also some built-in interface setup that you see here. Right up at the top you will see Essentials, which is the default one which comes up automatically. Then there is one called Film Strip, which I particularly like. When you click on Film Strip, all of the content gets really small and then you see nice beautiful high resolution, high-bit depth previews of your images or whatever you have selected here and then right down here at the bottom, you'll see you can control the dimensions of your preview and the content right on the fly.

Then there is another built-in one called Output which we use for outputting to PDFs, or Web Galleries and you can switch from one to the other very quickly and easily and you have four or five built-in ones here as you see. The other thing you can do is if you set something up and you say, well, this is really how I want to look at things. I don't really care about looking at the Filters too much but I want to have a nice long folder over here and I want to have a nice preview and have some meta-data down here. Then you can come up here and you can just create your own workspace. So you can choose New Workspace, name it and that will be become part of this list that you see right here.

So it's completely customizable in terms of how you want to view and preview and setup the previews of your images in your documents and folders inside of Bridge. The other thing that you can do is, which is very, very nice and very handy, is you can work with multiple windows. Notice this is one window that we have inside of Bridge and underneath the File menu, when you choose New, it gives you a new Bridge window and what this allows you to do is go back and you can choose another window. So here I can look at Taz GS Images in this particular view and you have exactly the same kind of a controls here that you have in any other Bridge window and then you can go up underneath the Windows menu here and choose New Window, go back and forth and one to the other.

I don't know if you remember the keyboard shortcut we spoke about earlier, how to change Windows with inside of Photoshop, but it's Command+Tilde on the Mac. It will allow you to quickly go back and I'm just holding the Command key with my right hand and then I'm clicking on the Tilde key with my left hand. That allows me to go back and forth in one window to the other. So it's very, very handy way to work in two folders at the same time and go back and forth in one set of content to the other. By the way, when you want to launch a document or in this case, an image, all you need to do is just double- click on it and when you double-click on that particular image, in this case, it will launch Photoshop and bring that up in Photoshop.

If Photoshop is not currently launched, it will automatically launch that for you. And finally one other thing to mention up here and you can kind of explore this on your own if you haven't been throug the various menus up here, but I thought I'd mention in particular the Tools menu, which you go under Tools and you can go down underneath Photoshop and there is a wide variety of tools that you can access. The Image Processor is one of my favorites. That links Photoshop directly to Bridge. So there is a quick overview of the interface for Bridge and as we move forward, we'll talk about a couple of other specific things you can do that will help you with your color correction workflow, but basically just to review is when you are trying to choose which images to look at, which images you want to open for color correction, Bridge is a terrific way to do this because you notice you can get some very, very high quality previews of your images without ever actually having to open them.

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