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Discover how to use Adobe Photoshop, without any added fine art skills, to modify artwork and turn the ordinary into extraordinary. Author and illustrator Bert Monroy takes an unexciting photo and transforms it into an amazing dream sequence by combining it with other photos and techniques. His process touches on compositing, digital painting, masking, and other key image editing techniques. All you need is Photoshop, some images that could use a boost, and your imagination!
This entire course deals with taking photographs and manipulating to create these dreamscapes. Now the beauty of digital is that you can take pictures for as long as you want, and as many as you want. The big problem is staying organized and quickly finding those photographs when you need them, that's the beauty of Bridge. Bridge is what I use to stay organized. So right now we're looking on the screen, and we see that I have my Hikes folder open. There is my Hikes folder, which shows all the different hikes.
So if I open this up, and let's just say we go down here to say 2011, and we'll go to the content of this folder, there is a bunch of different pictures there, all these different pictures. So, I want to stay organized, I want to be able to go in there and quickly find that picture, I do not remember which one of these years or which one of those hikes was that particular picture. So what I could do is I can go in there, and I'll just select say these cows right here, I'm going to go in there and start selecting all these picture of cows, right there.
And I have right here, I have a keyword for Cows. So I'm going to click on Cows. That just added the Keyword to it. And here are some Trucks, so I'm going to take the pictures of the truck, let's go see what these trucks look like, right there. I've got all the way down to here, and I have a keyword for Trucks. So I'm going to click on Truck. I've got a Panda Bear here. I see here is a Panda, Kung Fu Panda's sculpture that I saw. I don't have a keyword for that. So I'm going to click on those, I'll select all three of them, there they are, and I'm going to come over and here and say give me a New Keyword, and I'll call that panda and assign that keyword to those pictures.
So now, I'll go into the main hikes folder where all these pictures appear. There are all the folders of all the different years, and I'll go in there and say, well, let's find cows. I just got to go in there and find all the pictures of cows that are tagged as Cows. We'll go in there and say Trucks, and there are all the Trucks that are keyed. I'll say Bird, and there are some birds, and of course, let's do the one we just found, which is panda, and there I found the three pictures that I recently keyed as panda.
So you set out these keywords, there are some that come with it, some like Events and People and Places, you have Places. So these comes with the program, but you can set up your own as you saw me set up right there, and once you have that keyword, it falls into the list, my computer at home, I have a very long list with all kinds of things, and fortunately they are in alphabetical order. But you setup these keywords, so when you need a picture of a panda, you don't have to go through the thousands and thousands of pictures you might have stored, you just type in the keyword panda, and it will find all the pictures of panda in your entire collection, making it easy to find the reference material you need to create your dreamscapes.
So Bridge is your friend, get used to using it, it's a great place to stay organized. There are lots of windows you can play with. The best thing is to go in there and start looking. And other information like for instance, Metadata, when did I take that panda? Well, you go in to Metadata, it'll tell you what you were using, the size you shot it and even the date and time and everything that you--there is the date and time of when it was shot, and so on--all the information is right there at your fingertips within Bridge.
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