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Adobe Photoshop is more than just an image editing application—it is a foundational staple in all the visual arts, from print design, to photography, to web design, to motion graphics and 3D graphics. In this course, Adobe Certified Instructor Chad Perkins covers the basics of Photoshop. Learn about the components of visual images, making selections, color correcting, fixing images, outputting images, and much more. This course uses Photoshop CS6, but the information presented is applicable to all versions of the application.
So let's talk about Adobe Bridge, this free file browsing application that comes with Photoshop. Now, to actually browse through files, we want to go to the upper left-hand corner of the interface here and there are several tools to do that. We have the Favorites tab. And we could look at the drives on our computer, our Home folder. And several key folders like Documents and Pictures. I have here several folders in my Pictures folder and these are images that I uploaded to my computer. You won't have these.
But feel free to replace these with images that you have on your system. You could also browse using the stem here, so we see that we're in the pictures folder. The parent of that is the Training folder, and then Users, and so on and so forth. And we could actually click through this to navigate as well. And if you want, go to the Folders tab, you could have another way to navigate where we have the accordion style folders where we can click and open those up and use that method if you prefer that way. If we go to the back to the Favorites tab here, I can create my own favorites by selecting a folder, and then dragging it, not on something like this, because that will actually move the folder.
But if I drag it below, then you get that plus icon there, and that creates a shortcut in the Favorites area to that particular folder. So, I could click on this to open this folder or I could double-click this folder to open this here. You see, we have a folder full of images. We could use the mouse wheel or the little scrollbar here on the right to scroll through these. I could also change the size of the thumbnail using the slider at the bottom. I drag it to the left. I reduce the size of the thumbnail. If I go far enough, it will get rid of the name of the images. We'll just have images to look at.
I could also drag this to the right to see more details in the images that we're browsing. Now, there's this cute image here of my little girl, that's who this is, and she's making this really cute fish face. So, I'm just going to click it to select it. And then, we get a little preview in the Preview panel on the right. Now, what I'm going to do is I'm going to resize my interface by putting my cursor over this little divider here, stretching that out, and do the same thing below that as well. And you see, we now get a bigger preview on the right-hand side. Also, if we put our cursor over this, and click this. We'll get a loop feature, which will allow us to zoom in really closely and look at details.
This is really good if you have high res and low res copies of your images and you want to zoom in really quickly to tell which is which. I should also point out that if you have other file types, such as audio files or video files. Bridge can play those and you could scroll through the timeline here as well. I'm just going to click this little x to close that preview. I'm going to resize this again. Click and drag this upwards so we could see the metadata. Now, metadata is becoming increasingly popular. It's basically extra information about a file that's actually stored inside of the file.
So stuff like camera information, like this. We could see that the f/stop of this picture was 3.5, 1 80th is the shutter speed, the ISO is 800. And if we come over here to the right-side, we see the pixel dimensions, 3, 4, 5, 6 by 5,148. And we could also see the size of the image, the resolution, the color space, and all kinds of stuff. If we open up the IPTC Core, if it's closed, you can just click the little triangle here. We could actually click inside of this and change the Creator.
Also, we can put in personal information such as our Job title, Address, Phone number, email. All kinds of stuff, so that we can embed that into the actual image. Now, we could also rate images. So I'm going to scale this up a little bit, and, when I click on this and it's, if it's big enough, we'll see five little dots here. And if the thumbnail is too small, you won't see those five dots. But if it's big enough, you will, and we can rate it just like Netflix. We could just click down here and I could say, I want this to be a five-star image.
And then at the top of it there is a star drop-down, and I could choose only Show me 4 or More Stars images. So basically can go and rate my images as I'm going through them, and if I just want to see the ones that are four or more stars, I can click that. And this is the only image that shows up, cuz it's the only one that I've rated. And so, I'm just going to go to this drop-down again and click Clear Filter. Now, there are other filters besides ratings that we could use. For example, we could have focal length. This tells us which focal length of lens was used for the images in this folder.
So, if I click on 43 millimeter, for example, we could see that there are ten images that you have a 43 millimeter focal length. You click on this, and I could see those images. Just those images with the 43 millimeter focal length. And I click it again, to see all the images in the folder. You could also change the sorting of the images. Right now, we're sorting by File name, in the upper right-hand corner. And I could choose a sort By Size, or Dimensions, or any of these other attributes. I could also search for an image in the search field up at the top.
And finally, if I go back to my image and select the cute fish face image again, and by the way, if I click here in this image, I can rename it if I wanted to. And if I click Export, you'll see I have a few export options. I could save it just to my hard drive. I could also export to places like Photoshop.com, Flickr, and Facebook. If I double-click this, then we can sign into Facebook here, and we can also go to our Image options and change some of the basic image options. For example, we can resize it and lower the quality and that type of thing. I'm not going to do that now, I'm just going to select Cancel. And I'm going to actually go over to Photoshop.
I want to show you one of the best features of Bridge. First of all, if you are in Photoshop, you can go to the Window menu > Extensions > Mini Bridge. There's actual a little tiny Mini Bridge built-in to the Photoshop interface now. You'll see, here, we have the same folder structure and the pictures that we were looking at before. Again, it's the same images we could scroll through. So it's basically like Adobe Bridge, but Mini Bridge, so it's (LAUGH) a little bit more adorable than the regular Bridge. I'm just going to go ahead and double-click the name of this panel to close this. But here's the best part about Bridge.
Let's say I'm here in Bridge and I see an image that I want to edit. So, this one's cute, I want to edit this. If I just double-click it in Bridge, it will actually open up in Photoshop. So in other words, if I'm in Bridge and I find a cool image, I don't have to like write down where it is on my computer, and then go back to Photoshop and navigate to it. I can just double-click it right from Bridge. Boom, it's right there in Photoshop for me to play with. So, Adobe Bridge is a really great addition to Photoshop.
And if you learn to use it well and get familiar with it, it can save you lots of time. And add a lot to the Photoshop experience.
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