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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.
Hi! Well, now that we know a little about Bridge and about the Bridge workspaces, we are actually ready to begin to work with Bridge. Now one of the most common tasks that you perform with Bridge is an organizational task. You have imported your photos or downloaded your photos from your camera or you have your images in a folder and what you want to do is actually begin to go through the images and determine which images are keepers. So you start off in this Essentials workspace and you begin to click through your images or using arrow keys to scroll through your images and you realize, you know what? It's kind of hard to evaluate the image over here in the preview. So you open up a little bit more space for it and you say that's not even good enough.
I want to try new workspace and the workspace that typically works best is this Filmstrip workspace. All right, great. So now I have a really big preview, nice small thumbnail and I'm pretty good to go, except I notice I have these other panels over here, Favorites and my Folders, Filter and Collection. I want to get rid of those. Press the Tab key to minimize those even further, all right. Well now, I notice okay, I can have my images but I have the name of the image. Do I really need that when I'm determining if an image is keeper or not? Well, no. Do you remember that shortcut to minimize those thumbnails? On a Mac Command+T; on a PC Ctrl+T.
I'm going to go and make those thumbnails nice and small. Again, I don't need to see much of the thumbnail because I'm more interested in evaluating the image here, all right. Well I click on the first image and now what I'm going to do is go through these images and add a star or label rating to these files, all right. Well, here I have image 1, don't think it's a keeper so I'm going to skip it, go to image 2. I like that one so I'll navigate to my Label pulldown menu and I can either add a star rating here or use one of the shortcuts, we will add a Label right in here or use one of the shortcuts. Now the shortcuts are actually easy to remember. On a PC it's Ctrl, on a Mac it's Command, 1 through 9. 1 through 5 is Stars, 6 through 9 is Labels, all right. Well, let's try this by this particular menu. I'll give that a one star, we can see at that one star rating here. Now I'm going to expand the view of my thumbnails. I can't see that one star below except you press Command+T on a Mac, Ctrl+T on a PC, you will then see that star rating underneath the thumbnails. So that's helpful for you to leave it on.
In my case, this is plenty of a view here, so I'll turn that off. Command+T on a Mac, Ctrl+T are going to make those thumbnails nice and small, all right. Well so far so good, we have seen, how we can add that star rating, I'll go ahead and choose the next image by pressing the right arrow button, that one isn't keeper for me so I'm going to keep going and I'm pressing the right arrow key. Now let's say I like this image, I'm going to give it that label. We will get our Label as Select. This is one of my select images, so I'll press Command+6 on a Mac/Ctrl+6 on a PC. Now when I do that I see that red label here and if I want to remove that label, I need to press Command+6 again or Ctrl+6 on a PC or it happen if you want to remove a star, let's go ahead and go back to that single star rated image here.
Now this particular image has a one star rating, if I press Command+1 again, because I'm on a Mac nothing happens. What about Command+2? I add two stars. I want zero stars. How do I do that? Well, what you need to do for zero stars is on a PC, press Ctrl+0 and on a Mac press Command+0. So keep in mind that in order to remove stars, you actually have to go to this Command+0 shortcut on a Mac, Ctrl+0 on a PC. To remove Labels, you just press the shortcut a second time.
Now, some of you may be thinking, okay, there are a lot of shortcuts in there and I don't want to use those shortcuts. That's fine. You can always use this menu here, but in my guesses, that's going to be a little tedious. So, you are going to want to pick up those shortcuts again, Command+1 on a Mac and I'm just, kind of, go ahead and scroll through these, I'm going to pick a few that I like and continue and make my way through. Now is it this one or this one? That one looks like, they are trying a little bit too hard, their thinking, they are conscious in the camera, that's a little bit more natural. I want the natural one, all right and I like that one, a little bit of blur, little bit of blur is kind of, fun and then a couple more images there that I enjoyed. Well so far so good, I have added a one star rating to all of those particular files. How then do I take advantage of the labels or the stars that I have added to my images? We will talk about that in the next movie.
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