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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.
One of the most common uses for Adobe Bridge is to review and evaluate your photographs. We have already talked a little bit about how we can customize the interface so that we have a little bit of a larger preview, but what if this preview isn't enough. What are some other options? Well, here what we can do is press our Arrow keys to scroll through our images, and then let's say that we come to an image that we really like. Yet we want to see a larger preview of this particular image. Well, what we can do is we can press the Spacebar key. That will then take this image into what's called Full-Screen View mode, so that we can really evaluate and say, okay, yes, this is a good image or no. This isn't.
Press Spacebar a second time and it will exit out of Full-Screen View mode. Now, another thing that we can do is we can also go to this mode which is called Review mode. You can access Review mode by clicking on this small icon here, which looks like three little images or three little files, and in this context what we can do is select Review mode. Now, by selecting Review mode we are going to see our images in what's called a carousel. We can go through these images by simply clicking on our Arrow keys. I am pressing my Left Arrow key here to move to the left or by pressing the Right Arrow key to move to the right.
Now, let's say that these images don't really fit in this set. Well, to remove them from this carousel all I need to do is press the Down Arrow key and here you can see I am removing those images from this set. I can of course also click on images in order to change which image has the largest preview. Now, to exit out of this, all that we need to do here is press the Escape key. All right. Well, now that we have started to review these photographs, how can we add some more information to them? For example, let's say that we are evaluating this image and we say, you know what, this one I really like it.
I want to give this one some kind of a rating. What we can do is navigate to our Label pulldown menu and here we can add a star rating, or we can also add a label. In my case, I am going to give this image a three-star rating. I can do so by clicking here or by pressing the shortcut. On a Mac the shortcut is going to be Command +1-5. On a PC, that's Ctrl+1-5. All right. Well, go ahead and add a three-star rating. You can now see that this image has a three-star rating.
I will press my Right Arrow key, and this time I am going to press the shortcut key. On a Mac, Command+2; on a PC, Ctrl+2 to add a two-star rating. And then I would scroll through these images, again, pressing the Arrow keys, looking for images that I think are kind of interesting, and when I find one I will add a star rating once again. This time I want to add three stars, so I will press Command+3 or Ctrl+3. Now, one of the things that's really fascinating about this is you will notice over here in the Filter panel, it's taking note of the different type of additive metadata that I am adding to my photographs, in this case a star rating.
Here it's showing me that I have one image with a two-star rating. I have two images with a three-star rating. What I can do is filter or sort based on the different criteria that I have added to my photographs. For example, if I click on three stars, it's going to only show me the images that have a three-star rating. Let's say I want to see the three star and two star. All I need to do is click on that and here you can see I have my three star and two star images. Now, in this case, those thumbnails are kind of small.
If I would like to increase the size of the thumbnails, well, there is two different techniques you can use. One is to simply click and drag this slider, so you have a little bit of a larger view, or on a Mac you can press Command+Plus, on a PC that's Ctrl+Plus, and that will increase the thumbnail size. Or on the other hand, you can press Command+Minus or Ctrl+Minus to decrease the thumbnail size. All right. Well, as you can see, Bridge is actually quite a strong tool and it can really help you sort and filter through all of your different photographs in order to determine which photographs are your favorites and which photographs are the keepers that you are actually going to begin to work on inside of Photoshop.
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