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In Photoshop CS5 Essential Training, author Michael Ninness demonstrates how to produce the highest quality images with fantastic detail in the shortest amount of time, using a combination of Photoshop CS5, Adobe Bridge, and Camera Raw. This course shows the most efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, Michael shares the secrets of non-destructive editing, utilizing and mastering Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw, layers, adjustment layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more. Exercise files are included with the course.
One of the great things about working with digital images is that they contain a lot of data. Now, we often refer to that data as metadata. Bridge is a wonderful view of that metadata. It lets you access and act on that metadata in some pretty interesting ways. So let's take a look at the images that we have here. We are looking at 44 images, but imagine this was 500 images or even a thousand images or 20,000 images. Let's say that you were trying to find all the images that were vertical in those 500 or thousand images.
Can you imagine literally holding down the Command key or the Ctrl key and manually clicking on every vertical image in your list here, filtering out the horizontal ones. That seems to be something that a computer and maybe a piece of software could just do for you automatically. And that's the whole point of this movie. It's the Filter panel over in the left-hand corner. When you're working in the Essentials Workspace, that's where the Filter panel is located. And you can see there's a bunch of interesting marks on these particular thumbnails here. Some of them have five star ratings. Some of them have no ratings.
Some of them have three star ratings here. It turns out that some of these images have keywords and there's a lot of different information here that you may want to reduce the number of images currently being viewed to just a subset. So if you take a look at the Filter panel over here in the left-hand corner, this Filter panel automatically populates itself with information that it senses or picks up in the actual images in the current view. Now every panel in Bridge has what we call a fly-out menu in the right-hand corner of it. In the Filter menu fly-out menu, you can actually turn on and off certain categories that you don't care about.
So by default, they're all turned on, and we'll go ahead and leave them on for now. But if there is any particular category that you don't care to be built or shown in the Filter panel, you can turn off here. I'm going to go ahead and click to get out of there. Clicking on a category will turn it down. Clicking on it again will turn it back up. So you can see on the current viewed set of images here, we have picked up that there is ratings, keywords, creation date, orientations, and so on down the list. Let's say that I just want to quickly view all the five-star rated images.
We'll click on the Ratings category, and it will show that there are 30 that have no ratings. There are 10 keepers and there are four images that we're on the fence about. I'm just looking at the number columns here on the right. If I click on the five-star rating number here or the category there, it filters the list of images here in my Content panel to only show me the five-star rating images. Now what if I wanted to see the five-star ratings of just one of the particular girls here. Well, it turns out these images have keywords, so you can actually stack up or build up the filters and have multiple filters at play at any given time.
So if I click on the word Keywords, you can see there are three different keywords present in the selection of images. There's Maija, Sisters and Sofija. If I just want to see the five star rated images of Maija, I can click on the word Maija and I've filtered the set even further. I can tell a filter is in play when there's a check mark next to it. Now by default when you click on another filter in the same category, it adds that to the current view. So if I click on Sofija as well, I'm now seeing the five star rated images of both Maija and Sofija.
So if again I just want to filter it down to one of the girls, I can turn off the previous category by clicking on its name. As a little bonus tip here, if you want to switch and only see the Maija images and turn off Sofija at the same time, hold down the Option key on the Mac, or the Alt key on Windows, as you click on a filter and that, instead of adding it to the current view, will toggle that. So if I Option+Click, or Alt+Click on Sofija, it turns Maija off and turns Sofija on.
Whereas, again, if I don't hold the modifier key down, it's just an additive gesture. So you have a lot of control here, and again, just turning off the filter brings those subset of images back into view. I can turn off the five-star rating and I'm kind of back to where I started. Earlier, I'd mentioned about the Orientation: Landscape versus Portrait. Well, there is a filter for that as well. If I click Orientation, click on the word Landscape, there's all my landscape images. And here I'm mixing all the ratings, because I haven't turned on that filter.
So again, if I want to see the three- star rated images in Landscape Orientation, just have Landscape turned on, click on the three-star and it turns out there's only one that matched that category. Pretty fun stuff here! I know it's kind of geeky but this data is here, you should be able to use it to find and orient yourself and filter your images down to just the particular criteria you care about at this particular moment.
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