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In Photoshop CS6 Essential Training, Julieanne Kost demonstrates how to produce high-quality images in a short amount of time, using a combination of Adobe Photoshop CS6, Bridge, and Camera Raw.
The course details the Photoshop features and creative options, and shows efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, the course explores techniques for nondestructive editing and compositing using layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more.
One of the best things about computers is that they can do a lot of things much faster than I can do them manually. For example, if I have 500 images and I want Bridge to only show the images taken on a certain day, or that were taken with a certain lens, or had a certain ISO setting, or maybe a certain keyword applied, well, Bridge is really good at doing that, and you would do that in the Filter panel. Now when we first look at the Filter panel, depending on the images you have, you might actually see a different list of options.
If I use the flyout menu here, these are all of the different options that Bridge can filter on. But if none of the images, say, contain something like Genre or Key or Tempo, then Bridge isn't going to display those options over here in the Filter area. So it's quite nice. It keeps it rather uncluttered. It doesn't add a bunch of things that you don't want. In addition to that, if there are things listed over here on the left that you don't want to see, you can simply select them here to uncheck that category and then Bridge will no longer show that category in the Filter area.
I am just going to leave them set as their default, and let's go ahead and filter what we have in the Content area. If I wanted to filter based on label, for example, you can see that Bridge is showing me both the images that have no label as well as the select. If I toggle off the check next to the select, now I'm only seeing those images that don't have a label. I could turn back on selects and turn off the no label, and now we're just seeing the images that have that red label, or my select label.
Let's go ahead and turn both of those on, and let's take a look at another way we could filter. We could filter on stars, for example. We could look at the images that don't have a rating, or we could look at the images with just one star, or with two stars. If I wanted to see the images that have one star and two star, I can simply click on the one star to add that to the filter. If I wanted to quickly see only the images that have no rating, I can hold down the Option key on the Mac or the Alt key on Windows and click next to No Rating to toggle that on and toggle off the other two options.
So let's toggle them all on for now and go down to Keywords for a minute. If I wanted to see, for example, the images that I had photographed at the John Day Fossil Beds, we can quickly filter on that. Likewise, we could quickly filter on Crater Lake or on Point Reyes. You'll also notice, up here, I have the option to look at just those images that don't have the keywords. So if I accidently miss some images and didn't apply a keyword, I would immediately know what those images are, I could select those images in the Content area, come over to my Keyword panel, and then I could add another keyword.
I want make sure that I don't add it inside Crater Lake, so I'll just click in the blank area and then click the plus icon, and this happened to have been Fort Bragg. So I can quickly add that keyword, and then you'll notice that it would remove those two images because I'm filtering only on the No Keyword images. For this last keyword, I know that that was taken at Crater Lake, so we'll apply that keyword, and it will also then be removed, and I have no images left that don't have any keywords.
Of course, you can also mix and match between the different criteria for filtering. For example, I might want to take a look at all of the images that have the keyword Crater Lake but are also one star. And of course, I could make this even more detailed by coming down to, say, the date created and adding that as part of my filter criteria. So, obviously you can get really detailed with filtering, and since this is the type of thing that computers do really well, be sure that you take advantage of it and don't spend a lot of time trying to manually select the images that you want when you can use the information in the file to quickly filter.
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