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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.
Before we actually begin to talk about Bridge, I find that it is helpful to step back for a moment and talk about how Bridge fits into the overall photographic workflow. Now here we have some images and some icons that help represent this photographic workflow from left or right, from capture to import, to the area where we process our images, and finally to the export. Now Bridge and Lightroom occupy the space where they help you import your images so you can then work on your images and they also help with the export.
Well how then are Bridge and Lightroom are related? Or how are Bridge, Lightroom and Photoshop are related? That's a really good question. I like to think of these three applications as separate yet connected. There is a little bit of overlap, right? Because you don't really use one application by itself; you use one of these applications in unison with other applications. Well, you may be thinking okay, well why is Chris talking about Bridge and Lightroom? Well let me explain. A lot of times people ask me, Chris, should I use Lightroom or Photoshop? Well, that's a wrong question. The real question is should I use Bridge or Lightroom? Because Bridge and Lightroom are very similar. Let me explain.
Now both, the Adobe Bridge and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom are similar in the sense that they're applications that mix form and function. They're organizational yet also creative, and you can do both of these things from right inside of Bridge and Lightroom. So, how then do I as a pro photographer use these three applications? Well, I use Bridge, yeah I use it quite often, but I also use Lightroom even more. You can see the bigger circle there and then I use Photoshop quite a bit as well. Well, why do I use Lightroom more? Well, you can think of Lightroom as the pro version of the Bridge. Yeah the Bridge is really functional, it's a great tool, yet Lightroom is an even better tool. I can't just spend my time in Lightroom, I can organize and rate, make and sort, retouch my images in Lightroom and do all this raw processing, do all this output work.
Yet there are times when I need to go to Photoshop because there are certain things that can only be done in Photoshop and I want to spend a lot of time learning some of those techniques right inside of this training. So again for me the photographic workflow involves Bridge, involves Lightroom and involves Photoshop. Now if you are curious about Lightroom, I put together some other training on how Lightroom works and you can find that on the lynda.com library. Now if you are not interested in digging into Lightroom, no big deal. Bridge is a really solid tool and you will soon discover why as we make our way through the rest of this chapter.
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