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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.
I can tell you that today, I am taking a lot more photographs with my digital camera than I ever did with film, and as a result, I have had to figure out a quick way to edit a shoot so that I could identify my selects or my keeper images or whatever you want to call them--they are the best of the shoot. Although the Full Screen mode is great for reviewing images, I actually prefer the Review mode when I'm trying to narrow down an entire shoot to just my favorites. So let's go ahead and select all of the images that are in this folder, and I can do that by just holding down the Shift key and then clicking on the last image.
Since the first one is already selected, it will select that entire range. Now I'm going to use the keyboard shortcut, Command+B or Ctrl+B, but you can see it's under the View menu and it's called Review mode. Now we can't see the image quite as large as we could in Full Screen mode, but the reason that I like Review mode is that I can see the images that are coming before it and the ones that will come after my currently selected image. Just like the full-screen view, all I need to do to move from one image to the next is simply use the right arrow key.
If I come across an image that I'm not really fond of, I can use the down arrow key in order to remove it from my selection. I'm not removing it from the folder, I'm not deleting it; I am simply removing it from my selection. You'll notice, if you don't want to use your arrow keys, in the lower-left here, we have the same options, to move back and forth between images and also to remove an image from your selection. So I'll just tap the down arrow. And I kind of like this image, so we'll move to the next one. That one is rather static, a little too boring, so I'll remove that. And that one is just too cluttered, so we'll remove that. And I'm just going back and forth between each image and see here, when there's these two images that are similar, I can use the left and then right arrow key until I find the one that I want to remove, and then I'll use that down arrow. And let's get rid of that one. You know what? I think I want to change my mind.
So I actually just removed one and I want to add it back. I can use the up arrow key to add back just the last one that I removed. It'll kind of do like a one-level undo. It won't do anything else if I keep using the up arrow, but just know that you kind of have a little safety net. If you do remove one that you don't want, if the next thing you do is use that up arrow button, it'll bring it back. So let's bring that one down and just quickly go through the rest of these and see which ones I want to remove. I like that one, but let's get rid of that one.
That's kind of a nice texture. That one not so much, no. Let's get rid of those. Okay so I'm back at the beginning, and I've got all of the images that I like still in this Review mode. So what I'm going to do is I am going to tap the Escape key in order to get out of Review mode and you'll notice right now, that in Bridge all of the images that I still liked are highlighted, so they're all selected. So now would be the time for me to do something with that selection.
So for example, I might want to give all of my images a one-star rating to tell myself later and remind myself that these are the best images. Now, in order to do that, you can use the menu here. We go under Label and we can choose one star, or we can use the keyboard shortcut Command+1 or Ctrl+1 in order to add those stars, and we can see the stars are applied to all of the images that we liked. If you have only a few images selected, like maybe these first four images, and you go to View and you go to Review mode, if you have four or fewer images, it won't actually give you that carousel; it'll just show you the four images or three images or two images that you have selected full screen. And don't forget, you just tap the Escape key to get out of there.
So now that you know how it works, give Review mode a try next time you've got a shoot to edit. I think you'll find it to be a much faster way to cull or edit down a large number of images to just your favorites.
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