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Photoshop is the world’s most powerful image editor, and it’s arguably the most complex, as well. Fortunately, nobody knows the program like award-winning book and video author Deke McClelland. Join Deke as he explores such indispensable Photoshop features as resolution, cropping, color correction, retouching, and layers. Gain expertise with real-world projects that make sense. Exercise files accompany the course.
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In this exercise, I'm going to show you how to zoom in on an image here inside the Bridge, so that you can view it in all of its glorious detail without having to open the image inside of Photoshop. That does two things. First of all, it gives you a sense of whether the image is any good, so that you can compare shots to each other, check focus, that kind of thing. Also, it gives you a sense early on of what kind of changes you'll need to make inside of Photoshop. I have the Bridge framed on the 03_open_org folder inside the exercise _files folder, and what I want to do is see the images that are at the end of the list, alphabetically speaking.
So I need to reverse the sort order, by clicking on this Ascending Order icon. But if I do that right now, because I have a thumbnail selected, I will travel with that thumbnail. In other words, the Bridge will automatically scroll me to what will be the bottom of the list, and that's not what I want to have happen. I want to stay where I am. So I'll go up to the Edit menu and choose Deselect All, Ctrl+?Shift+A, Cmd+Shift+A on the Mac. Now then, if I click this icon, notice that the images come to me. So these last images in alphabetical order jumped to the top of the list.
Now I want to check out this image right here. It's called B0000530. That was the name assigned by the digital camera. Incidentally, I can check this out here inside the metadata. It happens to be an Olympus E-30, which is a great SLR in my opinion. I really love that camera. What I want to do is I want to confirm what's going on in this image. From here, it looks as though the head of my youngest son Sammy is getting crushed by the leg of my older son Max.
I just want to check it out and see if this shot is every bit is great as I think it might be. However, I have an awfully dinky preview as you can see, so much bigger than the thumbnail, and I can make that preview bigger by scaling this Preview panel by dragging this horizontal divider bar there. But it's still an awfully diminutive view of my shot. So I can also bring up the loop, and based on the change I made in the previous exercise, I'd have to press the Ctrl key, or the Cmd key on the Mac and click in order to bring up the loop, and it starts off all pixelated as you can see, and then it gets better.
That's because the Bridge is updating its previews. It's actually loading information from the image. Let me show you what that looks like for just a moment. I am going to take a break here, and go up to the tools menu. What I want you to do is keep an eye down here in the lower left corner of the screen. I'll go up to the tools menu, and I'll choose Cache, and I'll choose Purge Cache For Folder '03_open_org'. Now before I do that though, I'll tell you what this means. The Cache is the way that the Bridge keeps track of all these thumbnails. It has to load up these thumbnails, and so it doesn't have to incessantly load them over and over again, extract them from the images themselves.
It saves off those thumbnails to what's called the Cache, top-secret area of your hard-drive essentially, and it does take up a bunch of space, by the way. The more you use the Bridge, the more space the Bridge will take up with these cache files. But it does keep the Bridge performing at optimal speed. Anyway, if I choose Purge Cache to get rid of these thumbnails, and you can see that all these thumbnails here inside the content panel are updating. You'll also notice this progress message down here in the lower-left corner of the screen. That's telling me that I have 92 items altogether inside this folder, and that it is extracting the last 40 or so previews at this point, and the spinning ball tells you that it's working away.
Now, what I recommend, especially when you're working inside a folder that contains lots and lots of big images, I recommend that you wait for this progress message to complete before you start doing a lot of work inside the Bridge, the reason is the Bridge performs a lot better if it is able to concentrate on what it is you wanted to do at any given moment and time instead of also trying to update all those thumbnails. So just a word to the wise, what you can do is just click on a folder for your day shoot that kind of thing, walk away for a moment, grab a cup of coffee, something like that, come back.
It's going to be done. It only takes about a minute even with a very large folder full of files. All right. Well I'm going to click in here. The reason I mention this is because there's lots of different cached previews that the Bridge has to create. It has to create this little one. It has to create bigger ones. It has to create full screen ones, all kinds of different ones. So, when I Ctrl+Click or Cmd+Click inside the image to bring up the loop, it's going to start off jagged, and then it's going to smooth out. And sometimes when you move the loop around, it's going to have to re-draw that preview once again.
I have to tell you though, I just do not like this loop function. It's hard to figure out what in the world should be in the loop? It's this little sort of upper-left corner sort of pointy thing that's jabbing into Sammy's eye that's telling me that it is the eye. That's going to get looped here. But it's such a small little region, I mean give me a break. You can drag it around. It does cool things like flip like we just saw it do there. But you ask me, it's just a silly feature. I'm going to close it, especially when you have this instead. You can go up to the View menu, and you can choose Full Screen Preview, or you can just tap the Spacebar.
Just like that, you end up getting a full screen preview like we're seeing here. Now, it displayed fairly quickly because the Bridge had already loaded that preview from the image because we called up the loop function. But if this was the first time we were looking at it, then we'd see a pixelated image that would ultimately resolve into a good-looking image. Now, then let's say that I want to zoom in on the image to take it in at 100%, right now we're zoomed out, so that we're seeing the entire image onscreen. All you have to do is click, and you will zoom in to that location, and we can see yes indeed, Sammy's in a very precarious position, getting his head smashed by Max's knee, and even better, Max has dirt all over his knee that's getting in his face.
Luckily, they're little kids, and they don't care. But notice this. I can press the Plus key to zoom in even farther. Notice this is 200%. You can see that at the top of the screen, this is 400%, and this is 800%. Drag the image around onscreen in order to pan it to a different location, press the Minus key to zoom out incrementally. Or, by the way, here's something else you can do. You can use your scroll wheel to zoom in like so if you scroll up, or scroll down to zoom out.
Then finally, if you scroll out one more increment, you're going to go all the way out to the Fit in Window view. And by the way, you can press the arrow keys to switch to a different image in the list. So if I press the Right Arrow key, I'll go to the next image, if I press the Left Arrow key, I'll go to the previous image. If I want to get out of this Full Screen Preview mode, all I have to do is tap the Escape key, and then I'm out. A really great example of a preview that's going to take a moment to load is the one for Grand Tetons.psd because this is a huge image 9,000 x 3,024 pixels, so it's just gargantuan.
It's actually a handful of images, about 11 images as I recall, that are stitched together using Photoshop's Photo Merge function, which we will see in a far distant chapter. It's really great. I'll press the Spacebar in order to take in a full screen preview and this far away from the image it looks absolutely impeccable, looks really good, a little bit soft perhaps, but that's just the Bridge averaging pixels. There's actually a lot more clarity going on here, and to see what that clarity looks like, I'll go ahead and click in a location to zoom in, and you can see that we have all kinds of jagged transitions for a moment and then things reconcile.
So be sure to give it a second to update that view before you decide, oh my gosh, this image is in terrible shape. Now at this point, I can see that there must be a spot on the lens at this location. We have a fair amount of noise, which are random pixel variations that don't represent what the scene really look like, and you can see those going on up here. And we also have a few sort of striations going on in some regions of the sky like around this area, you can see these strange kind of rainbowish patterns. So these are things that I might want to work on inside of Photoshop, and it's great to know that these problems exist ahead of time.
Then I'll press the Escape key to once again zoom out. And that is how you zoom in on images, the good way, as opposed to the loop way, here inside the Bridge.
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