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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.
There's another way to take advantage of the metadata in a file and that's to create a smart collection. Now, similar to filtering, Bridge is going to look in the metadata of the file to select the images that match the criteria of the smart collection. But smart collections are a bit easier to revisit because they're saved to the Collection panel. So let's start by clicking on Collections and then in the lower-right of the panel, there's an icon for creating a smart collection.
It's the one with the gear next to it, not the one with the plus. As soon as we select that, Bridge is going to ask us for our search criteria. So for example, it's going to ask us where to look. In this case, we'll look inside the exercise files, inside 01 and 02 Bridge, and then we can define our criteria. So for example, the criteria might be a certain keyword, it might be a date created, it might be a label or a rating, so I'll go ahead and select the rating that equals one star.
If I wanted to add additional criteria, I could click on the plus icon and then again choose from that same menu. But for right now, let's make it rather simple. I'll go ahead and tap the minus button there to remove that, and I want Bridge to show me the results if any of the criteria are met. So obviously, if I had more than one criteria, then this list would make a little bit more sense. But I want if any of the criteria are met, which is one star, it's going to add it to my collection. I'll click Save, and then I want to come over here and name the collection.
So we'll call this Smart Portfolio, and then I'll tap enter or return. What Bridge has done is it's gone and looked through my folder and it's found all of the images with one star and automatically added it to the smart portfolio. That's cool in and of itself, but let's use the Back button to go back to my folder where my files are, and let's say I change my mind about some images.
Let's go ahead and select this one and maybe this one and this one. And I now decide that they shouldn't have one star. I actually want to demote them, so I can either go under Label and set No Rating or I can just tap the zero key. Now that I have demoted them so that they're no longer starred, when we go back to my smart portfolio, you'll notice that it has automatically removed them from that portfolio. Likewise, if we go back to that original folder and I decide that I want to add additional images, I can select those images and then tap the 1 key. Now all I have to do is tap the 1 key because I've already gone in, underneath my Preferences, under Labels and I have unchecked the requirement to add the Command key.
If you didn't do this, then you would have to use the Command key on Mac or the Control key on Windows in order to add that star rating. Now we go back to the smart portfolio, and we can see that Bridge has added those additional files. And of course, I can go back in at any time and change the criteria of the smart portfolio by either clicking on the icon down in the lower-left of the Collections area or you will notice in the upper-right here I can click to edit my smart collection.
So that means at any point in time I could add additional criteria if I wanted to narrow down the criteria that the collection is based on. I'll go ahead and leave it alone for now and click Cancel, because I think you get the idea. But if I was looking for images on a certain day that had a certain rating, that's where you would go in and change the criteria for the smart collection. I would suggest that you use the more powerful and more permanent smart collections instead of the Filter panel because if you change your mind and re-rate your image, or change one of the search criteria that the smart portfolio is based on, it will automatically update that collection of images for you.
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