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In Photoshop CS5 Essential Training, author Michael Ninness demonstrates how to produce the highest quality images with fantastic detail in the shortest amount of time, using a combination of Photoshop CS5, Adobe Bridge, and Camera Raw. This course shows the most efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, Michael shares the secrets of non-destructive editing, utilizing and mastering Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw, layers, adjustment layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more. Exercise files are included with the course.
There's a lot to like about Adobe Bridge, but I'm excited to show you what I think is my favorite feature in Bridge. That's the ability to see full scale, full size previews, without actually having to open the file in Photoshop first. Let's see how this works. So you can click in any thumbnail, of course, and you get the size of the thumbnail there, and you can make the thumbnails bigger, using the slider. You have a Preview panel, where you can see a slightly larger preview. Of course, you can switch to the Preview workspace. Let's just go ahead and do that for review. That gives you a larger preview here.
But it's not actual size. It's not 100%. It's just as big as the Preview area can maintain here. I'm going to go back to the Essentials workspace and just show you a much simpler way of getting a full scale or full screen preview without actually having to switch workspaces or resize the Preview panel at all. It's real simple. You just press the Spacebar. So here I have a thumbnail selected. I press the Spacebar on my keyboard. By default, the preview as is large as can fit within the screen. So it's kind of a fit-to-window, so to speak.
Now I want to zoom in to 100%, again normally most people think, well I've got to open that in Photoshop and change the zoom there, but I don't even want to have Photoshop open necessarily to be able to do this. So, just click anywhere in the image within the Full-Screen mode here, again just by pressing the Spacebar to get here. When you click, it zooms up to 100% and zooms up based on where you clicked. If I click-and-drag, when I'm in the 100% view, I can pan the image around, so you can see this image is quite large in terms of pixel dimensions and there's a lot of data here.
It makes it really easy just to zoom in and kind of see the full resolution of that image without actually having to open it. Now when you click-and-drag, you do see kind of a low-resolution preview until you let go the mouse or until Bridge can keep up with you, and that's intentional. If you click again, you go back to the Fit-To-Window view. Now you can also use your Plus and Minus keys on your keyboard. If I hit the Plus button, the first time I press that, it goes up to 100%, but you can actually keep going to 200%, to 400% and even 800% previews.
So really zooming in on the pixel detail to see real up close, whatever it is that you want to preview. You can just click again to go back to the Fit-To- Window or you can press the Minus key to go back in steps. Last, if you want to get back to the previous or next image while you're in this Full-Screen Preview mode, you can just simply hit your arrow keys. So if I use the right arrow, it goes to the next image in the list and so forth. So I can very quickly preview full-scale preview images here, without having to jump into Photoshop to be able to do that.
I'm going to press the Escape key on my keyboard, and for most people, that's in the upper left-hand corner of your keyboard; just the Esc or Escape key. Some people have asked how do you limit that Full Screen preview to just a few images? You saw when I hit the arrow keys it just goes to the next image currently in my Content panel here. If you want to limit the full scale or full screen previews to just a select set of images, then just go ahead and select a range of images first. So if I click on one thumbnail, hold the Shift key down and maybe click on this thumbnail, I've selected five images here. When I press the Spacebar again on my keyboard, again I see the first image in my selection.
As I arrow through, you'll see after the fifth image, it's just going to loop back around to the first image again. So you can actually control or limit the number of images that are actually getting previewed here, just by making the selection first. Again to exit the Full Screen Preview mode, just press the Escape key. For those of you who just like menu commands instead of remembering which key to press, for review, you would press the Spacebar, but it's also available under the View menu. I don't have an image selected right now, so that's why the Full Screen Preview command has grayed out.
But if I went and selected an image here and chose View, there it is, and it even tells you the Spacebar is that keyboard shortcut. Alright, press Escape, and there you have it, the best preview feature in Adobe Bridge.
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