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In Photoshop CS6 for Photographers, author, photographer, and teacher Chris Orwig explores Photoshop from the perspective of the photographer.
The course details the features and techniques behind enhancing and retouching photos, preparing them for print and online publishing, and much more. Chris demonstrates how to make basic edits in Camera Raw, develop and save color profiles, work with layers and selections, tone and sharpen, and retouch images while retaining their natural character.
Chris also shares some creative tips and project ideas, such as converting a photo to black-and-white and enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks. The course also covers workflow details, such as organizing images in Bridge and Mini Bridge, optimizing Photoshop preferences, and calibrating your monitor.
Here, I want to take a look at how we can work with Bridge and Photoshop together. As I mentioned previously, we're going to use Bridge and Photoshop really together and in tandem, because we use Bridge to organize and access and filter our files. We also make the choice of which image we're going to open here, and let's say that I've decided to open up this photograph. Here, what I'll do is go ahead and double-click the image, and by default, it will open inside of Photoshop. Now once I bring this one up in Photoshop, I realize, oh, this isn't the picture that I actually wanted.
I want to go back to Bridge, and I want to select another photograph. Well, we can do this either by way of a menu or a shortcut. The menu option requires we go up to the File pulldown menu, and then we select Browse in Bridge. The shortcut--which you really want to remember--is this one. On a Mac it's Option+Command+O. On Windows that's Alt+Ctrl+O. Think of, oh, I want to go back there, or oh, I'm going to jump back to Bridge. We'll go ahead and press that shortcut or select that menu, and it will take us back to Bridge.
Well, once we're back in Bridge, let's say that we start to navigate around and we forget which image we've opened. Was it this one or was it this one? This time we want to jump back to Photoshop. Well, how can we do that? Well, we can either do that by clicking on this boomerang icon right here, or you can use that same shortcut. So either way, with the shortcut or by clicking on this--let's go ahead and navigate back to Photoshop. So as you can see here, we're really going to round trip back and forth between Photoshop and Bridge quite a bit.
Well, let's go back to Bridge now that we see this image, and let's open up the appropriate file. To do that, press Command+Option+O on a Mac, Ctrl+Alt+O on Windows. Now back here in Bridge, I'll select this file and then double-click it in order to open it up in Photoshop. Now that I have two images open in Photoshop, you can see I have these two tabs. To alternate between these images, we'll just click on the tab, and you can then work on or view the respective image. When you're done working in Photoshop, you can simply close these files.
Now once you've closed these files, you just see an empty Photoshop. Photoshop without any images in it really isn't that exciting. So what we need to do, obviously, is navigate back to Bridge in order to select another file. And once again, this is where that shortcut comes in handy, and this is also why I'm trying to illustrate why you want to write this one down or memorize this shortcut. Here, it is for the last time. It's Command+Option+O on a Mac, Ctrl+Alt+O on Windows. That then allows us to navigate back to Bridge and to select the image that we want to work on.
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