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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.
In the previous movie, we saw that there was a lot of jumping back and forth between Photoshop and Bridge. And if you're like me, you might have been thinking, gosh! There has to be a better way. Well, there is! New inside of this version of Photoshop is Mini Bridge, which is now much more effective in allowing us to browse and preview and work with our images from right inside of Photoshop. A lot of times we're going to do much of our heavy lifting inside of Bridge itself because it's big and we can see our photographs. But after we've rated or ranked our pictures or added some metadata, we may want to go straight to Photoshop and start to browse these pictures there in Mini Bridge.
To do that, what you want to do is select the photograph. Next, go ahead and jump to Photoshop-- either by way of a shortcut, that's Option+Command+O on a Mac, Alt+Ctrl+O on Windows--or by simply clicking on the Boomerang icon. I like that icon. I think it's kind of fun. Well, here inside of Photoshop, let's open up Mini Bridge by double-clicking on the tab. You can see that the same image which I had selected previously is now visible here. What I can do with Mini Bridge is I can scroll through and view all of the images that I have in this folder.
I can also open up my files or preview them. To preview the file, you can press the Spacebar key. This takes that image into that same Full Screen mode that we saw inside of Bridge. But now we're just viewing this inside of Photoshop. To view your other images that you have in Mini Bridge, just use your Arrow keys and you can then scroll through the various photographs. You can also close out of this the same way as before. Press the Escape key and it will take you back to Mini Bridge. Well, if you want to change the size of these thumbnails, you can just hover over this panel dividing line.
Click and drag it up in order to increase the size. Click and drag it down in order to decrease it. When you're ready to open up an image, well, just click on it and then open it the same way you would in Bridge. Here, we'll go ahead and double-click on this file. You can see that it will open up inside of Photoshop. There's a lot that we can do here with Mini Bridge, many of the same things that we did with Bridge itself. For example, you'll notice there's a Funnel icon on the right. If you click on this, this allows us to filter what we're viewing here in this folder.
Here, I want to find the images which just have a 4-Star rating. It will then show me those photographs. I can also do other things as well. You'll notice there's a little navigational bar right here. Well, if you click on one of these arrows, it will show you the other folders inside of that. I can navigate to another folder by selecting it here. We can also navigate by using this area of the panel. If you click on these two dots, it will go up one folder. In this case, you can see all of the subfolders inside of our exercise files folder. And again, we can click through these and then make the selection of the photograph that we want to work on.
Well, another thing that we can do is we can click on these two icons. The first icon allows us to change the way that we view or review our pictures. Notice that you can enter into that Full Screen Preview or Review or even Slideshow mode, again, the same view modes that we had with Adobe Bridge. The next icon, right next to it--this one with the double arrows--it allows us to change the way that we're ordering or sequencing our images. Here, we can view these, say, by their rating so that we can then see the star rating up near the top. They're actually down at the bottom, so I need to revert this or change this.
I'll turn off Ascending Order. In this way, I can now see these pictures which have the higher star rating up here in the front of this panel area. Now, if ever we're working here and we want to go back to Bridge, we can just click on this Bridge icon. By clicking on the icon, it will then take us back to Bridge, and it will highlight that photograph that we were working on. Well, Mini Bridge and Bridge, they communicate well together. If you learn one, really, you can use the other. Also, you can jump back and forth between Bridge and Mini Bridge really easily by simply clicking on one of the icons, either the Boomerang icon or the Bridge icon which we see here.
Now after we've selected our photograph, let's say we want to collapse or close Mini Bridge. We're done with it. Well, that's really easy. Just double-click on the title name here, Mini Bridge, and it will collapse that panel. In this way, we could then double-click on the Zoom tool which would zoom in our image to 100%. Here, I'll go ahead and scroll up a little bit so we can see the important part of the picture. In other words, we can open up more screen real estate so we can work on our photograph. Then, when we're ready to find another picture, just go back to Mini Bridge, double-click on the tab name, and then continue to search for the photograph.
Once you've found that photograph as before, you can simply double-click it in order to open it up.
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