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Now let's check out the new Filter panel here inside of the Bridge. If you are familiar with the term filter inside of Photoshop, you know that it means to apply basically a special effect to an image, you go in and sharpen the pixels or smooth them out and/or they create blur effects and so on. That has nothing to do with this Filter right here, instead what we are doing with this Filter Panel is determining which thumbnails we see and don't see inside of the Content panel.
So it's a way of filtering out the junk, so that you can just focus in on the important images at any given point in time. Now what the Filter panel is going to show you, first of all it gives you the option to sort your images, so you can sort them by file name and a bunch of other parameters. If you decide to drag the thumbnails around, watch this I will just take this showhand1.jpg image and move it to the top of the Content panel here. Then notice that the Bridge automatically changes the sort parameter to sort manually to show you that you have performed a manual sort.
Now what's interesting about this, watch this, as I can change now from sort manually to file name in order to restore the file name sort, so that that puts johane1.jpg back in her proper place there at least in alphabetical order. And then later, I can say you know what I want to switch back to that last manual sort that I applied and it will remember it. The Bridge will remember one manual sort per folder at least that's the way it's supposed to work. Now in the past, this has been a buggy feature.
The CS2 Bridge had a propensity to forget this information every once in a while, but it's supposed to remember it. It does save a little invisible file inside the folder to track this information, so it should. Assuming that things work always, remember the last manual sort. Anyway I am going to switch back to By File Name and of course you can sort things all over the place manually there. I just want to make sure that you are aware, you can go nuts, moving images around on your Virtual Light Table as it were.
Alright but in addition to these sort options, the Filter panel lists everything that's going on, really every parameter that it can that's associated with the images inside of the Content panel. So for example, it's telling you, where the ratings are concerned, that 29 of these thumbnails or it's 35 altogether you can see down here in the lower left corner of the window, there is 35 image files altogether inside this folder. 29 of them have no ratings, 6 of them have 4 stars and if you want to only see the 6 with 4 star ratings, just click a checkmark in front of 4 stars.
If you want to see the "no rating items" instead, you would Alt + Click or Option + Click inside of "no rating" and what that does is it not only puts a checkmark in front of "no rating" but it also takes the checkmark away from in front of 4 stars so that you don't see those anymore. And if you want to see everything, you can either turn on all checkmarks or turn off all checkmarks. Now similarly we are seeing there is a bunch of different file types, one camera image, one Photoshop document that is one PSD document and then 33 jpegs.
You can look Date Created, Date Modified. Notice that I have both of those twirl close and you can't do that, you can twirl items open and close if you want to. You can see exactly which images are landscape images, which are portrait images, what their aspect ratios is and it's only going to show you the aspect ratios that are currently at work in the images inside of this folder. There is all kinds of other aspect ratios that the images could be, but they just don't happen to be. And then finally, notice it's going to tell me all of my copyright notices.
So everything single image that has a copyright notice, it will tell me about as long as I will have to assign those copyright notices of course or somebody else will have inside of the File Info panel. And you can still get to that file info dialog box, by the way. We saw it back in the previous chapter inside Photoshop, but you can get to it here as well by going up to the file menu and choosing the File Info command and it even has the exact same keyboard shortcut. But if you want to check out, golly, I wonder which images were shot by Pascal Genest? You would just click in front of Pascal and you would see and if you think, hmm I wonder about David Politi here. Well he shot this image down here as well as the bronze and beautiful image that we have been mucking around with.
And then finally of course, I go ahead and turn off those checkmarks in order to see all the images. So just bear in mind you do have those filtering options, there are great ways to swift through all of the images inside of a folder, particularly if you have several hundred images inside of a folder, they get a sense of exactly what's going on with the images in your collection.
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