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This course provides in-depth training on Camera Raw 7, the Photoshop CS6 component that enables photographers to open and manipulate raw format images. Raw images are minimally processed in the camera; they're effectively the exact data recorded by the camera's sensor. Author Chris Orwig shows you how to control a raw image's appearance—exposure, shadow and highlight detail, color balance, and sharpness—with far more precision than is possible with JPEG images. The course also introduces the new workflow procedures and technical concepts and issues associated with raw content, so that photographers can best leverage this powerful format.
One of the things that you'll soon discover is that Adobe Camera Raw, in a sense, is like a strong, self-contained, stand alone application, yet in another way it doesn't stand by itself. In other words, we need to use Adobe Bridge in order to select and review and evaluate our photographs, and then eventually open our images up in Adobe Camera Raw. Therefore, in order to get good at Camera Raw we need to be really good with Bridge. If you already have a good working understand of Bridge, feel free to skip ahead to the next movie.
Well, the first thing that I need to highlight here is that we can select different workspaces by clicking on this button. Here when you choose a workspace option, it will then reconfigure the panels. Let's go back to say the Essentials workspace, and take a look at the panels that we have here. We have our Folders and Favorites panels. We also have the Content where we see the thumbnails and then our Preview and Metadata panel. Well currently, my preview is really small, it's not even really that helpful. To make this bigger you can hover over the dividing line between the panels and then when you see that cursor change you can go ahead and click and drag.
Here we can do this horizontally or vertically, you can see that I'm opening up more space for this preview. The next thing that we might want to do is take a closer look at our image. To do so, just simply click on the photograph. This will give you what's called the loupe. Here this loupe is at 100% and I can move this around in order to see the detail to make sure that the eyes are sharp. If you select another photograph that loupe will still be active and here we can go ahead and reposition so we can check the detail in the photograph.
If you want to close the loupe, you can go ahead and click on it. Well, obviously, that's kind of helpful, being able to change the size of the panel by clicking and dragging and also being able to zoom in by using this Loupe tool. Well, let's say that you want an even larger view in order to decide if you're going to open a photograph up in Camera Raw. Well, another way that you can view your photograph is in a mode which is called Full Screen mode. All that you need to do is to click on one of these thumbnails, and then to press the Spacebar key.
In this Full Screen mode, we can now see our images in a way that they're much more large and here we can navigate through our photographs by pressing our Arrow keys. In this case, I'm just pressing my Right Arrow key in order to move through these different photographs. When you're ready to exit this mode, just press the Spacebar key again. Well, what about these thumbnails here. Let's say that we want our thumbnails to be larger or smaller. Well, you can use the Thumbnail slider which you'll find in the bottom right-hand corner of the Bridge. If you click and drag to the right the thumbnails become bigger, click and drag to the left they become smaller.
Or if you prefer you can use a shortcut. On a Mac it is Cmd+plus(+) or minus(-), on Windows that's Ctrl+plus(+) or minus(-). Just click on one of your thumbnails, and then you can press that shortcut in order to change that thumbnail size. Well, now that we've seen how we can start to work with the Adobe Bridge, let's also talk about a few of the essential Bridge preferences and let's do that in the next movie.
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