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In Photoshop CS6 Essential Training, Julieanne Kost demonstrates how to produce high-quality images in a short amount of time, using a combination of Adobe Photoshop CS6, Bridge, and Camera Raw.
The course details the Photoshop features and creative options, and shows efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, the course explores techniques for nondestructive editing and compositing using layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more.
One of the greatest things about Bridge is that the interface is completely customizable. I want to make sure that we're all starting in the same place, so up at the top we have a variety of different workspaces and I'm going to start in the Essentials workspace by clicking on it, and then I'm also going to use the little caret, or a triangle here, and I'm going to select Reset Workspace, so that we are all looking at the same view of Bridge. In order to customize it, well, we can see, for example, that there are two panels nested together here in the left, your Favorites and your Folders.
So the one that you would want to view, you would simply click on that tab. Now when you select a folder that has images in it, all of the images will show up in the Content area. You can click on that and of course we can see that over here in our Preview area. The panels right below the Preview area, the Metadata and the Keywords panels, these are going to become more and more important as we start adding metadata, such as your copyright information or your contact information. The Keywords panel will become more and more important as you add keywords to your images, which will then allow you to do things like search based on those keywords.
In fact, that functionality is over here on the left, under the Filter panel. We also have a Collections panel, so you can make collections of different images, as well as an Export panel. All of the panels can be resized. You'll notice that if you put your cursor in between two panels, there's a splitter, and you can click and drag with that icon that has the arrows pointing in both directions. So we can resize any of these to make them larger or smaller. In addition, we can change the way that the panels are nested.
So for example, if I didn't want metadata and keywords to be nested together, I could simply drag the panel that says Keywords and nest it up with the Preview panel. I can even click and drag and you'll notice that when I drag on top of another panel, I get the blue outline around that panel that tells me that I am going to drop it in that panel. But if I simply drag in between panels, I'll just get one solid blue line, and if I drop the panel there, it creates its own grouping.
Let's take a look at some of the preset workspaces that come by default with Bridge. The Filmstrip preset, I really like this one because it enables me to see a very large preview of my image, and yet I can still scroll through all of my thumbnails if I wanted to view a different image. If we click on the Metadata workspace, you'll notice that I get a ton of information about each image. For example, I can look at the size, and what file type, when it was modified, and the dimensions of it.
If I click on the Output workspace, this is where Bridge enables you to create either a PDF or a Quick Web Gallery. And there are additional workspaces as well. You can see to the left of the word Essentials, we have another little grabber that we can drag out to see additional workspaces. Or in that gets too confusing or too cluttered for the interface, you can also select those same presets from the list here. So if I wanted to go to Keywords, we could set that up.
If I want to choose Preview, this gives us probably the largest preview. It's very similar to the filmstrip workspace, except that your content is over here on the left so you can scroll through and select your images that way. We also have a Light table which pretty much hides all of the panels except for the Content area. And we have our Folders view. Let's go back to the Essentials. You'll notice that it doesn't look the same as when I first came in here.
So, if I want to reset this, again, we'll use the dropdown triangle here, and we'll select Reset Workspace. If I liked what I'd done to that workspace, I could also choose to create a new workspace and Bridge would add the name of my new workspace right down here on my list. You can also change the order of your workspaces by simply clicking on the title of the workspace and then dragging it to reposition it. Once you get the workspaces that you want, in the order that you want them, if you only want to show a few of them, we can go ahead and close that up a bit.
Two quick shortcuts that I want to share is that if I ever want to just collapse some panels--for example, maybe I don't need the Metadata and the Keyword panel to be visible right now-- if I double-click on the name of the panel, it will go ahead and collapse it down. Then in order to see it again, I just need to double-click on it. So that might be a little bit easier than using the splitters to drag to rearrange them. In addition, if I tap Tab, you'll notice that this looks very much like the lightbox view where the panels on the left and right are hidden. To bring them back, simply tap Tab again.
And as you continue to explore Bridge, you might also want to look at some of the flyout menus for additional options. So as you can see, the interface in Bridge is completely customizable, in order for you to get the tools that you need for your specific workflow and the specific tasks that you're trying to accomplish.
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