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A whirlwind tour of Bridge

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Video: A whirlwind tour of Bridge

As promised, it's time for that whirlwind tour of the Bridge. I'm going to try to cover every single one of these doodads that litters the interface. I have no misconception that you're going to remember everything that I tell you, because we're going to be moving pretty quickly. But it will help to ground you inside of this new environment, and we'll be visiting what I believe to be the most important features in more detail in later exercises. So, it starts off with the menu bar, which offers access to menus that contain a bunch of commands, many of which are repeated elsewhere inside the interface. Anytime you see one of these down- pointing arrowheads, that means there is a pop-up menu with one or more commands that are probably repeated from the larger menu structure.

A whirlwind tour of Bridge

As promised, it's time for that whirlwind tour of the Bridge. I'm going to try to cover every single one of these doodads that litters the interface. I have no misconception that you're going to remember everything that I tell you, because we're going to be moving pretty quickly. But it will help to ground you inside of this new environment, and we'll be visiting what I believe to be the most important features in more detail in later exercises. So, it starts off with the menu bar, which offers access to menus that contain a bunch of commands, many of which are repeated elsewhere inside the interface. Anytime you see one of these down- pointing arrowheads, that means there is a pop-up menu with one or more commands that are probably repeated from the larger menu structure.

The icons begin with these guys right there, the Go back and Go forward buttons. They work just like they do inside of a Web browser. So you can go back to the previous folder you were looking at, which in my case was Libraries. I accidentally clicked on this folder before I began recording this movie. And then I could go forward, once again, by clicking on the Go forward button to return to the 03_open_org folder. You also have a keyboard shortcut, incidentally, and these involves the Left and Right Arrow keys. So you've got Ctrl+Left Arrow on the PC to go back. That's Cmd+Left-Arrow on a Mac, and Ctrl+Right Arrow on a PC, Cmd+Right Arrow on a Mac, in order to go forward.

Next, you've got these parent options right there. So, in other words, you can visit the parent of the current folder, which is exercise_files, and its parent desktop, as well as these Favorites. I'll be discussing Favorites later. But I don't really find that to be all that super useful, since you can just click here inside the Path Bar. Notice something awesome about the Path Bar: you can go forward as well as backward. So see this little right-pointing item there. If you click on it, you will see the subfolders that are found inside of 03_open_org.

So you can move forward down the path to destinations you haven't gotten to so far, which is totally awesome. Also, if I click over here, at least on the PC, I will see my path, and I could edit it, with each folder, of course, separated by a backslash. Anyway, I'm going to press the Escape key to get out there. We already saw the little Clock icon. It allows you to access recent folders and recent files. We've got the Boomerang to go back to Photoshop. If you are importing images from a digital camera, you take the media card out of the camera, you put it in the card reader that's attached to your system.

Then you click on this item right there to get the photos from the camera. That brings up what's called the Photo Downloader, which is a separate kind of micro-utility that ships along with Photoshop. It will automatically organize your images into folders. So it does much of the work for you, very tidy little application there. Click Cancel to return to the Bridge. We've got this guy, which is the Refine function, which actually is kind of a grab bag. It offers access to three commands, the Review mode, which is this really cool way of looking at your images. We'll see that later.

You've got Batch Rename, which allows you to rename multiple images at once and has been enhanced inside of CS5. Totally awesome! You've got File Info. Notice that File Info has a different keyboard shortcut. Rather than Mash or Fist+I we've got Ctrl+I here on the PC, Cmd+I on the Mac, so a little simpler to use. I'm going to click on this JPEG file, once again, that we were looking at earlier, so that I can make this icon available. What it allows you to do is open the image, force it to open inside of Camera Raw. So, whether it's a Raw image or not, that was captured by a digital camera.

It could be a JPEG image. It could be a TIFF. You can still open it inside of Camera Raw. Now, I'm not going to cover Camera Raw inside of this chapter. It's way too early. I will be discussing Camera Raw in great detail over the course of an entire chapter in the advanced portion of this series. All right. Next, what we've got is this Output option. I'll tell you how it works inside of Chapter 11. Isn't that great? There are the workspaces right there. These are the predefined workspaces that ship along with Bridge. You can create your own workspace as well, as we will see shortly. You can run searches for images both by file names and metadata criteria.

You've got this little Compact Mode. If you click on the Compact Mode icon, you'll switch to a smaller version of the Bridge. This is not the Mini Bridge that I alluded to before. This is a smaller representation of the big Bridge. Now you could grab a bunch of files and drag them all into say InDesign in order to place them, or, you can now, inside of Photoshop CS5, you can place multiple images into a Photoshop file, and they will all come in as independent layers. It is so cool! Anyway, once you want to return to the big Bridge, you click on this icon again to switch to the Full mode, you also have a keyboard shortcut for that option of Ctrl+Enter on the PC or Cmd+Return on the Mac.

Down here, we've got this weird option that allows you to toggle the display of the thumbnails. Now unless your thumbnails are displaying extremely slowly, then I suggest you do not change this setting. Just leave it set to Always High Quality, which is the default. Next, we can filter images according to the Star rating. So we could just see the images that have one or more stars or just those that have two or more stars, that kind of thing. I do have some star-rated files in there. So if I chose Show 1 or More Stars, we would just see the images that have one star or more, which happen to be these guys right there.

Then if we want to see everybody once again, we would clear the filter, like so. You can sort by different criteria. Right now, we're sorting by Filename, but you could sort by Date Modified, which is great for keeping track of the images that you've changed, and need to be backed up. Notice that you can also switch whether you're looking at the images in ascending order or descending order. So, in my case, I'm seeing the images in alphabetical order. If I want reverse alpha order, I would click on this icon. All right. I'm going to switch it back. You can rotate an image if you want to. We've got the option to view recent files, yet another way to get to recent files here inside the Bridge.

You can create a new folder. This has a keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+ Shift+N, Cmd+Shift+N on the Mac. If you select one or more images, then you can choose to delete them by clicking on this Trashcan icon. That's got a keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+Delete, Cmd+Delete on the Mac. We've got all these panels that are available to us right here. They're all scalable as well, so I could drag this barrier to make this panel taller, so that I can see all of the subfolders inside the exercise_files folder. Actually, I'm going to drag this down a little bit, so things start off with exercise_files.

Drag this up a little bit. How tidy is that? We have a variety of panels that we can move elsewhere if we want to, by dragging their tabs, of course. You can scale the preview, so that it's nice and big. So, notice that it grows to fill its space. If you want more room allotted to the contents, you can temporarily hide the panels on both sides. This is something that works inside of Photoshop too. We'll see that in the next chapter. But you press the Tab key in order to hide all those panels, the right side and the left side panels. Don't panic that they're gone, all you need to do to bring them back is press the Tab key again.

So remember, Tab goes ahead and hides and shows those panels. You have direct access to metadata, so you don't have to bring up the File Info command if you don't want to. You also have keywords that you can assign, in order to create more search criteria, by the way, you can search images according to keywords. So, there's all kinds of things that you can do to your images, and I have just touched the surface. We haven't even seen the best stuff about the Bridge. In the next exercise, I'm going to show you how to customize the Interface, so you feel more at home.

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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals

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  1. 39m 52s
    1. Welcome to Photoshop CS5 One-on-One
      1m 49s
    2. Making Photoshop your default image editor
      7m 43s
    3. Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      8m 10s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      7m 37s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 31s
    6. The color settings explained
      6m 54s
    7. Loading the CS5 color settings in Bridge
      3m 8s
  2. 53m 36s
    1. There is nothing you can't do
      2m 1s
    2. The power of Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Duplicating a layer
      4m 49s
    4. Liquifying an image
      4m 43s
    5. Adding a layer mask
      5m 54s
    6. Loading an alpha channel
      7m 42s
    7. Selecting with Color Range
      4m 10s
    8. Making a Hue/Saturation layer
      2m 53s
    9. Luminance blending
      7m 21s
    10. Mask density
      5m 9s
    11. Making a knockout layer
      4m 11s
  3. 51m 23s
    1. The best way to work
      41s
    2. Setting General preferences
      5m 33s
    3. Changing the pasteboard color
      5m 41s
    4. File handling, performance, and units
      7m 25s
    5. Touring the Photoshop interface
      11m 5s
    6. Creating and saving a workspace
      7m 21s
    7. Changing settings and updating the workspace
      6m 4s
    8. Resetting the preferences
      7m 33s
  4. 2h 46m
    1. The amazing Adobe Bridge
      1m 17s
    2. Making a new image
      5m 11s
    3. Opening an image
      7m 7s
    4. Opening and closing multiple images
      5m 24s
    5. Opening a problem image
      4m 23s
    6. Adding file information
      8m 37s
    7. Introducing Adobe Bridge
      7m 37s
    8. A whirlwind tour of Bridge
      7m 21s
    9. Adjusting the interface and thumbnails
      8m 18s
    10. Using the full-screen preview
      8m 5s
    11. Rotating images on their sides
      5m 38s
    12. Assigning star ratings and labels
      8m 40s
    13. Filtering thumbnails in the Contents panel
      9m 13s
    14. Moving, copying, and deleting files
      6m 34s
    15. Creating and assigning keywords
      6m 38s
    16. Searches and collections
      7m 3s
    17. Batch-exporting JPEG files
      8m 57s
    18. Batch-renaming
      7m 15s
    19. String substitution and regular expressions
      8m 50s
    20. Grouping images into stacks
      7m 21s
    21. Comparing images in Review mode
      5m 58s
    22. Playing images in a slideshow
      4m 49s
    23. Customizing and saving the workspace
      7m 17s
    24. Using Mini Bridge in Photoshop CS5
      8m 36s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. Learning to swim inside an image
      37s
    2. The tabbed-window interface
      5m 19s
    3. Arranging image windows
      4m 26s
    4. Common ways to zoom
      5m 31s
    5. New zoom tricks in Photoshop CS5
      4m 24s
    6. Hidden old-school zoom tricks
      4m 34s
    7. Scrolling and panning images
      4m 8s
    8. Viewing the image at print size
      6m 42s
    9. The Navigator and "bird's-eye" scrolling
      2m 56s
    10. Nudging the screen from the keyboard
      2m 39s
    11. Scroll wheel tricks
      3m 41s
    12. The Rotate View tool
      3m 36s
    13. Cycling between screen modes
      6m 17s
    14. Using the numerical zoom value
      6m 14s
  6. 1h 6m
    1. Imaging fundamentals
      58s
    2. What is image size?
      7m 45s
    3. The Image Size command
      6m 0s
    4. Selecting an interpolation option
      4m 56s
    5. Upsampling versus "real" pixels
      5m 22s
    6. The penalty of pixels
      5m 35s
    7. Print size and resolution
      7m 26s
    8. Downsampling for print
      6m 39s
    9. Downsampling for email
      7m 28s
    10. Options for upsampling
      8m 13s
    11. Better ways to make a big image
      6m 1s
  7. 44m 43s
    1. Frame wide, crop tight
      1m 2s
    2. Using the Crop tool
      8m 8s
    3. Fixing out-of-canvas wedges
      5m 31s
    4. Crop tool presets
      6m 53s
    5. Previewing the crop angle
      4m 24s
    6. The Crop command
      4m 47s
    7. Straightening with the Ruler tool
      4m 18s
    8. Cropping without clipping
      5m 1s
    9. Perspective cropping
      4m 39s
  8. 1h 41m
    1. Making drab colors look better
      1m 20s
    2. Brightness and contrast
      4m 10s
    3. Adjusting numerical values
      4m 26s
    4. Introducing adjustment layers
      5m 17s
    5. Editing adjustment layers
      2m 51s
    6. Saving adjustment layers
      4m 35s
    7. Adding a quick layer mask
      4m 23s
    8. Introducing the Histogram
      4m 34s
    9. Working with the Histogram panel
      6m 27s
    10. Using Color Balance
      7m 18s
    11. Introducing the Variations command
      4m 51s
    12. Luminance and saturation controls
      3m 54s
    13. Fading a static adjustment
      3m 21s
    14. How hue and saturation work
      4m 28s
    15. Rotating hues and adjusting saturation
      6m 4s
    16. Creating a quick and dirty sepia tone
      4m 42s
    17. Adjusting hues selectively
      5m 32s
    18. The Target Adjustment tool
      4m 24s
    19. Photoshop CS5 Target Adjustment enhancements
      53s
    20. Adjusting the color of clothing
      8m 44s
    21. Enhancing a low-saturation image
      4m 23s
    22. Refining saturation with Vibrance
      5m 1s
  9. 1h 57m
    1. Photoshop versus the real world
      1m 21s
    2. Meet the selection tools
      10m 26s
    3. Marking the center of an image
      4m 9s
    4. Drawing a geometric selection outline
      4m 45s
    5. Blurring a selection outline with Feather
      6m 8s
    6. Copy and paste versus drag and drop
      5m 31s
    7. Creating a graduated selection
      4m 29s
    8. Aligning one image with another
      4m 45s
    9. Accessing the Move tool on the fly
      3m 34s
    10. Invert and Match Colors
      5m 4s
    11. Matching colors selectively
      3m 52s
    12. Feathering and filling a selection
      5m 14s
    13. Dressing up a composition with effects
      5m 34s
    14. The incredible image rotation trick
      2m 18s
    15. The Magic Wand tool
      4m 12s
    16. Tolerance and other options
      7m 7s
    17. Grow, Similar, and Inverse
      5m 39s
    18. Quick selection and the Magnetic Lasso
      7m 27s
    19. Evaluating a selection in Quick Mask
      8m 52s
    20. Saving and loading selections
      6m 14s
    21. Placing an image with a layer mask
      3m 23s
    22. Eliminating edge fringing
      7m 43s
  10. 1h 58m
    1. Brushing to correct
      56s
    2. How brushing works
      4m 52s
    3. Working with spacing
      7m 32s
    4. Changing size and hardness
      7m 45s
    5. The heads-up Color Picker
      7m 17s
    6. Flipping a mirror image
      3m 33s
    7. Setting the source for the History brush
      3m 42s
    8. Brightening details with the Dodge tool
      7m 49s
    9. Darkening details with the Burn tool
      3m 5s
    10. The Sponge tool
      4m 29s
    11. Backing off edits
      8m 4s
    12. Patching eye bags
      8m 57s
    13. Evening out flesh tones
      7m 23s
    14. Smoothing away whiskers
      7m 41s
    15. Reducing shadow noise
      7m 0s
    16. How healing works
      4m 40s
    17. The enhanced Spot Healing brush
      4m 52s
    18. Using the better Healing brush
      4m 23s
    19. Introducing the Clone Source panel
      3m 49s
    20. Cloning from one layer to another
      5m 30s
    21. Working with multiple sources
      4m 44s
  11. 1h 23m
    1. The layered composition
      1m 0s
    2. Making a new background layer
      6m 58s
    3. Working with "big layers"
      6m 24s
    4. Move, Duplicate, and Scale
      4m 11s
    5. Transforming a copy and repeat
      5m 15s
    6. Stacking order and eyedropping a layer
      5m 15s
    7. Adjusting multiple layers at once
      4m 22s
    8. Switching between layers
      4m 56s
    9. Making a digital star field
      5m 9s
    10. Blend mode and clipping mask
      4m 50s
    11. Dragging and dropping from your desktop
      4m 38s
    12. Black + Lens Flare = glow
      6m 16s
    13. Locking transparency
      5m 42s
    14. Adding gradient layers
      8m 12s
    15. Stacking an adjustment layer
      4m 12s
    16. Adding shadow and stroke
      6m 9s
  12. 1h 17m
    1. Outputting from Photoshop and Bridge
      1m 32s
    2. Printing an RGB composite
      5m 31s
    3. Customizing the subjective print file
      3m 15s
    4. Gauging print size
      5m 35s
    5. Scale, position, and page orientation
      5m 6s
    6. Three important printing curiosities
      4m 41s
    7. Introducing the Output options
      5m 34s
    8. Establishing a bleed
      5m 52s
    9. Using the Color Management options
      7m 21s
    10. Generating a PDF contact sheet
      6m 18s
    11. Creating a contact sheet template
      6m 8s
    12. Saving and opening a PDF contact sheet
      4m 18s
    13. Introducing the Web Gallery
      7m 53s
    14. Exporting and editing an HTML site
      3m 58s
    15. The Airtight Photocard site
      4m 56s
  13. 1h 9m
    1. Rules of the web
      1m 1s
    2. Introducing web graphics
      6m 59s
    3. A first look at Save for Web
      5m 47s
    4. Scaling a layered image versus a flat one
      7m 30s
    5. Incremental downsampling
      3m 1s
    6. Adding text, bar, and stroke
      4m 24s
    7. Assigning copyright and metadata
      6m 21s
    8. Comparing GIF, JPEG, and PNG
      4m 59s
    9. Determining the perfect JPEG settings
      6m 31s
    10. Saving metadata
      3m 52s
    11. Working with an unprofiled RGB image
      4m 35s
    12. Downsampling graphic art
      4m 49s
    13. Saving a GIF graphic
      6m 1s
    14. Antiquated GIF versus the better PNG
      4m 6s
  14. 1m 37s
    1. Until next time
      1m 37s

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