Join Deke McClelland for an in-depth discussion in this video Getting photos from your camera, part of Learning Photoshop: Photography.
In this movie, I'll show you how to get your photographs, either from a digital camera, or from a media card reader, using the Adobe Photo Downloader. Now to get to the downloader, you need to have access to a separate program called Bridge. Bridge ships with every version of Photoshop CS6. But if you're using Photoshop CC, you have to download it independently, and incidentally, it doesn't matter which of the many variations of Photoshop CC you subscribe to, you can get to Bridge.
And you do so by running the Creative Cloud application. Now, if you're working on the Mac, you have a little search field in the upper right corner of your screen. You can enter the word creative into it. Here on a PC, I'll hit the Start button, which is the one in the lower left corner that shows the Microsoft logo. I'm working here under Windows 8. If you're using Windows 7, then you'll see a Start menu down here on the lower left corner of the screen. And now I'll just enter the word creative. And I'll see Adobe Creative Cloud, and I'll go ahead and click on it to run it.
So, the way you run the application is going to be different, depending on your platform. But once you see it just go ahead and switch to Apps here, which is the second option in. And you're going to see three different alphabetical lists of applications, starting with those that you need to update, so I have quite a few that are waiting for updates here. Then, you'll see a list of applications, again, separately in alphabetical order, that are already up to date and in my case there's Bridge CC, and the finally at the bottom, you'll see those applications that you haven't yet installed, which in my case is just one.
If you haven't installed Bridge, then go ahead and click on the Install button. If you need to update it, then click on the Update button here at the top of the list. If you see that it's already up to date, you're good to go. Again, that's only for those of you who've subscribed to the Creative Cloud. Next, here inside Photoshop, you want to go to the File menu and choose Browse in Bridge. And that'll bring up Bridge, which allows you to preview the various images on your hard drive. Now what you want to do is either connect your digital camera to your computer, most likely by way of a USB cable.
Or, you can insert the memory card into a memory card reader, as I'm doing right now. Now, that may show you a prompt, again, depending on your operating system. And if you click on that prompt, in the case of Windows 8 here, you have the option of importing your images in different ways. I'm just going to click off that in order to highlight it. Because an even easier way to work is to go up to the File menu and choose get photos from camera. And this is once again in Adobe Bridge. And that'll bring up the photo downloader right here.
Now, the first thing you want to do is specify which drive you're talking about. So in my case, I'll click the down-pointing arrowhead. You'll probably only see one drive available, unless you have multiple cameras or media cards attached. In my case, it's the I drive, but it's going to be different for you. Next, you want to tell the photo downloader where to put the files. I'm going to place them in my Exercise Files folder. So I'll click in the word Browse right there and I'll locate the Desktop. Go ahead and click on it.
And then I'll open up the Exercise Files folder, which is included for those of you who are premium members. You can download it from Lynda.com. And then I'll go ahead and open up this 01 image folder, and it contains a sub folder called Bonnaroo, which is the name of a music festival in Tennessee. Now I'll go ahead and click OK. Now, you probably want to create sub folders for all of your files, if you feel like having the downloader organize things for you. And you're best off working with the Shot Date, seems to me.
But you can organize that Shot Date in different ways. You can spell out the entire year, for example. That's what those four Ys mean. And then a two-number abbreviation for the month, followed by a two number abbreviation for the date, and so forth. In my case, however, I don't want any sub folders, so I'll just click on None. Next, I'm going to go ahead and rename my files, and I'm going to enter a custom name, so I'll go ahead and select Custom Name from the list. And I'll just enter these after the photographer, which is a friend of mine, named Andy Ta.
Next, you want to make sure you're starting with a desired suffix number, which could be something like 44, if the last file you downloaded was numbered 43. But in my case, I just want to start with one, and you can see that the first file's now going to be called AndyTa_001.ctg because so far the downloader doesn't really know what I want to do. We'll get to that in just a moment. Now you're best off turning on this Preserve Current File Name in xmp check box because that way if you ever want to learn what the original file number was as captured by your digital camera, you can find out.
And it'll be embedded inside the image file. Presumably, you'll want to go ahead and see your images inside Adobe Bridge once you get done downloading them. Convert to DNG is specifically for those of you who. Are shooting to your camera's RAW file format, which might be CR2 in the case of Canon, or NEF, in the case of Nikon, and so forth. The advantage to converting to Adobe's Open DNG format is that it includes lossless compression, which will make your files smaller without harming them in the least.
And also, by the way, it's an open-source format that's supported by all kinds of different applications out there Instead of a single camera vendor. Now that's only going to work for raw files. If you're shooting JPEGs, they'll remain JPEG files. You probably want to delete the original files on your cards so that you free up space so you can shoot more pictures. In my case I'm not going to do that however, because I might want to come back to these images. And then, I very much advise you to turn on Save Copies To, and that way you'll save copies of all your files to a separate location on your hard drive.
Now the final thing you might want to do is click on the Advanced Dialog button right there. And that way, you can actually see previews of all your files, and some of your files may be garbage, like this CTG file? We don't want that. So go ahead and turn it off. And then, you have the option of selecting or deselecting files as desired. So, I could turn off this image of me. Let's say I just want to download a few files for the sake of expediency. Then I'll drop down to the Uncheck All button, and click on it.
And then, I'll go ahead and scroll up the list. And let's say, I want to select these three images right here. Again, there is nothing special about them, this is just so that we can make quick work of it. Then the final thing you want to do is open up this Apply Metadata area, and I'm going to enter the creator's name which is Andy Ta, of course you can also enter copyright information. I'll explain what's going on there in a later movie. But for now I'm just going to click on the Get Media button and you can see that in a matter of moments the photo downloader goes ahead and creates three new Andy Ta files up here in the upper-left corner of the bridge.
And that's because I've directed the Bridge to that Bonnaroo sub-folder. And that's how you get photos from either a digital camera or a media card using the automated Adobe Photo Downloader.
Interested in using Photoshop for graphic design? Check out the companion course, Introducing Photoshop: Design.
- Importing photos from your camera
- Adding copyright and metadata
- Adjusting brightness and contrast, and levels and hues
- Developing photos in Camera Raw
- Retouching eyes, teeth, and skin
- Cropping for composition and straightening a crooked photograph
- Resampling photographs for enlargements or reductions
- Sharpening photographs to maintain detail
- Working with layers, selections, and masks to make editable changes
- Merging and saving images