Join Deke McClelland for an in-depth discussion in this video Getting photos from your camera, part of Photoshop CS4 Getting Started.
The primary purpose of Photoshop is to edit digital images, so it all begins with a photograph. In this exercise I'm going to show you a special utility called the Photo Downloader that's included along with Photoshop that allows you to get your images from a digital camera and organize them on your hard drive and you can even automatically name the images as you copy them, convert them to different formats and so on. I am going to take a memory card that contains some digital photographs and place it inside the memory card reader that's attached to the system and under Windows you will see this AutoPlay screen and one of your options will be to download the images using Adobe Bridge CS4. Go ahead and click on that link to bring up the Photo Downloader.
Now, on the Mac it's unlikely that you are going to see this Photo Downloader automatically, in which case you will launch the Adobe Bridge, then go to the File menu and choose Get Photos From Camera. And I can see that where this particular system is concerned the memory card is mapped to the H drive. There's 28 photographs altogether, all of which were shot on August 11th. Now I need to determine where I want to copy these files to and I'm going to click on the Browse button and I'm going to say that I want to copy the images to this Exercise Files folder that I have created on my Desktop. Then I will click OK. Now the Photo Downloader will automatically create a subfolder that's named after the Shoot Date, which I think is just perfect. So, in this case it would be 2008/08/11.
But I am going to go ahead and rename my images after the topic of a shot, so I'll click this down pointing arrowhead and I will choose Custom Name and I'll enter Surf_pics and the Photo Downloader will automatically number the images starting at 1; you could change the start number though if you like. I will like to go ahead an open the Bridge after the photos are downloaded. I'd also like to convert these images to DNG, which is the Digital Negative format. Currently all of these images were captured as CR2 files, which is Canon's Raw file format, but if I convert them to DNG-- I'll click on the Settings button here-- you can see that I will able to apply some lossless compression, which is a really great thing it will make the file smaller.
This is a publish file format. I would highly recommend it. It's a great way to work and you get smaller images on your hard drive. I will go ahead and click OK to close that dialog box. Normally you would delete the original images of your memory card so that you had room to shoot more. But in my case I am going to go ahead and turn this checkbox off. You also have the option of backing up your images to a separate location, which I highly recommend. Just go ahead and turn on that Save Copies To option and then you can copy those backups anywhere you like. Now, in my case again just to save time I am going to turn that option off. I would also like to show you the advanced options here. I will click on Advanced Dialog to expand the dialog box and notice that you can see previews of all the images on the memory card and you also have the option of turning on and off check boxes to select specific images.
I'm going to UnCheck All just to save us time once again. I am going to turn on the first three images only here and I am going to assign credit to this particular photographer whose name is Jacob Cunningham and then I will click on the Get Photos button in order to copy the photos from the media card to my hard drive. Now, in our case this is just going to take a few seconds because we only have three images but if you are copying over hundreds of photographs you can expect the process to take a few minutes. Once it's done, the Photo Downloader will go ahead automatically launch the Adobe Bridge and you will be able to preview your images here as thumbnails inside the Content panel.
Now you have a sense of how to copy and organize photographs from a digital camera to your hard drive using Photo Downloader, which is included along with Photoshop CS4.
- Using Adobe Bridge to import and organize photos
- Covering up unwanted details
- Converting color photos to black and white
- Working with Camera Raw
- Adding and editing text
- Understanding various image file formats