Adobe® Photoshop® CC® Bootcamp

Lesson 4/118 - Overview of Bridge

 

Adobe® Photoshop® CC® Bootcamp

 

Lesson Info

Overview of Bridge

So now that we've gone ahead and taken a look at the modular setup, we've got ourselves set up pretty well, let's take a look at the difference between things like folders, favorites, collections and smart collections. Let me go back over to my essentials view. So we have favorites over here, and a favorite is a spot on your computer that is a place that holds your files that you always wanna go back to. I think that everyone should have one of these folders in their computer somewhere. It's called Best Photos Ever, with three exclamation points, okay? 'Cause those are the ones that you're most proud of. Those are the ones that you're most excited about. And if at any time, you want some inspiration real quick, 'cause you don't feel like you have any, you can go into that folder and you can look at all the great things you've ever done. And boom, you're back up. You're good to go. I do have one of those folders. It's called the Best Photos Ever, literally with three exclamation points.

It's the ones that I'm most proud of, and it constantly cycles. Okay, so I don't keep photos in there from that were my best from 2012. That's Blake's little happy portfolio place. And a lot of times only Blake sees it. I don't even think my wife knows I have that. That's my little spot. That would be a favorite that I would wanna add here, because at any time, if I wanna go back to those photos to draw up that inspiration, I can put it in the favorites, and I'm good to go there. But like I said, this is not a cataloging software, so you have to tell it when you want a favorite to be put there. For instance, we're doing this bootcamp course, let me just, if you see that there's a file structure right along the top here, too. This is just like in Windows, which is great. I love Windows. I know, I can probably get apples and tomatoes thrown at me now. Don't throw apples. Just throw tomatoes and be nice. It's just like Windows, in that it shows me, along the top, where I am in that folder structure. So at any point, I can click on that folder structure and go back to where I wanted to go. I'm gonna go back to this lessons here. Let's go back to this one, 'cause that's the folder that we're in. This is the folder that I'm gonna be doing all of the presentation work out just for this very specific one, so I wanna have quick access to that at any time. If I right click on that, you can see here it says, "Add to Favorites." Add that to my favorites, and now this folder at any time I can click on and this is gonna show me all the images that would be in that favorites folder. Or all the folders, even, that would be in that favorites folder. Another really cool thing here is, that if we right click on that you can see, "Reveal in Explorer." You add a favorite there, and you're like, "Where is this on my computer? "I have no idea where it is." Right click. Reveal in Explorer. And it's gonna open up Windows Explorer. And show you exactly where you are in Explorer with that folder. That happens to me a lot. I never lose my best photos ever folder, though. I know exactly where that one is. (laughter) I'm gonna go ahead and narrow that down. Let's say you're doing some client based work or for me, for instance, I can talk about what I do. I don't do a whole lot of client based work, but if I'm doing a big landscape shoot, and that's the current one that I've been working on for the past week to two weeks to develop those images, I can right click on any one of those folders, put it over there and be my favorite. And if I don't want it to ever be a favorite, I can right click and say, "Remove from Favorites," so it's no longer there. So I don't clutter up my favorites. Now, favorites are like best friends. We should only have a couple of them, right? Maybe if you're just that friendly, you have a ton of them. There you can cycle through, you can remove whatever favorites you have in there that you don't want in there that maybe you're just done with that and you don't need that to be your favorite anymore. Folders, on the other hand, this is exactly what the folder structure looks like for your computer. If I were to go ahead and click this down arrow here, that's this PC, that's the PC that I'm working on now. Here's my Windows C drive. Here's my D drive. Here's all the different libraries that are contained in my computer, just like I would see it in Windows Explorer. Exactly like I would see it in Windows Explorer. So this doesn't necessarily change. This just becomes an access point for you to find the things that you might need to find. Then we get to collections. Collections are different than favorites, and they're different than folders, because collections exist only within Bridge. And it's a temporary collection spot for things that you might find your favorites. There's two different types of those. There's a smart collection and there is a regular new collection or just a regular collection that's not smart. Basically, what the regular collection is is, let's just call this Test Collection for this purpose. This is a place that you can drag and drop images from any folders in your file structure, anywhere on your computer, you can drag them and drop them into here and it becomes a temporary resting place for that item. It will not move it from your folder structure. If I go over to my favorites, and I click on this Bridge over here, and let's just say we go into this Kansas City one here. If I were to go over to my collections, and I click and hold on this image and drag it over, notice how it did not move this image anywhere from my computer. It's still there. What this collection is doing, is it's just a cumulative collection spot for all of those things that would be your favorite images. Or an image that you need to have quick access to. Technically, instead of having a favorites folder that has all my favorite images in it, could I have a favorite collection? Absolutely. And that collection, instead of it being one folder that has all those images in it, would just be a collection of where those images are all over my computer in that one spot that only Bridge can see. Instead of a spot on my computer that I can go to and click on in my file structure. So that's a good place to put things as you're working on them. You can use it for many different things. You can use it as a favorites. You can use it as, even just for a single shoot. Let's say you're doing a landscape shoot, and you love 15 of the images from there. And you highlight those and dump them into that collection box, if that's easier for you. The other thing is the smart collection. So if we look at this folder structure that we have here. If we look at, where we are here you see Kansas City and then we see KC. We go to collections, we can make a smart collection. And a smart collection is gonna bring up a dialogue box and ask you some questions. Again, don't run and hide. Just answer them truthfully, and it will hopefully do exactly what you want it to do. If we look it says, "What's the source?" Are we looking in Bridge? Are we looking in a certain folder? And what are we looking for? It's gonna ask you, "Where are we looking for this thing "and when we look for it, what do you want me to look for?" So if we're looking in our Day 1 Intro to Bridge, what's the criteria? Is it file name? Is it date created? It's asking you all these different questions about what you might want to go into this smart collection. What I'm gonna do is I'm gonna go ahead and just say, "Look in Day 1." We're gonna go and say, "Anything that is keyworded "and it contains the word Kansas City." Results. If any criteria are met include all subfolders, include all non-indexed folders. And then just press save. So at this point, it's indexing all those folders, and it's not gonna find anything in there. Why? 'Cause I haven't keyworded anything yet. Now we're gonna move into how we start culling these things and keywording these things and labeling these things so that we can see those things. So we're gonna call this smart collection Kansas City. Now, if I go over to my favorites folder, and I click on Bridge and I were to go into this Kansas City folder and zoom out a little bit here. These are all images from Kansas City. And on the left hand side, we see that we have things called keywords down there. Now by default, these are gonna be keywords that Bridge has set for you when Bridge first opens. For things like events, like birthdays, graduations, weddings. I'm not gonna worry too much about that. I'm gonna delete those. People, it says, "Matthew and Ryan." I do have a son named Matthew, but that's just by coincidence. I can just right click and delete Ryan. I don't know who Ryan is. Places. They already have some default places set up there. I'm really curious as to why they would put San Jose on there. That's Adobe's headquarters if you're wondering. I'm gonna click on places and I'm gonna go ahead and add a keyword here. And I'm gonna call this keyword Kansas City. Drag this down into the places. It's now a sub-place. You can get really specific. Let me just pull this up to places. There we go. You can make a sub-keyword. What I did there by dragging and dropping that and clicking on Tokyo, I then put Kansas City into Tokyo. As far as I'm concerned, we don't have a Little Kansas City there, so I'm just gonna pull this up to places. But if I were to click on Kansas City, I could put a plus sign here for a new sub-keyword for Kansas City and call it Liberty Memorial. So when I look at my images here, and I zoom in a little bit so you can see them, this is a church in Kansas City that as you're driving into Kansas City you can see that church. It's beautiful. So I'll click on all these. Just press and hold shift as I drag across. And I can click Kansas City. So now, all of these will be keyworded with the word Kansas City. This is the Liberty Memorial. It's a huge tall structure. If you're ever in Kansas City, the Liberty Memorial is where you wanna go to take the epic panoramic shot of our, actually you don't need a panorama. You probably only need maybe a 50 millimeter lens to get our whole cityscape in there, but that's our beautiful view of Kansas City. You can just shift click on the top one. Shift and click down here. And now I can keyword this Kansas City and Liberty Memorial. So now, if I set it up correctly, when I go over to my collections and I go to my smart collection, look at that. Anything that's labeled Kansas City is now gonna be in the smart collection. It's constantly looking at what's happening in that folder, and it's going to that folder and it's putting them into that smart collection. So it's smart, because it's always looking for these things. So if I were to go back over to that folder, into where we are here, we have another time I was out in Kansas City doing some street photography. If I were to click on all these, just shift click on all these, label it Kansas City. I've now keyworded all of them with Kansas City. And if I were to go to my collections, my Kansas City collection, if I did it correctly, yes, everything is working out great. I told you I'm making Bridge cool again. We have our Kansas City labeled images in there as well. All within that smart collection. Now, because it's a smart collection, this is just a temporary look at where these are on my computer essentially, right? Because they aren't actually moving into that test collection. That's just a collection, into that smart collection I should say. That's just a cumulative place where anything that's labeled Kansas City would fall into.

Class Description

Adobe® Photoshop® CC® is a valuable tool for photographers, but it can also be intimidating. In this all-inclusive 20 lesson course, you’ll go from opening the program for the first time to creating images that really stand out. Join Blake Rudis, Photoshop® expert and founder of f64 Academy, as he shows you how to maximize your use of Photoshop®. Topics covered will include:

Week 1
• Class Introduction & Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw, Setup Interface, Cropping and Layers
Week 2
• Layer Tools, Masks, Selections, Clean-Up Tools and Shapes & Text
Week 3
• Smart Objects , Transforming, Actions, Filters and Editing Video
Week 4
• Custom Creative Effects, Natural Retouching, Portrait Workflow, Landscape Workflow, and Composite Workflow

Don’t let the many aspects of Photoshop® prevent you from maximizing your use of this amazing app. Blake will help you develop the confidence to use your imagination and create the images that you will be proud to share with your clients.

Software Used: Adobe® Photoshop® CC® 2018

Lessons

1Bootcamp Introduction 2The Bridge Interface 3Setting up Bridge 4Overview of Bridge 5Practical Application of Bridge 6Introduction to Raw Editing 7Setting up ACR Preferences & Interface 8Global Tools Part 1 9Global Tools Part 2 10Local Tools 11Introduction to the Photoshop Interface 12Toolbars, Menus and Windows 13Setup and Interface 14Adobe Libraries 15Saving Files 16Introduction to Cropping 17Cropping for Composition in ACR 18Cropping for Composition in Photoshop 19Cropping for the Subject in Post 20Cropping for Print 21Perspective Cropping in Photoshop 22Introduction to Layers 23Vector & Raster Layers Basics 24Adjustment Layers in Photoshop 25Organizing and Managing Layers 26Introduction to Layer Tools and Blend Modes 27Screen and Multiply and Overlay 28Soft Light Blend Mode 29Color and Luminosity Blend Modes 30Color Burn and Color Dodge Blend Modes 31Introduction to Layer Styles 32Practical Application: Layer Tools 33Introduction to Masks and Brushes 34Brush Basics 35Custom Brushes 36Brush Mask: Vignettes 37Brush Mask: Curves Dodge & Burn 38Brush Mask: Hue & Saturation 39Mask Groups 40Clipping Masks 41Masking in Adobe Camera Raw 42Practical Applications: Masks 43Introduction to Selections 44Basic Selection Tools 45The Pen Tool 46Masks from Selections 47Selecting Subjects and Masking 48Color Range Mask 49Luminosity Masks Basics 50Introduction to Cleanup Tools 51Adobe Camera Raw 52Healing and Spot Healing Brush 53The Clone Stamp Tool 54The Patch Tool 55Content Aware Move Tool 56Content Aware Fill 57Custom Cleanup Selections 58Introduction to Shapes and Text 59Text Basics 60Shape Basics 61Adding Text to Pictures 62Custom Water Marks 63Introduction to Smart Objects 64Smart Object Basics 65Smart Objects and Filters 66Smart Objects and Image Transformation 67Smart Objects and Album Layouts 68Smart Objects and Composites 69Introduction to Image Transforming 70ACR and Lens Correction 71Photoshop and Lens Correction 72The Warp Tool 73Perspective Transformations 74Introduction to Actions in Photoshop 75Introduction to the Actions Panel Interface 76Making Your First Action 77Modifying Actions After You Record Them 78Adding Stops to Actions 79Conditional Actions 80Actions that Communicate 81Introduction to Filters 82ACR as a Filter 83Helpful Artistic Filters 84Helpful Practical Filters 85Sharpening with Filters 86Rendering Trees 87The Oil Paint and Add Noise Filters 88Introduction to Editing Video 89Timeline for Video 90Cropping Video 91Adjustment Layers and Video 92Building Lookup Tables 93Layers, Masking Video & Working with Type 94ACR to Edit Video 95Animated Gifs 96Introduction to Creative Effects 97Black, White, and Monochrome 98Matte and Cinematic Effects 99Gradient Maps and Solid Color Grades 100Gradients 101Glow and Haze 102Introduction to Natural Retouching 103Brightening Teeth 104Clean Up with the Clone Stamp Tool 105Cleaning and Brightening Eyes 106Advanced Clean Up Techniques 107Introduction to Portrait Workflow & Bridge Organization 108ACR for Portraits Pre-Edits 109Portrait Workflow Techniques 110Introduction to Landscape Workflow & Bridge Organization 111Landscape Workflow Techniques 112Introduction to Compositing & Bridge 113Composite Workflow Techniques 114Landscape Composite Projects 115Bonus: Rothko and Workspace 116Bonus: Adding Textures to Photos 117Bonus: The Mask (Extras) 118Bonus: The Color Range Mask in ACR

Reviews

a Creativelive Student
 

Amazing course, but don't be fooled into thinking this is a beginner's course for photographers. The problem isn't Blake's explanations; they're top. The problem is the vast scope of this course and the order in which the topics are presented. Take layers for example. When I was first learning Photoshop (back when we learned from books), I found I learned little or nothing from, for example, books that covered layers before they covered how to improve/process photographs. These books taught me how to organize, move, and link layers before they showed me what a layer was actually for. Those books tended to teach me everything there is to know about layers (types of layers, how to organize them, how to move them, how to move them two at a time, how to move them two at a time even if there are other layers between the two you're interested in, useful troubleshooting tips, etc. ) all before I even know (from a photographer's point of view) what it is the things actually do. The examples of organizing, linking, and moving mean everything for graphic designers from Day One, but for photographers not so much. Blake does the same thing as those books. Topics he covers extremely early demand a lot of theoretical imagination for a photographer who doesn't already know quite a bit about what he is talking about. Learning about abstract things first and concrete things later only makes PS that much harder to understand. If you AREN'T a beginner, however, this course is amazing. I thought it would be like an Army Bootcamp, taking you from zero and building you into a fit, competent Photoshop grunt. Now I think it's more like Army Bootcamp for high school varsity jocks. It isn't going to take you from the beginning, but the amount you'll get out of it is nonetheless more than your brain can imagine. I've been using PS for years to improve my photographs, and even to create the odd artistic composite or two. The amount I've learned in the first week is amazing, and every day I learn something -- more like many things -- which I immediately implement to improve my productivity and/or widen the horizons of what I can achieve. If you ARE a photographer who's a Photoshop beginner, I'd take very seriously the advice Blake gives in the introduction: Watch one lesson, and practice the skills and principles you learn in that one lesson for two weeks. THEN watch the next lesson. You can't do that of course without buying the course, so it's up to you to decide whether you'd like to learn Photoshop and master Photoshop all from the same course. Learning it first and mastering it later will cost more money, but I think you'll understand everything better and have a much more enjoyable ride in the process. As for me? I'm going to have to find the money to buy this course. There is simply way too much content in each lesson for me to try to take on all at once, but on the other hand I don't want to miss anything at all that he has to share.

Esther Gambrell
 

WOW!!! I've been purchasing CL classes for several years now and have watched HOURS of "How-To Photoshop" classes, but this is the first one I've actually purchased because of the AWESOME BONUS content!!! SERIOUSLY??!!?!? A PLUG-IN??? But not only that, Blake is SO easy to understand, and he breaks down concepts in different ways to connect with different people's learning styles. I REALLY appreciated this approach because I am a LEFT-BRAINED creative that has an engineering background, so I really connected to what Blake was saying. THANK YOU FOR THAT! There are TONS of Photoshop courses out there, but I found this one to be the most helpful in they way Blake teaches concepts so that you know WHY you're doing what your doing. I feel like he taught me how to fish with Photoshop to feed me for a lifetime instead of just giving me a fish to feed me for one day. This is the BEST overall PS course out there!!! Thank you!!!!

Sonya Messier
 

I'm been using Bridge, Adobe Raw and Photoshop for 12 years. I thought I knew those programs until I started to follow Blake and do this Photoshop CC Bootcamp. This course is AMAZING. I love the way Blake teach, brakes down concepts and tools... excellent teaching qualities! I'm half way in this course and I change all my workflow already. Much better results and better use of what Adobe offer me. This course is an investment! When I will be done, I will listen it again. Great job and congratulations on your success Blake!