General Efficiency Boosters with Ben Willmore
Here I'm in bridge, just in case you're not used to bridge. Anyone who owns photoshopped owns bridge and when you install photo shop it's automatically installed on your hard drive. So it's what you can use to browse your images I personally use light room azan alternative to bridge, but this class I'm trying to concentrate on what if someone owns photo shop? I know they own bridge so that's why I'm, uh, starting there. So, uh, with this on the upper left, I've navigated to a folder that contains the files I want to work with, and I preview them over in this area in the middle of my screen and usually to change the size of these thumbnails. You could go to the lower right of your screen. Will you find a little slider there? And if I click on it and drag and I could make my thumbnails larger or smaller and that's what a lot of people are used to. But you might not be aware that you can also do with your keyboard, and I find it to be more efficient to do with my keyboard and it's the sam...
e keyboard shortcut you would use if you were in photo shop and you want to zoom in, zoom out on your document. And that would be on a mac you hold on the command key on windows, you would hold down the control key instead and just hit the plus sign on your keyboard or the minus sign on your keyboard. And each time you do that, you'll get another extra row off of thumbnails in here. And so I just find that to be the most efficient way if you're used to zooming in, zooming out in photo shop couple other things, though, about viewing your thumbnails oftentimes I don't care what the file name is, because I'm just visually trying to pick out some images. Let's say a vast to do a portfolio to show a particular event or something. I don't care what I named it I care what it looked like and so there are some things we can do to maximize the amount of space the's thumbnail images show up there have to show up in and let's look at a few of those I can type command t any time I mention the command chiana mac it's controlling windows so the control team windows and that means on ly show me the thumbnails don't show me the names I saw you see all the names just went away and that's command tea for thumbnails. And I'm assuming you'll find a similar command under the view menu up here it it says show thumbnail only I just never go to the menu because I'm so used to using the keyboard um but under view show thumbnail only so I'll do that maybe I'll get my thumbnails a little larger but now we have these side panels we're on the right side we have a preview on the left side we can navigate our hard drive in that encroaches into the area where we could be viewing our images and so if you'd like to hide those sidebars there there you compress the tab key so town that he's going to show or hide those sidebars and so by knowing all those things I am able to very quickly scale up and down to see how big my thumbnail start with command plus and minus I can hide my sidebars with tab and I can show her hide the file names with command t control t and windows and so those are things that I use every day and I find that by doing so I end up being able to just cruise through and get to my images very quickly not feel like bridges getting in the way makes sense so let's look at a few of the other things we can accomplish when I find the image that I want to look at I do have a preview area and the upper right but that preview area is usually limited in size I could always make it bigger by grabbing the little bar that separates it from the area below and you know, pull it down to make it bigger or I could double click on one of these tabs to collapse down that area so that it only shows the tab just to make more room just double clicking on those but still even if I get that as big as it can go it's not all that big so that preview area oftentimes I'll keep somewhat small to leave a lot of space here for my thumbnails and if I want to view this image large, all I'm going to do is hit the space bar and space far toggles between fit in window view and normal view whatever you're in before so just hit space bar to say I want to see it big and hit space bar again and you're back and use that constantly when you've done the space bar you can then navigate through your pictures if you want to do like a slide show and impromptu on you know somebody says hey show me those images you just hit space bar and suddenly reviewing one large and then you can use the arrow keys on your keyboard to go to the previous image previous image and so and just remember hit space bar to get back out of it all right then if you want to rename your files, we could come in here and I'm sure some of these aren't named probably used to the fact that you can come up to a file if you want to change its name, you can just tap on its name uh here and you get to edit it but then if you're used to clicking on the next image to get to it to name the next one, you're not being the efficient as you could be watch what happens when I pressed the tab key right now in the editing the name of this file of ah we're chip gas station if I had tab, it'll just bring me to the next image so that I could name it and then hit tab began and I'm on the next image and I could just keep condos tree and I could go very quickly if for some reason you accidentally hit tab twice and skip an image I believe you could just to shift tab to go the opposite direction. So if you ever renaming a bunch of files uh tab he could make it much more efficient than sitting there and clicking on issue one individually so I started off though just by clicking on the file name like click wants to select the file itself, then click on the file name and I've been start editing then tab to go between them um so when I think that helps out quite a bit other things we can do if I need to rename a bunch of images let's say I have let's see in here describe a random serious here I can click on one image, hold shift and click on another in it'll select all the images in between those and then if I want tio rename them, I just go up to the tools name, tools menu and I can choose battery name. And so if you have a bunch of useless file names going up to the tools menu cheese, battery name, this looks overly complicated, but it's actually not all that complicated appear just says, where do you want to rename him? And in this case, we're leaving in the same folder that they started in so that's fine. And then down here you have a bunch of things you can set, but if I just hit the minus sign on most of these to get it down to just two choices, one would be text I could type in a file name. I'll call this money portfolio, but space in there and then down here sequence number would mean that it's going to rename them and just number them after that. So I just tell it here, what number did I wanted to start with? Just in case I've already run this process once and I've added some files to the folder and I need to start it number twelve instead of number one, I could type that in and over here I can choose how many digits that isthe I'll say two digits, so you have many different choices of what you can do in here. If you click on this menu, you'll see what those are. S o u could take let's, say your current file name and add something to the end of it. Maybe it's called flattened small or something because that's what you've done to the files, all sorts of other things like the date and time, that kind of stuff, but in here I'm just going to click rename and now those files were renamed and the renamed in the same order that they appeared in here. So if you wanted them to be in a particular order like your determining order for a slide show you khun dragged the images around within bridge to change their order before you go in and do your battery name because then if you do a battery name, put those images on a stick drive to get somebody else and they're viewing them by file name, that should be in the same order that you might have set up here in bridge so it can be convenient in that part now, sometimes when I want to navigate to a folder is just inconvenient to use the folders view here, because maybe I wasn't even in bridge, maybe I hide bridge and I hide anything else that's here, and I'm just navigating my hard drive, not even thinking about images, and I go over here and to start going into different areas, and I get into an area like this, and I'm like, oh, man, I really would like to see these larger I'd like to see him in bridge. Well, there's a couple things you can do if you're on a macintosh at the top of your screen will be a folder icon right up here, and if I click on that and hold just for about a half second, aiken drag that in dragging that little icon is the same it's dragging the folder on my hard drive, and so I could drag it to a different position to move it into a different folder, that kind of thing, or I can just click on it and drag it to the dock under the bridge icon just let go, and it suddenly navigated me to that part of my hard drive, so that could be overly useful. If the last thing you did was maybe perform a search within your operating system and your search ended up bringing up a list of files and you navigate to a folder that way completely independent of bridge, and if you have a complex hard drive structure, it wouldn't be convenient to manually navigate to there within bridge, so I would navigate to the folder manually and then dragged that icon. Now, if you're not on a mac, I'm not sure if the little icon, if you can have one up here doing use windows, but if you have just a folder sitting in your operating system that you can click on, you should be able to drag it down to the bridge icon wherever bridge happens to be located, and if you do that, it should navigate to that folder for you, so I think that can help you out. I use that quite a bit. Another thing within bridge is oftentimes I get a great set of images and they look greatest thumbnails, and I'm like, great, I think I really want to work on these files, but then later on I find out that some of more slightly out of focus and if it's ever pick picture of a person, if their eyes or out of focus, I might as well throw away the picture for most of it. And so if you want to check focus we have a couple different ways. I just want to share one of them with you in that is on the preview over here on the right side you can click within the preview and it's going to bring up a hundred percent view uh, version of that area and you could actually drag it around your picture in check focus. Now this image here is not overly high resolution of if it was let me go to a different folder here, see if I can find a high rest if I have any roz in here this one is I can click on this now and it's going to look much bigger when it gets up there because it's really is showing me one hundred percent view if you want to mess with your co workers and you see them using this view then you can I think this will work try typing command plus or command minus and you're going to be able to zoom in even further to two ex view or three ex view and uh I only find a hundred percent view to be useful but if you ever get stuck or for some reason it's not showing you a hundred percent view instead it looks all pixelated home chunky then somebody has gone on your machine in did command plus or minus when they had that view open to get rid of that view, just click where the corner of this is either either of the two corners that look a little bit larger than the others. One has little accident in the other is showing you what part of the image your magnifying uh, do that you can you can get rid of that, then let's say, I need to decide between a bunch of images, and so I select a bunch of images, and I'm not sure which one I want to use, maybe for the cover of magazine article or something else. After selecting those images, I can go to the view menu and that's why I'm going to find a choice called review mode, and if I go into review mode, this is what I get. It looks like a carousel of images going off into the distance, and if I use the arrow keys on my keyboard, the left and right ones, it will cycle through those images so I can view them all. And if I'm trying to decide let's, say what to use in a slide show, and I come to an image that I don't think would be appropriate like this one that hasn't been processed yet all I do is press the down arrow key. And now it's out of the running it's no longer shown within the siri's let's say this one is inappropriate is the down arrow key again and I just keep doing that getting rid of any images that don't belong and then when I'm done I can hit the expert and lower right say I'm done and now the on ly images that will be selected are those that I still had within that carousel and so that could be useful as far as you know, narrowing down a serious of images but then if those images are high resolution and I'm just going to use him for a slide show, most slide shows are shown on a projector or computer screen in that oh kind of display can't show anywhere near as much information as what's in the original so you don't need files that big so if you want to scale these images and get them ready to send to somebody else, what I would do is go to the tools menu in under tools there's a sub menu called photo shop and that's where I'll find something called the image processor and the image processor has been photo shopped for many, many years and this is where you access it tools photoshopped image processor this comes up and it looks more complicated than it really is at the very top you can ignore that that would be let's say that um if you had never adjusted, your image is before in their raw files, you could have it open the first image so that you could adjust it and they could apply those settings to others. That kind of stuff. I almost never used that, so I just ignore it below that. It wants to know where to save this, and I usually have it set to save to my desktop because I'm about to email these files to somebody else uploaded to the web or do something and that's just convenient for me. Or I can save them in the same location as the originals. Uh, it's not going to save over the originals. It will create a folder called j peg or two for something else. Depending on the file format you choose, then this is the part that I really like. If I need to scale down those images very quickly. Here, I can say say this is a j peg file and scale it down to this particular size and most projectors the's days display ten twenty four by seven sixty eight. Is there the amount of information it can view the same amount of information that the original ipad would show or the current ipad mini would show, so these could also be being scaled for that purpose. But you can type in the size he need unfortunately you can't type it in and inches I wish you could choose inches and a resolution but you can't over here is your j peg quality and then usually I have convert to srg be turned on that's because if your images ever viewed in a application not designed for professional image ing meaning it's not going into a page layout program it's not going into light room it's not going into something designed for professional images instead it's going to email a web browser a database or something else then you want this check box to be turned on because those programs make an assumption about your image that if it's if you don't have this checkbox turned on sometimes the colors will look off a little bit so anyway that's all I'm going to do here and I'm gonna hit the run button and then photo shop is going to start opening those images scaling them down in saving the modest j pegs and this could be a thousand images right now that it would do this to but it's not only going to be those images I currently have selected so I only had a few selected if we go back to bridge and now I navigate to my desktop I'm going to find a folder there called j peg and if I open it up there's going to be those scaled down images these will be the exact size that I typed in its not that its scales them to the exact size it means make them no larger than this, meaning that if it's a square image it's not going to stretch it to fit, you know the area, it'll still be a square, and it'll be no larger than the size I typed in s o I used the image processor all the time. Ah, and I find it to really speed me up. All right, then, just one other thing I'd like to get into before we get out of bridge. Another feature that I use very frequently is I'll shoot multiple images that I need to composite together, maybe it's a group shot of a bunch of people like this audience right here and when I take one shot, one person's eyes are closed and then I take another shot. Their eyes are open, but somebody else is looking off to the side, and so I might end up taking five or six shots and wanting to composite them together to get the best face on each individual. If that's the case, then what you could do a, select those images within bridge and then go to the tools menu, choose photo shop and you're going to find a choice, and they're called load files into photoshopped layers. Load files into photoshopped layers what that's going to do is create a new photo shopped file and it's going to stack those images one on top of the other so you end up with one layer for each image in this case it's not a group shot instead it's a waterfall but this is an image I'm going to use in a class that I teach tomorrow on blending modes and you'd learn how to do funky things like here's one this one I shot multiple shots of the waterfall do you see the water in different position and he shot if I stack those using load files into photoshopped layers and then select all the layers I can go over here and sit this little menudo lighten mode that's a blinding mode and now it is the waterfall looks like it's got a lot more water and I'll choose undo you learn about that kind of stuff in my blending modes class but this is one of the commands that's helpful to get you there otherwise it would take a lot more time if I wanted to do that manually and I might not get things perfectly aligned okay all right now let's get away from talking about bridge and let's talk about a different topic that topic would be working with raw files is a couple efficiency boosters there I just double click on a raw file that's going to bring me into camera raw camera though, can adjust not only raw files that come directly from your digital camera you can also adjust jpeg files and tiff files and so if you have one of those double clicking on it won't automatically open it in kamerad instead you'll have to go to the file menu and in here you're gonna find opening camera do that for j peg intifada if it's a raw file just double click it will automatically go into cameron but if it's a tip for a j peg choose this instead all right within camera I like to experiment quite a bit with my images I'm just going to do some random things to this particular image to see what I could get it to look like get some highlight detail just randomly doing stuff with this first tip to know about is that anything that you change in camera is always undoable because camera is limited and it can on lee do things that could be recorded in what's known as metadata metadata is just text that's attached to your picture just like your shutter speed and your camera mount model and the lens you used is attached to your picture that's how it's going to attach these adjustments settings and it's just going toe type in or record where these sliders were so at any time if you ever an open image in cameron's already been adjusted one little tip you can do is if you're not sure if you like what's going on with a slider that you've applied, you could double click on any slider and camera wrong, and when you double click on it, it will reset it to its default setting. Whatever that default happens to be, what I like to do is keep my mouse positioned right where I had that adjustment slider ending up, and I don't move my mouth at all, and I just double click to see what it looks like with default studies, and then I click again and it brings me right back to where I wass in that way I can see what does it look like without this applied look again? What does it look like with it applied it's? Just a convenient way of working? There are many features within camera that have hidden features behind the scenes that if you didn't know about holding down certain keys in your keyboard, you wouldn't know to access and I just want to share a couple of those with you. The first one is if you go to your highlights slide, I mean let's say over exposed an image and it just looked like I was losing detail bring up the white slider maybe ok looks to me like I'm losing detail in here in the highlights if you want to see exactly where you're losing your detail you can hold down the option can imac haltom windows I have the hell down right now and with that key held down, I'm going to go to the white slider and so with option held down alta windows or click on the white slider and it's going to show me exactly where I'm losing detail any area in this special view that is white has lost all detail no detail whatsoever in there and it is solid white in the area that has color on top of it is starting to lose detail but still has some left behind the scenes your picture is actually made out of three colors red, green and blue and that one of you see colors means you're losing detail in one or two of those three pieces that make up your image, but you haven't lost it in all three yet, so it means I could see more detail in those areas, but I haven't completely lost it, so you could move the white slider down and see if you could avoid losing detail in those large areas. So things like the noonday sun, I don't expect to see detail in so I leave those looking, you know, white on that view, but if there's something like the middle of somebody's forehead, it doesn't look great when you got a big, solid white spot there so I might use that too get that preview you could do the same thing with the black slider if you hold down the option key alton windows and you click on it it will show you what part of your and then just becoming solid black that's the parts that looked black in here move this so you can see more of them and parts that have color you're starting to lose detail but you still have some left because you just made of three parts red, green and blue and you're only losing detail in one or two of those three parts there are other features within kameron that have that hidden feature I'm not going to go over them all because we spent quite a bit of time doing so but there is one that I use all the time and that is if I come in here and look at the detail tab the detail tab looks like two little triangle's a sharp one in a blurry one in there we have sharpening in with default settings sharpening has applied to your image because most digital cameras deliver a slightly soft emissions a good thing that a sharp knife but this slider called masking has always said it zero for the default and on most images I don't leave it it's zero sharpening is only useful in areas that have distinct detail where you khun see useful detail right now in the sky I don't see any useful detail if there were clouds that be detail, if there was no hail coming down or something like that, that'd be detailed but just a straight blue sky there's no detail in it, but if this is applying, sharpening to the whole image what's happening is those areas that should look smooth or getting sharpened in any noise that happens to be in there is being exaggerated. And so I want to do something about it to kind of prevent that from happening. What I'm going to do is go to the masking slider. I'll hold down the option key and I'll click on it. It's going to show me a different view of my image. We'll do that in the area. That's white will be sharpened. Any area that's black will not, and I have to bring up the masking slider a bit. You see the noise in the sky right now, I'm gonna bring it up until that whole sky turns black because black means don't sharpen me on lee the areas that are white would be sharpened, so I look at the image and look for any real detail real detail would be like all this detail ings bushes over here detail on the edges of these shingles. Maybe a little bit in the middle could probably have some wood grain or something in there and I just make sure I can see that stuff and I can general sometimes head back off if I need to see more of the wood grain within the the gas station over there but in general I want to get it off of the areas that would be all noisy those would be the solid areas of color and I do that by holding on the option key alta windows all right, we're done talking about bridge and we're done talking about kamerad now let's get into the main thing which would be photoshopped I don't expect you to remember all these things by no means whatsoever if you happen to purchase the of course though, watching it a couple times, taking a post it note and just writing down your top five little tips though in putting it next to the edge of your screen so that as you work for that week, you think about those top five things that worked for you could make it so you get those implemented and then watch it again and put down five mohr and keep doing that if you do that until when you wash it you're like, yeah, I knew that you knew that, you know, I knew that then you're going to be flying through photoshopping bridge so um if you're not going to purchase the course, just take notes on whatever you think is I mean, I wouldn't try to capture it all. I would try and just capture the things that really apply to what you do directly. So here we are in photo shop. The first thing I hate about photo shop is it's cluttered with features that you never use, for instance, got a question for the local audience here. How many people in this room have used this command called print one copy in the last five years other than choosing it just to see what it does raise your hand one person? No, but other than just seen what it does, nobody uses print one copy. I bet you there's six people on the internet right now tweeting, oh, yeah, I do, but that could be the case. But now every time I come to this menu and try to find prints or something else, I have to navigate around all these commands that I never use. So look at how long the file menu is right now remember that it extends down quite a distance on my screen, not quite all the way to the bottom and let me show you how to hide all the commands you never use yet still have access to every command if you ever need to use something so what I would end up doing this? I would go to the edit menu and at the bottom of the edit menu is a choice called menus bombing the edit menu and in here I can choose from application menus, which means the menus at the top of my screen or panel menus, which would be the menus that appear when you click in the upper right of like the layers panel or the adjustments panel or one of those others, these panels used to be called pallets, so you might have that in your head too. But anyway, I'll go with the application menus we're going to just go with the file menu right now and in here you'll notice that there's a choice called visibility and if I turn off this eyeball it's going to hide the particular menu command associated with this so I'm going to go through here and just see which ones do I never use uh and let's get rid of him s so let's say you never use open a smart object you never use, I actually don't use open reason I got a bridge and stuff you might, but I don't, um I rarely used the many bridge command if I'm going to use many bridge it's already there or access it through the keyboard uh that it might set up let's see here just going to go through and turn off whatever I don't use close all would close all the documents, but if I just add the option key to the normal keyboard shortcut for closing a window command w for closing the window it would close them all so I don't need to see it close and go to bridge never use check in how many people here he's checked in safer web I do use revert I do use I don't usually use place I just drag things over from bridge if you drag from bridge onto an image. It's the moment of placing, um video frames from layers inventions from device notes I'm going turn off most of those I'll turn off the whole sub menu so we don't use those just keep going here and only take me another minute here to get rid of things that I don't usually use once I've done this, when I go back to the menu it's going to be so much cleaner that it's going to be so much faster to get teo all of things that I do use all right? Let's, get rid of that print one copy and there's a bunch of stuff in here probably loaded from other people that have taught here before that uh I don't even recognize anyway, I'll click ok and now let's look at our file menu you see how much shorter it isthe given how much further extended down my screen so I would do this to every menu and photo shop if you do it to every menu and photoshopped and only get the things that you use on a regular basis to show up, you're going to be much faster when you go to these menus and you try to access them now, if I ever need access the full menu let's say I'm reading a magazine article and tells me to use some command that I almost never used, and I've hidden it, and now I'm like, how did I hide that? How can I get it back? Well, you can always get the full menu to show up if you simply hold down the command key and your keyboard, which is controlling windows. So look at how short this menu is right now, it's going about halfway down my screen if I hold on the command key and I click, you see it's the full menu again, it's the full length in that way, if I ever short in any of these menus, it's not like I can't get to those commands, it's just I'm only going to get to him if I hold on the command key. And if you find them after reading a magazine article that you're going to start using a command a lot, you can always go back to the edit menu, go back down here to menus and, uh, turned back on that's all you got to do so after hiding all the menu commands that I rarely use, the next thing that I would do to be efficient in photo shop is I would look at the menus that air there, and it usually will list the keyboard shortcuts to the right of each menu command. I would look for any menu commands that I use on a regular basis that don't have keyboard shortcuts, you know which ones don't have him if you go to the filter menu there's rarely any keyboard shortcuts, but you might use let's say you sharpen images a lot you might use on sharp mask or smart sharpen a lot in having to go to the menu and choose him like this is going to slow you down, so why not assign keyboard shortcuts to him? What you can do is just look through all the menu commands before you end up hiding all your menus that you don't use look at those menus that you don't use in just note with the keyboard shortcuts are right him down, so you'll know that those are ones that are probably ok. To steal their keyboard shortcut and apply to something else because if you never use that command I mean for instance very few people at it there menus every day where they need to type what is this keyboard target option shift command em uh you could just think of it as the left side of the keyboard in them you know you remember that way and so we could steal that keyboard, shark it and apply it to something we actually do use and so one example of that where I reassigned keyboard shortcuts is in my adjustments these adjustments all you know, not all but some of them have keyboard truck huts and I use things like curves and levels and human saturation quite a bit, but when I do use them the vast majority of the time I create adjustment layers because adjustment layers will affect more than one layer they're not permanent and they have a mask attached to him, which makes him a lot more versatile than applying your adjustments through this menu. To create an adjustment men adjustment layer, I'd have to go to the layer menu there's a choice called new adjustment layer and here's where I would find those equivalence but you'll notice that none of them have keyboard shortcuts, so to assign keyboard shortcuts here's how you do it go to the edit menu you're going to find the choice called keyboard shortcuts this is going to bring you to the same screen we were in when we hid different menus you'll see there's just two tabs at the top one tab for menus one for keyboard shortcuts it's really the same dialogue box in here I look at my application menus and I'm going to come down here see then find my layer menu and then off to scroll down and find new adjustment layer there it isthe in our click on levels when I click on the commanded like to assign a keyboard shark hut it's waiting for me to type it so I'm going to type the normal keyboard shortcut for levels which should be command l at the bottom down here tells me hey commandos already used and it's going to be removed from the normal adjustment called levels if you accept and it's waiting for you hit the accept button up here to say that that's fine you don't have to hit except just click on the next command you want to modify its going to accept it curves the normal keyboard shortcuts command m so I'll put that in here and human saturation is usually command you so I just moved them all over from their normal type of adjustment to an adjustment layer I'm going to click ok to finalize that and now let's just see if it works when I type command elder goto levels it asked me to name my adjustment layer at first I was annoyed by that that it just didn't send me directly in the levels but I found that I wasn't very good at naming my layers and have a lot of untitled layers and other things and so after a while I really liked that this came up because then I could just say something like brighton bottom and then press return and it brings me right in the levels and then I could use levels to come in here and make an adjustment if I want to do curves I assigned command m there it asked me to name my adjustment layer so I'll just say uh and then with curves I can come in here and add some contrast or just mess with this a little bit and all these come with masks so you can always grab your paintbrush tool and paint with black on those masks toe limit where they would affect your image here I'm just getting a large soft edge brush so I might say don't affect my sky on this one on the one below I'd also say don't affect my sky and I can very quickly create those adjustment layers makes me much faster when working in photoshopped so go and look at the keyboard or the menu commands that you use on a regular basis see which ones don't already have keyboard shortcuts assigned to them and then look also at the commands that you never use. And those are the ones where you're free to steal their keyboard shortcuts because you're not using him anyway, because pretty much all the keyboard shortcuts in photo shop have been used up s o you need to steal it from something to use it so well, you should look through what you don't use to see what's available. Then once you've done that to a few keyboard shortcuts, stick it on a post it notes to get to this side of your screen and leave it there until you committed them to memory, and then you'll be able to much more efficiently work other things here in photo shop. I find that the layout of these panels isn't always ideal, for instance, for normal use of photo shop, the default of having the color panel in the swatches panel up here isn't very useful for me if I was a graphic designer and I used text and shape tools a lot where I might choose different colors all the time, that might be great, but otherwise I usually go to the little side menu on that particular panel, and I'll say a close tab group just to get rid of it, and then if what I'm doing is working on an adjustment, that's what I'm doing is adjusting my images in general, usually I like to have the layers panel here I like to have the adjustments panel above that because that's, where the actual adjustment will show up if I that's where I can choose between them, I should say this is where it actually shows up, and then I like to have the info panel, because if the info panel can tell me if I moved my mouse over my image, if in areas becoming blown out or going to black, whatever, so I'll go over here to the window menu, choose info and I'll drag its little tab up here above so to the top, and I also like having the history ram, I'll drag it up there and so I might get this arranged the way I like it. I also like having this little adjustment properties in here, ok, this is how I usually have mind set up when I'm performing adjustments in by setting it up this way, I can have the info panel up here, I can have the properties meaning the settings for my adjustment here below that I can have my layers, and when I switched between these, what I like to do is to make it so my layers can take up space, I'll just double click on the name of one of these panels to have a collapsed down making space for the others, and then I can double click on layers to get it open you know you just double click on what you need to either collapse or expand and I can very quickly do this or sometimes if I only need to access things for a few moments I might click on the name of one of these panels and drag it to this little bar that's over here just the left and put it there instead those are for things that I'm only going to need to use for a moment an example of that is when I'm using text and I need to apply a type style like I've defined the style known as body copier headline that would justify the formatting to some text it's something where I just needed click on it once and then I'm done I want to go back doing something else I might put it over here in this bar so then if I just click on its icon it'll show up when I'm done I just click on the icon again it goes away so once I set this up for doing adjustments then the next thing I can do is right above that is an area where I can switch between different workspaces and I can see that other people that teach here use these as well because I can see lisa space in here and I can see dave crosses space in here inlays that might be leave areas that was here before I don't know and they like to use this as well. Eso what I can do in here is just choose new work space, and I'm going to put this in all caps just so I could easily see that is different than the ones that are existing in with doing this, I can have it save which menus are visible, and with those keyboard shortcuts, we changed so that they could switch when I switched between different ones of these, um, I'm going to do that just because someone else might work on this computer tomorrow to teach other than me, they might mess with all the panels that air here and start making a lot of those menus that I've hidden I've already hidden have them show up so it by saving those in there, I can easily get back even after somebody else has worked on this machine. So anyway, I'd set up one of these for adjustments let's say I would set up another one, maybe for text, so for text on mike over here and open up the character in paragraph areas and get those up in here so I can see them like that and I might want to have my layers it's just kind of set it up how you like, then come over here and get paragraph styles in my character styles over here in that little sidebar but let's say that would be useful for doing text then I come over here and it's just save another new workspace and who knows? Maybe I signed keyboard shortcuts differently for text because everything in the type menu I might assign something to eso if I did change those things I could have it saved but now to switch between those various workspace is all I need to do is click on the menu that's in the upper right of my screen and I can switch here between my adjustment set up and my text one although for some reason I didn't get it all saved what I should've done is switched off of one of these um to let it do that when you switched others just so you can see it for now and then we get to my text one so if we do that then uh you could be much faster, especially when it's sitting right above where those particular panel's appear and so I find that to be useful also it could be useful if you end up needing to set up multiple machines you wanted to be consistent, you know, just be able to switch between those workspaces. The next thing that I would do in photo shop after I got my menus minimize have gotten keyboard shortcuts where I need them and I've got the panel set up is to work with presets and I just want to show you a couple areas where I use presets, and then I'll just mention the other areas where you might find them and make sure you know where they're hidden. The first one is in adobe came a wrong. I use presets all the time in camera there are two areas I primarily use them. The first area is in the main portion of came a rock. I might make an adjustment for instance. I don't usually like the way greens are rendered in images. I think they look to yellow. Uh, and I want them to look a little more like a pure green look here, the grass and bushes very yellow looking to fix that. I go to one of the tabs at the top here called h s l. And within that I can tell it to take the greens in the image and push it towards the right that's going to make them more of a pure green. But often times the greens and the image are so yellow that this slider doesn't effectively get to them. So sometimes I need to grab the yellow slider and move it to really see what I wanted to see change. But after shoving them over to get a more pure green, I found that the image usually looks too colorful. And to fix that, I do two things. First, I gotta luminant ce fluminense. I darken the greens in sometimes the yellows, although to a lesser extent. And then I go to saturation and I make the greens less saturated. And sometimes the yellows there that's a green that I like much better if you want to see the difference between what I had previously and what I have now. There's a preview checkbox above the image and if I turn it off, it will preview on lee the change that I've made in the current tab that I'm under in camera. So if I turn preview ofthe here's before you see how yellow those greens were within the image and here is after you see how it's much more of a green green that's just an adjustment that I applying very commonly so once I dialed in that adjustment what I end up doing this, I go over to the tabs that air here and over towards the right side is one for presets and under presets there's just a button down bottom supposed to look like a sheet of paper with the corner turned up. If I click on it, it'll create a new preset and I'll give it a name and then and here it wants to know which slider should it save within that preset we adjusted this image previously I was just messing around with it before I don't want to save all those changes into this pre set I only wanted to think about the greens that I adjusted so what I'm going to do up here where it says subset is I can come over here and say on ly think about the h s l adjustments and all that does this menu here is it turns off these check boxes for you it's just to save you from clicking twenty times to get him off but here hs l stands for hugh saturation and lightness that's the kind of adjustment I used to make this change and that's all it's going to save into that preset a click ok? And I would usually save about three or four variations on this I would might call it mild medium strong that kind of thing in that way I can click between my presets and you know see how much of this shit shift that particular image needs that kind of thing but I create a bunch of these presets so let's take this image and all I'm going to do is go to my h s l sliders and I'm going to zero mt remember you can double click on any sliders too reset them and get this image to what looked like previously ok then I'm going to go to pre sets in pre cess what I'm going to do is just click on green if I greens and see if my image looks different so I end up creating a bunch of presets. This is not the machine I usually work on. Otherwise this area would be full of these things. Um another area where I end up using presets within camera is if I go to the top of my screen and I find the adjustment brush in the adjustment brush. I have presets for whitening teeth. I've presets for whitening eyes like the whites of people's eyes. I have presets for smoothing skin have presets for all sorts of things. So let's say one of the presets might be for darkening a blue sky uh, that's what I wanted to dio well in the adjustment brush. I would set this up for whatever settings I would usually use to darken, eh? Ah, blue skies. So the first thing I would do to darken a blue sky in here would be to either bring down the exposure on my highlights. We'll bring down the exposure as a whole. I might shift the blue sky this little bits bit towards blue and bring its saturation up I'm just guessing each person would have a different choice for how they like to deal with that. But I've dialling what I like I'm going to come down here to the bottom and see what setting aside usually like to use uh I usually like my flow up one hundred which just means supply one hundred percent of the adjustment when I paint uh and I'm gonna have auto mask turned on auto mask means try not to get over spray on things that are different then what's underneath the little cross here in the middle of my brush so if I never let that cross hair touch the green grass if I never let it touch the red of the building it should attempt not to get over spray on those things so let's see what happens when I paint dark ing up my sky try not to touch those and I'm just testing it to make sure it does what I might like it to d'oh once I've tested it and I think it's about what I need then all we need to do to save a preset is just above all these sliders that we've been working with there's a tiny little icon for a menu it's right over to the right edge just below the history and if I click there I say do a new local correction said that just means a preset for this particular tool which is called the adjustment brush and I'll just call this one darkened skies darkened sky so now I never have to remember what that technique was I read about her, I came up with one night when I was experimenting and darkening skies. If I say there's a preset at any time in the future, if I want to do the same adjustment, I go to the same little menu on the side. I click there and I'm going to find my pre set of darkened sky. Someone else was already in here, they have teeth, whitey in there for whitening teeth. Obviously they have bright nyse, I didn't make those somebody else that was teaching here did, uh, but you are going to create thes and access them from that little menu on the right side it's not very obvious, you know that tiny little icon and I can switch between them. So those are the two areas where primarily use presets within camera presets are available in so many parts of photoshopped, though I find most people really aren't aware of where they're able to get them. So one other area where you get to pre set is when you're in almost any tool, you can go in the options bar at the top of your screen. You know, that bar that spans the top of your screen and on the far left will usually be a copy of the icon for that particular tool. So if I switched to the paintbrush tool, that icon will change the paintbrush switched to the selection tool. It will change to that, right? So let's say I go to the crop tool well, when I click here and I click either on that icon or the little arrow that's pointing down next to it, this is our presets list of presets form, and I can make my own in adam to this right now, it's showing me presets for not just this tool that I'm in, but all the tools and at the very bottom of this list is a check box, it says current tool only if I turn that on, then it'll shorten the list on ly ones that are created for the tool that I'm using. I mean, the crop tool right now so that's all we're seeing so let's say that I have pre purchased a bunch of frames for my work, and there they were all odd sized frames, and so I got him, they were cheap, you know, kind of thing, and I want to set up a preset so I can crop on my images to fit those particular frames, or it could be your website requires a particular dimension for a picture, and you wantto crop it down for that, but you don't remember the size all the time. So what I could do is before I get into that presets, I'll just come in here with the crop tool in general and I'll say that I want to come in here and do maybe a size and resolution and I could come in here and type maybe I want I don't know what presets were already in there didn't look but thirteen by nineteen at a resolution of three hundred that's the size I like to print aa lot uh, and I can click ok, we're right here says save his crop reset, and if I chose it with that little check box, it wants me to name it and it comes up with its own little name. I'm going to just come in here and edit that name to simplify it, it's all being efficient and click ok. So now, any time in the future, if I need to crop to that particular size when I go to the crop tool, what I will do is let's say it wasn't set to that already set to something else in the crop tool I just click on that icon is to the left and if I'm not already cropping get out of the don't crop now I should get to it in here, I should have my preset, although it looks like it didn't save it as a tool preset it's I turned on that check box that was in the er. The area where I define the width and height. There's a check box where it saves that was actually a different place. And that's in this menu when they've updated photo shop, they changed the way the crop to work and they made it so you can actually have presets within this as well. It's right here. You see it, that's the one I saved had I not done that and had a not turned on that little check box. It said say this is a preset what I could have done instead is after I was done getting it set up exactly the way I wanted it. Then I could go over here on crop ok? Just being my crops before I've gotten a cropping rectangle and I could go to this little area where that tool is and over here, it's means save a new pre set and I could name it here. So in the crop tool, just the crop to in particular, there are two places where you can say that, which is a little bit unusual, but if I end up saving it using that little icon over here, I come for the tool I could get it in here. Another thing that's useful with that is the text tool with the text tool it's going to save all the settings that are up here at the top so let's say you have a particular corporate font that you use and you have a particular color that you always use why not make it when you go to the text tool that you could just click up here and switched between you know whatever settings you like to use because it's going to save all the settings they're up here in the options bar but I'm not going to get into too many other presets I want to want toe mention where you're going to find them you're going to find presets in adjustments like curves human saturation that kind of stuff you can save presets you could save presets for brushes um let's see you can save swatches you khun do it and save for web you can do it when you create a new document you can do it when you are using the grady in't tool patterns uh shapes color settings color range, dialog box all sorts of different areas and photoshopped main thing is just keep your eyes open four areas where you can save those presets because they can save you a tremendous amount of time so then let's look at some ideas about your keyboard shortcuts open a different image just are not staring at the same one all the time and first, I'd like to mention the logic behind the keyboard shortcuts because you have your keyboard in front of you and there are certain modifier keys is that don't do anything on their own when it comes to typing text, they just modify other keys in those keys that would be shift command option control those kinds of things they all have certain functions within photo shop, and if you get down the general idea behind them, you might find it to be useful. So let's, get a couple images open here. All right? Um first the command key, which is controlling windows usually you hold it down and type a letter and you're accessing a menu command. If there's ever a keyboard shortcut for a menu, it almost always involves the command key. So if you hold command and hit a letter, it should do something that you'd usually find in a menu that's not the only thing it does it always have multiple uses let's say I was in the paint brush tool and I was working on my image. I went up to my layers if I was in night paintbrush to a working on my image and I wanted to temporarily used the move tool, I want to reposition a layer, all we need to do is hold down the command key control in windows and if I hold down that command key it's going to temporarily give me the move tool right now you're only seen it by looking at the the cursor my mouse you can see that it changed this image of earlier today had layers in it and I'm not sure where the layers went going to revert revert in case uh, I've done something no it's the original, so I'm not sure where my layers were s o I can't really do much with the move tool, but if you were to hold on the command key, you're going to temporarily get to move tool so at any time if you ever want to do that, you can hold on your command key other things that you can do with command key when you click on something the command key will usually try to load something as a selection so there are lots of different examples of what you could gloat is a selection if you have a picture open, you could go to let's say the channel's panel hold on the command key, which is controlling windows and click on the little thumb now picture for the top layer no thumb now it's going to load the the brightness of your picture as a selection but that's going to do is any area that's white will be selected in the area that's black will not be selected in any area that's a shade of gray will be partially selected it's a weird selection unless you have an overly simplified document but you can do that other things let's say I have a layer and in that layer I've put some paint if I go to that layer I hold on the command key and I click on the little thumbnail picture for that particular layer it's going to select the contents of that layer where it selects everything that's not empty in that layer and that could be really helpful in many instances. Other examples is earlier we were working on this image and I ended up having some layer masks if I hold on the command key and I click on a layer mask the little thumbnail for it it'll loaded as a selection so command clicking on things tries to load the miss a selection if it's possible and that's true of layers channels paths the you know just ah masks that kind of stuff try command clicking on other things is the option key? The option key is usually going to give you an alternative function if there's a button that can do more than one thing it's going to be the option key alta windows that used to access that other thing so let's look at a couple examples if I were to come in here and apply some sort of an adjustment let's just say I went to curves and I did something to really mess of my image and I decided that doesn't look very good just playing around if you wanted to start over you know you still want to use curves most people would click cancel and they just to a new curve but watch the cancel button when I hold on the option key it changes to reset so now with the option he held down alta windows I could click there and reset and it's the same is hitting cancel to say I didn't want to apply that in creating a brand new adjustment but there are many other areas within futter shop where you could hold down that option key for instance one would be if I was in kameron open rafael do you see down here we have buttons for canceled done somebody else was working in here earlier on this because it doesn't usually say open object somebody clicked on the text that's at the bottom and there's a check box right here that they turned on. I thought I'd reset my preferences and photo shop, but they're actually three preferences files bridge preferences but her shop preferences in camera I didn't get to the camera walk raw ones that's also why if you noticed earlier I just ignored it but when I double clicked on one of the sliders it didn't reset to zero and reset to three on that because somebody had changed the preferences in camera raw, but anyway, watch these buns. If I hold on the option key, do you see that they change? The open image? Button becomes open? Copy the cancel button becomes reset open copy is nice if I've done something to this image and I like the way it looks, but I don't want to save that onto the image itself on my hard drive, I'm like, I want to keep the previous version of it, but hang on. I want to lose this version so I can hold down option and open a copy. Speaking of copies, the other thing the option key is going to do is work on a copy of something so that if I have what say my move tool, usually if I move something like this it's just going toe, leave the hole where it used to be, but if I hold on the option key it's usually going to move a copy so I could just hold down option all time windows, drag multiple times and get lots of different copies, so option usually gives the alternative function on something, if maybe it's a button, maybe it's, a tool or something else, or it will have you work on a copy, the shifty usually will constrain things if I'm moving one of these copies with my mouse, I can usually move it anywhere if I hold down shift, I can only move it vertical, horizontal or diagonal it's kind of hard to see it, but but it will constrain the movement if I'm making a selection that would constrain it to a perfect rectangle perfect circle, that kind of thing. The other thing that shifty will usually do is let you work on mohr of something if you have a selection and use another selection tool with a shifty held down, you'll add to that selection. If you want to work and more than one layer you click on one layer, hold shift and click on another you get all the layers in between selected usually you can combine together a lot of the ideas if you want to get really monkey with things, you can remember that what was it command clicking on something loads of those a selection so if I command click on this mask toe loaded is a selection I just loaded that I'll choose undo if I had shift held down, it would have added to this election I already had so now it's the two put together you know that kind of stuff uh tab does one of two things the tab key will either you get to where I can adjust in image the tab key will either cycle between numbers or text fields that you could type in so here I could type in a number for this little high it's probably complain what is that high hit tab to go to the next one and I'll say bring saturation fifty tab to go to the next one pringle lightness seventy five hit talbot will go to the first one again so tabal cycle through different text fields the other thing tabal do is shore hide your panels so tab to show her how your panel's happens to not work for you at some point I bet you a text field is highlighted and instead it's cycling between different text fields so finish whatever that is with the text and try it again then another thing that is consistent a mac and windows is that if you are ever doing something and you find that when you move something it wants to snap to the edge of an object snap to an edge of a layer to the edge of your document whatever that may be the control key will temporarily turn off snapping so if right right now tried it cropped like a single pixel off the edge of this image it's impossible because it snaps to the edge of the image when I get close and then it moves over quite distance but if I hold down the control key I get his closest I want because I've temporarily turned snapping off it's important though that you hold down the control key after the mouse button has been pressed s so don't hold it down before you click hold it down while you're holding it down you know I'm actively dragging my mouse then the control key does that all right? So I think those air are good in that area other quick shortcuts I mean in general what I'm gonna do is right now as far as I know, my wife is behind the scenes frantically typing and she's creating a handbook for this where she actually documents these things and she has a copy of my notes and in that we will include a bunch of other shortcuts that will allow you to do ah whole bunch of other things that speed you up in general uh I'm just going to mention a couple others very quickly before we jump into questions so other things that we can do if I want to work with selections I've mentioned already that shift will add to a selection option will take away I haven't mentioned it optional take away, but it will if you hold them both down you get the intersection of where this election is already, where it overlaps your new selection meaning you're saying crop the selection I already have so I only get this part of it um that kind of stuff so with this they're just so many keyboard shortcuts that you can use to be much more efficient with what you're doing that it's hard to try to absorb them all at once so as I said what I suggest you dio is too right no more than five of them down I usually use just little post it note in on that little post it note just stick it to the side of your screen and let it stay there look at it every morning look it every time you come back to your computer and start trying to use those keyboard shortcuts in after you commit five of them to memory put five more down put it in the side of your screen there's no way you're going to just sit here and watch this and suddenly go yeah I'm fast now look at all the stuff I learned now you want to learn about five out of time and then as you get more and more of those in there you can start really flying through photos show uh and so with me I've been using photo shopped for over twenty years and if you like name you know I could go through it just tell you what all the keyboard shortcuts to command a select all you know that kind of stuff and go through a through z once you get to that point you could be so fast and photo shop it's ridiculous but the ones that are hidden are also kind of special share one last one with you I'm gonna close this document I've made some changes to it I'll type command w to do that control wn windows whenever you get a dialogue box like this type the first letter of any button it's the same is clicking the button or on windows you might find that one of the letters is underlined type the letter that's on your line so right now I don't want to save this so I don't want to save what we did we're just playing around I'm gonna press the letter d I'll close this image with command w I hit d for don't save man w well that one did have layers um and so that's another little quick shortcut all right, what questions do we have? I'm sure we got a bunch of them firstly on death so when you're when you're on camera you're making presets are you able to group the presets in any way? Uh question is when you're in camera rock can you group the presets in any way uh not that I can think of uh if you were in light room instead I think you can put them within folders but in camera I don't see a functionality for doing that or what you could do is just make it so the beginning of your preset name is like adjustment it's in all caps and then dash the name of the pre set and then and there you can easily see between them based on what's in all caps in the beginning, so making sense, but in light room you can do it. It's it's working there? Yeah, good question you've you've used many versions of photo shop over the years. What is adobes attacked at adding keyboard shortcuts to newer features? Do they take from others or they just not give one or well when they come out with a new feature, they have to think? Is it a feature that is, uh, going to be prominent, tough, going to be used enough where it deserves its own keyboard? Trica and if so, they'll take that keyboard shortcut away from a function that they find people not using very much and so they will have to because they pretty much used them all up, so either they're going to not add any more, or there are so many keyboard shortcuts that nobody uses, you know, going to the edit menu coming down to edit your menus in your keyboard shortcuts. Do you do that every day now? So those keyboard shortcuts they could easily assigned to a new feature, so you will find they slowly change over time and that's why oftentimes are keyboard shark it's don't always make sense you know, like command p is for print if they come up with something else that starts with the letter p they might have already used all those and just need to say what would be the least disruptive one to steal from something else. And so that's. Why sometimes newer features end up with odd keyboard shortcuts? You'd showed us how holding down the option key we're making this election will temporarily disable the snap to a larger selection, but actually, that two, two temporarily turn off snapping it's actually the control key control gotcha thing at the control key if you have that already disabled, will it work the opposite? It toggles it so that if you have snapping turned off, which I believe you can do from the view menu or something, you can say, just go appearance see where this yeah, under the view menu there's a choice of snap two and you could disable it there then holding down the control key as far as I know, we'll toggle that back on temporarily just for how long you thank you. All right. Any more questions you have, sorry didn't see about just one some of the mythological things like, for example, the tab key? Do they also apply to light room? Do they have the same thought process is behind them or in general they try to get the keyboard shortcuts to be kind of like adobe standard in many ways and I can't remember what version of photoshopped it wass but many, many, many versions like ten years ago they decided to change the keyboard shortcuts for adding and take away from selections which mess people up like you wouldn't believe what they did it because the other adobe aps use different keyboard truck ads and they tried to get him to be relatively consistent so where they can they try to keep them consistent in tablets one where in light room if you hit tab it would hide the panels uh you can also do shift tab, which I think will hide the two side panels but not the bottom one s o that similar mindset that in a camera that auto mask option where that looks amazing I'm used to working in light room do you know if top ahead, another light room really question doesn't have that option as well a mask yeah it's not as amazing as you might think, but it is very helpful but the main concept is you will get the circle of your brush with across here in the middle and it will try to not get over spray beyond whatever color is underneath that cross there so never let the crosshair touch what you didn't want to paint on so I have another letter from questioning you should be lots of functions in bridge that I actually wasn't aware of and used light room for s o I'm wondering you said you prefer light room so I'm wondering why exactly that isthe why don't I prefer live well light room can um no I'm not gonna run like they have an old bird ah light room can catalog my images keep track of them so if I launched light room I can see all my images that I don't have on this computer that I have instead of my hard drive at home I can organize those creates slide shows I just can't adjust them or print them because it needs the high resolution originals but bridge on the other hand can on ly show what I actively have loaded on my hard drive it can't show me what's on a different hard drive it's not connected because it's just a browser it just previews what you're pointing it out whereas light room is a cataloguing program meaning that you have to import the images into it first and when you imported it saves these previews that you could look at later so that's one of the largest reasons why he's light room because I want to be able to look at my entire library of photos even if I don't have mall connected but there are many other reasons it's just a more elegant interface it's more streamlined, less cluttered with junk it's just a very nice thing so I replaced on ly bridge in camera anything I did in those two areas I've usually doing light room and then something I couldn't accomplish in light room I would need to go to photo shop for complex retouching layers that kind of stuff that is the perfect description of why I like right light room over our bridges well yeah, thank you for putting it into words for may like bridges great when I'm going to just look at somebody else's files you know you give me a stick drive with some images you want some opinion on I don't want to import him in the light room where they're going to stay there when I give you back your stick drive you know, see the previous and have to lead him then instead of the issues bridge or if I just shot a cz something and I'm going to just give the files to the client right away and I'd never want to see those files again uh, you know, that kind of stuff all use bridge I like having bridge, but light room is where my my images are all right question from the german internet from m s lurk liquor is it possible to copy saved work spaces between my laptop and my desktop? Uh I little drew most likely, but you have to figure out where they're saved uh because here I don't see them so often times let me answer this way I'm not sure whether saved so I have to investigate that a little bit okay and there's a chance that they're saved in your preferences if there are on ly on your preferences instead of is a separate file then you could copy your preferences file from one machine to the other if that's not in preferences instead it somewhere else on your hard drive save a workspace and give it a very unique name uh and then search on your hard drive for that name to see where it's stored and if so you copied to the other machine put it in the exact same position on that hard drive and that answered our th images question so thank you have a question from um click a pick does ben first at it in light room or do you start in camera is a disadvantage to go on a patrol first or in light room? Um well, first off some people mentioned aperture uh aperture is the equipment toe light room it's just from apple instead of adobe they try to do the same thing candle on your photos and adjust them it's similar to saying ah ford versus chevy you know they make the same stuff just two different ideas on how to make it so any time you hear anybody mention aperture they mean the equipment to light room I do start all my images and light room that's why justin first because you're going to get the most out of your images when you if they're raw files when you're in either light room or kameron but they have the same adjustments in light room and camera the math is the same the settings are identical in all that so if you don't own light room then you do it and came around but light room has many advantages for instance, it keeps a full history of every thing you've ever done your images so that in camera off you adjust that the second you click done it doesn't remember the steps he used to get there just remembers the end result lite remind the other hand would remember every step you used to get there even if you went back six years later in light room and clicked on a file you worked with they haven't touched in six years it'll still tell you the exact order that you've done all the adjustments and it's just a more elegant way of working not everybody needs it if you work on other people's files not your own you're not going to be going back to those images all the time or if you work on projects where when you're done with that project he gets archived and you never need to see it again and bridging cameras fine