This comprehensive course covers everything you need to know in order to organise your images in Bridge and take them to a new level in Camera Raw. After covering all of the Bridge essentials, I tear Camera Raw apart and, with downloadable examples throughout, cover every facet of the software.
Become a Bridge and Camera Raw Power User
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Mixing theory and practice, I cover raw capture and formats, exposure theory, blemish removal and details enhancement, bit-depths and colour spaces. All of the exercise files I use are available for you to download, along with a cheat sheet of keyboard shortcuts for both Bridge and Camera Raw.
With over 8 hours of video, we'll learn how to remove colour fringing and lens distortions, mix custom black-and-whites, hand tint for sepia-style colours, produce cross-processed colour effects and understand colour models and camera calibration.
I also focus on being efficient in the software, and encourage and demonstrate the use of keyboard shortcuts, presets, snapshots and taking control over default settings.
What will I get from this course?
What are the requirements?
No previous knowledge is assumed; all you need is a copy of the software and some time to spare!
A discussion of the software used in this course and some approaches to learning and using it.
A discussion of screens and calibration and how to ensure you're seeing correct colours.
Download the exercise files and keyboard cheat sheet.
An introduction to the Bridge interface and its built-in workspaces.
Learn how to rearrange the interface to suit your working practices and save the results as new workspaces.
A walkthrough of the Photo Downloader applet and suggested best practices for grouping and naming projects.
How to navigate folders using the Folders, Favourites and Content panels; also, how to access recent locations and make new folders. The lecture ends with a demonstration of tweaking the interface brightness for better viewing of folder contents.
An investigation of the Content panel's thumbnail display. How to resize and show exposure data for thumbnails, and a walkthrough of the Details and List views.
How to work with the 5-star rating system and add categories to images via labels. Keyboard shortcuts for rapid rating and labelling are discussed.
A discussion of the different approaches to removing unwanted images.
An exploration of the Quick Filter menu and the more detailed Filter panel, allowing large collections of images to be whittled down for easy searching.
A demonstration of switching the sort order of thumbnails and using the List view column headings.
A discussion of what metadata is and where it is stored. The Metadata panel is introduced and its unneeded sections removed via preferences.
A walkthrough of producing and applying a template, and a discussion of template management and the difference between replacing via template and appending via template.
A exploration of several ways to use and apply keywords, ending in a thorough review of the somewhat confusing Keywords panel.
Demonstrations of the Preview panel and loupes, the fullscreen preview mode, the Review mode and the Slideshow mode.
An overview of Bridge's file mangement functions for duplicating, deleting, moving and copying files and folders.
Explores the Find command and how to use metadata to search for needles in haystacks.
A discussion of the Batch Rename command and its often overlooked power and utility.
Both regular and smart collections are explored as ways to conveniently group related images, regardless of where they are stored.
How to stack related images within a folder and manipulate that stack.
A look into how Bridge caches thumbnails and previews, how to generate faster previews and how to clear out the cache.
A small miscellany: image rotation in Bridge is covered and how Bridge associates programs with types of file is explored.
Adobe stopped shipping the Output module with Bridge CC. This lecture shows how it can be restored and how to use it to generate PDF contact sheets with labelled thumbnails from a folder of images.
A discussion of the many proprietary raw formats around, and how Camera Raw uses sidecar XMP files to store raw modification to them.
What the DNG format is and how it provides advantages over proprietary formats. How to convert raw files into DNG.
How to open Camera Raw in both Photoshop and Bridge, and my recommended workflow.
A theoretical discussion of how camera sensors capture light and record it as data, and how Camera Raw turns this data into a full-colour image.
A guided tour of all the salient pieces of the Camera Raw interface, including the tools and panels.
A high-level overview of the software, developing a raw image and saving out a snapshot. This lecture demonstrates how to apply, change and remove Camera Raw settings to an image.
An investgation of the zoom and pan options and their very useful shortcuts.
Confused by the histogram? Learn how a basic greyscale histogram works to show you how an image's tones are distributed.
The red, green and blue (RGB) histogram is discussed, demonstrating how the raw data is shown by Camera Raw's histogram.
The exposure controls on the Basic panel are discussed, with demonstrations.
After the previous lecture, we tackle the exposure correction of a portrait image using the Basic sliders.
A demonstration of how the Tone Curve's Parametric tab is used to control regions of tone.
An introduction to the theory behind curves adjustments. The Point Curve option in Camera Raw is like Photoshop's powerful Curves adjustment, and knowing how it works is extremely useful.
After the theory, the Point Curve tab is introduced and curves are used to tame the highlights in a landscape.
Continuing the last lecture, curves are used to lighten the shadows of a landscape.
An introduction to the theory of colour temperature and white balance. Degrees Kelvin are discussed, along with the difference between raw and JPEG white balance application.
An examination of the Temperature and Tint sliders and how to correct for colour casts. A discussion of creativity in colour casts.
A demonstration of the White Balance tool to neutralise colour casts with a minimum of fuss. Also an introduction to batch processing images.
An introduction to the Hue, Saturation and Luminance colour model and why it is useful.
How to use the HSL panel to correctively and creatively manipuate the colours of an image.
Further manipulations using the colour controls.
A discussion of the Process version and the often-overlooked colour controls offered by this panel.
Using the Point Curve adjustment to offset colour casts and produce cross-processed effects.
Capturing often-used settings as presets and quickly applying them.
An exploration of the previewing options and comparisons along with useful keyboard shortcuts to speed up your workflow.
How to use the HSL/Greyscale panel, and others, to produce black & white versions of images.
An exploration of tinting black & white images with multiple inks. Two approaches are demonstrated: the Split Toning panel and the Point Curve adjustment.
An examination of the old-school Manual tab of the Lens Corrections panel, and how distortion and vignetting can be offset by hand.
Introducing the Automatic profiling feature of modern Camera Raw, and how to take control of it.
An examination of chromatic aberration and colour fringing, and how the Lens Corrections panel can eliminate these problems.
An update on the latest reorganistion of the Lens Corrections panel and how to use the perspective corrections of the new Transform tool.
An introduction to sharpening theory and why raw images will likely require a small amount of sharpening to bring out their best.
How to use the Detail panel to apply input sharpening. The Amount, Radius, Detail and Masking sliders are covered in a practical example.
A discussion of why noise happens and the two varieties of noise, followed by a practical example of reducing noise and the trade-offs with sharpness.
A demonstration of the Spot Removal tool and its options.
An introduction to local adjustments painted in via a brush; in this lecture, the brush's flow options are discussed and the basic process of setting up and painting adjusments is demonstrated.
The Adjustment Brush is used to correct a flower and the Auto Mask option is explained. The Colour option is also demonstrated to paint in additional petal colouring.
A demonstration of using the Graduated Filter to manipuate exposure and colour.
A demonstration of the powerful Radial Filter to draw the eye to the subject.
A discussion of the corrective local options such as Sharpening and Noise Reduction, and how to use them in conjunction with their global counterparts.
A discussion of sensor sizes and how they correspond to popular print sizes.
How to use the Crop tool to clip images to a variety of ratios and how to use the Straighten tool to quickly correct wonky horizons.
An examination of Dehaze, Grain and Post-crop Vignetting.
A discussion of how to process multiple images in Camera Raw using three different techniques.
How to save copies of raw images into Photoshop, JPEG, DNG or TIFF formats. The resize and metadata options are also discussed.
How to establish a new set of Camera Raw defaults or revert to the originals. Also, a walk through Camera Raw's Preferences dialog.
How to force JPEG and TIFF images into Camera Raw and the differences in working with them.
A theorietical discussion of what bit-depth means and how 8- 12- and 14-bit files compare when recording colour information.
A practical demonstration, in Photoshop, of why editing in 16-bit mode can be advantageous; posterization is introduced.
A gentle introduction to the theory of colour spaces: sRGB, Adobe RGB (1998) and ProPhoto RGB are discussed and compared and some workflow advice is given.
The theory of linear data capture is introduced, and the notion of "exposing to the right" is explored.
An example of taking under- and overexposed images and correcting them in Camera Raw, with emphasis on the philosophy of exposing to the right.
How to transfer images from Camera Raw into Photoshop, subject to workflow settings, and how to open images as copies and as Smart Objects (and why you might want to).
A complete raw conversion is untaken to produce a black & white image, starting from scratch and including lens corrections, sharpening and local adjustments.
Wrapping up... for now.
I've been working with Adobe's image editing tools since the 1990s. As an enthusiastic digital photographer, I regularly deliver training on Photoshop, Bridge, Lightroom and Camera Raw at Camera Club level in the UK.
I am fascinated by the interplay of art and science that photography offers, and have spent many long hours pushing Adobe's technologies in persuit of images.