Photoshop Tutorial: Adobe Photoshop New Features

Photoshop CS5 book
This tutorial is taken from the Adobe Photoshop Digital Classroom by Jennifer Smith. In this tutorial, you discover some of the new features of Photoshop CS5. The features that are covered are broad and include improvements that affect print, web, 3D, and multimedia designers. The features are summarized in this chapter so that you can quickly find out what's new. Don't worry about comprehending all the new features, as many of these features, as well as other workflow improvements are incorporated into the lessons.
What you'll learn in this lesson:
  • The Mini Bridge panel
  • Photoshop CS5: New Puppet Warp Feature
  • Adobe Repoussé in Photoshop CS5
  • Content Awareness Retouching in Photoshop

Mini Bridge

For those of you who love the power of Adobe Bridge, but don't like to exit Photoshop, you'll learn in this Photoshop Tutorial how you can now take advantage of Mini Bridge. Mini Bridge is essentially a scaled down version of Adobe Bridge. Much of the same functionality is in Mini Bridge, in fact you can not only organize your files, but perform other tasks such as batch actions and more.

You can access Mini Bridge by clicking on the Mini Bridge button in the Application Bar, or choosing File > Browse in Mini Bridge, you can easily view and organize your files without exiting Photoshop. Some of the other tasks that you can take advantage of in Mini Bridge are as follows:

Adobe Bridge features

Use many of the features from Adobe Bridge, right in Photoshop with the new Mini Bridge.

By simply clicking on Search in the upper-right of the Mini Bridge panel, you can take advantage of the Spotlight Search icon. Once you initiate the search you can change the search criteria from the Search drop-down menu.

Bridge search capabilities

Mini Bridge includes search capabilities.

Sort and rate items in the Content window by using the icons directly above the Content pane.

Adobe Bridge tools

A. Select. B. Filter. C. Sort. D. Tools.

Place files directly into Photoshop, or use other tools, such as Batch Actions.

Batch actions in Mini Bridge

Place files, or run batch actions on them in Mini Bridge.

In addition to taking advantage of the typical Adobe Bridge capabilities such as viewing recent files, and previewing, you can easily hop to the full version of Adobe Bridge by clicking on the Launch Bridge button in the upper right of the Mini Bridge panel. Find out more about the Mini Bridge in Lesson 3, “Using Adobe Bridge.”

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Adobe Photoshop Tutorial

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