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Learn how to change the Thumbnail and Preview Options in Expression Media.
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Let's continue with our theme of ways to view our media here, and take a look at how we can change some of our Thumbnail and Preview options here inside of Expression Media.
I am going to come up here to the Edit menu, and this time we'll choose Thumbnails and Previews. Now inside of the Thumbnails and Previews dialog box what we are going to do, is set a couple of different preferences, so that we have a more uniformed look inside of the Preview window, and also so that we have a little bit better quality of photographs in a little bit more consistent sizing with our thumbnails across the board.
So at the top here, we have the ability to change the Thumbnail Size. Now by default this is going to be set to Variable. I am not going to choose to use the Variable option here, I am going to actually choose the 320 pixels option, and when I do that you are going to see a warning up here at the bottom of the dialog box that lets you know that this setting will only take effect the next time that you choose to rebuild all of your media items, and I'll show you how to do that as soon as we are done.
So what I have essentially done now, is I have taken away the Variable sizing of the thumbnails, meaning that no longer will I have a thumbnail that's skinnier than the other, or one that's taller than another, things like that. They all are going to be a 320 pixel thumbnail all the way across the board.
Now I also have the ability to choose the Quality of the thumbnail, and by default its set to High, which is great for previewing images that you really want to get a detailed look at, but that's also going to slow down the performance of your machine. So if you are in a hurry, you might want to think about changing this to Medium, or if you're really press for time, you could even change this to Low. It won't be the best preview in the world, but at least you will be able to get in and get out as fast as possible with Expression Media. I am going to leave this set to High for now, because we want as much detail as possible, when we are looking at these.
Now we also have the ability to use built-in thumbnails, and you see in parenthesis there, it says, if available, and this means that if the thumbnail is built-into the file like say in a raw image, it's going to choose to use that preview as opposed to the one generated by Expression Media. Now I am not going to choose to do that either. I am going to turn that off, because I want Expression Media to go ahead and overwrite this and create a high quality thumbnail.
Now it's going to increase the size of my catalog by doing this, but for this particular demonstration I don't mind that so much. If you don't exactly have the space available on your hard drive, or on your network, or whatever it is you might be using, you might want to think about just using the built-in thumbnail, and also taking down your quality a little bit, so that you could decrease the size of that catalog if you needed to do so.
Now here at the bottom we have the ability to turn on full-screen previews which are going to be generated by Expression Media as well. That's just going to control exactly what you see inside to the media pane. So if you want to see the file in its actual size, you could actually come in here, and create a full-screen preview of the file at 1024, or even as large as 1280, or as small as 800. This is just going to control every file to make sure that everything looks the same when you are looking at in the Media View.
Now I don't really recommend that you do this, because I like to view my files as they are in the Media pane, that's what the media pane is for in my opinion, to take a look at the photos as they are, and see the exact details and dimensions of that. So I am going to go ahead now, and I am going to turn that back off, and then once you have all of these settings setup in the correct way, or the way that you choose to work, you can go ahead then and click OK.
Now when I clicked OK you didn't see any visible change to any of the thumbnails here inside of Expression Media, and that's because all of those changes that we've made are only going to be applied when we rebuild the thumbnails, or when we rebuild those media items. And we can do that simply by selecting all of them first, Ctrl+A or Command+A on the Mac, and then we come up here and we choose Action, and we can say Rebuild Item, or simply use Command+B or Ctrl+B on our keyboard. I am going to click that, and when I do that you are going to see that a lot of these images start to change. Now they are not going to change very much, because a lot of these are really square.
So what we can do is scroll down here, and all of these images now fit within that 320 pixels constraint that I put on them. They have all got a media generated preview, none of those we are using Embedded Previews, and they're all at the highest quality settings that we could have applied, so that we get the maximum amount of detail when we are viewing our thumbnails, so that we know exactly which image we are clicking on, and exactly what the contents of that media file are.
So this is just an another way that you can tweak the way you work here inside of Expression Media to further and better your workflow.