Now let's take a look at one of the other exciting new things here in Bridge. Now, if you are used to working inside of the Bridge, like you have worked in Version CS2, you are undoubtedly familiar with the Slideshow mode. But in the new Bridge CS3, the Slideshow mode has greatly been improved. It's a new and exciting tool that you can really take to the limit and really use it at as an image analysis system, more so than even before. So let's take a look at the new Slideshow mode and just how much it can help you when you are viewing and analyzing your images.
So I am going to go ahead and I am going to select these images down here at the bottom; I am going to select Amy Lee-1.jpg, Amy Lee-2, and Amy Lee-3.jpg. Now, when I do that, you should see all of them appear here in the Preview window, and I need to go ahead and enter Slideshow mode.
I can enter Slideshow mode in one of the two ways. I can go ahead and come up here to the View Menu and choose Slideshow, or I can simply hit the keyboard shortcut on my keyboard of Command+L on Mac, Ctrl+L on the PC.
Now, once I jump into Slideshow mode, you will notice here that Bridge automatically starts the transition for me once I jump in there. If you want to stop the auto transition, simply hit one of the left or right arrow keys on your keyboard, and that will simply stop the transition, and you will be able to stop and pause on that one particular image that you are viewing now.
So let's take a look at some of the new and improved features of the Slideshow mode, and how they are going to help you when analyzing images. One of the cool things when you are working in this new Slideshow mode is the ability to zoom in and out on images up to 800%. So remember when we were using that new Loop Tool, we could view up to 800%, but we could only view inside of that little loop window. Well, now with the Slideshow mode, you can actually view images up to 800% with the full screen. So you can do that a number of ways.
You can actually, if you have a scrolling mouse, go ahead and scroll in just by using the scroll wheel, and you will automatically be able to scroll inward and view those images. Now, when you start to scroll in, you will get a little box up here that tells you exactly what Magnification you are viewing the images. So automatically you will see; if I zoom in one more time, I am up to 400% Magnification, and if I wanted to pan around the image, I simply click and hold with the mouse and drag around. So it's simply like invoking the Hand tool in Photoshop; you are just using it to pan around your images inside of Bridge.
So I can pan around and check, say the focus on this eye, if I wanted to zoom out a little bit, and you will notice that automatically when I zoom in and out, Bridge auto renders to give me a full resolution preview, each and every time. So you will see a little bit of jaggedness at first, but then when you zoom in, it should clear right up. So you can zoom in all the way to 800%, and then pan around these images, and it's really an effective way of analyzing the specific parts that you want to see on any given image.
Now, one of the other cool things that you can do here inside of Slideshow mode is you have the ability to see all of the keyboard shortcuts, and it's just a way to help you with navigating around while you are in Slideshow mode. So to see all of the keyboard shortcuts for the new Slideshow mode, go ahead and hit the H key on your keyboard. When you do that, you will automatically have this Adobe Bridge Slideshow Controls Panel open up on your screen. So here we have all of the different keyboard keys and everything that you can use to edit and pan around in photos.
So you have your Navigation keys here, where it says Left Arrow, Ctrl+Left Arrow goes to Previous document, Ctrl+Right arrow goes to Next document. You also have the ability to edit the different images, such as Rotation. You have the ability to set Ratings for your images. So if you wanted to rate those with the corresponding star ratings that you would use later when you are filtering in Bridge and different things like that, you could go ahead and apply those while in Slideshow mode. I would actually recommend doing your ratings while you are in Slideshow mode, because number one, you have this full screen preview of the image, and number two, you have the ability to zoom in up to 800%, so you can truly check the overall quality of this image.
So what an image looks like at 50% or however large you are actually doing it in the Bridge Preview window, you can zoom in even closer than that in this new Slideshow mode and have the ability to truly judge the overall quality of this image. It's just absolutely amazing the amount of control that they are giving you over these ratings.
So once you have familiarized yourself with all of these different controls in here, if you want to close this up, simply hit the H key again and you should be able to return right back into your Slideshow mode.
Now, if you want to advance to the next document, as I said before, you can just go ahead and hit that arrow key to cycle through your Slideshow mode, and Bridge will automatically do that nice, smooth transitioning for you as well. Let's mow take a look at some of the different options you have when you are working inside of the Slideshow mode.
So in order to invoke the Options Panel for the Slideshow mode, let's go ahead and hit the L key on our keyboard. That will bring up my Slideshow Options dialog box, and we have several different things to choose from in here.
You have the ability to Black Out Additional Monitors. So if you are using a two monitor setup and you choose this option, that second monitor will automatically go black and prevent you from being distracted off of your main screen. So that's kind of neat in and of itself to help you with not bring distracted when you are working here inside of the Slideshow mode.
You also have the ability to Repeat the Slideshow. So if you happen to be going through a large cycle of images and you want to repeat the Slideshow as you are going through, go ahead and check that box, and as Bridge comes to the end of the Slideshow, it will automatically begin to repeat that.
Now, you can also select to Zoom Back And Forth here. What that will do is just zoom in and out on your images as you make your transitions. So that's kind of neat too, it's kind of like that Ken Burns Effect; if you are familiar with some of the effects in video, the Ken Burns Effect is just zooming in and out. So that's kind of neat in and of itself, when you are making your transitions to zoom back and forth on your images.
Now, you can also set in here your Slide Duration. For instance, if you wanted to change it from the 5 seconds that it defaults to, you could automatically change it to set to 1, 2, 5, or 10, or you could set it up manually, like so.
So I am going to go ahead and set this to the default of 5 seconds, just to keep it with the defaults here inside of the Slideshow options.
Next, let's take a look at the Captions options here. You can actually turn that On or Off if you want to. When you turn it On, you can select if you want to see it as Page Numbers, the Compact, or Full amount of caption, which would just be your filename and different things like that, as your caption for that image.
You can also say that When Presenting Show Slides, either Centered on screen, Scaled to Fit your current screen, or Scaled to Fill your current screen. So there is all different kinds of options when viewing your images here.
The last options we are going to talk about are some of the more fun options here inside of the new Slideshow mode, and that's the Transitions Option. So by default, it's set to Dissolve, which is a fairly nice transition, and it's very smooth and nice looking on screen. Well, let's go ahead and change that to say Revolving Door; this is one of the more interesting ones that they have here. We will go ahead and also slow down the Speed just a little bit, so that we can actually see the full transition here.
Now, once you are done with all of these, you can go a