Chapter 6, The Editing Workflow
Returns you to Bridge and applies the changes you made in Camera
Raw to all images
Holding the Option key (Alt on Windows) changes the behavior of two
buttons (Figure 6-45):
Converts the selected images with your last-used settings, without
bringing up the dialog box
Clears all the changes you made in Camera Raw without returning you
to Bridge
We’re nearly ready to make the DNG conversions, but there’s one more step:
we need to synchronize some more metadata back into the file to make our
rating work universally accessible. (If you have already entered all the neces-
sary metadata into your files, you may choose to make your DNG files now.
We’ll cover making the DNGs at the end of this chapter.)
Applying Keywords and Synchronizing Ratings
Once we have adjusted Camera Raw settings, we can make our DNG files.
If you have time, however, it makes sense at this point to do a little more
organizational work: syncing the ratings and possibly adding additional
keywords. As I said earlier, Bridge can be a cumbersome place to add keywords
if you are working with a large group of images. Since we will be using the
Keywords to Sync the ratings and Labels, however, you can keep your eye out
for bulk keywords that you might have overlooked earlier.
Phase 2: Preparing Images in Bridge
Figure 6-45. The buttons at the lower right of the Camera Raw screen. If you press the Option key (Alt
on Windows), the behavior and appearance of the Save... and Cancel buttons will change, as shown on
the right.
Figure 6-46. We’re finished adjusting the settings in Camera Raw and it’s time to make our DNGs.
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If the images that you applied bulk metadata to earlier could benefit from
being subdivided further, this is a good time to do it. You might want to
subdivide by situation, by persons pictured, or by concepts that the photo-
graphs could illustrate. Make a keyword for each of these items, and assign
it to as many of the images as is practical.
The general principles guiding the work order are these:
1. Work that can be done to the largest subsets the fastest gets high
2. Work that can be done to images that are of the highest quality also gets
high priority.
Adding keywords to subsets
How does this shake out in the real world? Using Principle 1, we are apply-
ing keywords in a kind of upside-down pyramid: we start by applying key-
words to the largest subsets and work through smaller subsets. So, if we are
working with pictures from a family vacation, we would write the keyword
“Family Vacation into all the images in the first bulk metadata applica-
tion (Figure 6-47). After that, we would group the images into subgroups
(Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Uncle Ernie’s House, etc.). These groupings can
be done very quickly, because they will typically all be contiguous files: that
is, theyll line up next to each other, and can therefore be selected quickly.
Phase 2: Preparing Images in Bridge
Figure 6-47. You can add a new keyword or a new keyword set.
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