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Adobe Photoshop 7.0 Review
Adobe Photoshop 7.0 Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Adobe Photoshop 7.0 is the industry standard graphics editing software package.
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External Mfg. Website: Adobe Jan 14 2003   Max Page  
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File Browser, Workspaces, and other goodies

The inclusion of a File Browser within Photoshop 7.0 has been a long time coming, and while it isn't the most eye-catching feature of this software package, it is one of the most useful additions. Moving back and forth between Explorer and Photoshop can be hard on some computers, especially those with slower processors or videocards, since each time the focus shifts between windows the entire section of screen must be re-rendered. On older machines, these delays can add up, and can end up costing a few minutes every work cycle. That may not sound like much, but some of us get really impatient, and any delay is worth avoiding where possible, especially where $60/hr graphic artists are concerned.

Adobe's new integrated file browser is accessed from the 'file' menu by using the 'browse' command. The file window uses a decently-sized thumbnail view for images, and an equivalently sized icon for folders. The browser does not 'see' non-Photoshop compatible file types.

The small window on the lower left displays a wealth of information about each individual picture, so long as the digital camera the picture was taken with supports that EXIF-data. Standard images, will display a more condensed list of information. When you have found the image you need, double-clicking on it will open that file for editing in the main Photoshop workspace.

While the thumbnail rendering in Photoshop's file browser will take a few seconds (depending on the number of images in the directory, and their size), it is a much simpler method than using an external Explorer window for the most part, and one that offers several fringe benefits. For example; while creating one particular article here at PCstats, we needed to sort through about 30 images, getting them ready for a guide.

One series of photos were all supposed to be set to 450 pixels in width, while another was supposed to be just 300 pixels wide. Since the photos depicted a sequential series of steps, they were virtually identical and it was hard to distinguish which ones were sized wrong.

To simplify this image editing process, we really needed to sort the aforementioned screen shots by their width. Thanks to a set of menus tucked away at the base of the preview plane in Photoshop 7's file manager, we were quickly able to do this. Once the images were sorted in descending order of width, we were easily able to pick out the three pictures that were wrongly sized and correct them quickly. In the past, we would have had to manually sort through the images one at a time, or just load up the entire folder in Photoshop to save time and trouble.

In addition to sorting images by their filenames and widths, Photoshop 7 also allows the user to sort by rank, height, file size, resolution, file type, color profile, date created, date modified, and copyright. Most of these parameters are pretty self explanatory except for rank, so let's talk about that for a second.

Branding images from 'Rank A' to 'Rank E' is a quick and easy way for a photographer to sort through their photos and separate the wheat from the chaff, so to speak. Right clicking on a particular image in the file browser bring up a little menu allowing you to set the rank of that image. When the file browser is set to sort by rank, the images with the highest rank (A) are grouped up at the top together, followed by those of the (B) rank, (C) rank and so on until (E) is reached.

You can also open an Explorer window on your current browser location by right clicking an image or folder and selecting the 'reveal location in Explorer' command.

There is one last feature of the file browser which we found very useful and that's the the rotate image button. By selecting the image(s) you want to adjust and hitting the button you can quickly rotate them 90 degrees in the thumbnail stage. Previously, images had to be rotated using the rotate canvas command in the 'image' menu, which is fine for one or two pictures but quickly becomes tedious for large groups.

Given the multiple advantages of the new file browser, it did seem a little odd to us that Photoshop 7 still uses the conventional Windows 'open' dialog box for opening files. Of course, you can use the browser to open your files also, but it seemed to us that it should be the default option.

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Contents of Article: Adobe Photoshop 7.0
 Pg 1.  Adobe Photoshop 7.0 Review
 Pg 2.  Auto Colour and the Healing Brush
 Pg 3.  The Healing Brush and patch tool
 Pg 4.  — File Browser, Workspaces, and other goodies
 Pg 5.  Custom Workspaces and Brushes
 Pg 6.  Pattern Maker, new liquify effects and a spell checker!
 Pg 7.  Automatic features
 Pg 8.  Additions to save for web dialog
 Pg 9.  Final Opinions and Conclusions

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