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The File Browser

When the File Browser first appeared in Photoshop 7, we thought of it as a nice alternative to the Open dialog box when dealing with a folder full of files. The File Browser was great because it let us see thumbnails and previews of the images, allowing us to identify the ones we wanted quickly. But working with raw digital captures in Photoshop CS has led us to realize that the File Browser is now a mission-critical tool.

When we make our initial selects from a shoot, we do so using the File Browser as a virtual light table. When we want to convert our images, we apply Camera Raw settings through the File Browser. We also use the File Browser to add and edit metadata—one of the first things we do to a new folder of raw images is to add our copyright notice to each image. And while we confess to being less assiduous than we should be, we're also using the File Browser to add keywords to our images so that we can find them easily years from now (see the sidebar, “All About Metadata,” later in this chapter).


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