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Chapter 4. The File Browser

Chapter 4. The File Browser

Your Digital Light Table

When the File Browser first appeared in Photoshop 7, I thought of it as a nice alternative to the File menu's Open command when dealing with a folder full of files, because it let me see thumbnails and previews of the images, allowing me to identify the ones I wanted quickly. But in Photoshop CS, the File Browser is a mission-critical tool for anyone who shoots raw.

You can make your initial selects from a shoot using the File Browser as a digital light table. When you want to convert your images, you can apply Camera Raw settings through the File Browser. You can also use the File Browser to add and edit metadata—one of the first things I do to a new folder of raw images is to add my copyright notice to each image. And while I admit to being less assiduous than I really should be, I'm also using the File Browser to add keywords to images so that I can find them easily several years hence. See the sidebar “All About Metadata,” later in this chapter.

If you've considered the File Browser as just an Open dialog box on steroids, let me introduce you to the bigger picture. The File Browser is really a mini-application in its own right, and it's surprisingly deep. So in this chapter I'll introduce you to its various parts, explain what they do, and show you how to use them to handle your images efficiently.

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