• Tools – Meta Data – Apply a creative commons license.
  • Good to view files in and organise photos through
  • Key wording will become more useful the larger your library grows. But you must keep a good and uniform system.
  • Edit – Find (command F) – Smart Collections – Keywords, Contains, Name of what you are looking for.
  • Everything that contains that key word will show up.
  • Next to Filter Bar is ‘Collections’ Bar. Can be used to cross-reference folders

Refining Decisions

  • This is about selecting the better images to be carried forward for editing (and can be a surprisingly lengthy process)
  • A star Rating system works well
  • In adobe bridge – below thumbnail are dots – click on dots to make star ratings – helps you refine your photos till you have your final perfect set
  • Editing decisions can be tough, but are crucial
  • Give yourself time and breathing space
  • Bear in mind editing for different uses/ output

Correcting with Camera Raw

  • Raw is unprocessed and uncompressed image data (unlike jpegs). Hence, much more can be altered with raw data (adobes camera raw plug in)
  • Double click on raw files or right click (opens in camera raw)
  • Slide of images down the side and you have a lot of control including white balance
  • Can change exposure, brightness and contrast in bridge but better to use Photoshop for that (curves)
  • Select all images and then click synchronize. You can select which edits you have done on one image and apply it to all of your other images. -> AWESOME!
  • Can click done and it will save all of the changes and put a symbol over picture showing you have edited the raw data.

Different File Sizes

  • Keep different options for different uses (original raw, medium size hi – res jpeg, small low res jpeg)
  • Good idea to have a folder of publicity images of your practice.
  • Resizing in Photoshop and batch editing (actions – also image processor)
  • Remember: ’Bicubic smoother’ to size up, and ‘Bicubic sharper’ to size down.

Back Up and Storage

  • Back up both your original files and your finalised edited images.
  • As standard aim to always keep at least 2 copies of your work.
  • An external hard drive will be worthwhile purchase.
  • Archiving can be done both offline and online

Step 8: Output

  • Using the print bureau, preparing the files

-PDF, TIFF, or JPEG format

-300ppi at the exact output size.


-Preview Monitor to check colour depending on paper.

-But worth testing different papers before final print

  • In Photoshop Colour settings – Edit Adobe RGB (1998)

Visit to the print Bureau

  • Have special papers
  • Have a screen that is colour collaborated to the printers
  • Between 2 to 5 days for printing depending on how busy it is.