Importing from Digital Cameras

Photoshop can import pictures directly from most digital cameras. The easiest way to do this is through Bridge; once you've opened Bridge, just choose File>Get Photos from Camera. In the resulting Photo Downloader dialog box, you can choose your camera and a location for the photos, then click Get Photos. Photoshop copies the photos into a new folder on your hard drive.

Bridge can recognize most cameras, but if it doesn't see yours, don't worry. You can still use the plug-in filter or photo browser that came with the camera. Drop it, if the directions say to, into the Plug-ins folder. (Remember that you must quit the application before you install plug-ins. If you install while Photoshop is running, it can't see the new plug-in until you quit and restart the program.) To import a picture, you simply plug the camera cable into the computer's USB port. Then start up Photoshop and choose File>Import and whatever camera you are importing from. Pictures in the camera are displayed, as in Bridge, as if they were slides on a sorting table. You can view a larger image and find out more about it by selecting a picture and double-clicking or choosing Get Info. You can't click the picture and expect it to open into Photoshop, however. It will open into its own full-screen display. To work on it in Photoshop, you must import it using this plug-in, and then open it from within Photoshop.

Mac OS X users can also open photos from iPhoto, a Mac application that doesn't require any additional software to download from all kinds of digital cameras. Figure 2.4 shows a small collection of photos imported directly from an Olympus C-3000 Zoom. It's very easy to build photo libraries with this program, and you can import the pictures you have worked on in Photoshop for an easy slide show.

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