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To use Adobe Bridge to organise and administer your pictures
Adobe Bridge - What is it? The Adobe Bridge is a Photoshop tool. Bridging is often described as either a Digital Asset Manager or a Media Manager. Adobe Bridge gives us the power to find, organise, and administer our ever-growing library of pictures. Bridge is not restricted to photographs or Photoshop only.
In fact, Bridge is a tool to accompany any application in the Adobe Creative Cloud (or Creative Suite). Bridge allows us to handle not only pictures, but also Adobe Illustrator documents, Adobe Illustrator documents, Adobe Design documents, and more! As we are mainly interested in Photoshop, we will concentrate on how we can use Bridge with our pictures.
This is Adobe Bridge. Let's take a quick look at some of Bridge's many great capabilities before we take a closer look at Adobe Bridge. Basically Adobe Bridge is a data browsing application. In many ways Bridge is similar to the web browsers you use with your computer's OS.
Like we already saw, with Bridge we can get our pictures from our cameras or from our storage cards. We can also use Bridge to find the pictures we are looking for on our computer. With Bridge we can copy or move pictures from one file to another. You can also copy or move whole files from one place to another.
Bridge allows us to add new directories, change the names of directories and pictures, and remove directories and pictures. We can implement any fundamental functions that we can execute with the data browsers of our OS with Adobe Bridge. So if we can already do these things with our regular web browsers, why should we learn how to do them in Bridge?
Bridging is not just a data browsing application. The Adobe Bridge is a full featured files manager. Bridge can first show miniature views of all pictures in a single directory. However, the Bridge miniatures are fully adjustable. You can resize the Bridge sliders by simply pulling a knob.
Bridging can also show more information about an picture (file name, bitmap resolution, creation date, copyrights and more) below the preview area. In addition, with Bridge we can slightly alter the sorting order of the pictures.
You can also sort your pictures by stars (more on this later) or other criterias. Together with resizing the thumbnail views, Bridge gives us other ways to see our pictures in the thumbnail. Bridge's Thumbnail pane shows a bigger thumbnail of each selected picture. One of Bridge's best functions is the full-screen previeode.
So we can immediately go to the full picture of each picture to take a look! Bridge's Review mode allows us to browse an area or a whole set of pictures. The Review mode allows us to quickly browse through each frame, keep only those we like, and omit the remainder!
One of the ways we can organize our pictures in Bridge is by evaluating the sky. The Bridge allows us to quickly evaluate our pictures with a system of one to five stations. A picture that you really loved can get five, while another picture that is "okay but needs work" can only get one can.
Others that are beyond hopes (hey, it happens to all of us) may not even get them. Or, you can mark an picture as "reject" if it's so poor that it's awkward. In addition to rating your pictures for asterisks, we can also use Adobe Bridge to add colour tags to them. Eye-catching tags can be used to identify pictures that need to be edited.
Bridging allows us to include important copyrights information in our photographs. And we can see and process a whole lot of supplementary information (metadata) about our pictures. With Bridge we can generate key words and put them on our pictures, which makes it easy for us (and others) to find those pictures when we need them.
Bridging can be used to filters pictures to show us only those that match certain criterias. All we can do is display pictures with a five-star score. Alternatively, only the pictures taken with a specific objective or with a specific focus. Bridging can collect photographs into a collection that makes it easier for us to group related pictures together.
You can even group together pictures from different directories or even different disks. Intelligent Bridge compilations look like vibrant results. Intelligent Libraries instruct Bridge to routinely include all pictures in the library if they match our defined requirements. With the Batch rename function in Bridge we can quickly change the names of several data sets at once.
Previously we learnt that we can change the name of our file in the photo downloader while we download it from our cam. That means there are no interruptions in the order of names (which gives the impression that some of the pictures are missing). And as we'll see in the next set of Tutorials, Bridge makes it simple to open our pictures in Photoshop.
Bridge also gives us easy entry to some of Photoshop's high performance imaging tools. Objective correction, fusion with HDR Pro, Fotomerge and others are all directly available in Bridge itself. The Adobe Bridge is also the best way to open pictures in Photoshop's Camera Raw imaging plug-in. We' ll come back to this in the next show, Opening Images Into Photoshop.
This is a brief summary of some of the major advantages and capabilities of Adobe Bridge. We begin with a general outline of the bridge interfaces. Then we will take a closer look at some of Bridge's most important functions. Let us begin by teaching you how to open Adobe Bridge. This can be a support application for Photoshop, but Bridge is actually its own application.
You can open Bridge the same way you open Adobe Acrobat or any other application on your computer. Bridge can be opened from the Start screen on a Windows workstation. Bridge is located in the Applications directory on a Mac. You don't have to open Pictureshop to open Bridge.
We can open Bridge from Photoshop. As a Creative Cloud user, make sure you have Bridge CC download and install before you proceed. Then open Bridge in Photoshop by clicking Browse in Bridge on the File menu. 3. Bridge can also be opened from the keypad by holding down Ctrl+Alt+O (Win) / Command+Option+O (Mac).
Use the hot key combination to toggle between Photoshop and Bridge every push of a button: Go to File > Browse in Bridge in Photoshop. Browse in Bridge opens Adobe Bridge if it was not already open. When Bridge was already active, Browse in Bridge will change you from Photoshop to Bridge.
Still runs Adobe Photoshop behind the scenes. This is the standard bridge surface. Adobe Bridge user surface. Just like Adobe Bridge offers us a selection of boards. Actually, the bridge port consists almost exclusively of boards. In the folder area at the top right, you can browse through the folder and directory on your computer to find your pictures.
The Favourites window is integrated into the Folder window. Favourites give you fast and easy control over the folder and directory you use the most. Your pictures are displayed in miniature in the content pane in the middle. At the top right is the Prescan window, which shows a bigger view of the currently displayed image.
You can view and edit metadata about your pictures, as well as copyrights, in the Metadata pane. Within the section Keyswords we can generate Keyswords and use them on our pictures. Filters make it simple to screen pictures so we only see what we need. With the Collections panels, we can summarize related pictures.
Normally the first thing we want to do after opening Bridge is to find some pictures we can work on. Here the two fields at the top of the screen, Folder and Favorites, come into play. Folder pane is our most important method to get to our pictures. The folder is displayed on your computer in a trusted and easy-to-use "tree structure".
From the Favorites window, we can quickly get to the folder and files we use the most, just like a bookmark in your web browsers! Bridge combines related boards to conserve flooring, just like Photoshop. And, just like in Photoshop, we can toggle between the group' s panes by tapping the Name tab at the top of the group.
Here we see the favorites panels. Bridge defaults to adding some popular storage location to the Favorites area, such as your desktop, document directory and image directory. You can also include your own directories and files in the Favorites section. Favourites window gives us fast and easy acces to frequently used files.
Click the Ordner register card to go from Favorites to the Ordnerbereich: Our most important method to get to our pictures is the File pane. Allows us to browse our directories to get to the required data sets. If you click the arrow to the right of a file, that file will open and display the file(s) it contains.
Make your way through your files further down until you get to the one that contains your pictures. Whirl files to display the files in them. It' easy to put a file in the Favorites section. Instead of having to navigate every single push, I can just put the JPEG file in my Favorites.
In order to include a directory in your Favorites, right-click (Win) / Control-click (Mac) on it in the Folders pane. Then, from the Favourites drop-down list, select Bookmark: Include a portfolio in my favorites. I go back to my Favorites area by tapping on the tabs. A path toolbar at the top of the bridge gives us another way to see our actual whereabouts.
If I want to go to my desktops, for example, I would just have to click on "Desktop" in the path bar and Bridge would take me there directly: Bridging also gives us the well-known back and forth keys in the top right hand edge. Back and Forward in Bridge.
With Bridge, if the pictures you need are still on your camcorder or storage device, you can easily upload them to your computer. If you click on the cameras symbol, the Adobe Photo Downloader will open. Here we can select the camcorder or storage media that contains our pictures. Then we can select the place where we want to save the pictures on our computer.
I' ve explained in the last tutorial how to get pictures from the camera: Adobe Photo Downloader is integrated with Adobe Bridge. As soon as we have browsed to our pictures via the Folders or Favorites window, they are displayed as miniature views in the Contents pane. It is the biggest pane in Bridge and occupies the whole section in the center.
Here we see miniature views of all pictures in my "JPEG" folder: Content pane shows image miniatures. At the bottom right of the Bridge window, the slide control makes it possible to easily resize the miniature views. Indeed, they are so large that only a few of them are suitable for the visible part of the content area.
Using the scrolling to the right of the Contents pane, we can browse through our miniatures if they're either too large or if they're just too many to put on the screens all at once: to choose an item in the Contents pane, click once on the miniature.
Thumbnails of the images are displayed in the top -right corner of the Bridge window: When you select a thumbnail view in the Contents pane, a picture is previewed in the Viewer window. When you find that the previews are too small, like mine, you can slightly change the size of the previews window to make it bigger.
Actually, we can change the size of each of the Bridge panes in exactly the same way. Just move the pointer over the perpendicular dividing line to the right or right of a pane. Or over the dividing line above or below a plate. To change the size of the pane as needed, click and drag the separator.
You' ll find that when you change the preview window width, the picture inside the window changes along with the size: Click and drag the separators to change the preview window area. Enlarging the sizes of one of the Bridge panes will reduce the sizes of the other panes (as there is only so much space on the screen).
I made my content window smaller in this case by enlarging the preview window. By enlarging the preview window, the content window became smaller. Whilst the preview window is beautiful, the full-screen preview in Bridge is even better! If you have chosen a preview in the Contents pane, go to the View pull-down menu at the top of the page and select Full Preview.
Go to Display > Full Preview. As a result, your picture immediately goes to a full-screen mode, where the whole picture fits on the monitor. You will see grey bar graphs either on the sides or at the top and bottom if the side relationship of your picture does not match the side relationship of your screen:
Full Thumbnail. If you click on the picture in the full picture mode, you will be zoomed into a 100% picture. The 100% display shows that each pixels in the picture occupies exactly one monitor pixels. It makes it easy to assess the clarity and focusing of the picture.
In 100% viewing you can click and drop the picture to display and examine different areas. Click on the picture again to enlarge it again. In order to leave the full-screen preview fully, hit the space bar again on your keyboard: In the 100% screen, click and drop the picture to examine different areas.
Download all our manuals as print-ready pdf files! A Full Image Preview is ideal for displaying individual pictures. What if you need to quickly scroll through an image file? At this point the Review-Modus in Bridge is shining. Simply go to the View at the top of the display and select Review mode.
Go to Vista > Review Mode. In Review mode, your pictures are displayed as a rotary merry-go-round. Turn from one picture to the next by using the right and left pointing buttons in the lower right hand corners of the monitor. If you come to an unwanted picture, click the down button at the bottom right of the display (or the down button on your keyboard).
As a result, the picture is removed from the list and forwarded to the next picture. Once you have finished viewing your pictures, click on the "X" in the lower right hand corner or the Esc button on your keypad. When you return to the content area, only the pictures that you did not save during the verification procedure are selected:
The Review mode is a great way to quickly compare many pictures. In Review mode, we can click on an image to open the Loupe tool. Adobe Bridge's magnifier tool works like a magnifier. As a result, it is simple to verify the clarity and focusing of an entire picture. Use the magnifier to examine an area of the picture at 100%.
In order to make it easier for us to distinguish good from evil pictures, Bridge lets us applied the rating to our pictures. In order to show how reviews work, I have chosen three pictures in my content area. Those pictures I have chosen are the second, third and forth in the upper series. In order to choose several pictures at the same time, keep the Ctrl (Win) / Command (Mac) button on your keypad pressed and click on the desired pictures.
Or if all the pictures you want to choose are in a consecutive order, there is an easy way. For the first picture, click the first picture preview icon to choose it. While holding down your Shift softkeys, click on the last picture. It selects the first picture, the last picture and all the pictures in between.
Note that with three pictures chosen, my Preview Window displays a bigger preview of all three pictures. Up to nine pictures can be displayed simultaneously in the preview window: There are three pictures in the top line of the content area that have been chosen. The three are all displayed in the preview window. Perhaps I would like to point this out by giving them a five-star score.
When all three pictures are chosen, I go to the Label at the top of the display to go to the Label tab. Select No Feedback to delete the prior feedback from the picture. Select Reject for pictures you know you don't want to keep: Select the five-star score from the Label drop-down list. Note that all three pictures now have a five-star score below their thumbnails:
Valuations are displayed below the miniature views in the Contents pane. As soon as you have scored some pictures, you can go back and search the Contents pane to see only pictures with a specific score. At the top right of the Bridge window, click the Filters Items by Rating symbol (the star). Just to see my 5-star pictures, I pick Show 5 Stars:
Filter the pictures in the content area according to their stellar ratings. Now only the three pictures with 5 Stars in the content area are left. Pictures with less than 5 or no stars are faded out momentarily. You can also select to display only declined pictures or pictures without ratings.
Or we can only look at pictures that have a colour tag associated with them: Pictures with less than five star are no longer displayed. In order to display all your pictures again, click on the Filter Items by Ratings symbol and select Clear Filter at the top of the menu:
Clear the filters. Once the filtering is disabled, the Contents pane will display all the pictures in the directory again: Erase the filters to restore all pictures. Underneath the preview window on the right are the Metadata and Keywords areas, which are grouped together. Metadata window shows everything we want to know about an picture.
It is possible to display the shooting date, the cameras used, the filesize and types. You can also see the colour modes and bits of the picture, whether the lightning was triggered or not, and much more. You can also use the Metadata Panels to include extra detail to the picture, such as our copyrights and our contacts information.
In the metadata area we can display and process information about an illustration. Keyword window is interleaved next to Metadata window. Within the area Tasks we can generate describing Tasks and associate them with the pictures. Later on, when we need to retrieve these pictures, we can look them up by their key words.
In order to associate an already existent catchword with an icon, choose the icon in the content area. It is possible to associate more than one keyboard word with the same picture. In order to delete a catchword, choose the picture in the Contents pane and then disable the catchword: Use the catchword window to insert catchwords describing the pictures so that you can easily find them later.
Under the Favorites and Folders pane on the far side of Bridge is the Filters pane. Previously, we saw that we could sort pictures shown in the Contents pane by their stars ratings. It'?s nothing like what the filtering panels can do. You can use the filtering panels to sort your pictures by keywords, creation date, whether the picture is vertical or horizontal, iris, exposure time and ISO setting, focus length and much more.
You can even choose to have your pictures filtered by your type of camcorder or your type of objective used. In order to use the filtering panels, click on the various categories to open and closed them. Then, click one of the filtering choices in the catagory to choose it. This is because the filtering pane in Bridge is dynamical.
Shown choices are predicated on the pictures in your currently chosen folders. As an example, all pictures in the directory may use horizontal formatting. Filter panels allow us to determine very precisely which pictures we see. The Collections pane is embedded in the filter pane.
Galleries allow us to combine related pictures. Pictures can be distributed over the entire computer or even on different disks. As soon as pictures are added to a library, they can be seen and retrieved as if they were all in the same directory. You can also build your own smartcollections in the Bridge settings panels.
An intelligent library instructs Bridge to autojoin pictures to a library if they meet certain criterias. In another Tutorial we get to know more about our product series. The next unit in this section will switch from Bridge to Photoshop! We' ll see how we can open our pictures to a whole new set of colours and help them get their best look by making a quick but important adjustment to Photoshop's colour set!
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