Posts in Category "Adobe Bridge"

May 19, 2011

LR3 – Viewing Changes/Corrections Made to Photographs in Bridge/Adobe Camera Raw/Photoshop

Lightroom can interpret and apply changes made to photos in Bridge/Adobe Camera Raw/Photoshop (such as the addition of metadata and/or any changes made to color/tone/etc.) and vice versa. In order for this to go smoothly, in Bridge make sure that the  Camera Raw Preferences (under the Bridge menu on Mac, the Edit menu on Windows) are set to: Save image settings in: Sidecar “.xmp” files (not the Camera Raw database).

When these “changed/corrected” files are imported into Lightroom, you will not see the changes in the Import dialog box but Lightroom will read the .xmp sidecar file while importing and show you the changes/corrections made to the file in the Grid view.  Note: if you are working with the DNG file format, you will see the changes/corrections made to the images in Bridge/Adobe Camera Raw/Photoshop in the Import dialog box.

If you make changes/corrections to images in Bridge/Adobe Camera Raw/Photoshop to files that have already been imported into Lightroom, Lightroom will NOT automatically update the metadata. Instead, a small icon will appear in the upper right corner of the photo cell (in the Grid View in the Library module) warning that the file has changed outside of the application. To update the file either click on the icon and choose “Import Settings from Disk” or select the photo(s) and choose Metadata > Read Metadata from File. Note: sometimes it can take a few moments for the warning icon to appear so if I know that I want Lightroom to read the changes, I simply click Metadata > Read Metadata from File.


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September 15, 2010

Previewing Images Full Screen in Bridge

Tapping the spacebar will display all of the selected files in Bridge in Slideshow Mode. Note – so will Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + L.

6:06 AM Permalink
August 6, 2010

Bridge Re-direct (Mac only)

If you use the operating system to navigate to a folder, and then want to see that folder in Bridge, dragging the folder icon (in the operating system) to the Bridge Preview Panel will redirect the Bridge to that folder.

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August 5, 2010

Exporting Bridge’s Cache

Exporting Bridge’s cache (where Bridge stores recently viewed image previews) can expedite the loading of thumbnails in a number of situations such as:
• If you move folders of images around using the OS and then use Bridge to view those same folders
• If you have a very large number of images that you have viewed with Bridge
• If you plan on burning images to CD/DVD and then viewing them using Bridge.
To export the Cache select:
Tools > Cache > Build and Export Cache, or
Preferences > Cache > Automatically Export Cache To Folders when Possible.
Now cached previews will be readily available without having to take the time to re-render them.

5:47 AM Permalink
August 3, 2010

Saving Contact Sheet Templates & Adding Watermarks in Bridge

PSCS5 -You can easily layout a single image or a grid of thumbnails using Bridge. Select the Output workspace from the Workspace Switcher (in the upper right of Bridge CS5 ) to display the contents of the Output panel. In Bridge CS5 not only can you save these page layouts as templates to be easily reloaded at different times, but also add a custom watermark to each image. Recently, I have been doing all of my multi-image and multi-page layouts in Lightroom, but this is a great new feature for those staying within the Bridge and Photoshop workflow.

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August 2, 2010

Adobe Bridge – Improved Batch Renaming

PSCS5 – you can now replace any part of a filename with custom text . Select the files to be renamed and choose Tools > Batch Rename. Under “New Filenames” use the drop down menu to select “String Substitution” from the list. Enter in the Text to “Find” and “Replace” and voila! For example, this is an easy way to remove a prefix like “_MG_” from a file name and insert your name (or your client’s name) instead.

5:25 AM Permalink
July 29, 2010

Video Tutorial – The Advantages of the DNG File Format

In this episode of The Complete Picture, Julieanne Kost will show you the advantage of working with and archiving to the DNG raw file format over proprietary raw file formats. You’ll also discover ‘how” and “when” it makes the most sense to convert your files as you move through your workflow.

1:42 PM Permalink
July 1, 2010

Contact Sheet

Both Lightroom as well as Bridge (using the Output Workspace) have the ability to create and save templates for creating Contact Sheets. However, you can still download and use the legacy Contact Sheet feature (as well as additional optional plug-ins) to use with Photoshop CS5 here:
• Windows –
• Mac –
Note: on the Mac, you will need to run Photoshop CS5 in 32 bit in order to use Contact Sheet. Please refer to the included ReadMe file that has plug-in descriptions and installation instructions.

5:29 AM Permalink
June 11, 2010

Mini Bridge – Quick Access to Assets

PSCS5 – Mini Bridge is fantastic for quickly navigating and viewing all of your different media assets – from photos to logos, PDF files to audio and video clips. It’s designed to quickly view collections, favorites, folders recent files etc. – all of which are created in Bridge. But it is not an file manager so don’t expect to be able to move, delete, create collections etc – those are tasks for Bridge.

6:37 AM Permalink
June 10, 2010

Syncing Mini Bridge and Bridge

PSCS5 – Most of the time, I find it more advantageous to keep Mini Bridge and Bridge in sync however, there are times that viewing independent folders is more appropriate. To keep the applications in sync:
1) From Mini Bridge, click the “Br” icon at the top of the panel to switch to Bridge
2) From Bridge, select File > Return to Adobe Photoshop or click the Return to Adobe Photoshop icon (the boomerang).
To keep Bridge and Mini Bridge viewing their currently selected folders (not keeping in synch with each other)
1) From Photoshop select File > Browse in Bridge
2) From Mini Bridge and/or Photoshop use the operating shortcut to move from one application to another (Command + Tab).

6:36 AM Permalink
June 9, 2010

Place Preferences

PSCS5 – When placing files from Bridge (File > Place…) and/or dragging and dropping from Mini Bridge into an already open document, Photoshop CS5 will conveniently place the newly added layer as a Smart Object as well as resize it to fit within the originating image’s canvas size. This was a much requested feature but if you prefer the legacy behavior, there are preferences to turn off both under Preference > General > Place or Drag Raster Images as Smart Objects and Preference > General > Resize Image During Place.

4:32 AM Permalink
June 8, 2010

Opening Files Using Mini Bridge

PSCS5 – On Windows, simply drag and drop an image from Mini Bridge into the Photoshop work area. On Mac, select Window > Application Frame and drag and drop an image from Mini Bridge into the work area to open it. If there are no other files open Photoshop will open the dropped image as a new document. However, if there is already an image open and you drag and drop an image from Mini Bridge on top of that open file, Photoshop will place the dropped file as a Smart Object (as it’s own layer) and will automatically resize it to fit within the canvas. If you prefer to Drag and Drop an image from Mini Bridge (and there are additional files open), and so that it opens as it’s own document, drag and drop the file in the Tabbed area at the top of the open documents.

5:31 AM Permalink
June 7, 2010

Docking Mini Bridge

PSCS5 – Like all panels, you can dock Mini Bridge with any of the other panels on the right or left of the screen (i.e. application frame). I have also found it to be very useful to dock Mini Bridge to the bottom of my monitor to view my images as a filmstrip.

6:28 AM Permalink
May 31, 2010

Video Tutorial – New Features in Bridge and Mini Bridge CS5

Join Julieanne Kost in this video tutorial as she explains a new feature found in Adobe Photoshop CS5 called Mini Bridge, which lets you access all your creative assets, sort and filter them and then drag them right into your document.

3:45 PM Permalink
April 16, 2010

Thumbnail Oddities in Bridge

When thumbnails in Bridge don’t appear as they should, try selecting Tools > Cache > Purge Cache for Folder… This forces Bridge to rebuild all of the file’s thumbnails in that folder (which could take some time depending on how many images there are).

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