Posts in Category "Adobe Bridge"

April 10, 2013

Place a Smart Object from Bridge to Photoshop

When working in Bridge, select your file and choose File > Place > In Photoshop. If you have no other documents open, the document will be placed into a new document as a Smart Object in Photoshop (with transformation handles so that you can resize if necessary – tap the Return or Enter key to apply any transformation).

If you already have a file open in Photoshop, selecting File > Place > in Photoshop will open your document into the currently active document  and resize it to fit within the image (with transformation handles so that you can resize if necessary – tap the Return or Enter key to apply any transformation).


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July 23, 2012

Video Tutorial – Why Does a Photograph’s Preview Change in Lightroom and Bridge?

In this video tutorial, Julieanne explains one of the great mysteries of Lightroom and Bridge – why Lightroom (or Bridge) displays a photograph one way and then changes the way it looks a moment later. It will all become clear with just a little information about how digital camera files are captured and displayed by different applications.

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June 14, 2012

Image Processor – JPEG Quality Scale

When using the Image Processor feature in Photoshop (File > Scripts > Image Processor) or Bridge (Tools > Photoshop > Image Processor), enter a value between 1-12 for JPEG quality (1 being the lowest quality and 12 being the highest). Since some applications have a scale from 1-10 or 1-100, I thought that it would be helpful to point out the range.

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April 27, 2012

Announcing Photoshop CS6 Essential Training by Julieanne Kost on

If you’re a beginner to Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop or, if you simply need to brush up on some of the features that you use less often, then this is the perfect training course for you!  With 150 crisp, concise videos, Julieanne makes it easy to find information on exactly the topic you’re looking for so that you can get professional results as soon as possible. To see a table of contents and more information, click here.


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April 10, 2012

Why doesn’t my version of Photoshop or Lightroom support my camera?

This is a question that I have been hearing a lot lately and thankfully Jeff Tranberry, Product Manager in Digital Imaging focusing on Customer Advocacy, has posted the excellent information here.

If you are looking specifically for support fort the Canon EOS 5D Mk III you can download the Lightroom 4.1 Release Candidate from Adobe Labs.  

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February 14, 2012

Open Several Photographs into a Single Photoshop Document

There are several ways  to open multiple photographs into a single Photoshop document:

• From Bridge – select multiple photographs and choose Tools > Photoshop > Load Files into Photoshop Layers.

• From Photoshop – select File > Scripts > Load Files into Stack. Note: you can also choose to create a Smart Object out of the Stack – but this converts all layers into a single Smart Object, not each one individually.

• From Lightroom – select multiple photographs and choose Photo > Edit In > Open As Layers in Photoshop.

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February 9, 2012

Photoshop – Applying Adobe Camera Raw Presets in Bridge

If you’re using Adobe Camera Raw, I’m sure that you already know that one of the easiest ways to speed up your workflow is to create Presets.  But did you know that you don’t have to open the files into ACR in order to apply them? Simply select the files in Bridge, Control -click (Mac) / Right Mouse -click (Win), select Develop Settings, and choose your preset.

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November 2, 2011

Video Tutorial – Lightroom or Bridge – Which is the Right Application to Manage Your Workflow?

In this episode of the Complete Picture, Julieanne Kost helps you decide which application is right for your workflow by explaining the differences between Lightroom and Bridge for managing images and assets.

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September 19, 2011

Exporting a Cache when Writing Files to CD and DVD

To preview images quickly when moving from folder to folder,  Bridge creates and stores cached thumbnails either in a global database or in a local file in each folder.  When burning CDs or DVDs it is beneficial to change the Bridge Preferences > Cache to Automatically Export Cache to Folders when Possible so that the when the CD is accessed at a later time, the File Browser accesses the saved cache file, instantly propagating the File Browser with the necessary thumbnails, ranking, and rotation information.

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The Contact Sheet Feature

One of the frequently asked questions in technical support is: “Where did the Contact Sheet and other automated features go in Photoshop CS4 and CS5?” In order to answer this question, I recorded a video tutorial explaining how the Output Module in Bridge replaces the Contact Sheet feature (Where is Contact Sheet in Photoshop CS4).

The information about the Output Module in Bridge (in the video above) is still accurate, but I needed to update the links if you prefer to use the optional “Automate” plug-ins (Contact Sheet II, Picture Package, Web Photo Gallery, Script for Layer Comps to Web Photo Gallery from Photoshop CS3) in Photoshop CS4 or Photoshop CS5 . Here are the updated links to download the Automate Plug-ins:

• For Mac OS:

• For Windows:

Note: Please review the ReadmeCS5_Optionalplugin.pdf file in with the downloaded files for installation instructions.

As you will discover, the Contact Sheet II, Web Photo Gallery, Picture Package and Layer Comps to WPG plug-ins from Photoshop CS3 are supported in 32- and 64-bit Windows, and only 32-bit Mac OS.

Here’s how to run Photoshop CS5 in 32-bit and 64-bit modes:

• To run Photoshop CS5 on Mac OS as a 32-bit application:

Select the Adobe Photoshop CS5 application file, installed by default in the Applications/Adobe Photoshop CS5 folder.

Choose File > Get Info, and select Open in 32 Bit Mode.

Deselect this option to run Photoshop CS5 in 64-bit mode.

• To run Photoshop CS5 in Windows as a 32-bit application:

Close Photoshop CS5.

Navigate to the Program Files (x86) > Adobe > Adobe Photoshop CS5 folder.

Double-click the Adobe Photoshop CS5.exe file.

• To run Photoshop CS5 in Windows as a 64-bit application (if your version of Windows and your hardware supports 64 bit):

Close Photoshop CS5.

Navigate to the Program Files > Adobe > Adobe Photoshop CS5 folder.

Double-click the Adobe Photoshop CS5.exe file.

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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.

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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.

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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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