Posts tagged "Adobe Bridge"

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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

4:33 AM Permalink
April 15, 2010

Duplicate a File in Bridge

Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + D duplicates an image in Bridge (instead of deselecting like it use to).

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April 14, 2010

Full/Compact/Ultra Compact Mode in Bridge

To enter compact mode, click the icon in the upper right of the Bridge window (above the trash can icon), or Command + Return (Mac) / Control + Enter (Win) to toggle between Full mode and the last compact state you chose (Compact or Ultra Compact mode).

4:32 AM Permalink
April 13, 2010

Apply/Copy/Pasteand/or Removing Raw Presets in Bridge

Any preset created with Adobe Camera Raw (ACR), can be applied to a raw image (or JPEG) in Bridge without having to launch ACR by Control (Mac) / Right Mouse (Win) -clicking on the image, selecting Develop Presets, and choosing the desired option from the list.

5:30 AM Permalink
April 12, 2010

Delete vs Reject in Bridge

Option + Delete (Mac) / Alt + Backspace (Win) sets the Reject Label. Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Delete (Mac) / Backspace) (Win) will delete selected files.

4:23 AM Permalink
March 19, 2010

Previewing Images in Bridge

Tap the spacebar to enter Full Screen Preview or use Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + B to enter Review Mode and preview images without having to open them in Photoshop. While reviewing images in either of these view:
• The left/right arrow takes you to the previous/next image
• 0-9 labels and rates images
• Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + “[” or “]” rotates the image
• Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + R launches Camera Raw allowing you to make edits – all without ever leaving the Full Screen Preview or Review Mode.
• The Escape key exits both modes.
Note: I believe that there are 2 main advantages of using Review Mode: 1) it allows you to use the down arrow key to remove images from your selection and 2) it provides the ability to create Collections from your edited selection (icon appears in lower right). However in the carrousel view, the images are smaller.

6:03 AM Permalink
March 18, 2010

Toggle Details in Bridge

Select Preferences > Thumbnails to assign and display (up to) four additional lines of Metadata under the image thumbnails in the Content panel (in Thumbnail view). Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + T toggles (show/hide) the additional metadata displayed.

5:30 AM Permalink
March 17, 2010

Rating images in Bridge

By default, star rating and color labeling items in Bridge requires the Command (Mac) / Control (Win) keyboard modifier. However, selecting Preferences > Labels allows you to remove the keyboard modifier when applying the ratings/labels. After removing the modifier, 0-5 rates applies star ratings, and 6-9 applies color labels. Command (Mac) / Control (Win) > or Labels allows you to change the name of the color ratings (by default they are the color name) to something more specific like “Urgent” or “For Review”. Note: if using both Lightroom and Photoshop, you will probably want to make these labels match.

5:29 AM Permalink
March 16, 2010

The Content Panel in Bridge

Here are some of the shortcuts that I find handy when using the Content panel in Bridge:
• To navigate through images in the Content panel, use the up and down, left and right arrow keys.
• Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + \ (backslash) will cycle the Content panel through Thumbnails, Details and List views.
• Tap the Tab key to display only the Content panel. Tap again to display all panels.
• Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + “[” or “]” rotates selected images in the content panel.
• Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + “+” or “-” increases/decreases thumbnail size in the Content panel

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