December 31, 2009

Quick tip: Reviewing images as B&Ws in Bridge

I just saw a feature request for Adobe Bridge that covers something that’s already possible. A photographer requested a way to review all his images as black & whites. Here’s my simple suggestion:

  • Open an image in Camera Raw and create a B&W treatment you like.
  • Create a preset via the “Save Settings…” option in the little menu* on the right-hand side of the Camera Raw tabs.
  • Once you’ve made a preset, you can batch-apply it to images in Bridge by selecting the images, then choosing Edit->Develop Settings->{Your Preset Name}.

* Side note: I can’t adequately describe how annoying I find it that we (Adobe collectively) make this menu & similar ones so hard to see. I don’t have control over all such decisions.

Posted by John Nack at 1:17 PM on December 31, 2009


  • Watson — 2:25 PM on December 31, 2009

    That is a great tip and shall I say an old school work around with ACR and Bridge. have forgotten about that one since my life in Lightroom began.
    Happy New Year John!

  • James Shewmaker — 2:34 PM on December 31, 2009

    But that tampers with the current Camera Settings, doesn’t it? Is there anyway to “preview only” as Grayscale without altering the Camera Settings that are already in place?

  • John Hoffman — 2:34 PM on December 31, 2009

    Making features, templates, and other useful material easily accessible to the user has always been a challenge to developers of large full-featured programs such as many in Adobe’s Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, etc. In fact, I suspect the derisive term “bloatware” is often used by purchasers who do not realize how much useful material has been included of which the purchasers are unaware.
    WordPerfect has long come with a booklet (in pdf only, in more recent editions) that shows all included fonts, graphics, etc. Maybe an analogous pdf could be packaged with Photoshop and other CS programs to show where in the menu structure to find specific features, templates, etc.

  • James — 2:49 PM on December 31, 2009

    I meant to say Camera Raw Settings, not Camera Settings

  • Leigh Perry — 5:21 PM on December 31, 2009

    With the XRite Passport making it easy to produce shoot-specific camera profiles, it would be nice to also tell Bridge to Edit->Develop Settings->{camera calibration profile}, rather than having to explicitly wrap the profile in a preset.

  • Onibalusi Bamidele — 6:08 AM on January 02, 2010

    Thanks for the info.

  • David Harradine — 11:31 PM on January 02, 2010

    When you save the grayscale adjustment you should make sure to only check the grayscale adjustment check box, then it will not alter any other adjustments. You could then make a second setting called remove grayscale and save it with grayscale adjustments reset to zero and this would then remove the grayscale preview and return you your original image settings.

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