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In Photoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New Features, author Chris Orwig explores the enhancements in Photoshop CS5 and Bridge CS5 from a photographer's perspective. This course introduces the Mini Bridge, a brand new panel to browse and open images without leaving Photoshop, expanded layer functionality, improved sharpening and noise reduction in Adobe Camera Raw, cleaning up and enhancing photographs with the new Bristle Brush and content-aware tools, and working with the new High Dynamic Range (HDR) toning controls. Exercise files are included with the course.
Because many of us will soon discover that Mini Bridge will be something that will really tightly integrate into our overall workflow, it may be a good idea to come up with a way to create a custom keyboard shortcut in order to open, or launch Mini Bridge. Let's go ahead and take a look at how we can do that here. Well, you may recall that one of the ways that you can launch Mini Bridge is by navigating to the File pulldown menu. Here you can select Browse in Mini Bridge. You'll notice that, currently, there's not a shortcut assigned to this.
You will notice that above there is a shortcut for browsing in Bridge. Now, one of the things that I want to do is create a shortcut that's very similar to the shortcut for browsing in Bridge, but perhaps just a little bit different, so that I can group in my mind these two shortcuts together, in order to make them a little bit easier to remember. Well, to add this custom keyboard shortcut, we're going to navigate to our Edit pulldown menu, and then we'll go down and select Keyboard Shortcuts. This will open up our Keyboard Shortcuts dialog. From here, we're going to select Shortcuts For > Application menus.
Next, we're going to go to that File pulldown menu right here. So, we'll click File. Now we'll go to Browse in Mini Bridge. Now here what I'm going to do is click in this area right here, and because I'm on a Mac, what I'm going to do is press a shortcut, which is very similar to this one here. On a Mac to Browse in Bridge, it's Option+Command+O. So, here, I'm going to press Shift+Option+Command+O. When I'm on a PC, what I press is Shift+Alt+Ctrl+O. Now the actual shortcut that you assign here is completely up to you, although I found this one to be helpful.
And again, it's easy to remember, simply because those two are so close together. All right, in order to apply that, all that we need to do is click off of that and then simply click OK. And now we have the shortcut, which allows us to launch Mini Bridge. So, in my case, because I'm on a Mac, I'll press Shift+Option+Command+O. That will then launch Mini Bridge.
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