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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.
Let's take a look at how we can customize the Mini Bridge dock position and orientation. Now so far we've seen that Mini Bridge is collapsed to these icons here. Well, what we can do is click on this tab and drag Mini Bridge out of this particular tab group. Now if we want to open up this tab, what we can do is click to expand this, and here we can see we have our History panel. We're going to go ahead and close that by clicking on the icon in the top right-hand corner and choosing Close. So, again, now all we have are our regular panels and then Mini Bridge floating over here by itself.
Well, what can do with Mini Bridge is we can actually click on this and drag it down to the base of Photoshop. When we do that, we'll see a nice blue line along the bottom of Photoshop. When you see that line, let go. Now what's happened is Mini Bridge is anchored or attached to the base of Photoshop. What's interesting about this is we can change our view here, say to something like Filmstrip. Well, now here we have a filmstrip of images, but at this juncture, we may simply want to close this Navigation panel, again, so that we can have a nice long filmstrip.
To change the height of Mini Bridge, all that we need to do is hover over this line. We can go ahead and click and drag this down, so we have a more appropriate filmstrip. I'll make these images smaller as well. So, the nice thing about this is we can have this really small down here, and it can be a nice way to select files and then open them up inside of Photoshop or in this Filmstrip orientation. Now keep in mind that even in this orientation, we can take advantage of our different shortcuts. For example, select an image, press the Spacebar key, and you'll go to that Full Screen View mode.
So, you can still tap into the complete power of Mini Bridge right here. It's just docked in a new position. We'll press the Spacebar key again to exit out of that. All right. Well, what about expanding or collapsing Mini Bridge? One of the things you know about Photoshop is that all these tabs can be expanded or collapsed simply by double- clicking on the tab name. That will then open or close that particular panel. We can do so here, again, double- clicking on this to open or close. All right. Let's go ahead and open up Mini Bridge one more time.
Now if ever you find that there is a particular layout like this that you like, all that you need to do to save this is to navigate to your Workspace button here. What I'm going to do is choose New Workspace. In this case, I'm going to go ahead and give this one my initials. I'm going to call this mbr for Mini Bridge, and I'll click save. Well, now that I have that particular workspace here, I can select it from this pulldown menu. I can go back to my default Essentials layout and then there, I'll reset Essentials to take that back to normal.
Now if I want to choose my Mini Bridge layout, I'll simply choose that here. That will then change the orientation and position of all of my different panels.
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