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Finding linked files

From: 11 Tricks for Faster Photo Processing with Bridge and Photoshop

Video: Finding linked files

If by now you're still not convinced that Bridge is the place to go to help you find all your files as you're working, watch this. Let's just say you use InDesign. I'm going to assume that for this demonstration. And if you're a typical InDesign user, what you've done is you've started your InDesign file and you need the logo. So, you hit file, place, and you search through your server and you find it. Boom. There, it's on your page. And now you need the cover so you search and it's in a different folder because you used it last year on a project. Boom, now it's on the page. And you take photos from this folder and graphics from this folder and photos from this other folder and before too long you've got a very full InDesign document with graphics of all sort, AI files, TIFs, JPEGs, PSDs and they're all in different folders somewhere on your server.

Finding linked files

If by now you're still not convinced that Bridge is the place to go to help you find all your files as you're working, watch this. Let's just say you use InDesign. I'm going to assume that for this demonstration. And if you're a typical InDesign user, what you've done is you've started your InDesign file and you need the logo. So, you hit file, place, and you search through your server and you find it. Boom. There, it's on your page. And now you need the cover so you search and it's in a different folder because you used it last year on a project. Boom, now it's on the page. And you take photos from this folder and graphics from this folder and photos from this other folder and before too long you've got a very full InDesign document with graphics of all sort, AI files, TIFs, JPEGs, PSDs and they're all in different folders somewhere on your server.

Or maybe some on the server, some on your hard drive, some on an external. It doesn't matter. You're linked to files all over the place. Well, how do you find those? I know some of you are thinking, well, can't you just open InDesign file and make sure that everything's linked properly and then package and pull from that folder? Yes. Yes, you could. Can't you just click on the InDesign document and go and read where the linked files are? Yes, if there aren't a million of them. Okay, so watch this nifty little tool. That icon right there beside that InDesign document tells me there are linked files to it, of any sort.

If I right-click on it and go to Show Linked Files, it now puts all the linked graphics, movies, sound bytes, anything I use InDesign file, are right here In the content preview area. Why does that matter? Because I want to use this picture and this picture or these two pictures on another document, and I don't remember the names of them maybe. Or I don't know where they are. So, I am just going to select those very quickly, switch to InDesign and now just drop this on the page, make 'em fit.

There we go, center, and now I've use these on the page without having to go hunting for them because InDesign knows where they are. Look at this InDesign document. There's linked graphics, all right? Right-click, Show Linked Files. There they are. I wanted to use this background in another file. Or, I wanted to use this WAV file in another file and I don't remember what that WAV file was called. You don't have to remember. All you have to remember now is where the InDesign document is, and it'll take care of it from there, with a little help from Bridge.

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