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Adobe Bridge is a strong stand-alone application that we can use in order to access, and organize, and even process our photographs. Yet, one of the problems with working with Adobe Bridge is that we'll find ourself jumping back and forth between Photoshop and Bridge. Because this jump back and forth can sometimes interrupt our overall workflow, the folks at Adobe came up with a really creative solution, and that's called Mini Bridge. And what Mini Bridge is is it's a smaller version of Bridge, which is included right inside of Photoshop.
So, what you can do is some of the higher level tasks that you can do on Bridge right inside of Photoshop. For example, you can filter or sort and actually find and then open images without ever having to leave Photoshop. In order to get familiar with Mini Bridge, let's first take a look at a number of different ways that we can open and access this new tool. One of the things that we can do is simply click on the Mini Bridge icon here. That will then expand, or open, or click again, or collapse that Mini Bridge. We can also click on the same icon here in order to launch Mini Bridge.
There are couple of other techniques we can use as well. If you navigate your File pulldown menu, here you can choose Browse in Mini Bridge. And then the last technique is to navigate your Window pulldown menu and then just select Extensions and choose Mini Bridge. Now, why am I showing you all of these different ways to open up Mini Bridge? Well, I'm showing you these different techniques for launching or opening Mini Bridge just so you know they are there, and also to kind of highlight this idea that Adobe is trying to make it really easy to open and access Mini Bridge.
And they are doing this because they believe that this is going to become an integral aspect of your overall workflow. And I think you'll discover, as I've discovered, that that's true. It's something that I now use all the time. Let's get started with Mini Bridge. The first thing we want to do is click on the Settings button and here we have two options: how we want to launch Bridge, and also how we want to control the appearance of Mini Bridge. Let's click on the button for Bridge launching first. The reason that this is here is because if you're going to run Mini Bridge, you have to have the real, or the full Bridge running at the same time - and that needs to be Bridge CS5 - as we're working in Photoshop CS5.
So, if Bridge is not running, what should we do? Should we simply display the homepage until we click on Browse files? I don't think so. My preference is to click this option, Start Bridge automatically, because I believe that you should always have Photoshop and Bridge open at the same time. We don't want to have any lag time there, and it's not going to slow down our computer much. So, again, it's a good idea to click that option so that both are running at the same time, and if they're not, it starts up Bridge. Now when Mini Bridge opens, what do you want to do? You want to use a separate or a new window or do you want Mini Bridge to take note of where you left off when working in Bridge? In other words, do you want to use an existing window? Well, in this case, we want to use our existing window.
We want Mini Bridge to have some built-in memory, so it notes where we were last time. All right. We'll click on this triangle icon here, then choose Settings, and let's go back to Appearance. Well, here in Appearance, what we can do is change our User Interface and also our Image Backdrop. This will control two different areas of Mini Bridge. I'm going to go ahead and darken the user interface and darken the Image Backdrop even further. You can see that color right here. Now, the next option is to turn on Color Manage panel.
We definitely want to have that checked on so that we have more color correct or more color accurate previews of our images inside of Mini Bridge. Well now that we've dialed in the Interface Brightness and the Image backdrop, let's go ahead and click on the Home icon. That will take us home where we can now begin to browse files. We'll click on Browse Files and here you can see those two different colors. We have that first gray up here and then that darker gray down below over here. Now, if you don't like those colors, you can always click on the icon at the top right-hand corner and then choose Settings.
Next, go to Appearance and here, what we can do is change that Image Backdrop and also the User Interface. Next, go back to Home and then browse files, and here you can see we successfully changed the colors in the background of those two areas.
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