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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.
Here, I want to look at how we can begin to open files from Mini Bridge either into Adobe Camera Raw or into Photoshop. Let's start off with a RAW file here. I'm going to click on this file, which is called antelope_valley. In order to see this file a little big bigger, I'll press Shift+Spacebar. This will then take this image into this Preview mode. Well, now that I've seen the image, I've determined, yeah. This is the one that I want to open. I'll go ahead and click Close here. Now because this is a RAW file, all that I need to do is to double-click the image that will then open this up inside of Adobe Camera Raw.
From here, if I wanted to open this up in Photoshop, I would simply click Open Image. That would exit Camera Raw and open this image up inside of Photoshop. Well, what about JPEGs? Let's go ahead and make a selection of a JPEG here. To open up a JPEG in Photoshop, simply double-click. That will then open the image up in Photoshop. Here I'm going to go ahead and just ignore this Profile Mismatch and click OK. We can see that we now have this image open in Photoshop.
If ever I want to close the image, simply close it and then go on my way. All right. Well, let's say that I scroll through these images and I come to one of my JPEGs. I realize for this particular JPEG, I want to open it up inside of Adobe Camera Raw. Well, how can I do that? Well, what we can do is right-click or Ctrl+Click, and then we can select Open in Camera Raw. We'll go ahead and choose that option. Here we can make some changes to the Contrast and the Vibrance and the Color Saturation, just adding a little bit of snap to the image. Press the P key.
There is our before. Press the P key again. There is our after. Let's add even more and just have a little bit of fun with this photo. All right, and then we click Open Image. That will then open up that image with those Camera Raw settings applied to it. All right. Well, so far so good. We've seen how we can open up RAW files, JPEGs and also open JPEGs or TIFFs in Camera Raw. Well, what about opening up something directly from Mini Bridge? Like, let's say that what we want to really do is we want to bring this image in to this file here.
Well, what you can do is click on a file and simply drag and then drop. Now when we do that, it gives us this icon here showing us that what's going to happen is, when we press Enter or Return, we now have an icon next to the thumbnail. Now what this is showing us is that this has been placed in this other document. Let me just reposition this a little bit so that we can illustrate what's happening here. So, if I move this off to the right, I'll go ahead and change the size of Mini Bridge, so we can focus in on the image.
We can see that I now have a document with two images inside of it. Well, the interesting thing about this is that the way that this works is this image is now tied to the original file. If ever I want to open up the original source file, we'll simply double-click the icon here. It will then open that up and we'll click OK. Now if I make any changes to this document, like say, for example, I shift the Hue. I'll go ahead and make a Hue change, and then I save that. We're going to see that that's also going to update in the background there.
Let's undo that change, make a save, and again, it updates that over there. All right. Well, we can close this original file out. Then also, let's just go ahead and close this one here, sayulita_02, so that we can bring this all kind of back to normal and reiterate a couple of things that we've covered. I'm going to expand Mini Bridge and just want to highlight a few things that we've covered. Well, so far, we've seen that Camera Raw files will open up easily in Adobe Camera Raw simply by double-clicking. On the other hand, if we have a TIFF or a JPEG or a PSD, if we double-click one of those files, by default, those will quickly open up in Photoshop.
On the other hand, if we want to open up a TIFF or JPEG in Camera Raw, all we need to do is right-click or Ctrl+Click, and then choose Open in Camera Raw. Then the last technique we looked at is how we can place as a Smart Object, an image directly from Mini Bridge into another open document. In order to do that, all that we need to do was simple click, drag and drop into another open document.
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