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

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Now all along, you've heard me say it probably enough that you're sick of hearing it, that metadata rides along with the photo. Well, here I am in InDesign, I know it's a Bridge class, but just hang with me for just a second. Let's take this photograph here, or this one, it doesn't matter, any of these photographs, and let's go back to Bridge and look at them just quickly. Let's go to this one, for example. Castello di Mesocco in Mesocco, Switzerland. I took the picture, blah, blah, blah. Okay. There's the information. It's got five stars, we've got that.

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2h 50m Beginner May 09, 2011

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Taking pictures is easy; managing images is a different story. In this workshop, Adobe Certified Instructor Russell Viers shares his techniques for sorting through your photo libraries. See how to breeze through images using Bridge and full-screen preview, how to quickly mark the ones you like and open them all for synchronized image adjustment, how to go from Bridge to InDesign and Photoshop for page layout and image optimization, and more. These 11 techniques show how to process your digital photos faster, and save precious time for shooting.

Topics include:
  • Introducing Adobe Bridge
  • Viewing and sorting your photos
  • The power of metadata
  • Filtering
  • Using Bridge with InDesign
  • Adjusting lots of photos quickly
  • Finding files
  • The Output workspace
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Reading and extracting file info

Now all along, you've heard me say it probably enough that you're sick of hearing it, that metadata rides along with the photo. Well, here I am in InDesign, I know it's a Bridge class, but just hang with me for just a second. Let's take this photograph here, or this one, it doesn't matter, any of these photographs, and let's go back to Bridge and look at them just quickly. Let's go to this one, for example. Castello di Mesocco in Mesocco, Switzerland. I took the picture, blah, blah, blah. Okay. There's the information. It's got five stars, we've got that.

And the keywords, hm, no keywords. Okay. So, that's the information about that photo. I can see it here in Bridge. I can also see it in Photoshop. If I open this up in Photoshop and I go to File > File Info and, there. I can see it there as well. Okay. That's alright. But check this out. I can select this photo in InDesign and go to Window > Info. In the Info panel, if I go to the Panel menu there and go to File Info, guess what's going to pop up. Yep.

The Metadata. How many stars, the description, who took the picture, all the IPTC data is right there, camera data is there. Everything I need to know about this photo, because it's in the photo, I can extract it in InDesign. Now, how does that help me? Well, if this description is good enough, I can actually copy this and paste it underneath the photograph. Now, those of you who know InDesign and CS5 very well are maybe laughing because I said that because there's better ways to do it. I'm only making a point, alright? CS5 gave us some really neat Captioning tools but right now, I just want to show we can extract that Metadata from the File Info.

If you go to CS4 and before, under Window, back in CS4 it was called Automation. In CS5, it's here under Utility > Scripts, but in CS4 and earlier, under your Window > Automation > Scripts, you could open up that Scripts panel, and inside of Applications > Samples > JavaScript, you had to bury it. Down here was a script called Label Graphics. And Label Graphics if you double-click on it would extract that Metadata for you on all the photographs automatically. So, if you've got an old version of InDesign, look for that. There are also a bunch of scripts that you can find online, just do a search for them, an internet search for Metadata scripts in InDesign. You'll probably find a lot of them.

InDesign CS5 made it even easier for us but I just want you to see that I can actually see this Metadata inside of InDesign. Some of it I can even see in the Links panel, some of this information that pertains to the image. Let's just see if we can see anymore. Let's go to Panel Options > Description, right there. I can say, show me the description and headline, show me the photographer.

So, yes, Metadata can be extracted and put into this Links panel, and that's not new to CS5, we've had that since CS4. So, the Links panel can actually show you the Metadata without even going to the File Info. The reason I like File Info is because I like to keep my Links panel a little bit cleaner than that. And if I need that Metadata, I want to go to the Info Panel, I want to extract that if I need it. Metadata as I've just demonstrated, doesn't end in Bridge. It comes right here into InDesign and I can pull it right out to use in my publication.

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