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Over the last few years, Bridge has really become a strong and robust workflow tool. It's been a tool that many people rely on, that's become an integral part of their overall digital photographic workflow. Yet, one of the shortfalls of Bridge CS4 was how we actually exported or outputted our images from Bridge. Well, the good news is that in Bridge CS5, this has been completely changed and revamped because we have a new feature, which is called the Export panel. That's what we are going to focus in on here.
But one of the things that you and I know is that as a photographer we have a lot of files. For that matter, sometimes we have a lot of different file formats. Sometimes, let's say we have 10, or 50, or 100 or 1,000 files that we actually need to convert, or output, or export in order to deliver those to a client. Like say, for example, we have a RAW file, like I have here. What I need to do is I need to take this RAW file, as well as some of these other JPEG files, and I need to export those so that I can e-mail them to a client or send them to a client on a DVD.
Well, how then can we do that quickly and efficiently? Well, what we can do is simply click on the tab for the Export panel. Now when you open up the Export panel, you are going to be a little bit disappointed, because there's not a lot to see - yet don't let this be misleading, because this panel is actually quite powerful. Now, you may be thinking, "Okay. Well, where do I start?" Well, you probably know enough about Photoshop and Bridge that all you need to do really is start to click around and eventually, you can deconstruct how something works. And that's definitely the case here.
What we need to do is create a preset, and we can do so by double-clicking here to open up the Preset dialog. Now, the Preset dialog is going to become really important for how we export our images. For example, what we can do is define our preset for a Destination and our Image Options. Let's go ahead and take a look at some options here. Well, I am going to go ahead and click on this option to Publish to my Original File Location. In other words, I just want to create a folder within the same folder where I am currently working.
In this folder, I'll create a subfolder. And I'll call this client. Now, if I have existing files in that folder, I will ask this to Create Unique File Names. I am going to go ahead and name this particular preset 'client.' Next, what about my Image Options? Well, here what I want to do is I want to resize my images so that I can e-mail these to a client. I'll go ahead and type a number in here, 700. So, in other words, at its longest dimension, tall or wide, it will be 700 pixels. You can also click on these little buttons here in order to change these values.
Now, the Resample Method is incredibly important. A lot of us, as photographers, we have huge files that we then size down. Therefore, we want to use an image interpolation, or Resampling Method like Bicubic Sharper, which is best for reduction. We can also define an Image Quality, add Metadata if you want to. In my case, I don't. Then go ahead and add some Keywords if we need to, as well. Well, now that I have dialed-in all these different settings for this Preset, all I need to do is simply click Save. This will then create this new Preset here.
Well, if at any point I say, 'You know what? The file size you created was a little too big.' How can I then change this?' What you can do is click on this icon down here that will then reopen the options. We can go to our Image Options and change this to something smaller, say like 650, and then click on Save. Well, this will then overwrite what we have done, sure. Well, the next step is to actually process or export some images with this preset. Well, how can we do that? What we can do is we can select a single image and click and drag it to that preset, or for that matter, we can click on multiple images.
I'll do so by pressing the Command key on a Mac, Ctrl key on a PC, and clicking on multiple images and then clicking and dragging to this preset. If you click on the triangle icon, you can view all the images that are now applied to this particular preset. At this juncture, nothing has happened, yet when I am ready to export these files, all that I need to do is to simply click on this little icon here. It's going to then go ahead and export all of those files. We can see those files that that are located in this new folder that we created. Let's double-click that folder, and here what we will discover is that we now have all these images in the exact same file format.
You'll also notice that they are the exact same size, because it limited those dimensions for us, constraining the vertical or the horizontal orientation. So, as we have now discovered, the Export panel is indeed a phenomenal and effective way to export images quickly and seamlessly from right inside of Adobe Bridge CS5.
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