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What is this Bridge of which you speak?

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

Video: What is this Bridge of which you speak?

People ask me, what is Bridge? Because I use it so much, I'm always referencing it in my seminars and all the training I do. And people, what is Bridge what does it do? And I always say, what doesn't it do? That's the question. Maybe that's a bit dramatic, but Bridge really is an incredible tool, and we've had it since CS2. This isn't new to CS5, it came out in CS2, and even before that. We had a version of it in Photoshop. I think Photoshop 6 was the first version that allowed you to go File > Browse and actually see the pictures more visually as thumbnails and do some really neat stuff with them, as opposed to just opening them up and looking at them.

What is this Bridge of which you speak?

People ask me, what is Bridge? Because I use it so much, I'm always referencing it in my seminars and all the training I do. And people, what is Bridge what does it do? And I always say, what doesn't it do? That's the question. Maybe that's a bit dramatic, but Bridge really is an incredible tool, and we've had it since CS2. This isn't new to CS5, it came out in CS2, and even before that. We had a version of it in Photoshop. I think Photoshop 6 was the first version that allowed you to go File > Browse and actually see the pictures more visually as thumbnails and do some really neat stuff with them, as opposed to just opening them up and looking at them.

So they've expanded that now into this application called Adobe Bridge. Now what is Bridge, alright I'm, I'm going to give you two answers, answer number one is the very simple boring technical answer and then answer number two is I want to show you just in brief what this incredible tool does as you really use it, and when I am done with that you will say Now I understand why you made a video on this because it's so powerful, you really want to learn this tool. Alright, let's start with the really boring simple technical answer.

Bridge. Bridge is like finder on a Mac where you navigate your folder structure to get to that folder right there into that folder right there Or Windows Explorer on a PC. So, if you're used to navigating in either of those environments to get to that folder of photos, well, guess what? That's what Bridge does. So, why do we need it? Well, Bridge is an Adobe product. So it's Adobe's version of Finder, which integrates the tools together. So, you're going to see integration between PhotoShop and In Design, and the way Bridge can allow you to work with these different applications. Bridge ships with the creative suite.

It also ships with every Point product. So, if you just own Photoshop you have Bridge. Just InDesign, you have Bridge. Creative Suite, Bridge. Master Collection, Bridge. In Copy, Bridge. They just ship it with everything but, it's not a stand alone product. You can't just go buy it. It's, it's free which is really nice. (SOUND) Now if you look here in the top left corner, you'll see we have our favorites which desktop, my user area, pictures maybe. Nothing much there. This is the default setting here and here I can navigate my folders and I'm going to double click on the computer and you can see the hard drives. You can also see I'm here.

I can expand. Go down here expand or double click see the contents this way it depends on how you like to work I am going to double click on my folder, double click on this folder, double click on this folder. See it, if you just like finder when you finally get to a folder thats got some good stuff in it, now all of a sudden it starts getting a little exciting. Alright, and we can preview these and you're thinking well can I preview these in finder and windows explorer, yes but Preview is only one small component of this.

Notice that I can preview GIFs, AI files, this is the Preview window over here. Now watch this preview as I click on the flash version or the animated version of this illustrator file. Are you ready? Ready, here we go. We can actually see SWF files in action there. Here's a PDF, and I can look at the multiple pages of that PDF. Here's a snippet. If you don't know what that is, it's one of my favorite things about InDesign. Here's an InDesign document, I can look at it right there. Here's another InDesign document, here's a WAV file. Here's a JPEG, JPEG.

These are all shot at the same time. This is with my Cannon 67D. Now watch this JPEG, JPEG and, boom, now I'm in a movie. I can actually watch the movie and this movie and this movie and then I'm back to the JPEGs, all within this same interface. More JPEGs? Here's an old EPS file. Here's a PNG, here's a TIFF file, alright? So we can see all the stuff that's right here in this window. So, it's Finder alright, that's the boring answer. Let's, let's do something more exciting. Let's go back.

These are the bread crumbs that showed us where we got. We were in the computer data. This is all that folders we clicked through. Now I am going to go back to this folder right here. And I'm going to double click on this folder. And here's a bunch of photos from I was out skiing one day and, well I wasn't skiing I was sitting in the car, and I was cold and I looked over, and I saw this tree, and I thought, hey I'm going to take some pictures of these trees with the frost on them. So, I now want to decide which one of these 17 images to use in my InDesign document.

So I'm going to hit my space bar and go to full screen mode, and I'm going to scroll through until I find the ones that I like. Just looking at em very quickly, alright. Well I've made it all the way through, going to go up here and use some ranking. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 stars, to decide which ones I like. So, full screen mode. Don't like that one. That one's alright. So I'll give that, Cmd+4. Really like that one, Cmd+5. I like that one better, Cmd+5. Let's go back to that one, give it Cmd+0. I'm just ranking these images as I go through.

Kind of like the foggy version. Really like that one. Alright? Now, I hit my Space bar. And down here is the filter, showing me all those with five and four stars, and there they are. I'm going to select them. I'm going to start to drag. Can you see my icon change there? I'm going to Cmd+Tab, on a Windows machine you would Alt+Tab to InDesign and now when I let go. Check this out. In InDesign my cursor is now loaded with all four of those graphics. I'm going to start to drag. Now this is CS5 so I can actually hit my up arrow and down arrow to use gridify. Make my grid, fill frame proportionally, let's go ahead and center those. And now, I'm already starting to build my document, just by choosing my images in Bridge.

That was the quick version. We're going to spend more time on that in future videos. What's the point? The point is that Bridge allows us to work within design very quickly. I can also, if I want to edit this picture, just double-click on it, and now it's open in Photoshop. Okay? Well, that was quick, all right? Very easy. There are other things we can do from within Bridge. We can access other Photoshop tools. We can do batch processing in all sorts of different ways and add metadata. So, in this video, we're going to go through and show you all these great things.

How do you get to Bridge? Well, it's a standalone product. You can put it in your Dock. There it is right there. Put it in your Dock, or if you're in InDesign, click this button right there, and now I'm in Bridge. Click the boomerang, I'm back in InDesign. Let's go to Photoshop. Click that. Yup, I'm in Bridge again. So, there's lots of ways to get to Bridge, I want to show you one of my favorites. Love this. Alright, I'm going to go to finder you know, because sometimes old habits die hard. We're going to go to the data, and I'm going to open up this folder right here called Texas road trip by dragging that folder right on top of the Bridge icon right there and now I can see all the pictures inside that.

Now I'm ready to work. Ready to get in there, and do the stuff I need to do. So what is Bridge? It's Finder, but it's given to us by the Adobe gods, and it's so much more powerful, and if you're a designer, or you're doing anything in the Adobe world, you're definitely going to want to use Bridge.

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