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Where is everything?

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

Video: Where is everything?

In this lesson, my goal isn't to teach you every little aspect of Bridge in deep detail, but to give you a quick overview on where everything is so you can find it quickly as you are learning the product. The first thing to look at is the overall work space, which is very Adobe in some regards. We've got drop down menus like Adobe, and well, it says Adobe right there. And we've got these tabbed panels which we're kind of used to that. But if you're an InDesign user or a PhotoShop user or Illustrator only, this starts looking a little foreign because we work with panes not panels.

Where is everything?

In this lesson, my goal isn't to teach you every little aspect of Bridge in deep detail, but to give you a quick overview on where everything is so you can find it quickly as you are learning the product. The first thing to look at is the overall work space, which is very Adobe in some regards. We've got drop down menus like Adobe, and well, it says Adobe right there. And we've got these tabbed panels which we're kind of used to that. But if you're an InDesign user or a PhotoShop user or Illustrator only, this starts looking a little foreign because we work with panes not panels.

Alright, so we're not working with floating panels over an art board or a page of some sort. We are working with panes that are interlocked and as we move this you can see that these get bigger and that's the way it works. They're called panes, so I can make this bigger to make the preview pane bigger and the metadata smaller. So I'm going to revert this back to our essentials workspace somewhere reset that okay and so what we have here are drop down menus. And they're organized much like you'd expect in an Adobe product.

Under window we can launch the panes not the panels like we do in the other applications. We've got Tools underneath here, we got ways of labeling and then again, in future classes, we're going to go in depth here but basically you just want to learn to look under here for certain things. But what makes this different from a lot of Adobe products is, most of what you see up here in these drop down menus, have icons So the question is, well which do you like to work with? Icons, drop down menus, keyboard shortcuts, you have all those choices. Let's click on a picture right here.

This is a picture I took. It's a happy picture called dead sunflowers. And as you can see over here, we've go a preview pane, all right? And it's kind of small, really, so I'm going to enlarge that by making the pane wider and I'm going to lower the metadata pane and now you can see we have a nice large preview pane. Ever since CS3 we've had this little magnifyng glass or a loop that allows me to get in there and actually look at the individual parts of the image in great detail.

Much like you would a loop on the light table. And you can decide whether you like this its great for group shots to see if eyes are closed or to see if things are sharp enough. And if you're happy with this. The whole point of this environment is not to spend the time opening this in Photoshop, but to determine here in this environment whether you like this picture or not. And if not,you keep moving on to the next one. So. Here's a few pictures that are very similar. Let me eliminate that loop there. So, as I use my right arrow, I can just scroll through, and if I see one that I think I like, now I can click on it and now I can decide in the preview window, whether this is something I want to work with or not. So that's what the preview window does.

Down here is metadata and keywords. We will do a whole chapter just on metadata keywords, but just know that that's where it is. Here are your thumbnails right here in the middle and you can enlarge those by playing with this little slider right here. So you want really small ones and rely on the preview window or do you want bigger thumbnails and rely less on the preview window. You can change the way those thumbnails are displayed by converting them to where you still see the thumbnails but over here there's a lot of meta data that helps you read more about the picture. Like I can even see the focal length of the lens that I used. There's the resolution, it's an RGB, I'm the author. So all this metadata is here with the thumbnail.

I have another view down here, that allows me to see more meta-data value and very tiny thumbnails. All right, so, really it depends on how you like to work. I tend to like to work in this view, because I like to quickly see the thumbnail, and see what the preview gives me. Over here in the top left, is how we navigate. So I can go to my computer, if that's my, one of my favorites, or on my desktop if that's my favorites, or my pictures folder. I'm going to go to my folders because right now I don't have anything in favorites that I want to use. And I'm actually working off this computer In the data hard drive, in the Products folder, look I have my own folder.

I'm going to open that up, and this is the Bridge class, and I'm going to go to the Assets folder and that's, that's the folder we're going to be working out of for this whole lesson. Well I want to add that to Favorites. I can go to File > Add to Favorites. I can right click on it, Add to Favorites, okay? because I get the contextual menu there, alright? Or if I'm in the Favorites panel like this I can just drag that folder right over there and now I can just click on that. So for the rest of this lesson, I'll just be able to click there very quickly then double click on that folder and I'll go to this folder and now I can see all of the files inside of that. Okay, I'll enlarge the preview.

Here we go. Make the thumbnails a little bit smaller. Now I can work. I can go through and decide pictures I want to work with. Down here are filtering This is where I can actually say only show me the JPEGs cause this folder has a lot of stuff, InDesign files, snippets, PDF. I only want to see the JPEGs. Boom and now in one click I've narrowed down my search to only JPEGs. I can even say well only show me the landscape images. Okay, so there's all sorts of filtering down here.

I can export these to my hard drive, or brand new in CS5, I have the ability to export to Facebook and Flickr. We'll talk about that in a future chapter as well. So where is everything? Well, it's in these buttons, and icons, it's in the drop down menus, and it's in these panes. One note about these panes is if there are some I'm never going to use I can turn them off. I can go to window and turn off the collections panel.

I'm not going to work with that. And I can go down here and turn off the metadata and the keywords. So I can turn off the ones I'm not going to use, to unclutter my work space, and now I have fewer panels to worry about, fewer pains to deal with, and I just work in a cleaner environment. want to learn what these buttons do? Just hover over it for a second, filter items by rating. There's filtering. Well, there's filtering there and there's also filtering here. So I can choose how to sort here but I can also choose under view, how to sort.

Okay, so what you see here in icons in most cases is available up here. Here's the Adobe Photo Downloader right here. File. Get Photos From Camera, it's the same thing. One important note, is that right here, this allows you to navigate much like you would a website. I'm going back to previous folders I've visited. There we go, that's where we were at the beginning of this lesson. And I can go forward, back where I was, so it's like navigating a website. Here's our bread crumbs. This actually shows us where we are.

I'm on the computer, data hard drive, in projects, in this folder, on and on and on. And if I want to go back to the assets folder, I can either click here, or in my favorites down here.

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