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Touring Bridge CS4

From: Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

Video: Touring Bridge CS4

Adobe Bridge CS4 comes with Elements 8. Bridge is a file viewer and organizer that displays photos and other media files on your hard drive. You can use it to manage your growing digital photo collection, and to visually find particular files to open into Elements for editing there. In this chapter, I'll show you some ways to use Bridge to manage files that you're going to use in Elements. First, let's take a tour of the Bridge Interface in this movie. You can open Adobe Bridge CS4 from your Mac Applications folder, or you can launch it directly from Elements either by clicking this orange Launch Bridge button, as I've shown you how to do earlier, or by going up to the Elements file menu and choosing Browse With Bridge.

Touring Bridge CS4

Adobe Bridge CS4 comes with Elements 8. Bridge is a file viewer and organizer that displays photos and other media files on your hard drive. You can use it to manage your growing digital photo collection, and to visually find particular files to open into Elements for editing there. In this chapter, I'll show you some ways to use Bridge to manage files that you're going to use in Elements. First, let's take a tour of the Bridge Interface in this movie. You can open Adobe Bridge CS4 from your Mac Applications folder, or you can launch it directly from Elements either by clicking this orange Launch Bridge button, as I've shown you how to do earlier, or by going up to the Elements file menu and choosing Browse With Bridge.

When Bridge opens, if it isn't filling your screen, you can click the green button at the top left of the Bridge Window to maximize it. Let's take a look at the Bridge Interface. Over on to the left is the Favorites panel. Earlier I showed you how to browse for files that you are looking for by clicking on Common locations here in the Favorites panel. But what if you need to get to a location that you haven't saved as a Favorite? In that case you can use the Folders panel here. I'll click on the Folders tab, and this shows me a list of all the folders on my hard drive or on any external drive that's attached to my computer and turned on.

I am going to use this list of files and folders to navigate to my Exercise Files. I know those are located on my Desktop, so I'll move to the Desktop, and I'll click the arrow to the left of Desktop. And then I'll click on Exercise Files. And that shows all of the subfolders in the Exercise Files folder over here in the Content panel. If I want to save the Exercise Files folder as a Favorite in the Favorites panel, I'll hold the Ctrl key and click on the Exercise Files folder, or if I have a two-button mouse, I can right click on the Exercise Files folder, and from the menu that appears, I'll choose Add To Favorites.

Now if I click on the Favorites Tab, I see that the Exercise Files are added there as a Favorite Location. I am going to go back into the Folders panel by clicking its tab, and then I am going to burrow down further into the Exercise Files folder by clicking the arrow to the left of Exercise Files in the Folders panel. I am going to go down to Chapter 3 and click the arrow there. And then I am going to click on the Subfolder 03_01. Now I can see here in the Content panel, a thumbnail copy of each of the image files that are in the 03_01 folder.

These thumbnails are useful because they allow me to find the images that I am looking for visually, without having to remember their file names. And by the way, Bridge will display not only photographs, but files of other formats like other image formats, video files, and audio files. Notice that there is a subfolder inside the 03_01 folder. It's labeled Roddy. If I want to see just the files in this subfolder, I can double click the subfolder here in the Content panel, and there are four thumbnails of photos inside the Roddy folder.

But what if I want to see the files in the Roddy folder along with the files in the 03_01 folder, which is one level up. I can see the path to this folder right here, and if I want to go back up to the 03_01 folder, I can just click on it here in that path, or I could have used the Back Button up here. Now that I am back viewing the content of the 03_01 folder, I am going to go up to the View menu, and I am going to choose Show Items from Subfolders.

This is a command that I think is a little hard to find, so try to keep in mind that it's here under the View menu. And when I release my mouse on Show Items from Subfolders, I can now see not only the content of the 03_ 01 folder, but also the four thumbnails that are in the subfolder, Roddy. If I want to see the thumbnails larger, so that I can evaluate the Photos better, I can go down to this slider at the bottom of the Bridge Window and drag to the right, or I can click The Larger Thumbnail Size icon here or The Smaller Thumbnail Size here, to change the size of the thumbnails.

And when the thumbnails are bigger, I use the scrollbar here on the right of the Content panel to move down to see other thumbnails. I am going to click the Smaller Thumbnail button several times to go back, so that I can see more of my thumbnails. And if you want to see any of the thumbnails in full screen view, all you have to do is click on one of the thumbnails and then press the spacebar on your keyboard. That gives you a big view of the image, so it easier to evaluate for its photo-quality, and for its composition.

I am going to press the spacebar again to go back to the thumbnail view. And then I'll click in a blank area of the Content panel. I can change the order of the thumbnails by making a choice from the Sort menu up here. Where I can choose to sort By File Name, By Date Created, By File Size and more. I'll go back to sort By File Name. I can also change the order of the thumbnails by dragging files manually.

So let's say that I want this file to be at the beginning. I'll click once to select the file, and then I'll drag it up here, and when I see that blue bar, I'll release my mouse, and that becomes the first file. Then I'll take this file as well, clicking once to select it, and then clicking, and holding, and dragging, and releasing when I see the blue bar. If I want to see a high resolution preview of a particular image, I'll select it in the Content panel by clicking on it once. Notice that it appears over here in the Preview panel. Right now that Preview is pretty small, but I can make it as big as I want by expanding the Borders around the Preview panel.

So I'll move my mouse over the left Border. And I'll drag to the left, and then I can move my mouse over the bottom Border and drag, and that will make my Preview bigger. If I like this arrangement, I can save this arrangement by going up to the Workspace menu which is labeled Essentials By Default, clicking the arrow there and choosing New Workspace. And I'll call this one 'large preview'. I'll leave these two checkboxes checked and I'll click Save.

Now let's say that I want to go back to the arrangement as it was when I started. I'll go back to that same menu, and I'll choose Reset Standard Workspaces. And then I am going to maximize the window again by clicking the green button. I can go back to the Saved Workspace at any time by returning to this Essentials menu, and from there I have the choice of my custom made 'large preview' workspace. Notice that there are some other Workspaces listed in this menu. These are Default Workspaces that come with Bridge.

One of my Favorites is the Filmstrip workspace because this arranges the thumbnails down here at the bottom of the screen with a large preview above. And to see different images, I'll just click once on the thumbnail down here, and it switches the Content of the Preview pane. Notice that the panels over on the left are taking up some room. If I'd rather devote the whole screen to the images, I can press the Tab key on my keyboard, and that collapses the panels on the left and any panels that are showing on the right.

And then I can press the Tab key again to bring the panels back. So as you can see, Bridge is really flexible in the way that you can arrange its interface, and it does a good job of allowing you to preview images before you choose those to open into Elements.

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  1. 2m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 17s
  2. 13m 0s
    1. Touring Elements
      7m 24s
    2. Starting from the Welcome screen
      5m 36s
  3. 16m 11s
    1. Importing photos from a camera
      8m 48s
    2. Dividing scanned photos
      3m 52s
    3. Capturing frames from video
      3m 31s
  4. 23m 13s
    1. Touring Bridge CS4
      7m 44s
    2. Opening files from Bridge into Elements
      5m 1s
    3. Rotating photos
      1m 17s
    4. Moving, deleting, and hiding photos
      4m 11s
    5. Renaming photos
      5m 0s
  5. 29m 16s
    1. Tagging photos with keywords
      6m 28s
    2. Rating and labeling photos
      5m 55s
    3. Sorting photos by filter
      6m 23s
    4. Finding photos
      4m 33s
    5. Organizing photos in Collections
      5m 57s
  6. 52m 52s
    1. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      8m 34s
    2. Applying Quick Fix lighting controls
      3m 33s
    3. Applying Quick Fix color controls
      6m 30s
    4. Applying Quick Fix sharpening
      3m 44s
    5. Using Quick Fix touchup tools
      7m 43s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      6m 25s
    7. Merging multiple exposures in Guided Edit
      7m 24s
    8. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      6m 31s
    9. Running Automated Actions in Guided Edit
      2m 28s
  7. 30m 57s
    1. Touring the Full Edit workspace
      6m 5s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 28s
    3. Arranging panels
      4m 14s
    4. Using tools
      8m 15s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      3m 8s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 47s
  8. 46m 0s
    1. Using Undo History
      6m 6s
    2. Zooming and navigating
      5m 38s
    3. Creating a blank file
      5m 43s
    4. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 21s
    5. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 10s
    6. Cropping and straightening an image
      3m 12s
    7. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 23s
    8. Processing multiple files
      6m 16s
    9. Saving and formats
      4m 11s
  9. 23m 25s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 30s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      8m 53s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      11m 2s
  10. 22m 24s
    1. Understanding selections
      3m 39s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 36s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      3m 9s
    4. Refining a selection
      3m 59s
    5. Modifying and saving selections
      4m 1s
  11. 55m 51s
    1. Using adjustment layers
      9m 21s
    2. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 49s
    3. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      3m 24s
    4. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 30s
    5. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 3s
    6. Removing a color cast
      3m 55s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 10s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      3m 44s
    9. Sharpening photos
      9m 42s
    10. Working with raw photos
      9m 13s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      5m 20s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      3m 30s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 49s
    4. Healing blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 15s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 13s
  13. 26m 26s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 6s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 0s
    3. Using layer styles
      3m 36s
    4. Using shapes
      8m 25s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 54s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 25s
  14. 7m 35s
    1. Creating text
      4m 7s
    2. Editing text
      3m 28s
  15. 27m 26s
    1. Making a photo collage
      7m 15s
    2. Stitching a photo panorama
      3m 43s
    3. Saving for the web
      6m 40s
    4. Creating web galleries in Bridge
      6m 47s
    5. Creating a PDF slideshow
      3m 1s
  16. 4m 34s
    1. Printing photos and contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Sending photos by mail
      1m 45s
  17. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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