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In this chapter I'm going to show you how to open and organize your illustrations inside not one, but two programs. One is Illustrator CS4 of course; the other is the Adobe Bridge. Included with every copy of Illustrator, whether you buy it alone or as a part of the Creative Suite, the Bridge is a full-blown digital asset manager. By which I mean it allows you to preview an illustration, page through its artboards, and collect files from different folders. Plus you can ensure proper file type associations so that illustrations open in Illustrator, photos open in Photoshop and so on.
It's like your computer desktop. It's a more visual, more powerful, and once you get to know it, easier to use. The Bridge is an amazing tool for art directors. But I consider just as essential for artists and designers of all stripes, by which I mean you.
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