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In this exercise I'm going to show you how to open an illustration from the Bridge. It's pretty darn easy. It's really just a function of finding the item that you want to open, the document here, and double clicking on it, and there you go. But you can run into a problem. So I just want to make this clear upfront. You can find yourself, especially if you have previous versions of Illustrator running on your machine, and especially if you are working on the PC, you may find that you double click on something like an AI file and it opens up in Illustrator CS3 or CS2 instead of CS4, or opens in completely the wrong program.
To avoid that problem; and the reason I'm mentioning this is I get so much email on this topic, especially from PC folks, you go up to the Edit menu, on the Mac, this would be the Bridge menu, and you go to the Preferences command. The keyboard shortcut is Ctrl+K on the PC or Command+K on the Mac. You are initially going to arrive at this General panel right here. I want you to switch over to File Type Association. Notice you can now see just every singe type of file that any program in the Creative Suite supports. You can see what program is currently assigned to it.
You can see that I have got Photoshop CS3 currently assigned to a bunch of stuff here, which I wouldn't want; I would want it to be Photoshop CS4. So let me just find a really typical file, a TIFF file for example, and we will work from there, because the problems I'm having are with Photoshop associations. I will go ahead and click the down pointing arrowhead and with any luck I'll see Photoshop CS4 listed. But I don't. I see Illustrator CS3 and Photoshop CS3. So you never know what kind of problems you are going to run into here. This is kind of the problem I'm running into. So I'll click Browse, and then I would make sure I'm in the Program Files folder; that would be the Applications folder in the Mac. Go to the Adobe folder, sort of hunt around here, you should be able to find Photoshop CS4.
Click on whatever the Photoshop application looks like. It's going to look a little different on the Mac and the PC in terms of its file name is. And then you click Open and you are done and it goes ahead and tells you, hey, from now on TIFF files are going to open in Photoshop CS4. Which is great? Now I'm going to go ahead really briefly and just check that Illustrator is assigned properly. That's what I want you to make sure is assigned properly, Illustrator .ai and .ait files are associated with Illustrator CS4. Good! Click OK. Then I can double click, as I said, I'll show you that in a second. You can also right-click on a file and you can say Open, or you can say Open With in order to open with a different application. For example, rasterize, convert it to pixels inside Photoshop CS3, something you can do. But anyway, all I want to do is double click, and that's going to switch me over to Illustrator and it's going to open that illustration. Now, it might take a few moments to process it.
Then it's going to open the illustration here inside Illustrator. Once again, I can check out the contents of this illustration in even more detail then I was seeing before. I can see it is indeed Von Glitschka of Glitschka Studios that did this. The guy is definitely of an opinion, but I have no idea what that opinion is, because I can't read it. Then there is this wonderful text over here as well. I love this illustration. In the next exercise, I'm going to share more wonderful tricks and tips that you will want to be aware of when working inside of the Bridge.
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