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While Adobe Bridge is quite a powerful tool, one of the downsides of using Adobe Bridge is you kind have to jump back and forth between Bridge and Photoshop quite a bit. Well the folks at Adobe took note of this and said, "Hey! What we do to solve this problem?" They've come up with something is really quite fascinating. It's called Mini Bridge, and it's located directly inside of Photoshop CS5. This is a new feature. What we can do with this new feature is we can open Mini Bridge by clicking on this icon here, or we can always navigate to our File pulldown menu and then select Browse in Mini Bridge, or we can simply click on the icon over here in this panels group.
Now, when you click on this, it open this up at home. What we want to do is start to browse files so we'll go ahead and click on Browse Files. Here you can see I'm navigating to my exercise_files folder. Now go ahead just scroll down a little bit until I can get to this folder here, chapter 05_opening. I'll double-click that folder to view the images inside of it. Now in this case, my thumbnails I can't really see all of them. So I hover over the edge of Mini Bridge. I'll extend this out now I can see all of these files. If I want bigger images, simply click and drag on this thumbnail slider.
Now, here we can see we have the same files that we viewed previously in Bridge. And the nice thing about this is that Bridge and Mini Bridge are really closely connected. This is just a little bit more of a lightweight version of the full Bridge. All right. Well, here let's go ahead and take a look at how we can open up of Raw files from Mini Bridge straight into Photoshop. Well, the nice thing about this is all that we need to do is simply double-click and if we double-click that image from Mini Bridge, it will open up Camera Raw. Here, we simply click Open Image, and that will then open the image up inside of Photoshop.
All right. Well, how else can we do that? Let's go ahead and close this file for now, and we don't want to save that. We'll go back to Mini Bridge. Well another technique that we can use is to right-click or Ctrl+Click and here we can simply choose Open in Camera Raw. That will then open up the image in Adobe Camera Raw. The last technique that I want to show here, you can also Shift+Double Click on the image. That will then skip Adobe Camera Raw and open it up directly inside of Photoshop. All right. Well, let's go ahead and close this file here for a moment, and what about those JPEG and TIFF files that we have over here? What we can do is select one of these files.
Now, if we double-click one of these images what's going to happen is it'll open it up in Photoshop just as a JPEG. Well, we don't want to do that. We want to open this up in Adobe Camera Raw. Now, our shortcuts, which we used in Bridge, don't actually work here. But there is one technique that we can use, which works really well. And that is to right-click or Ctrl+ Click on that JPEG or TIFF and then choose Open in Camera Raw. We can do this same thing down here with this TIFF file again. Right-click or Ctrl+Click, Open in Camera Raw. That will then open that image up directly inside of Adobe Camera Raw.
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