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The Adobe Bridge really is a strong program that allows us to access and organize and even process our photographs. Because Adobe Bridge is so important in regards to our Camera Raw workflow, I thought it would be helpful to briefly talk about how we can customize Adobe Bridge, and also, I want to take a look at just a couple of our preferences that we want to dial in, so that we can work more effectively with Adobe Camera Raw. Now, I'm assuming that you know a little bit about Adobe Bridge already. If that's the case, feel free to skip ahead to the next movie. But if not, what I want to talk about here is how we can customize the way that Bridge actually works.
Well, here you can see that I have what's called the Essentials layout. I can change that by clicking on this Layout button here. I'll go ahead and select Filmstrip. Now when I make that selection, let's say that I really want to have thumbnails that are bigger. Well, I can do that by simply clicking on this Thumbnail slider here. You can see it's dedicating more space to my Content panel. Another way I can make the same change is by simply hovering over the dividing line between our Preview and our Content panels. You'll see that the cursor changes.
When you see that change, simply click and drag to reallocate space for those different panels. If ever you want to go back to one of your previous workspaces, all you need to do is to click on this button here, and then click on the other workspace that you want to use. Now in this case, I want to open up more space for the Preview. So I'll go ahead and click and drag to the left, and then I want to close the Metadata panel. To do so, simply double-click that. It will then collapse that particular panel. Now if you want to bring it back up, you can simply double-click again and that will open up that panel.
You can also close it by hovering over that dividing line, and changing the View there. Now a lot of times what we're going to do is we're going to access our files through Bridge before we open them up in Camera Raw. Before you open an image up in Camera Raw, sometimes you want to have some certainty, if the file has good information, meaning if it's sharp, if it's in focus, if it's a keeper. Well, one way that we can do that is we can hover over the image and simply click on the photo. Here you can see that I have what's called a loupe. The loupe is helping me determine that. Yes, I have good detail there, nice sharpness in the face.
I'll go ahead and navigate down to another area. There is also a good detail here on the bike. Well, perfect! Click again, and we can go ahead and close that. Well, one of the things that I want to do next is take a look at how we can customize the Bridge interface by way of our Preferences, and also, how we can customize that Loupe tool. We'll navigate to the Adobe Bridge CS5 pulldown menu, and then choose Preferences or press Command on a Mac, Ctrl on Windows and K to open up our Bridge Preferences. Let's start off by going to the General tab.
Here, one of the things that I prefer to turn on is this option, which allows us to Command+Click in order to open the Loupe, because sometimes I find that the Loupe accidentally opens, and it's kind of distracting. This way, it only opens when I need it. So if you turn on that option, on a Mac, it's a Command+Clicking. On Windows, it's Ctrl+Clicking. All right. Well, the other thing I want to highlight here is that you can change the appearance of Bridge. You can do so by simply dragging your sliders. In this case, you can see that I'm modifying that background color inside of Bridge.
Now this is just a preference, but again, sometimes it's a good idea to customize the Bridge Layout, because it's so important for Camera Raw. Now so far, we just really covered some surface things, but this next preference, and this next tip is actually really quite significant. What you want to do is click on Cache. Now how this works is when you're creating or working with Camera Raw files is that it saves those settings in a particular location. By default, it's saving them to this location here. Now, I don't want that to be the case, because if I save all these settings in one location, and then if I move the images to a different hard drive, those settings won't travel with the image.
So, in order to have more consistency, what I recommend you do is you turn on this option to automatically export the cache to the folders when possible. That way, if you move a folder of images, all of those settings will also be moved with that folder.
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