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As you view your images in the content panel, it's essential that you're comfortable with not only the number of images that you're looking at, but also the size of each one of the thumbnails. In addition, there might be times when you want to see more metadata underneath each image than just the name of it. So let's see how we can change those aspects. First of all, if I want to change the size of my thumbnail, there's a slider down here at the bottom of Bridge and moving it to the right will increase the thumbnail size. Moving it to the left will decrease it.
There's also icons on the left side and the right side. Clicking those will either decrease, or increase the thumbnail size. Or you can use a keyboard shortcut. On a Mac the Cmd + Plus key, will zoom in. On Windows that will be Ctrl + Plus key, and if I want to zoom out again it's the Cmd key +Minus key on the Mac and on Windows it would be the Ctrl + Minus key. Now in order to determine what information is displayed underneath each thumbnail I'll use the Preferences. On the Mac we'll select from the Bridge menu Preferences, on Windows you'd go to the edit menu and choose Preferences.
Then click on the thumbnail area and you can see that I can add additional lines of thumbnail metadata. So, for example, if I wanted to show the date created, I would check that on and now you can see we've got the date created underneath each image. But I can also select from this list of other items. So for example if I wanted to see the size of my image and if I want to show more than one thing. I can just check on another option. So this one shows the dimensions and pixels.
We could also go in and we could take a look at things like the color mode, or the color profile, or the dimensions in inches as opposed to pixels. So, you can choose to toggle on, as many or as few of these as you want. You can also choose to show your tool tips. This can be handy, if you have everything here hidden and you still want information about your file. Let me show you what I mean. We'll check that on, and click okay. Now the keyboard shortcut to toggle on and off all of this extra information, is Cmd + T on the Mac or Ctrl + T on windows, but you can see that as I hover on top of any information, the tool tip will pop up. To give me, additional information about my file. So you can chose, how much information you want to show, and what information by using the preferences, and then using Cmd+T or Ctrl+T, or using that preference to show your tool tip.
Alright, lets go back into the preferences. Back into the thumbnails. And I'm actually going to turn off the tool tips, and turn off the additional lines of metadata, for now. And I want to mention, that if you are working with really large files like, let's say you have multi-layered Photoshop documents. Or you're stitching together huge panoramas. It can take Bridge a little while to create the necessary thumbnail for you to view. And you can actually tell it, at a certain size, to just stop making those thumbnails.
So that's what this option's for right here. For now, we'll just leave it at its default, and click Ok. You can also move your thumbnails around within this content area, to tell your story in a different order. And you do so by just clicking, and then dragging the image into a different position. You'll notice when you start creating your own custom sort order that option for sorting here changes from whatever it was to sort manually. If you want to change this back, say for example, to sort by file name or to sort by date created, don't worry about losing your custom sort order.
Because you can always choose manually from the list and Bridge will go ahead and remember how you manually sorted them and display them that way. Finally, if you want to reverse the order, esspecially handy if you're looking by say date created, you can use this little caret icon right here to change between ascending and descending order. For now, we'll go ahead and set this back to sort by file name. So, as you work on different projects with varying numbers of images in them.
I think you can see how convenient it is to change not only the size of the image thumbnails, but also the amount of content that appears underneath each of the thumbnails. And the order in which the thumbnails are sorted.
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