Bridge has a number of features that will help you to find just the photo you're looking for from among your growing collection of digital photographs. Using Bridge you can append metadata and keywords to files and then you can make use of Bridge's filtering features and its collection features to find your photos. I'm going to start here in Bridge by going back to the Essentials preset workspace by clicking Essentials up here at the top of the screen. When you make a digital photo or when you make a scan, a lot of information about the image is already appended to your file.
You can add more information here in the Metadata panel of Bridge 3.0. I am going to scroll down in the Metadata panel until I get to the area called IPTC Core. All of the fields here have a pencil next to them, meaning that I can add information here. So I could put in as Creator, myself. I can add other identifying information. I can even add a Copyright Notice. On a Mac, I would do that by pressing Option+G. On a PC, I would press Alt+0169 and then I will type my name and the year.
You can also add keywords or subject matter tags to your photos. When I click off the Metadata panel, I am asked whether I want to apply the changes I made to the image that was selected at the time. And I will say yes, go ahead and apply that. You can also create and apply subject matter keywords to individual photos. I am going to click on the Keywords tab here, and you can see some suggested keywords that come with the program. I am going to add a keyword of my own by clicking the plus sign at the bottom of the Keywords panel, then typing flowers.
I will press Return and then I am going to select some photographs to apply this keyword to. I will click on the first flower photograph, hold down the Shift key, and click on the last. Then I am going to click in the checkbox to the left of the flowers keyword to apply that keyword to these particular photos. Now let me show you how to find photos using metadata or keywords. This becomes more important as you start to add more and more photos to your computer. I am going to move over to the Filter panel on the left.
Let's make this wider by clicking on its border and dragging. As you can see there are a number of filter criteria. First, we can see how many of our photos have no label on them. 29. And how many do have a label? There's 1. If I wanted to see which one that was, I would just click there, and it would show me in the Content panel which photo has a label. I can also see how many of these photos have five stars. First, I will deselect the Review criteria, because none of the photos with a Review label also have ratings.
Then I will click on the five stars and I see all three of the images that have five stars. Now I am going to go down to the File Type, and I can select to see all of my JPEGs that have five stars. There are none. So I'll deselect the five stars and now I see all my JPEGs. I could see all of my Photoshop documents and my JPEGs and so on. I am going to deselect those criteria. If I scroll down further in the Filter panel, I see Copyright Notice. I am going to click the arrow to the left of that area and I can see that there is one photo that has the copyright symbol and my name.
There are 21 other photos to which I appended my copyright information earlier. Let's just look at the one photo that we worked on together and you can see it here in the Content area. And I will click on that again to deselect. Now let's talk about keywords. I will go to the Keywords area of the Filter panel and there I can see my only keyword that I have used, which is flowers. If I click on that keyword, it will show me all eight photos that have that keyword. Once I have isolated some photos like this, I can save the results of this search as a collection.
I am going to click on the first of my photos and then click on the last and then I am going to go to the Collections panel here and I am going to create a new collection by clicking the icon at the bottom of the Collections panel. Yes, I do want to include the selected files in this collection, and these are my flower scans. Adding these files to a collection has not moved them on my hard drive. It simply keeps track of those particular photos where they live on my hard drive and I know that I can always access just those photos by coming to the Collections panel and clicking on the flower scans collection.
Let me show you one more thing and that is how to make a Smart Collection, which automatically updates itself. To do that, I will click on the New Smart Collection icon at the bottom of the Collections panel and I can set some criteria. Let's say I want to have a collection of all photos that have a Copyright Notice on them. So I will select Copyright Notice as the criteria. Copyright Notice contains, I'll put the copyright symbol Option+G or Alt+0169, and my name.
I can add another criteria if I want or I can just leave it at that. I'll match if any criteria are met, and I will click Save. Bridge has gone out again and found the images that are keyworded with flowers. But if I were to go in and remove the keyword from one of these items, it would also then automatically be removed from my Smart Collection. Let me name this collection, which is smart flower scans. Now if I have other photos to which I add the keyword flower, they will automatically appear here in this collection.
If I delete the keyword flowers from any one of the existing photos, that photo will be deleted from this collection. So let's try that. I'm going to click on one of my flower photos here and then I am going to go over to the Keywords panel, then I am going to uncheck flowers and then I will click in a blank area here. Then I will click off of the smart flower scans and back on it and as you can see, that particular flower scan, which was flowers001.tif, has now been automatically removed from my smart flower scans collection.
You can use some or all of the powerful features that I've shown you in this movie to organize your own photo collection. And you can do that right here in Bridge 3.0, which is already on your computer if you've installed Photoshop CS4 or the Adobe Creative Suite 4.
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