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Introducing Adobe Bridge

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Video: Introducing Adobe Bridge

So, it's all very well and good to open an image using the Open command. And back in the introduction to this series, we set things up so that you can open an image inside Photoshop just by double-clicking on it at the desktop level. However, I'd like you to get in the habit of opening images in a different way, and that is using the Adobe Bridge. Now, the Bridge is an entirely separate application that ships with every single copy of Photoshop out there. So whether you buy Photoshop alone or as part of one of the many versions of the Creative Suite, you get the Bridge.

Introducing Adobe Bridge

So, it's all very well and good to open an image using the Open command. And back in the introduction to this series, we set things up so that you can open an image inside Photoshop just by double-clicking on it at the desktop level. However, I'd like you to get in the habit of opening images in a different way, and that is using the Adobe Bridge. Now, the Bridge is an entirely separate application that ships with every single copy of Photoshop out there. So whether you buy Photoshop alone or as part of one of the many versions of the Creative Suite, you get the Bridge.

The Bridge allows you to open and organize image files. You can also open and organize illustrations for Adobe Illustrator, InDesign files, Flash files, Dreamweaver files, movies even, if you want to. In fact, you can open and organize PDF documents or Microsoft Word documents. It doesn't matter. Anything that you can open at the desktop level, you can open in the Bridge as well. However, the big advantage of the bridge is that it allows you to preview your images in amazing detail, as we'll see. You can also do things like apply labels and star ratings and rotate your images and otherwise organize them in ways that you just cannot do at the desktop level.

So it's a really great program. It's also known as the Digital Asset Manager, just so as you know, or DAM for short, because of the initials, Digital Asset Manager. All right. Here's how you get to it. You can either go to the File menu and choose this command right there, Browse in Bridge, or you can press Ctrl+Alt +O or Cmd+Option+O on the Mac. And I will mention one aside here. We now have this thing called the Mini Bridge that exists directly inside of Photoshop, but before we learn about it, let's touch on the big independent Bridge here.

So, that's one way to get there, the other way is to go up here to the Applications bar, and you can click on the Launch Bridge icon. So, however you want to get there is fine by me. Bring up the Bridge. If this is your first time in the application, you will see this alert message right here: Do you want the Bridge to start at login, meaning when you first start up your computer, so that it's instantly available when needed. You can always change this setting if you want to in the future. Now, this might sound like a really great idea and go for it, if you want to, absolutely. I don't care to work this way because I would rather control which applications are running and which aren't.

I'm not a big fan of automatically starting up programs when I start up my machine, because every single program takes up RAM. So, I just want to run them when I need them. I'll click on No, but it's entirely up to you what you decide to do there. It is an exceedingly useful application, and you will be spending a lot of time inside the Bridge. Now let's go ahead and navigate our way to the exercise_files folder, those of you who are working with me. Currently, we're seeing the Favorites panel right here. I'm going to switch over to Folders, like so, and assuming that your exercise_files folder is on the desktop, you would twirl-open the desktop by clicking on this little triangle.

You can see how it does twirl downward and reveal the contents of the desktop, hence the term twirl. I'll also twirl-open exercise_files right there, and then finally, I'll just click on 03_open_org to reveal this huge array of thumbnails, one for each image file inside of this folder. Now, this is a real ad hoc bunch, I've got to admit, and it is in no way, shape or form intended to serve as a representation of how I want you to organize your files. That's entirely up to you.

Rather, what I'm doing here is just assembling a bunch of files that will give us a feel for the kinds of things that you can do inside the Bridge. Now notice if I twirl-open the 03_open_org folder, I've got a couple of subfolders here, including that Felix Mizioznikov folder that we've been looking at. So I'll click on it just to make it active for a moment. Then I want you to notice just how great the Bridge is at taking you back and forth between folders. The Mac does a pretty good job of this of keeping track of the history of your maneuvers, so that if you want to save something in a folder that you visited quite recently, you can choose that folder from a list.

However, Windows just does an abysmal job in this department, and you're always just digging around trying to find where you're at. Whereas, if you work inside the Bridge, doesn't matter if you're on a Mac or the PC. You've got this little Clock icon right there, see that? Click on it, and you will see where you've been in the past. So I could very easily switch back to the desktop, which is where I started or to the 03_open_org folder, like so, or switch my way back to the Felix Mizioznikov folder, and so on. So, it's keeping track of the last ten or so folders that you visited.

You'll also see, by the way, the last files you've opened inside of Photoshop. So I'm seeing all of those files that we opened in the first few exercises of this chapter. Just amazing! If you want to, you can clear those files. If you don't want to be keeping track of every place that you've been, you can also clear the recent folders. If you're a mystery man, totally up to you. I'm going to go ahead and dismiss that menu. Also, notice that we have this path represented right here. This is a function of this thing, if you go to the Window menu, called the Path Bar.

It's located right there, make sure it's turned on. That way you will see the path to the active folder. And if you want to go backward, all you have to do is click on one of these items here in order to back up, which is really a great thing. So it's very easy to navigate here inside the Bridge. Now, let's say you want to go back to Photoshop at some point. I'll go back into my 03_open_org folder. Let's just go ahead and grab an image right here, like this one, the B0000339.jpg file.

These are obviously the auto-naming that was assigned by the digital camera that I used. If I want to open that file inside of Photoshop, all I have to do is double-click on it. That will go ahead and open the file up inside of Photoshop. Now, if for some reason that didn't work, let's go back to the Bridge, let's say some weird thing happened, and this image file opened inside of some totally different application. I would go back to the Bridge here, like so. Then I would go to the Edit menu and choose the Preferences command. On the Mac, this is going to be a Preferences command under the Bridge menu, or you can press Ctrl+K, that is Cmd+K on the Mac, of course, the keyboard shortcut for Preferences inside all of the Adobe applications.

Then you would drop down here to File Type Associations, and you would scroll your way down this incredibly huge list, because these are all the various file formats that all of the Adobe applications support, so this is a very long list of formats, my friends. Go ahead and locate JPEG, which is going to be .JPG, .JPEG or .JPE. I've never in my life seen a JPEG file that ends in .JPE, though I guess it's an option. Then you would click this down- pointing arrowhead, and you would choose Adobe Photoshop CS5.

Worst-case scenario, you would have to browse for it. However, that should be taken care of, by default. I just want you to see these options, in case you have problems in the future. I'm going to cancel out. The other way to switch over to Photoshop, besides actually opening an image file, is to go to this little boomerang icon. Check that out. That's new to this version of the Bridge, to Bridge CS5. That will return you to the last application you used before switching to the Bridge. So, in other words, in our case, we switch from Photoshop to the Bridge, the boomerang sends us back to Photoshop.

Had I been working in Illustrator and switched over to the Bridge, the boomerang would have sent us to Illustrator. You get the idea. It's a boomerang after all. All right! So, such charming little boys, right there. I'll leave you with that. In the next exercise, I am going to take you on a whirlwind tour of the Adobe Bridge.

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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals

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  1. 39m 52s
    1. Welcome to Photoshop CS5 One-on-One
      1m 49s
    2. Making Photoshop your default image editor
      7m 43s
    3. Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      8m 10s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      7m 37s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 31s
    6. The color settings explained
      6m 54s
    7. Loading the CS5 color settings in Bridge
      3m 8s
  2. 53m 36s
    1. There is nothing you can't do
      2m 1s
    2. The power of Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Duplicating a layer
      4m 49s
    4. Liquifying an image
      4m 43s
    5. Adding a layer mask
      5m 54s
    6. Loading an alpha channel
      7m 42s
    7. Selecting with Color Range
      4m 10s
    8. Making a Hue/Saturation layer
      2m 53s
    9. Luminance blending
      7m 21s
    10. Mask density
      5m 9s
    11. Making a knockout layer
      4m 11s
  3. 51m 23s
    1. The best way to work
      41s
    2. Setting General preferences
      5m 33s
    3. Changing the pasteboard color
      5m 41s
    4. File handling, performance, and units
      7m 25s
    5. Touring the Photoshop interface
      11m 5s
    6. Creating and saving a workspace
      7m 21s
    7. Changing settings and updating the workspace
      6m 4s
    8. Resetting the preferences
      7m 33s
  4. 2h 46m
    1. The amazing Adobe Bridge
      1m 17s
    2. Making a new image
      5m 11s
    3. Opening an image
      7m 7s
    4. Opening and closing multiple images
      5m 24s
    5. Opening a problem image
      4m 23s
    6. Adding file information
      8m 37s
    7. Introducing Adobe Bridge
      7m 37s
    8. A whirlwind tour of Bridge
      7m 21s
    9. Adjusting the interface and thumbnails
      8m 18s
    10. Using the full-screen preview
      8m 5s
    11. Rotating images on their sides
      5m 38s
    12. Assigning star ratings and labels
      8m 40s
    13. Filtering thumbnails in the Contents panel
      9m 13s
    14. Moving, copying, and deleting files
      6m 34s
    15. Creating and assigning keywords
      6m 38s
    16. Searches and collections
      7m 3s
    17. Batch-exporting JPEG files
      8m 57s
    18. Batch-renaming
      7m 15s
    19. String substitution and regular expressions
      8m 50s
    20. Grouping images into stacks
      7m 21s
    21. Comparing images in Review mode
      5m 58s
    22. Playing images in a slideshow
      4m 49s
    23. Customizing and saving the workspace
      7m 17s
    24. Using Mini Bridge in Photoshop CS5
      8m 36s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. Learning to swim inside an image
      37s
    2. The tabbed-window interface
      5m 19s
    3. Arranging image windows
      4m 26s
    4. Common ways to zoom
      5m 31s
    5. New zoom tricks in Photoshop CS5
      4m 24s
    6. Hidden old-school zoom tricks
      4m 34s
    7. Scrolling and panning images
      4m 8s
    8. Viewing the image at print size
      6m 42s
    9. The Navigator and "bird's-eye" scrolling
      2m 56s
    10. Nudging the screen from the keyboard
      2m 39s
    11. Scroll wheel tricks
      3m 41s
    12. The Rotate View tool
      3m 36s
    13. Cycling between screen modes
      6m 17s
    14. Using the numerical zoom value
      6m 14s
  6. 1h 6m
    1. Imaging fundamentals
      58s
    2. What is image size?
      7m 45s
    3. The Image Size command
      6m 0s
    4. Selecting an interpolation option
      4m 56s
    5. Upsampling versus "real" pixels
      5m 22s
    6. The penalty of pixels
      5m 35s
    7. Print size and resolution
      7m 26s
    8. Downsampling for print
      6m 39s
    9. Downsampling for email
      7m 28s
    10. Options for upsampling
      8m 13s
    11. Better ways to make a big image
      6m 1s
  7. 44m 43s
    1. Frame wide, crop tight
      1m 2s
    2. Using the Crop tool
      8m 8s
    3. Fixing out-of-canvas wedges
      5m 31s
    4. Crop tool presets
      6m 53s
    5. Previewing the crop angle
      4m 24s
    6. The Crop command
      4m 47s
    7. Straightening with the Ruler tool
      4m 18s
    8. Cropping without clipping
      5m 1s
    9. Perspective cropping
      4m 39s
  8. 1h 41m
    1. Making drab colors look better
      1m 20s
    2. Brightness and contrast
      4m 10s
    3. Adjusting numerical values
      4m 26s
    4. Introducing adjustment layers
      5m 17s
    5. Editing adjustment layers
      2m 51s
    6. Saving adjustment layers
      4m 35s
    7. Adding a quick layer mask
      4m 23s
    8. Introducing the Histogram
      4m 34s
    9. Working with the Histogram panel
      6m 27s
    10. Using Color Balance
      7m 18s
    11. Introducing the Variations command
      4m 51s
    12. Luminance and saturation controls
      3m 54s
    13. Fading a static adjustment
      3m 21s
    14. How hue and saturation work
      4m 28s
    15. Rotating hues and adjusting saturation
      6m 4s
    16. Creating a quick and dirty sepia tone
      4m 42s
    17. Adjusting hues selectively
      5m 32s
    18. The Target Adjustment tool
      4m 24s
    19. Photoshop CS5 Target Adjustment enhancements
      53s
    20. Adjusting the color of clothing
      8m 44s
    21. Enhancing a low-saturation image
      4m 23s
    22. Refining saturation with Vibrance
      5m 1s
  9. 1h 57m
    1. Photoshop versus the real world
      1m 21s
    2. Meet the selection tools
      10m 26s
    3. Marking the center of an image
      4m 9s
    4. Drawing a geometric selection outline
      4m 45s
    5. Blurring a selection outline with Feather
      6m 8s
    6. Copy and paste versus drag and drop
      5m 31s
    7. Creating a graduated selection
      4m 29s
    8. Aligning one image with another
      4m 45s
    9. Accessing the Move tool on the fly
      3m 34s
    10. Invert and Match Colors
      5m 4s
    11. Matching colors selectively
      3m 52s
    12. Feathering and filling a selection
      5m 14s
    13. Dressing up a composition with effects
      5m 34s
    14. The incredible image rotation trick
      2m 18s
    15. The Magic Wand tool
      4m 12s
    16. Tolerance and other options
      7m 7s
    17. Grow, Similar, and Inverse
      5m 39s
    18. Quick selection and the Magnetic Lasso
      7m 27s
    19. Evaluating a selection in Quick Mask
      8m 52s
    20. Saving and loading selections
      6m 14s
    21. Placing an image with a layer mask
      3m 23s
    22. Eliminating edge fringing
      7m 43s
  10. 1h 58m
    1. Brushing to correct
      56s
    2. How brushing works
      4m 52s
    3. Working with spacing
      7m 32s
    4. Changing size and hardness
      7m 45s
    5. The heads-up Color Picker
      7m 17s
    6. Flipping a mirror image
      3m 33s
    7. Setting the source for the History brush
      3m 42s
    8. Brightening details with the Dodge tool
      7m 49s
    9. Darkening details with the Burn tool
      3m 5s
    10. The Sponge tool
      4m 29s
    11. Backing off edits
      8m 4s
    12. Patching eye bags
      8m 57s
    13. Evening out flesh tones
      7m 23s
    14. Smoothing away whiskers
      7m 41s
    15. Reducing shadow noise
      7m 0s
    16. How healing works
      4m 40s
    17. The enhanced Spot Healing brush
      4m 52s
    18. Using the better Healing brush
      4m 23s
    19. Introducing the Clone Source panel
      3m 49s
    20. Cloning from one layer to another
      5m 30s
    21. Working with multiple sources
      4m 44s
  11. 1h 23m
    1. The layered composition
      1m 0s
    2. Making a new background layer
      6m 58s
    3. Working with "big layers"
      6m 24s
    4. Move, Duplicate, and Scale
      4m 11s
    5. Transforming a copy and repeat
      5m 15s
    6. Stacking order and eyedropping a layer
      5m 15s
    7. Adjusting multiple layers at once
      4m 22s
    8. Switching between layers
      4m 56s
    9. Making a digital star field
      5m 9s
    10. Blend mode and clipping mask
      4m 50s
    11. Dragging and dropping from your desktop
      4m 38s
    12. Black + Lens Flare = glow
      6m 16s
    13. Locking transparency
      5m 42s
    14. Adding gradient layers
      8m 12s
    15. Stacking an adjustment layer
      4m 12s
    16. Adding shadow and stroke
      6m 9s
  12. 1h 17m
    1. Outputting from Photoshop and Bridge
      1m 32s
    2. Printing an RGB composite
      5m 31s
    3. Customizing the subjective print file
      3m 15s
    4. Gauging print size
      5m 35s
    5. Scale, position, and page orientation
      5m 6s
    6. Three important printing curiosities
      4m 41s
    7. Introducing the Output options
      5m 34s
    8. Establishing a bleed
      5m 52s
    9. Using the Color Management options
      7m 21s
    10. Generating a PDF contact sheet
      6m 18s
    11. Creating a contact sheet template
      6m 8s
    12. Saving and opening a PDF contact sheet
      4m 18s
    13. Introducing the Web Gallery
      7m 53s
    14. Exporting and editing an HTML site
      3m 58s
    15. The Airtight Photocard site
      4m 56s
  13. 1h 9m
    1. Rules of the web
      1m 1s
    2. Introducing web graphics
      6m 59s
    3. A first look at Save for Web
      5m 47s
    4. Scaling a layered image versus a flat one
      7m 30s
    5. Incremental downsampling
      3m 1s
    6. Adding text, bar, and stroke
      4m 24s
    7. Assigning copyright and metadata
      6m 21s
    8. Comparing GIF, JPEG, and PNG
      4m 59s
    9. Determining the perfect JPEG settings
      6m 31s
    10. Saving metadata
      3m 52s
    11. Working with an unprofiled RGB image
      4m 35s
    12. Downsampling graphic art
      4m 49s
    13. Saving a GIF graphic
      6m 1s
    14. Antiquated GIF versus the better PNG
      4m 6s
  14. 1m 37s
    1. Until next time
      1m 37s

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