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The more you work in Photoshop, the more you will discover that Bridge will become an integral part to your overall workflow. Yet one of the things that you are going to find yourself doing is jumping back and forth between Bridge and Photoshop, back and forth, back and forth. Well, the folks at Adobe took note of this and they realized that that jump back and forth was a little bit problematic. Yet they came up with a phenomenal solution, and it's called Mini Bridge and it's new to Photoshop CS5. And what it is is Adobe Bridge in a smaller form,located right inside of Photoshop.
Now, there are a couple of different ways that you can open or access Mini Bridge. Let me show you those first. You can either simply click on this icon here to open Mini Bridge or click on it again to close it. Or you can click on the same icon located up here. That will launch Mini Bridge as well. And there are a couple of other ways as well. Go to your File pulldown menu. Browse in Mini Bridge. That will also launch this. Or you can go to your Window pulldown menu, Extensions, and then choose Mini Bridge. All right. Well, whatever your preference, let's go ahead and open up Mini Bridge.
Now, one of the first things that you want to do before you actually begin to work with Mini Bridge is take note of the overall interface. And you are going to notice that it's going to look and act a lot like the real Bridge. One of the things that we can do in the real Bridge is we can change the workspace layout. We can do the same thing here. For example, if we hover over this dividing area, you will notice there's a little handle. Well, I can click and drag that to decrease or click and drag up to increase the size of this content viewing area.
I can also do a couple of other things which are unique to panels, and that is I can change the size of this overall panel group. To do so, simply hover over the edge of the panel and click and drag to the left, or click and drag to the right to increase or decrease the size of this panel. The other thing that we want to do before we actually start to work with Mini Bridge is we want to dial in a few settings. You can access the settings by navigating to this icon here, clicking on it, and then choosing or clicking on Settings.
In Settings, we have two different options, the first one: how this integrates or works with Bridge. One of the things you want to do is select the option to start Bridge automatically and resume your browsing. In other words, this will tighten up your workflow so that if Mini Bridge is open, the other Bridge will be open as well. The next option, when Mini Bridge opens, use the existing window that you have in Bridge. Again, keep these two closely connected. So whatever I am doing in Bridge, I can also do or view inside of Mini Bridge. All right.
Well, let's go back to the Settings by clicking on the Settings button here. We can also define the overall appearance by clicking on Appearance. This is pretty straightforward, but what I am going to do is change the Interface Brightness. Now, for the Image Backdrop, that's going to define the color of the Content panel, and I will show you that in one second, but before we leave here, you also want to be sure to turn on this check box to Color Manage this panel, so that the way that you are viewing your images most closely represents how they actually will appear inside of Photoshop. All right.
Well, we can go back to the Mini Bridge interface by clicking on this picture icon here, and it will take us back to Mini Bridge. Now that we have defined our settings, we can see how the color has changed. A little bit lighter gray here and then in the Content window a little bit of a darker gray. All right. Well, now that we have become familiar with the overall Mini Bridge interface and some of the settings, let's take a look at how we can work with Mini Bridge, and we will do that in the next movie.
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