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One of the most useful functions of Mini Bridge in Photoshop is to open one or more files that you've located and previewed in Mini Bridge directly from Mini Bridge into Photoshop. I am going to show you several ways to do that in this movie. Here I can see the thumbnails of the JPEGs that are located inside that folder. When I am working with a file of a format that's by default associated with Photoshop, the easiest way to open that sort of file is just to double-click it here in Mini Bridge. JPEG are associated with Photoshop, as are PSD files, Photoshop document files.
To open one of these JPEGs in Photoshop, I am going to select its thumbnail here in the Content pod and then I'll double-click the thumbnail. I am going to collapse Mini Bridge so you can see the open image behind in Photoshop. And now I'll go back to Mini Bridge, to tell you that you can change file type associations in the Preferences inside the standalone program Adobe Bridge CS5. So let's say that I have set the file type association for JPEG to open in Dreamweaver rather than to open in the default program, Photoshop CS5.
In that case, I could still force a JPEG to open from Mini Bridge into Photoshop and the way that I would do that is this. I would click to select a thumbnail in the Content pod of Mini Bridge and then I would right-click on a PC or Control+click on a Mac on that thumbnail and from there I would choose Open Image. And that will open the image into Photoshop even if that image format is associated with another program. Let's take one more look at that menu in Mini Bridge.
I will select another thumbnail and Control or Right-click on that thumbnail and then I will go down to the bottom of this menu and if I chose Open with Default Application and my JPEGs have been set to open with Dreamweaver, then that is where they would open. And I have one more choice here and that is open in Camera Raw. Even though JPEGs are not shot as RAW files, I still can open them for editing in the Adobe Camera Raw Converter by choosing from this menu Open In Camera Raw and then I can use the sliders there to make adjustments to exposure, contrast and other photo qualities.
Another way to open a file from Mini Bridge into Photoshop is to make sure that I have the Move tool selected here in the toolbox and then drag-and-drop a thumbnail from the Content pot of Mini Bridge onto the Photoshop start icon in the application's folder or onto an alias for the Photoshop start icon. So I am going to select an image and then I'm going to drag and I will go down to my dock on the Mac and I hover over the icon for Adobe Photoshop CS5 and release my mouse and that will open that particular image here in Photoshop.
Now let's say that I want to make a composite of multiple images. Let me show you how I would use Mini Bridge to open the files that are involved in that composite. First I am going to open this image of a beach by just double-clicking its thumbnail here in Mini Bridge. I will select it and then double-click. So here is my background image and you can see that it is on a single layer in the Layers panel. Now I want to bring in a second image, but I don't want it to open as a separate document, instead I want it to come in as a layer in this document.
So I'll expand Mini Bridge again, I find the image that I want to bring in, I will select it, and then I'm going to drag it from the Content pod of Mini Bridge directly on top of an open document in Photoshop CS5 and I will release my mouse. Now notice that there are two layers in the same file. On the top layer is this photograph of a bird, on the bottom layer currently obscured by the photograph of the bird is my background photo. These diagonal lines mean that I haven't yet committed the way that I am going to bring in this bird.
At this point I could make that image smaller if I wish by transforming it. To transform this, I am going to move my mouse over one of the corner anchor points, I will hold down the Shift key to prevent distortion and I will hold down the Option key, that's the Alt key on the PC to resize this image from the center in and then I am going to click-and-drag. I think that makes a pretty nice-looking composite. So at this point I want to accept that transform. So I will go up to the Options Bar and I will click this checkmark. And now the diagonal lines disappear and in the Layers panel, I can see that my top layer, the one that contains the bird image has been made into a Smart Object layer.
I know that because it is identified by the Smart Object symbol on the layer thumbnail. Now there is nothing new about the way that Smart Objects work in a layered file like this. As in previous versions of Photoshop, the fact that this is a Smart Object layer means that I can confidently resize this layer without worrying that the content of the layer will become blurry or pixelated. But what is new is that bringing in an image from Mini Bridge by dragging it onto an open document will automatically make a Smart Object layer. There are a couple of specialized automatic processing methods for bringing images from Mini Bridge into Photoshop.
Let me show you where those are located in Mini Bridge and I will come down and select a few images. I will click on one thumbnail to select it and then I will hold the Shift key and click on another to select all of those in between. Now I am going to go to the tools menu right here in Mini Bridge at the top of the Content pod, and I will go down to Photoshop and here I see a list of various automatic special functions that will bring the selected images from Mini Bridge into Photoshop for special processing. I could apply Photoshop's Batch processing to those four images or I could run them through the Image Processor that allows resizing and saving in different formats, or I could load all four of these files into individual Photoshop layers in a single document or I could merge them all as High Dynamic Range images in order to achieve one image with an expanded dynamic range or I could run them through Photo Merge to blend them or, if appropriate, to make them into a panorama.
Now none of those automatic functions are new so I am not going to run through them for you here, but what is new is that you can run them on multiple images from right here in Mini Bridge inside of Photoshop.
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