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So it turns out there is actually three different ways to open files in to Photoshop, the first one is that File Open Command. File Open, there is Browse in Bridge which takes you out of Photoshop to Adobe Bridge. And then there's a new way to do this in Photoshop CS5 called Mini Bridge. So if we take a look in the Application Bar up here in the top. There is the Big Bridge button, and if you click that, it switches you over to Adobe Bridge. And to the right of that is the new Mini Bridge icon, and if I click that button that launches Mini Bridge as a panel. Now Mini Bridge is basically just the file browsing capabilities of the Big Bridge, and a panel that can be floated and resized and repositioned and put any where you want on your screen.
Or even move to a second monitor if you want. And it allows you to do file browsing without actually having to switch outside of Photoshop. This is what it looks like the first time you open it. It's got a Browse Files button. I'll go ahead and click on the word Browse Files. And this takes you to the last location that you were browsing within Photoshop here. I'm going to actually go back to my Desktop here. And you can see on the Desktop I have an Exercise Files folder. I am going to go ahead and double- click on that to open that folder. And then I'll get into the chapter that I am particularly working on right now. And here are the images that are in that particular folder.
So you have nice happy little icons. If you want to open a file you just simply double click on the thumbnail and it opens that file. Now it doesn't collapse the Mini Bridge panel as part of that process. So to collapse it after the fact just go ahead and click on the word Mini Bridge in the title of the panel here and it will close it back up. Okay so let's go ahead and close this particular file. And we will just use the little close box in the document tab up here and click that to make it go away. Again as a reminder, I'd like to point out the Mini Bridge icon in the Application Bar, because if you're in a different workspace or you have actually pulled it out of the dock and actually closed it.
Typically where you go to reopen panels is the Window menu. If I go to the Window menu up here at the top and you start looking for Mini Bridge, you'll see it starts with an M. But it's not listed in the Ms in the list, because Mini Bridge is under the submenu of Extensions and so a lot of people are going to miss that fact. So you don't need to really remember where it is in the menu system. Just know that this icon will always be there as long as you have got the Application Bar turned on. That's on by default so leave it on. And no matter where your panel has been located previously, if you accidentally closed it. You can always get it right back with that single click on the Mini Bridge icon.
Now in addition to double-clicking on a thumbnail, you also can drag and drop. So I am going to drag that thumbnail into the Photoshop, main Window space there and you can see that opens the file as well. If I drag and drop another file, so we will take this thumbnail here. Drag that into an existing window. You'll see we are actually going to add that file as a layer in the existing document. So now you can see that word Fence, that's the name of the file, is coming in as a second layer in this Fall file. So we won't get into some of the specifics her, but it's actually turning it into what we call a smart object.
We will cover that later. But if I hit the return key or the Enter key, that will apply the addition of that file as a layer. Turning it into a smart object in the Layers panel. Now, what if you didn't really want to drag and drop one file into another file as a layer. You just want to drag and drop to open it as a separate window. Well to do that let's grab this file here and drag and drop it, and instead of dragging it into the current document window. Just drag it to this dark gray of the document tab strip, up here on the top.
And if I let go, then it will open that up as a separate window in its own document tab. And there you can see that it accomplished that.
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