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Another popular way to open files into Photoshop is through a panel called Mini Bridge. You might have noticed the command for it under the File menu, Browse in Mini Bridge. You can either access Mini Bridge this way or if you're in the default workspace for Photoshop CS6, which is the Essentials workspace, you will notice that in the lower left-hand corner, you have a tab called Mini Bridge. If you click on that, it will expand that panel so that you can see all the features and functionality in Mini Bridge.
Across the top, there's a path bar where you can navigate to the exercise files. You can see the contents of your folders in the larger area below. There are lot of additional icons across the top. For example, you could navigate backwards and forwards, we could jump over to Bridge, we could choose to view more than one image in the slideshow or Review mode, we can also decide how we want to see our images, or how we want them to sort, by file name or by file type.
On the right-hand side, we can choose to filter our images, and we can also search for a specific image. So you can see, there's a lot of the same functionality in Mini Bridge in Photoshop, so you don't necessarily have to jump to Bridge in order to access your files. I think that Bridge is a much larger interface and so you can see more at one time, but if you know exactly where your files are and you simply want to grab one of them, Mini Bridge is an excellent alternative. Let's go ahead and open one of these files.
I can either double-click on an image to open it or I can drag and drop it into this image area to open it. Now if I want to open a second image, I have two options. If I drag and drop on top of this first image, then Photoshop will open the document as a second layer within my original document. So if you want to do that, that's great. Simply drag and drop. You will get a little place icon. In order to apply that, we'll click the Checkmark here.
What actually happens is that Mini Bridge places that file as a Smart Object, but we'll be talking about that in a more advanced lesson. If I wanted to open up a file into its own separate document, then I would drag that file into this blank area here next to the tab of another document that's already open. When I release the mouse, then Photoshop opens that as a secondary document. So you can see now, I have my first document that has the two layers and I have the secondary document, or the second instance of the document, which I opened as its own separate document.
So as you can see, it's very easy to navigate and open your files through Mini Bridge without ever having to leave the Photoshop interface.
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