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Review mode offers another advantage over full screen preview, and that is by enabling you to create a collection of your images when you exit the review mode. A collection is another way that you can save your selects in order to quickly access them at a later time. So let's select all of the images here in the folder and then tap Cmd+B or Ctrl+B. Now I'm going to remove all of the images that I don't think would make good backgrounds or textures. And the reason that I'm looking for textures is a lot times I will want to make a composite and I'll either want to texture something on top or I'll want to use a different background. So I'm just trying to move through these quickly.
that would make a good texture. I'll drop that one. There's a good texture. And then I'm just using the down arrow in order to remove the images that I don't think would make good textures. Alright, I'm almost through the whole shoot here. And it looks like I'm left with these five images. Now before I tap the Escape key, because remember that would just take me back to Bridge with these images selected, instead what I'll do is I'll click on the collection icon here. This will exit me from the review mode.
It takes me back to Bridge and it enables me to name the collection. So we'll name this Texture and then tap Enter. Now let's take a look at what this collection is. By the way, if your collection's panel isn't showing, it's probably nested with the Filter menu, so be sure to click where it says Collections. So this texture folder isn't really a folder at all. It is a virtual folder in Bridge and what we've done is we've basically told Bridge to save out this collection but it's not moving your files.
It's not duplicating your files or anything, it's just a virtual pointer to the images that you told it you wanted it to pay attention to. And in fact we can see that we are no longer in the 01 02 Bridge folder. And if we look at the path here, you can see that we're not in that folder either. We're in the texture collection. If I do want to return back to my folder I can click on it here in the folders area. And if I wanted to add something else, maybe I've decided that this image would make a good texture, I can simply click and drag it into the texture collection.
So you can see the file still resides here in the Bridge folder, this texture collection is just a virtual pointer to it. Of course the nice thing about this is that the collection can be made up of images that are in different folders as well. So if I navigated to a different folder and I thought that one of these images would make a good collection, I could drag it into the texture collection. I'm not going to do that now but you should know that that is possible. Let's click on the texture collection again.
If I decide that I don't want one of these images to be in the collection, to remove it, all I need to do is click the Remove from Collection button. And even if you move your images around on the hard drive, meaning that you went back to the folder structure and moved these files around, the collection is going to know where those files are as long as you move the files through Bridge. And this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to collections. You can also add a collection at any time without going into review mode, by clicking on the collection icon. Then you just name it, and drag in images that you want from any folders, to make a virtual portfolio of all your best images, for example. Remember, collections are virtual, so make as many as you want, drag your files into them.
It doesn't duplicate the files on your drive, so it doesn't take up any hard drive space. And you can quickly see if images are going to work together to tell your story.
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