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Touring the Bridge interface

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Video: Touring the Bridge interface

I meet so many people who already own Photoshop and use it and have no idea that they also own another program called Adobe Bridge. Adobe Bridge is a very useful program for previewing your files and organizing your files before you bring them into Photoshop. Bridge 3.0 ships with Photoshop CS4 and with the Adobe Creative Suite, because Bridge is designed not only for use with Photoshop but for use with other programs in the Suite. The thing that most people use Bridge for most often is previewing and then opening their files directly into Photoshop.

Touring the Bridge interface

I meet so many people who already own Photoshop and use it and have no idea that they also own another program called Adobe Bridge. Adobe Bridge is a very useful program for previewing your files and organizing your files before you bring them into Photoshop. Bridge 3.0 ships with Photoshop CS4 and with the Adobe Creative Suite, because Bridge is designed not only for use with Photoshop but for use with other programs in the Suite. The thing that most people use Bridge for most often is previewing and then opening their files directly into Photoshop.

In other words a visual way of choosing the files you want to work on, but there are other organizing functions in Bridge that I'd like to show you in this chapter. First, we're going to take a tour of the Bridge interface to get you familiar with the program. You can launch Bridge as you do any application from your Start menu on Windows or from the Finder or the dock on Mac. But if Photoshop is already open, the fastest way to launch Bridge is to go to the application bar at the top of the screen as I'm doing now and clicking this icon to launch Bridge.

This is how Bridge looks when it first opens. Basically, you have panels on the left, panels on the right, and a Content area in the middle where you can see the content of your hard drive. Right now we're looking at the various folders in my home folder on my machine. To navigate from there to see the Exercise Files that we're using for this course for example, I would move first to this panel on the left called Favorites and click on the Desktop there and then in the Content area I can see everything that's on my desktop.

I only have one folder there, the Exercise Files for this course. If I want to look inside that folder, I can just double-click it here in the Content area and shows me all of the subfolders inside the Exercise Files folder. If you're following along with me, double-click this second folder called chapter02 Bridge and finally we can see thumbnail images of all of the photographs that are inside that subfolder. If you'd like to see these thumbnails better to evaluate your photos, you can do that by changing their size down at the bottom of Bridge where you can move this slider over to the right to increase the size of thumbnails, or to the left to decrease, or click on the icons on either side of the slider bar to move from size to size, up and down.

You can sort your thumbnails to view them in many different ways. The Sort menu is located here at the top of the Bridge interface. If I click the arrow to the right of Sort By Filename, which is the default sort criteria, I will see all the other ways that I can sort. So I could sort by Type for example and that would show me files sorted by file format. So now I can see my JPGs first and if I use the scrollbar to scroll down in the Content panel, then I'll see some Photoshop document or .psd files altogether and finally some TIFF files altogether.

Or I can go back to the Sort menu and sort By Date Created. Date Modified. I can also sort By Size, which shows me the highest resolution files at the top. So let me scroll up there to see those. And I can change any of the sort orders by clicking this icon. So now I have the lowest resolution photos at the top. Now this particular arrangement of the Bridge interface isn't the only way to view the program. In Bridge 3.0 there are preset Bridge workspaces, set up here at the top of the screen.

Right now we're in the Essentials workspace, but we can change to the Filmstip workspace, which I really like better, because it gives me a larger area to preview my photos and then I can come to the bottom of the screen where the thumbnails are and click on them one by one to see the associated photographs. Then I can scroll over to find others that I want to see and click on those. These preset arrangements aren't set in stone. You can customize them. So let's say for example that I wanted to have my Filmstip not on the bottom of the screen, but rather over on the right.

I can do that by moving my mouse to the right and there is a border there and if I move my mouse over it, my cursor becomes a double-pointed arrow. I'll click-and-drag to the left to open up a space there and then I'm going to down to the area where my thumbnails live, which is called the Content panel and I'll drag that panel by its tab over into this blank area on the right and now I have a vertical Content bar of thumbnails with a much larger space for the preview in the middle. I can scroll down to see other thumbnails and click on them so that I can see them here in Bridge.

So as you can see Bridge does a really good job of letting you see your photos before you bother opening them to work on them in Photoshop. I can further customize this area by going to the left side and closing all of these panels by dragging that left boundary over all the way to the side of the screen and now when I look at the horizontal image, it takes up almost the whole screen and I really get a great big view. Once you've setup your particular workspace the way you want it in Bridge, you can save that workspace just like you can save a workspace in Photoshop.

So if I want to save this particular workspace, I'll go to the Output workspace at the top of the screen, click the arrow, and choose New Workspace and I'll call this Big Preview and I can choose whether to save the window locations as part of this workspace and the particular sort order that I'm currently using, which is By Size. So I'll click Save. Now my personalized workspace is listed here along with all the others and I can get back to it at any time. So if I were to go and look at my Essentials workspace for example and then I wanted to go back to Big Preview, I'll just click on Big Preview and I can see my images in the way that I prefer.

Now when you look at your images in Bridge, you're actually looking into the folders on your hard drive. You can get your images into your computer any way you want. Bridge does have a Photo Downloader feature that you can use, but you don't have to use that particular feature. Anyway, as you bring your photos in, Bridge will look into the photos on your drive and preview them for you. So the next time that you take a batch of great photos, use Bridge to preview them and decide which ones you're going to work on in Photoshop.

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Photoshop CS4 Essential Training

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  1. 2m 31s
    1. Welcome
      1m 27s
    2. Using the example files
      1m 4s
  2. 25m 14s
    1. Touring the interface
      4m 25s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      5m 15s
    3. Using tools efficiently
      3m 51s
    4. Arranging panels
      3m 53s
    5. Customizing keyboard shortcuts
      2m 50s
    6. Saving a custom workspace
      3m 0s
    7. Changing screen modes
      2m 0s
  3. 19m 3s
    1. Touring the Bridge interface
      6m 31s
    2. Opening images from Bridge
      1m 20s
    3. Reviewing images
      4m 42s
    4. Finding images
      6m 30s
  4. 44m 53s
    1. Setting preferences
      4m 23s
    2. Choosing color settings
      8m 11s
    3. Zooming and panning
      5m 27s
    4. Resizing and image resolution
      3m 17s
    5. Adding to the canvas
      2m 2s
    6. Rotating the canvas
      1m 44s
    7. Choosing color
      4m 49s
    8. Sizing a brush tip
      3m 4s
    9. Undoing and the History panel
      5m 0s
    10. Saving and file formats
      3m 29s
    11. Creating a file from scratch
      3m 27s
  5. 37m 58s
    1. Making geometric selections
      6m 14s
    2. Modifying selections
      4m 43s
    3. Combining selections
      3m 16s
    4. Using the Quick Selection tool
      5m 34s
    5. Refining selection edges
      4m 12s
    6. Using Quick Mask mode
      2m 18s
    7. Selecting with the improved Color Range command
      4m 32s
    8. Selecting with the Magnetic Lasso tool
      2m 28s
    9. Using the Background Eraser tool
      3m 7s
    10. Saving selections
      1m 34s
  6. 39m 56s
    1. Understanding layers
      5m 43s
    2. Creating layers
      5m 12s
    3. Working in the Layers panel
      2m 19s
    4. Locking layers
      4m 17s
    5. Working with multiple layers
      4m 6s
    6. Merging and flattening layers
      3m 55s
    7. Adding a shape layer
      4m 43s
    8. Basic layer masking
      4m 23s
    9. Using layer blend modes and opacity
      5m 18s
  7. 23m 19s
    1. Cropping
      3m 26s
    2. Straightening
      3m 17s
    3. Transforming
      4m 42s
    4. Working with Smart Objects
      6m 48s
    5. Using Content-Aware Scaling
      5m 6s
  8. 1h 10m
    1. Reading histograms
      4m 21s
    2. Using adjustment layers and the Adjustment panel
      6m 4s
    3. Adjusting tones with Levels
      7m 49s
    4. Limiting adjustments with layer masks
      5m 40s
    5. Using masks in the new Masks panel
      6m 9s
    6. Limiting adjustments by clipping
      3m 6s
    7. Adjusting with Shadow/Highlight
      5m 7s
    8. Adjusting with Curves
      7m 37s
    9. Adjusting with Hue/Saturation
      3m 42s
    10. Adjusting with Vibrance
      2m 16s
    11. Removing a color cast
      4m 26s
    12. Using the Black & White adjustment layer
      2m 39s
    13. Using the Dodge Burn and Sponge tools
      4m 11s
    14. Reducing noise
      2m 39s
    15. Sharpening
      4m 42s
  9. 38m 0s
    1. Using the Spot Healing Brush tool
      5m 17s
    2. Using the Healing Brush tool
      5m 51s
    3. Using the Patch tool
      4m 52s
    4. Using the Clone Stamp tool
      4m 8s
    5. Enhancing eyes
      9m 29s
    6. Changing facial structure
      5m 0s
    7. Softening skin
      3m 23s
  10. 44m 38s
    1. What's a raw image?
      4m 25s
    2. Touring the Camera Raw interface
      7m 35s
    3. Working in the Basic panel
      7m 54s
    4. Working in the Tone Curve panel
      2m 21s
    5. Working in the HSL/Grayscale and Split Toning panels
      3m 46s
    6. Looking at the other Camera Raw panels
      3m 45s
    7. Using the Adjustment Brush tool
      4m 2s
    8. Using the Graduated Filter tool
      3m 56s
    9. Working with multiple files
      6m 54s
  11. 21m 6s
    1. Using the Brushes panel
      8m 30s
    2. Filling with color
      3m 49s
    3. Replacing color
      4m 14s
    4. Using gradients
      4m 33s
  12. 16m 55s
    1. Working with point type
      9m 59s
    2. Working with paragraph type
      3m 17s
    3. Warping text
      3m 39s
  13. 25m 23s
    1. Adding a layer style
      4m 6s
    2. Customizing a layer style
      3m 35s
    3. Copying a layer style
      3m 5s
    4. Creating a new style
      3m 32s
    5. Using Smart Filters
      5m 22s
    6. Working in the Filter Gallery
      5m 43s
  14. 13m 14s
    1. Auto-blending focus
      4m 47s
    2. Creating Photomerge panoramas
      4m 2s
    3. Combining group photos
      4m 25s
  15. 23m 27s
    1. Creating an action
      7m 16s
    2. Batch processing with an action
      6m 36s
    3. Using the Image Processor
      9m 35s
  16. 29m 20s
    1. Printing
      11m 32s
    2. Making a contact sheet from Bridge
      6m 12s
    3. Creating a web gallery from Bridge
      7m 17s
    4. Preparing photos for the web
      4m 19s
  17. 30s
    1. Goodbye
      30s

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