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Using Adobe Bridge to stay organized

From: Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes Volume 1

Video: Using Adobe Bridge to stay organized

This entire course deals with taking photographs and manipulating to create these dreamscapes. Now the beauty of digital is that you can take pictures for as long as you want, and as many as you want. The big problem is staying organized and quickly finding those photographs when you need them, that's the beauty of Bridge. Bridge is what I use to stay organized. So right now we're looking on the screen, and we see that I have my Hikes folder open. There is my Hikes folder, which shows all the different hikes.

Using Adobe Bridge to stay organized

This entire course deals with taking photographs and manipulating to create these dreamscapes. Now the beauty of digital is that you can take pictures for as long as you want, and as many as you want. The big problem is staying organized and quickly finding those photographs when you need them, that's the beauty of Bridge. Bridge is what I use to stay organized. So right now we're looking on the screen, and we see that I have my Hikes folder open. There is my Hikes folder, which shows all the different hikes.

So if I open this up, and let's just say we go down here to say 2011, and we'll go to the content of this folder, there is a bunch of different pictures there, all these different pictures. So, I want to stay organized, I want to be able to go in there and quickly find that picture, I do not remember which one of these years or which one of those hikes was that particular picture. So what I could do is I can go in there, and I'll just select say these cows right here, I'm going to go in there and start selecting all these picture of cows, right there.

And I have right here, I have a keyword for Cows. So I'm going to click on Cows. That just added the Keyword to it. And here are some Trucks, so I'm going to take the pictures of the truck, let's go see what these trucks look like, right there. I've got all the way down to here, and I have a keyword for Trucks. So I'm going to click on Truck. I've got a Panda Bear here. I see here is a Panda, Kung Fu Panda's sculpture that I saw. I don't have a keyword for that. So I'm going to click on those, I'll select all three of them, there they are, and I'm going to come over and here and say give me a New Keyword, and I'll call that panda and assign that keyword to those pictures.

So now, I'll go into the main hikes folder where all these pictures appear. There are all the folders of all the different years, and I'll go in there and say, well, let's find cows. I just got to go in there and find all the pictures of cows that are tagged as Cows. We'll go in there and say Trucks, and there are all the Trucks that are keyed. I'll say Bird, and there are some birds, and of course, let's do the one we just found, which is panda, and there I found the three pictures that I recently keyed as panda.

So you set out these keywords, there are some that come with it, some like Events and People and Places, you have Places. So these comes with the program, but you can set up your own as you saw me set up right there, and once you have that keyword, it falls into the list, my computer at home, I have a very long list with all kinds of things, and fortunately they are in alphabetical order. But you setup these keywords, so when you need a picture of a panda, you don't have to go through the thousands and thousands of pictures you might have stored, you just type in the keyword panda, and it will find all the pictures of panda in your entire collection, making it easy to find the reference material you need to create your dreamscapes.

So Bridge is your friend, get used to using it, it's a great place to stay organized. There are lots of windows you can play with. The best thing is to go in there and start looking. And other information like for instance, Metadata, when did I take that panda? Well, you go in to Metadata, it'll tell you what you were using, the size you shot it and even the date and time and everything that you--there is the date and time of when it was shot, and so on--all the information is right there at your fingertips within Bridge.

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Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes Volume 1

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  1. 2m 12s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 14s
  2. 23m 11s
    1. Using clipping groups
      3m 33s
    2. Explaining alpha channels
      6m 29s
    3. Using layer masks
      3m 47s
    4. Creating alpha channels
      5m 56s
    5. Using Adobe Bridge to stay organized
      3m 26s
  3. 26m 6s
    1. Introduction
      14s
    2. Preparing the scene: Retouching
      7m 36s
    3. Turning day into night
      6m 18s
    4. Creating the sky
      6m 24s
    5. Creating chimney smoke
      5m 34s
  4. 16m 23s
    1. Introduction
      14s
    2. Creating the castle
      6m 14s
    3. Creating a floating island
      3m 29s
    4. The final composite
      6m 26s
  5. 29m 22s
    1. Introduction
      30s
    2. Creating the basic cliff
      4m 50s
    3. Including cliff details
      2m 38s
    4. Adding plateau details
      8m 53s
    5. Creating a cascading waterfall
      5m 31s
    6. Building a rock cliff
      2m 13s
    7. The final composite
      4m 47s
  6. 30m 49s
    1. Introduction
      40s
    2. Creating terrain
      3m 47s
    3. Adding buildings
      9m 18s
    4. Creating the planet
      4m 7s
    5. Creating planet rings
      9m 39s
    6. Adding atmosphere
      3m 18s
  7. 25m 4s
    1. Introduction
      49s
    2. Creating islands
      5m 56s
    3. Creating a beach
      4m 28s
    4. Adding a planet and a moon
      6m 42s
    5. Adding the secret base
      7m 9s
  8. 49m 34s
    1. Introduction
      33s
    2. Manipulating the plane with the Pen tool
      8m 12s
    3. Adding the logo to a curved surface
      4m 14s
    4. Compositing and aging the plane
      6m 14s
    5. Busting up the plane
      8m 54s
    6. Breaking glass
      5m 53s
    7. Adding moss and lighting
      7m 15s
    8. Adding water and reflection
      5m 2s
    9. Applying finishing touches
      3m 17s
  9. 26m 41s
    1. Introduction
      15s
    2. Creating the sea
      4m 15s
    3. Creating the dome
      8m 4s
    4. Compositing and colorizing the city
      9m 3s
    5. Adding a flock of birds with the Pen tool
      5m 4s
  10. 21m 6s
    1. Introduction
      22s
    2. Creating the scene
      7m 49s
    3. Making a castle on an island
      7m 16s
    4. Adding foliage
      5m 39s
  11. 27m 12s
    1. Introduction
      53s
    2. Composing the scene
      9m 6s
    3. Creating explosions
      8m 54s
    4. Adding flying debris
      3m 30s
    5. Applying finishing touches
      4m 49s
  12. 26s
    1. Final thoughts
      26s

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