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Mini Bridge in Photoshop offers some essential file locating in browsing functions, but Mini Bridge doesn't do everything that the standalone program Adobe Bridge CS5 can do in the way of file management, but that's okay because Adobe has made sure to allow us to synchronize Mini Bridge with standalone Bridge in some important ways. For one thing, it's pretty easy to move back and forth to the same folder in the two programs. Not only that, but if I make a change to folder content in Adobe Bridge, Mini Bridge will recognize that change and update itself.
For example, here I am in Mini Bridge in Photoshop and the 07_03 subfolder contains these JPEGs of life on a beach. I would like to add at least one subfolder inside of this folder and put some images inside of my new subfolder. I can't do that from here in Mini Bridge, but I can do it in the standalone program Adobe Bridge CS5 and that's just one click away. All I have to do is come to the top of Mini Bridge and click on this icon, Go to Adobe Bridge, or if I prefer shortcuts I can use the keyboard shortcut Command+Shift+O on a PC that's Ctrl+Shift+O. So when I click that Go to Bridge icon or use the shortcut, I am taken directly and immediately into Adobe Bridge to the very same 07_03 subfolder that contains all of the thumbnails.
Here in Adobe Bridge I can make a folder inside this folder by Ctrl+Clicking on a Mac or right-clicking on a PC inside of the Content pane here and I'll choose New Folder and I'll call this one footsteps and I'll press Return on my keyboard and then I am going to select these two images of footsteps holding the Command key down the Mac or the Ctrl key on a PC to select them both and then I'm going to drag both of those images from the 07_ 03 folder into the footsteps subfolder.
Now I would like to go back to Mini Bridge and I should see this change reflected there. To go back, I will use my keyboard shortcut and that does take me back to Mini Bridge to the very same folder that I was just viewing in Adobe Bridge. If I scroll down to the bottom of this folder I see my brand-new subfolder footsteps that I made back into the Adobe Bridge and if I double-click that folder, I can see the two footsteps images. Now if for some reason I didn't see that update, I could try going to the Select menu hear at the top of the Content pod in Mini Bridge clicking it and choosing Refresh.
But I didn't even have to do that much in this case. There are a few other more sophisticated things that I can do in Bridge, but that I can't do in Mini Bridge that Mini Bridge will recognize and work with. For example, here in Mini Bridge I have a Collections icon. Right now I don't have any collections created and I can't make any collections here in Mini Bridge, but I can make collections in Adobe Bridge that Mini Bridge will recognize and here in Mini Bridge I can add files to those collections that I have made in Adobe Bridge or I can remove files from this Collections.
And in Mini Bridge one of the ways that I can filter thumbnails for viewing in Content panel is by Star ratings and by Labels. However, I can't create or add stars or labels to images here in Mini Bridge. For that I have to go back to Bridge. So I'm going to go to the folder 07_03, I can click on it in this path bar to go directly there. Now I am going to jump over to the freestanding program Adobe Bridge CS5 and I will do that by clicking Bridge icon right here at the top of Mini Bridge.
That takes me to the same folder 07_03 here in Adobe Bridge and I am going to add some labels and some star ratings to these photos. First, I am going to select the photos I like the best, clicking on one, holding the Command key and Mac or the Ctrl key on the PC and clicking on a few others and I am going to give these all Star rating of 5. By going up to the Label menu and choosing five stars or I could have used this keyboard shortcut. Now I would like to label a couple of images for printing. So I will select one image, I will hold the Command or Ctrl key and select the second.
Then I will go up to the Label menu and I am going to choose the label To Print. Here is an image I don't like very well, so I am going to select it and I will go up to the Label menu and I will choose to reject this image. So that's how to add Stars and Labels in Adobe Bridge CS5. There is really nothing new about that, but of course Mini Bridge in Photoshop CS5 is new. So what I would like you to take from this piece of the exercise is that Mini Bridge will recognize Star ratings and Labels that are added to thumbnails in Adobe Bridge.
I will go back to Mini Bridge and you can see down here in the Content panel that I do have my labels for printing on these two images and the five stars that I added to these images. By the way, if you can't see those labels and stars in your copy of Photoshop CS5, then go to the View menu here and see if there's a checkmark next to Show Thumbnail Only. If there is, click that command and a checkmark will disappear and you would be able to see not only the thumbnails, but also any stars or labels or titles on the thumbnails.
Finally, if I go up to this menu, the Select menu at the top of the Content pod and I choose to Show Reject Files, I will see that file that I had labeled as a Reject back in Adobe Bridge. Not only does Mini Bridge recognize these stars and labels, but it can sort and filter on the basis of the stars and labels. So if I go to Filter menu here at the top of the Content panel, I can choose to Show only items with 5 Stars. I can go back to that menu and clear that filter and then go back again and perhaps I want to see only Labeled Items this time.
I will go back and Clear Filter again and maybe this time I want to see Rejected Items Only, which is that single photo that I labeled as a reject in Adobe Bridge. And I will clear that filter once again. Also, if I go to this menu the Sort menu, I can sort by various file properties including By Rating. So if I choose By Rating and then I scroll down I see that all my five star images are here together at the bottom of the Content pod. So as you have seen Mini Bridge in Photoshop and the standalone application Adobe Bridge CS5 played really well together, splitting file management functions with the more sophisticated or intricate functions for the most part assigned to Adobe Bridge, the standalone program.
There is a lot of synchronization of results in that Mini Bridge can recognize and work with Collections, Stars, Labels, New Folders, and other elements that are created in Adobe Bridge.
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