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Using Mini Bridge in Photoshop CS5

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Video: Using Mini Bridge in Photoshop CS5

In this final exercise of the chapter, I'm going to introduce you to the Mini Bridge, which lives inside Photoshop. Now, just so that you have a little bit of context here, I'm going to take you on a walk down memory lane. Photoshop CS5 is the same as Photoshop 12, by the way, same diff. The first version that switched over to a CS application was Photoshop 8. So, Photoshop 8 became Photoshop CS. Before that, there was a thing called Photoshop 7. Many of you old-timers may remember it.

Using Mini Bridge in Photoshop CS5

In this final exercise of the chapter, I'm going to introduce you to the Mini Bridge, which lives inside Photoshop. Now, just so that you have a little bit of context here, I'm going to take you on a walk down memory lane. Photoshop CS5 is the same as Photoshop 12, by the way, same diff. The first version that switched over to a CS application was Photoshop 8. So, Photoshop 8 became Photoshop CS. Before that, there was a thing called Photoshop 7. Many of you old-timers may remember it.

It had this thing called the File Browser, which allowed you to inspect the contents of a folder and see the images as a bunch of thumbnails. Then basically, the File Browser grew up and moved out of the house and it became the Adobe Bridge. Well, the prodigal son has returned home in the form of the Mini Bridge inside Photoshop. It's an AIR app, meaning that it's this little Flash/HTML application that runs inside of some of the CS5 apps. It's interesting! It's a little bit clunky.

It's a first version. But I think some of you may find it to be terribly helpful. So, let's go back to Photoshop. I'll either click on the Boomerang icon or I can use that same keyboard shortcut I used to get here in the first place, Ctrl+Alt+O or Command+Option+O on the Mac. I have opened this image Stylish young couple.jpg that's found inside the Felix Mizioznikov folder inside the 03_open_org folder. To get to the Mini Bridge, you can either click on this little Mini Bridge icon over here in the right-side panels, or you can go up to the Mini Bridge icon up here in the Applications bar, or you can drop down to the File menu and choose Browse in Mini Bridge.

Any of those options are going to work and bring up the Mini Bridge, like so. Now, with any luck, you'll browse to the exact same folder that you're seeing inside of the Bridge. That may or may not happen. You may, by the way, need to wait a few moments for the Mini Bridge to initialize, here inside Photoshop. So, expect to wait a moment or two, or the Mini Bridge may take you to the Home Page view. Let's go there, just so that we're all on the same page. I want you to change your settings by clicking on the Settings icon here. I'll just show you this one, Bridge Launching, just so you have a sense of what's going on.

When you're working with the Mini Bridge, it likes to have the Bridge open in order to browse files. So, that's essential, the two are trying to work hand in hand with each other. So, what it needs to know if the Bridge is not running, should it display the Home Page and do not start the Bridge until Browse Files is clicked, and we'll see that in just a moment, or, should it automatically start the Bridge in any case. You may want to always just start up that Bridge every time you bring up the Mini Bridge. It's totally up to you. When Mini Bridge opens the Bridge, should it use the existing window? That's what I'd say, or should it use a separate Bridge window? By the way, you can choose a New Window command inside the Bridge in order to browse to a different location, so you can have basically multiple bridges running at the same time.

Anyway, I would say, just use the existing window. It requires less RAM. Anyway, I'm going to switch back to Settings here and then I'm going to click on Appearance. I'm going to go ahead and reduce the brightness of the Image Backdrop a little bit. You can also take your User Interface Brightness down, which I am a fan of, but, notice that if you take it way down, your text remains black. So, you're not getting that reverse type effect that you have in Bridge. So, you might as well brighten it up a little bit. You definitely want to Color Manage the panel. Leave that checkbox turned on. Go back to Settings.

In fact, at this point, I would suggest that we browse the files by clicking on this tiny, little Browse Files icon and we will go back to the Browse view. Now, as I say with any luck, you're going to be somewhere inside your open_org folder. But that's not a guarantee. Navigating inside the Mini Bridge is not my favorite experience. You can visit recent folders incidentally by clicking on this Recent Folders button. It should show you all the folders that you've visited recently inside the Bridge, which is good. That's very helpful. Then we have this Clock icon, which should allow you to select from recently visited folders as well.

Anyway, I'm going to switch over to the Felix Mizioznikov folder, so that I can see this collection of images. Then I'm going to reduce the size of my Navigation Pod. That's what it's called, by the way. If you click this down-pointing arrowhead, you'll see that you have a Navigation Pod and a Preview Pod. How in the world do you get to the Preview Pod, you might ask? Well, first of all, I'm going to show that you can go ahead and increase or decrease the size of your thumbnails using this slider. You also have the option of filtering your view.

Notice this little funnel. It's the same as that Star icon in the Bridge. It allows you to filter according to star ratings and labeled items and so on. You can also clear out the filter if you want to. One of the interesting things is it'd be nice to have all those keyboard shortcuts that you have inside the Bridge. But that's a focus issue, because, this Mini Bridge is running inside of Photoshop. Ctrl+Alt+A, for example, which clears the Filter inside the Bridge. That's Command+Option+A on a Mac. That's already assigned to a command under the Select menu.

Notice that it allows you to select all layers inside of your image. So, Photoshop gets the big keyboard shortcut. It's what it comes down to. But there are some keyboard shortcuts that the Mini Bridge has. You just have to watch your focus. Anyway, next door, this guy right there allows you to change your sort order from Filename let's say to Date Modified, something along those lines, you also can turn on and off, Ascending Order, if you so desire. All right, but let's say that you want to preview one of these images. Well, click on the thumbnail. It's very important, by the way, that you click on it.

That not only selects the thumbnail that you want to preview, but it also makes sure that the Mini Bridge has focus as opposed to Photoshop having focus. Then you press Shift+Spacebar in order to enter the Preview Pod right here. If you want to, you can make the panel larger, so that it takes up more room on screen. Of course, the preview will enlarge as well. I'm going to close out of that. The other thing you can do is take advantage of the Full-Screen Preview. So, click on the thumbnail again to make it active. I'm clicking on Peek-a-boo.jpg.

Then I'll press the Spacebar in order to enter that Full-Screen Preview. Now, I can cycle between the various images inside this folder by pressing one of the arrow keys. So, I'm pressing the Right Arrow key to go to the next image, then the next one. Gosh! I love that image! Then this one right here, and then, finally, this one, which is now a readable file, because I changed its extension from JPEG to TIFF. Awesome! Then once I'm done, I can cycle back around, of course. But once I'm done, I'll press the Escape key in order to return back to Photoshop. Now, it's very important for either Shift+Spacebar or Spacebar to work that the Mini Bridge has focus.

If you click out here in the larger image window, why then Photoshop suddenly has focus, and if you press say the Spacebar, you're going to get the Hand tool, as I'll explain in the next chapter. So, just so that you have a little troubleshooting advice, make sure the Mini Bridge is active, if you want to apply keyboard shortcuts to it, including, incidentally, if I click on Peek-a-boo, and then press the Enter key, that will go ahead and open the image inside of Photoshop as you can see. I'll press Ctrl+Plus or Command+Plus on the Mac to zoom in.

You can also do this number and we'll be seeing more of this kind of stuff in the future. But I could go ahead and grab Sunglasses at dusk.jpg and also grab Radical low angle.jpg by Ctrl+Clicking on it or Command+Clicking on that image on the Mac. I'll drag these images into Peek-a- boo.jpg and drop them into place. Notice what happens here. I'll go ahead and collapse the Mini Bridge for a moment, so we can see what's going on. At first, I'm presented with the placement of the first image I selected.

I can scale it if I want to. We're going to see more of that in the future. Let's say, I like its size and placement. I'll press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac. Then I'll be invited to place the second file, so you can actually drag-and-drop multiple images into each other, thanks to the Mini Bridge in CS5. I'll press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac to accept the placement of that image as well. They both arrive on separate layers. They happen to be these things called Smart Objects, which are containers that protect layers. I'll explain how Smart Objects work in great detail in a later chapter.

That gives you a sense, I hope, of what's going on with the Mini Bridge. In the next chapter, I'll demonstrate the myriad ways to zoom and pan images, the fundamentals of navigation here inside Photoshop.

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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals

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  1. 39m 52s
    1. Welcome to Photoshop CS5 One-on-One
      1m 49s
    2. Making Photoshop your default image editor
      7m 43s
    3. Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      8m 10s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      7m 37s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 31s
    6. The color settings explained
      6m 54s
    7. Loading the CS5 color settings in Bridge
      3m 8s
  2. 53m 36s
    1. There is nothing you can't do
      2m 1s
    2. The power of Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Duplicating a layer
      4m 49s
    4. Liquifying an image
      4m 43s
    5. Adding a layer mask
      5m 54s
    6. Loading an alpha channel
      7m 42s
    7. Selecting with Color Range
      4m 10s
    8. Making a Hue/Saturation layer
      2m 53s
    9. Luminance blending
      7m 21s
    10. Mask density
      5m 9s
    11. Making a knockout layer
      4m 11s
  3. 51m 23s
    1. The best way to work
      41s
    2. Setting General preferences
      5m 33s
    3. Changing the pasteboard color
      5m 41s
    4. File handling, performance, and units
      7m 25s
    5. Touring the Photoshop interface
      11m 5s
    6. Creating and saving a workspace
      7m 21s
    7. Changing settings and updating the workspace
      6m 4s
    8. Resetting the preferences
      7m 33s
  4. 2h 46m
    1. The amazing Adobe Bridge
      1m 17s
    2. Making a new image
      5m 11s
    3. Opening an image
      7m 7s
    4. Opening and closing multiple images
      5m 24s
    5. Opening a problem image
      4m 23s
    6. Adding file information
      8m 37s
    7. Introducing Adobe Bridge
      7m 37s
    8. A whirlwind tour of Bridge
      7m 21s
    9. Adjusting the interface and thumbnails
      8m 18s
    10. Using the full-screen preview
      8m 5s
    11. Rotating images on their sides
      5m 38s
    12. Assigning star ratings and labels
      8m 40s
    13. Filtering thumbnails in the Contents panel
      9m 13s
    14. Moving, copying, and deleting files
      6m 34s
    15. Creating and assigning keywords
      6m 38s
    16. Searches and collections
      7m 3s
    17. Batch-exporting JPEG files
      8m 57s
    18. Batch-renaming
      7m 15s
    19. String substitution and regular expressions
      8m 50s
    20. Grouping images into stacks
      7m 21s
    21. Comparing images in Review mode
      5m 58s
    22. Playing images in a slideshow
      4m 49s
    23. Customizing and saving the workspace
      7m 17s
    24. Using Mini Bridge in Photoshop CS5
      8m 36s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. Learning to swim inside an image
      37s
    2. The tabbed-window interface
      5m 19s
    3. Arranging image windows
      4m 26s
    4. Common ways to zoom
      5m 31s
    5. New zoom tricks in Photoshop CS5
      4m 24s
    6. Hidden old-school zoom tricks
      4m 34s
    7. Scrolling and panning images
      4m 8s
    8. Viewing the image at print size
      6m 42s
    9. The Navigator and "bird's-eye" scrolling
      2m 56s
    10. Nudging the screen from the keyboard
      2m 39s
    11. Scroll wheel tricks
      3m 41s
    12. The Rotate View tool
      3m 36s
    13. Cycling between screen modes
      6m 17s
    14. Using the numerical zoom value
      6m 14s
  6. 1h 6m
    1. Imaging fundamentals
      58s
    2. What is image size?
      7m 45s
    3. The Image Size command
      6m 0s
    4. Selecting an interpolation option
      4m 56s
    5. Upsampling versus "real" pixels
      5m 22s
    6. The penalty of pixels
      5m 35s
    7. Print size and resolution
      7m 26s
    8. Downsampling for print
      6m 39s
    9. Downsampling for email
      7m 28s
    10. Options for upsampling
      8m 13s
    11. Better ways to make a big image
      6m 1s
  7. 44m 43s
    1. Frame wide, crop tight
      1m 2s
    2. Using the Crop tool
      8m 8s
    3. Fixing out-of-canvas wedges
      5m 31s
    4. Crop tool presets
      6m 53s
    5. Previewing the crop angle
      4m 24s
    6. The Crop command
      4m 47s
    7. Straightening with the Ruler tool
      4m 18s
    8. Cropping without clipping
      5m 1s
    9. Perspective cropping
      4m 39s
  8. 1h 41m
    1. Making drab colors look better
      1m 20s
    2. Brightness and contrast
      4m 10s
    3. Adjusting numerical values
      4m 26s
    4. Introducing adjustment layers
      5m 17s
    5. Editing adjustment layers
      2m 51s
    6. Saving adjustment layers
      4m 35s
    7. Adding a quick layer mask
      4m 23s
    8. Introducing the Histogram
      4m 34s
    9. Working with the Histogram panel
      6m 27s
    10. Using Color Balance
      7m 18s
    11. Introducing the Variations command
      4m 51s
    12. Luminance and saturation controls
      3m 54s
    13. Fading a static adjustment
      3m 21s
    14. How hue and saturation work
      4m 28s
    15. Rotating hues and adjusting saturation
      6m 4s
    16. Creating a quick and dirty sepia tone
      4m 42s
    17. Adjusting hues selectively
      5m 32s
    18. The Target Adjustment tool
      4m 24s
    19. Photoshop CS5 Target Adjustment enhancements
      53s
    20. Adjusting the color of clothing
      8m 44s
    21. Enhancing a low-saturation image
      4m 23s
    22. Refining saturation with Vibrance
      5m 1s
  9. 1h 57m
    1. Photoshop versus the real world
      1m 21s
    2. Meet the selection tools
      10m 26s
    3. Marking the center of an image
      4m 9s
    4. Drawing a geometric selection outline
      4m 45s
    5. Blurring a selection outline with Feather
      6m 8s
    6. Copy and paste versus drag and drop
      5m 31s
    7. Creating a graduated selection
      4m 29s
    8. Aligning one image with another
      4m 45s
    9. Accessing the Move tool on the fly
      3m 34s
    10. Invert and Match Colors
      5m 4s
    11. Matching colors selectively
      3m 52s
    12. Feathering and filling a selection
      5m 14s
    13. Dressing up a composition with effects
      5m 34s
    14. The incredible image rotation trick
      2m 18s
    15. The Magic Wand tool
      4m 12s
    16. Tolerance and other options
      7m 7s
    17. Grow, Similar, and Inverse
      5m 39s
    18. Quick selection and the Magnetic Lasso
      7m 27s
    19. Evaluating a selection in Quick Mask
      8m 52s
    20. Saving and loading selections
      6m 14s
    21. Placing an image with a layer mask
      3m 23s
    22. Eliminating edge fringing
      7m 43s
  10. 1h 58m
    1. Brushing to correct
      56s
    2. How brushing works
      4m 52s
    3. Working with spacing
      7m 32s
    4. Changing size and hardness
      7m 45s
    5. The heads-up Color Picker
      7m 17s
    6. Flipping a mirror image
      3m 33s
    7. Setting the source for the History brush
      3m 42s
    8. Brightening details with the Dodge tool
      7m 49s
    9. Darkening details with the Burn tool
      3m 5s
    10. The Sponge tool
      4m 29s
    11. Backing off edits
      8m 4s
    12. Patching eye bags
      8m 57s
    13. Evening out flesh tones
      7m 23s
    14. Smoothing away whiskers
      7m 41s
    15. Reducing shadow noise
      7m 0s
    16. How healing works
      4m 40s
    17. The enhanced Spot Healing brush
      4m 52s
    18. Using the better Healing brush
      4m 23s
    19. Introducing the Clone Source panel
      3m 49s
    20. Cloning from one layer to another
      5m 30s
    21. Working with multiple sources
      4m 44s
  11. 1h 23m
    1. The layered composition
      1m 0s
    2. Making a new background layer
      6m 58s
    3. Working with "big layers"
      6m 24s
    4. Move, Duplicate, and Scale
      4m 11s
    5. Transforming a copy and repeat
      5m 15s
    6. Stacking order and eyedropping a layer
      5m 15s
    7. Adjusting multiple layers at once
      4m 22s
    8. Switching between layers
      4m 56s
    9. Making a digital star field
      5m 9s
    10. Blend mode and clipping mask
      4m 50s
    11. Dragging and dropping from your desktop
      4m 38s
    12. Black + Lens Flare = glow
      6m 16s
    13. Locking transparency
      5m 42s
    14. Adding gradient layers
      8m 12s
    15. Stacking an adjustment layer
      4m 12s
    16. Adding shadow and stroke
      6m 9s
  12. 1h 17m
    1. Outputting from Photoshop and Bridge
      1m 32s
    2. Printing an RGB composite
      5m 31s
    3. Customizing the subjective print file
      3m 15s
    4. Gauging print size
      5m 35s
    5. Scale, position, and page orientation
      5m 6s
    6. Three important printing curiosities
      4m 41s
    7. Introducing the Output options
      5m 34s
    8. Establishing a bleed
      5m 52s
    9. Using the Color Management options
      7m 21s
    10. Generating a PDF contact sheet
      6m 18s
    11. Creating a contact sheet template
      6m 8s
    12. Saving and opening a PDF contact sheet
      4m 18s
    13. Introducing the Web Gallery
      7m 53s
    14. Exporting and editing an HTML site
      3m 58s
    15. The Airtight Photocard site
      4m 56s
  13. 1h 9m
    1. Rules of the web
      1m 1s
    2. Introducing web graphics
      6m 59s
    3. A first look at Save for Web
      5m 47s
    4. Scaling a layered image versus a flat one
      7m 30s
    5. Incremental downsampling
      3m 1s
    6. Adding text, bar, and stroke
      4m 24s
    7. Assigning copyright and metadata
      6m 21s
    8. Comparing GIF, JPEG, and PNG
      4m 59s
    9. Determining the perfect JPEG settings
      6m 31s
    10. Saving metadata
      3m 52s
    11. Working with an unprofiled RGB image
      4m 35s
    12. Downsampling graphic art
      4m 49s
    13. Saving a GIF graphic
      6m 1s
    14. Antiquated GIF versus the better PNG
      4m 6s
  14. 1m 37s
    1. Until next time
      1m 37s

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