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As we take more and more photographs or as we work with more and more images, we're going to need a way to quickly see them, as well as organize them, before we decide which ones we are going to open in Photoshop. Now in my opinion, it is far too tedious to use the File > Open command, and it's just very inefficient to view your images one at a time. So fortunately, Photoshop CS6 comes with an incredibly powerful companion app called Adobe Bridge. And I feel it's far easier to use Bridge to navigate your folders on your hard drive and open your images than it is to use the operating system.
So let's go ahead and choose File and then browse in Bridge, and Bridge will appear. Now, you don't have to do anything to get Bridge to appear; it is automatically installed when you install either Photoshop or any of the suites from Adobe, so there is nothing that you really need to do. And in fact, you don't even need to have both applications running. You could just open Bridge from your application folder, but since we are going to go back and forth between Bridge and Photoshop, it makes more sense to have them both open. So this is the default view of Bridge. One of the things that I'd like the change is I'd like to change this panel that shows over here on the upper-left from Favorites to Folders.
As soon as I select this, I can then see all of the folders on my hard drive and navigate them, because Bridge is not a database program, it's simply a file browser that allows you to see what's in your operating system. Another way that we can navigate is by using the path across the top. Once we select a folder, like we've selected the Exercise Files folder here, we can see the contents of those folders inside the Content area. And in fact if we double-click on the first folder here, we can see the contents inside that folder.
If I click on an individual image, on the right-hand side I get a larger preview in my Preview panel. And if I select more than one image, by just holding down the Command key on Mac or the Ctrl key on Windows, you can see that I can view both of those images now in my Preview window. If I decide that I want to select an image and open it, all I need to do is double-click on that file and it will take me directly to Photoshop and open it there. If I want to quickly get back to Bridge, I can use File > Browse in Bridge or use the keyboard shortcut Command+Option+O or Ctrl+Alt+O. If I'm in Bridge and I want to get back to Photoshop without opening an image, I can use the little boomerang icon up here in the upper-left.
So as you can see, it's very easy to go back and forth between the applications so that you can see all of the images that you want to work with and just open those select images into Photoshop.
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