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Now that we know a little bit about the Mini Bridge interface, let's take a look at how we can begin to work with this tool. Well, in order to browse to your files, all that you need to do is to define a location, in this case my Desktop. On my Desktop, I have my exercise_files folder. Here I will double-click that folder in order to view the subfolders and then I'll double-click 02_getting_started. Now, in this case I can view all of the images that are located inside of this folder. And as I scroll through these images, I notice that I can see the star rating that I added inside of Bridge.
So you will soon discover that Mini Bridge and the real Bridge are closely connected. Now, I can take advantage of this information and actually filter based on the criteria that I have added inside of Bridge. Let me show you what I mean. Well, if you click on this funnel icon here, one of the things you will notice is that you can filter based on a number of different type of criteria. For example, let's say I want to view the images that have 2 or more stars. I will choose that option, and there I can see the images that I added stars to.
Now, if I ever want to clear this filter, all I need to do is to click on this icon here and choose Clear Filter. All right! Well, let's go ahead and choose yet another option. In this case I want to Show the images with just a 3 star rating. Now, in this particular scenario, I am viewing these images as thumbnails and they are kind of small. I can change the thumbnail size by clicking and dragging on this Thumbnail slider here, or I can leave them small, and I can preview these images in a couple of different ways, which is actually quite powerful.
Let me show you what I mean. Well, if we click on this icon here, you will notice that you have a number of different preview and review modes. Well, let's say that I want to have a larger view of this image. I want a full-screen view of this photo. Well, all I need to do is to click on this option or to press the Spacebar key, and then I will be in this Full Screen View mode. Press Spacebar one more time, and I am out of that view. There is also another option, which is Preview. This allows you to view a large image inside of the Content panel.
If I click on this option here, you can see that I can view the image much more clearly inside of this little panel. Click Close and I will exit out of that view. All right. Well, let's go ahead and clear the filter by clicking on the funnel icon and now we can view all of the images. And occasionally it may be a little difficult to scroll through your images. You may prefer a different view or layout inside of this Content panel. To change the layout of the workspace, click on the icon in the lower right-hand corner and here you can see that we have a few different options.
For example, I could choose As List and now I have a much smaller view of these images. If ever I want a large view, simply press Spacebar. I am in Full Screen View mode. Press Spacebar again and then I can exit that view. All right. Well, now that we have talked about reviewing or viewing the photographs, let's say that we have determined we want to open up one of the images. Well, in that case all that we need to do is to double-click the image to open it up inside of Photoshop. Now, occasionally what happens is that we will open an image up inside of Photoshop and the Mini Bridge will actually be covering a portion of the image perhaps that we need to work on.
Well, there is a great panel trick that we can take advantage of in order to minimize this problem. Here's what it is. Well, if you go up to the panel group icon and then Ctrl+Click that or right-click the icon, you can select Auto-Collapse Iconic Panels. These panels are viewing in Icon mode, so we want to turn that option on. Now, when I turn that option on what happens is is when I click out of Mini Bridge, it automatically closes it. And this is really helpful, because then Mini Bridge isn't becoming distracting or covering up my image. Rather, I can start to work on my files.
Now, if ever I need to open up Mini Bridge again, all that I need to do is to simply click on the icon. It's now opened. I could choose another image to work on, double-click that file, and then once again click over in the image and Mini Bridge will automatically close itself, so that I can get onto my image editing inside of Photoshop.
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