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Bridge CS5 and Bridge CS6 are pretty much the same. And while there aren't any new revolutionary features that are worth highlighting inside of Bridge CS6, that isn't true when it comes to Mini Bridge. And here I want to focus in on how we can work with Mini Bridge. Many times what we will do is I'll work with Bridge, Mini Bridge, and Photoshop together, and I want to talk about that process here. Well, here I'm obviously inside of Bridge. I've selected this folder, 02-Bridge, and I've targeted or clicked on this image, jared-08.
Well, one of the things that you can do is you can work with Bridge and then jump to Photoshop, and then you can view these images inside of Mini Bridge. Let's take a look at how we can do that. Here inside of Bridge, if you click on this boomerang icon, it will then take you to Photoshop. Inside of Photoshop, if you have Mini Bridge open, you'll notice that it took me to this particular image. If Mini Bridge isn't open, well just click the tab, and you can do that either to close or double-click again to open up Mini Bridge.
What's great about this is that if this is the photograph that I want to work on, I want to open it in Photoshop, we'll just double-click the file and it will open that up inside of Photoshop. In other words, Mini Bridge allows us to work with our files in a similar way to Bridge. The advantage of this is it now kind of functions like a filmstrip. If the thumbnails are too big, if they're taking up too much screen real estate, well, just hover over this dividing line--you can go ahead and click and drag to make this smaller.
Well, now that these are small, I can't really determine if this is a good image. This is just too small. Well, a great shortcut which allows you to view your images in Mini Bridge in full screen is the spacebar key. Press spacebar, and now I'm in full screen mode. Use your arrow keys, right or left, and you can move through your images in order to find a photograph that you want to work on. In order to exit this view, just press spacebar again and it will revert back to the previous view.
You can also navigate your images in some pretty creative ways. First, let's take a look at how we can jump back to Bridge. To do that, you can click on this Bridge icon here right below the Mini Bridge tab, and that will then take us back to Bridge. Here we could choose a new image, then we could go back by clicking on the boomerang icon. So again, you can see how you can really go back and forth between these two tools. Another way that you can navigate is you can click on these arrows. Here it shows me I am in my exercise files folder. Click on that arrow and a contextual menu will open up, and here I could select a different folder--say Layers--and that I can see the files inside of that folder.
To remove this filtering or this location, you can double-click these dots here and it will remove those, and then you can click on a particular folder as I'm doing here. If you click on this, we have some view options. These allow us to go to that slideshow or review mode. We can also show our images in different ways and include information along with those thumbnails. Next, we can choose how we sort these images, whether that's by filename or size or rating, et cetera. Another thing that you can do is you can right-click or Ctrl-click over an image.
When you do that, you'll see a contextual menu which gives you some similar controls. You can choose a different view mode, navigate to the Adobe Bridge, or you can choose some Photoshop functions as well--or determine how you want to open up a picture. So again, you have a lot of different options when it comes to working with Mini Bridge. Now the trick, of course, is that while this is great--and while you have that filmstrip below--sometimes it can take away from space that you desperately need in order to view your photograph. For example, here at this picture, I will go ahead and press Command+Plus on a Mac, or Ctrl+Plus on Windows, to zoom in.
Well, now I can't see the whole image because Mini Bridge is covering a large part of Photoshop. In order to minimize or to hide Mini Bridge, you already know how to do this. You simply double-click the tab name, and this is true with any panel in Photoshop. So here I will go-ahead and do that in order to minimize that space, and so now I can see more of my photograph.
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