One of the things that Adobe Bridge allows you to do is to rate images. This allows you to easily sort your images based on how well you like them and can communicate to others which ones are to be used. In this video, Richard Harrington demonstrates how to rate and rank images in Adobe Bridge.
- One of the things I like to do, is assign ratings to my images. This makes it easy as I switch between applications to quickly find the best images later. Sometimes it's useful to quickly process a whole shoot and assign a gut reaction score. Or, maybe you're rating images and then handing them off to someone else. Preferring that they use your five star images and then if needed, dip into the four star images for a particular layout, or perhaps a website. This metadata can be read by almost all Adobe applications, meaning that if you rate something in Bridge, and then you're in Premiere Pro, the same ratings can show up.
Let me show you how to rate. With images selected, you'll see that there are different ways to assign a rating. For example, if the thumbnail's large enough, you might actually notice the stars right there. This will allow you to click to assign a star rating. Or, you can actually click to remove one as well. Additionally, you can go under the label command here and you'll see the ability to assign a label. Now, when we're in review mode, you can just use the shortcut of one through five.
But, when you're not using a review mode, you have to add a modifier key, like command or control, depending upon your operating system. So for example, command three. Command five. Command four. And you see that the ratings apply. Remember, you can quickly use the filter panel to only see the five star and four star images, making it easy to hide things. Additionally, you'll see other controls for ratings.
For example, under label here, you can quickly increase or decrease the ratings. The shortcuts of command period, is going to pop the stars one higher. Command comma, is going to drop them down. So this could be useful if you just want to quickly use the arrow keys and tap a modifier key, without having to move your hands on the keyboard. Additionally, you'll see the ability to also apply labels. These labels can be useful, so you can say that things are a select, which is a primary choice versus a second.
Approved or to review. Maybe you want to do extra work on this image or show it to someone first. Labels are just a different way of organizing things. You see the option available there. If you want, you can actually change those by going to preferences. So if you don't need a select, a second, approved, review, and to do, you can make changes. For example, I can say that green is approved, which makes sense. But perhaps red is check on licensing.
Now, you'll see that we have the ability. I can right click and choose the label and there it's updated, using the information and the color that I assigned. You can change these in your preferences very easily. Just go to the labels category. Now, let's go ahead and put this back to select. But you see that you can reassign the labels and take advantage of the default keyboard shortcuts.
If you don't want to use this, you can uncheck here and now the command key goes away. So that shortcut before of being able to just press the four key or the five key, suddenly becomes available. Now, that can be a bit of a drag if you're trying to type a number to navigate. But personally, I actually prefer to leave that preference off. I like to use the shorter cut there to quickly apply labels and ratings, but not have to use a modifier key. Remember, the use of stars and labels, is just to help you find things later.
Take the time to get your images organized and assign ratings. It'll make it easier if you have to collaborate with others or to quickly find your best content later, when you need to do so in a hurry.
In this course, Rich Harrington shares a cookbook of Bridge CC tips and techniques, from culling photos to developing raw files to previewing audio and video. Learn how to review photo sessions with rankings, use stacks to organize media from related sources or shoots, manage the Bridge cache for improved performance, use collections to organize content on multiple hard drives, monetize your work by publishing photos to Adobe Stock, process images with Adobe Camera Raw, save Develop settings for future use, set up HDR and panoramic workflows, preview time-lapse photography and motion graphics, automate PDF and website creation with the add-on Output module, and much more.
- Accessing Bridge from other Adobe apps
- Switching workspaces
- Importing images
- Batch renaming files
- Rating and ranking
- Creating collections
- Processing raw files
- Previewing video, audio, and animation
- Creating PDF projects
- Accessing automation