Join Julieanne Kost for an in-depth discussion in this video What is Adobe Bridge?, part of Bridge CC (2015) Essential Training.
- As we take more and more photographs or work with more and more images, we're going to need a way to quickly see them all, as well as organize them, before deciding which ones to open in Photoshop. I feel that it's far too tedious to actually use the File, Open dialog in Photoshop, because then I have to navigate and look at each image individually. I can't see more than one image at a time, and although I can scoot over and use one of these other ways to display my images, I don't really see the necessary information that I'd like to see about each image.
Fortunately, Photoshop comes with an incredibly powerful companion application, called Adobe Bridge, and it's far easier to use Bridge to navigate to folders on your hard drive and open images. If you haven't already installed Bridge, please see the introductory lessons of this course on how to install it. In order to quickly move to Bridge, I can use the File menu and then Browse in Bridge, or use the keyboard shortcut cmd, opt, o, on the Macintosh, ctrl, alt, o on Windows. This takes me immediately to Bridge.
If Bridge hadn't already been running, it would also launch Bridge, and this is the default view. Now Bridge is a visual media manager, and it's going to help us to work with our images. You can see here, with the path across the top, that I'm in the Desktop area. I also know that because right here in the FAVORITES area, it's highlighted. If I want to see an additional folder structure, I can click on the FOLDERS tab, and then use the disclosure triangles in order to see the contents of different folders.
When I click on a folder, we can see the contents of that folder here in the CONTENT area. And if I select an image, I get a larger preview over here in the PREVIEW area. If I select more than one image, we can see both of those images being previewed. If I want to open an image, I simply click on the single image, double-click on it, and it opens it up in Photoshop. Let's go ahead and close this image, by choosing File and then Close, or on Mac, I can use command, w, on Windows, control, w. And then, to quickly return to Bridge, we'll use that keyboard shortcut, option, command, o.
If I'm in Bridge and I want to move back to Photoshop, the easiest way is to simply click the icon of the boomerang, that takes me directly back to Photoshop. Let's go back to Bridge for one moment, because I just want to show you that you can also select an image, or in fact I can hold down the command key and select more than one image, and then I can click and drag these to any other folder. If I were to let go of the mouse right now, Bridge would actually move these images on my operating system. Now I don't want to do that, so I'll go ahead and bring them back into the CONTENT area and release the mouse.
But you should just know that Bridge isn't just for looking at images, you can also organize your assets and move, not only your files, but also your folders. So as you can see, Bridge is going to be much easier and a much more efficient way to navigate to different folders and view different images, and open them up in Photoshop.
- Importing photos
- Batch renaming files
- Adding metadata
- Saving collections and Smart Collections
- Organizing images into stacks