Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Accessing Camera Raw from Mini Bridge, part of Photoshop CS6 for Photographers: Camera Raw 7.
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One of the issues I'm sure you have already encountered is that when you're working with Adobe Camera Raw, you are going to go to Camera Raw and then Photoshop, and then come back to Bridge, and you are going to bounce back and forth between Bridge and Photoshop quite a bit. Well, Adobe paid attention to this problem and in the last version of Photoshop they introduced something which was called Mini Bridge. Now, Mini Bridge was interesting in the last version, but it's much better now, it's a bit more functional. So let's take a look at how we can work with our RAW files and how we can have a good RAW workflow when working with Mini Bridge inside of Photoshop.
To go back to Photoshop, click on this boomerang icon here. This will then take you to Photoshop. Next, you can double-click the tab for Mini Bridge in order to open it up. Now, when you open up Mini Bridge, if you don't see any of your images here, all that you will want to do is go back to Bridge here, click on and select a photograph and then once again go back to Photoshop and that will then sync those two up so that you can see your photographs that you were browsing inside of Bridge, now in Mini Bridge.
Well, here in Mini Bridge you can see that I have my RAW file which I converted to black-and-white. Well, I actually want to remove that conversion, I don't like it. How could I then open up this image inside of Camera Raw? Well, here I could either right-click or Ctrl+click and then choose Open with and then select Camera Raw. In doing that it would launch Camera Raw, hosted by Photoshop of course, and then I can go ahead and remove that desaturation so that I can bring back the beautiful colors in this photograph. Next, click Done in order to apply those settings and to go back to Photoshop and to view this file now in Mini Bridge.
Now, if this thumbnail is too small, just hover over this dividing line here and you can click-and-drag this up so that you can then have a larger preview. Well, how else can I open up my files? Well, if we have a RAW file, you can double-click that file and that will also open it up inside of Camera Raw. Here I'll click Cancel in order to exit out of that. What about a JPG file? Let's say a JPG file which has been already processed in Camera Raw. Well, here it's going to tap into those settings, which we already dialed in, which said that if we have a JPG file which has been processed in Camera Raw, if we double-click it, well, reopen it in Camera Raw.
So here we can double-click that JPG and then it will open up in Camera Raw, because we've already applied a few settings with Camera Raw. Next, let's click Cancel. The last way we can do this of course is you can right-click or Ctrl+click and choose Open with and then select the application, in this case Camera Raw, in order to open up these files, whether they are TIF or JPG files, we can use this technique so that we can then open those up in Camera Raw. Now, as you work with Mini Bridge, eventually what you will want to do is go back to Bridge.
One really quick way to do that is to click on this Bridge icon here. By doing that, it will then take you back to Bridge and it will highlight or target whatever image you had selected in Mini Bridge.
- Comparing the raw, JPG, and TIFF formats
- Converting or saving to the DNG format
- Enhancing color and tone
- Cropping and composing
- Sharpening and noise reduction
- Using the Camera Raw histogram
- Batch editing
- Correcting for under- and overexposure
- Retouching blemishes
- Making lens corrections
- Calibrating your camera
- Speeding up your workflow with actions