Join Deke McClelland for an in-depth discussion in this video Previewing images in Adobe Bridge, part of Learning Photoshop: Photography.
In this movie, I'll show you how to preview a folder full of photographs inside Photoshop's companion program, Bridge. And the great thing about this is you can get a sense for what a day's shoot looks like without having to laboriously open each and every image inside Photoshop. Now, as I was saying in a previous movie, Bridge is included with every version of Photoshop out there. If you're working in Photoshop CS6 or earlier, then it's installed by default on your hard drive.
If you're working in Photoshop CC, you have to install the program manually using the Creative Cloud application. Once you've done so, you can get to Bridge by going up to the File menu and choosing Browse in Bridge. And that will go ahead and switch you over to the Adobe Bridge application. Now very likely by default, you'll see the contents of your desktop, which will look very different than mine, I'm guessing. To switch to a specific folder, go up to the Folders tab in the upper left corner of the window and click on it.
And then, you can either expand the desktop by clicking on the triangle in front of the word desktop, or, if you want to gain access to your drives, including any media cards or cameras attached to your system, then you click on the triangle in front of computer and you can see this big list of drives here. I'm going to scroll back up. And I'm going to expand my Exercise Files, which are available for download for those of you who are premium members of lynda.com. And then I'll go ahead and expand this folder, 01_image, and I can see my Bonnaroo subfolder inside of it.
Once you click on that folder or any other folder that's available to you, then you'll see a thumbnail for every photograph in that folder here inside the Content panel. Now, it may take a moment for Bridge to generate those thumbnails, but in time you will see them all. Now by default, the thumbnails are very tiny, as you can see. If you want to make them bigger, drop down to this slider down here in the bottom-right corner of the window, and drag the triangle over to the right. And you'll get progressively larger thumbnails like so.
To preview an image, just go ahead and click on it. For example, I'll click on this image right there and you can see a preview over here in the preview panel. Now, right now it's much smaller than the thumbnail because I've increased the size of the thumbnails and you can only see the preview as large as it can be and still fit inside this little area. To make the area larger, go ahead and drag down on this horizontal bar like so, and you'll also want to drag to the left on the vertical bar.
And that'll give the preview panel more space and it'll take that space away from the content panel. Alright, now let's scroll down the list, and I'm using this using the scroll wheel on my mouse, but I could just as easily grab this scroll bar. And eventually, toward the top, you'll see this photograph called Andy_Ta_12.dng. Notice that it's a big scaffolding with a light grid set up on in, and so quite obviously, the photograph is on its side. So, Andy he meant to shoot the photograph vertically, that is to say, in a portrait mode, but it came out horizontally in a so called landscape orientation instead.
In order to set the image right, go up to this icon bar right here and you can see that you have two rotate options. Rotate 90 degrees counterclockwise, and rotate 90 degrees clockwise. In our case, we want clockwise, so go ahead and click on it and you'll end up with a vertical photograph instead. Now, another way to evaluate your images is to see them in a full screen slide show. I'll go ahead and scroll up my list here. And I'll click on Andy_Ta_07.dng.
And then I'll scroll up some more and Shift+Click on Andy_Ta_01.dng. When you Shift+click on a thumbnail, you select a range of thumbnails in between, and now to view a slide show, you go up to the View menu, where all of your special view options are, and you choose Slide Show. And that's going to start things off with a shot of my friend Fatima, waiting in this huge car line for this music festival. And then, we see a cop directing this big car line, which is over here on the side of the highway.
The car line was super long. It was like 19 miles long and as a result, we didn't get to the festival until sunrise. And now we see that there's still a huge line of cars and trailers right there at the festival entrance. Next we see this gang of five guys here, waiting outside the car, while some security guards are taking a look at our stuff. And there are the security guards, as photographed from the car in back of us. You'll be glad to know that we passed the test.
And then finally, we've got another shot of Fatima looking very tired indeed, because at this point, it's about 7:30 in the morning, and none of us have gotten any sleep at all. Now, to escape out of the slide show mode, you just press the escape key, and you return to Bridge. And that, friends, is how you preview a folder full of photographs, here inside Bridge, both as thumbnails, as well as inside this preview panel, and finally by going up to the View menu and choosing Slideshow.
Interested in using Photoshop for graphic design? Check out the companion course, Introducing Photoshop: Design.
- Importing photos from your camera
- Adding copyright and metadata
- Adjusting brightness and contrast, and levels and hues
- Developing photos in Camera Raw
- Retouching eyes, teeth, and skin
- Cropping for composition and straightening a crooked photograph
- Resampling photographs for enlargements or reductions
- Sharpening photographs to maintain detail
- Working with layers, selections, and masks to make editable changes
- Merging and saving images