Join Deke McClelland for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the Bridge, part of Photoshop CS4 Getting Started.
In this exercise I am going to show you how to use the Adobe Bridge, which is a separate program that ships along with Photoshop CS4. The Bridge allows you to preview and evaluate images inside a folder. If you are working inside Photoshop as I am, then you can get to the Bridge by going to the File menu and choosing Browse In Bridge. Now in my case, the Bridge is already running so this is going to be a quick switch. In your case it may take a moment or two to launch the program. To view the contents of a folder, I will click on the Folders tab then I'll click on the triangle in front of Desktop in order to expand the contents of my Desktop.
I will click in front of Exercise Files in order to expand it as well. Therein I will find at least one subfolder called Sammy in chair. When I click on that folder, the Content panel will show me 15 thumbnails in my case, one for each of the 15 images inside the folder. Now the thumbnail started off pretty darn small,. If you want to make them bigger, you can drop down to this slider bar, down here at the bottom of the window. Drag the slider control to the right to make the thumbnails bigger. Drag it to the left to make the thumbnails smaller. You can also go ahead and click on one of the thumbnails in order to see it expanded inside the Preview panel. Now my Preview panel is pretty small. I can make it bigger by dragging these vertical and horizontal sliders like so.
You can also switch to one of the different modes. For example, if I clicked on the word Filmstrip, I will see a series of thumbnails down here at the bottom of the window and a big preview at the top of the window. However, for this exercise, I am going to stick with Essentials, which is where I was just a moment ago. Now notice this very first thumbnail, it's on it side. That's a mistake. I need to rotate it, so I will click on the thumbnail to make it active. Then I will go over to these Rotate icons in the upper right corner of the window and I will click on this one that says, Rotate 90 degrees Clockwise, to rotate the image upright.
Now let's say I want to see the images in even more detail. Then I could enter the Slideshow mode. I will go to the View menu and I will choose Slideshow, and I will now see a full screen slideshow of the images in the folder. Then you can let the slideshow play automatically, or you can use the arrow keys to advance from one image to another. In my case I snapped a series of sequential images. You can also press the Plus key in order to zoom in on an image like so and that will zoom it to the 100% view size, so that you can see one image pixel for every screen pixel.
If you want to pan the image, then just go ahead and drag it, as I am doing here. Press the Minus key in order to zoom back out. When you are done viewing images in the Slideshow, just press the Escape key to return to the Bridge. You can also compare two or more images side by side. Let's say, I want to compare these two guys right down here and note by the way that I am scrolling up and down the list using the scroll wheel on my mouse. In order to select these two images, I click on one and then Shift-click on the other. Then I will go up to the View menu and I will choose Review Mode.
The Review Mode allows me to compare two or more images side by side, and if you get a sufficient number of images going then you get this sort oflazy ausan view. But it doesn't let you zoom in, using the Plus and Minus keys the way we saw inside the Slideshow. Instead, you can click on part of the image to bring up a loop, which magnifies that area. Then just drag the loop around, in order to center the view as you want it. If you want to see a loop inside the other image as well click inside that image. Now I can see that the eye on the left is a little bit sharper, than the one on the right. Now let's say, I want to give each one of these images a star rating. Currently the image on right is active. I can see that because its title is highlighted down here at the bottom of the window, it's kind of subtle but that's how it works.
Then in order to assign it a star rating, let's say I want to assign it three out of five stars. I would press the three key and notice I now have three stars associated with this image. Now I will switch over to this image by pressing the left arrow key to make it active and I will press the four key to assign it four stars. Then I will go ahead and press Escape in order to return to the Bridge and you can see that both of these images have star ratings assigned to them. Now, let's say, that I wanted to just see one image by itself in greater detail. For example, I will click on this image here, and it looks like a pretty great shot inside of my Preview panel. But what if I want to see it even larger; then I go to the View menu, and I choose Full Screen Preview, which I can get just by tapping the spacebar as well and just as in the Slideshow view, I can either press the Plus key or I can click on a location to magnify that portion of the image and I think this looks absolutely fantastic.
So I will press the five key in order to assign a five star rating. Then I could click again in order to zoom back out, that's the same as pressing the Minus key. Then I could press the Escape key in order to return to the Bridge. At this point, let's say that we only want to see our star rated images. Then I could move over to the Filter panel, notice this Filter panel right here and Ratings is expanded. If I were to click on three, I would see just the three star rated item. If I were to click on four, I would add that, and if I were click on five I would add that as well. If I wanted to see just the ones that have No Rating assigned to them, I would press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac and click on No Rating in order to see the 12 images I didn't rate, and hide the three that I did.
Finally, I am going to go ahead and click on No Rating again in order to see all of my images here inside the Content panel. If you want to open an image, just go ahead and double-click on its thumbnail and that opens the image here inside Photoshop, so that you can get to work correcting the colors and otherwise modifying the photograph. And there's your brief introduction to how to use the Bridge along with Photoshop CS4.
- Using Adobe Bridge to import and organize photos
- Covering up unwanted details
- Converting color photos to black and white
- Working with Camera Raw
- Adding and editing text
- Understanding various image file formats