Join Deke McClelland for an in-depth discussion in this video A whirlwind tour of Bridge, part of Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals.
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As promised, it's time for that whirlwind tour of the Bridge. I'm going to try to cover every single one of these doodads that litters the interface. I have no misconception that you're going to remember everything that I tell you, because we're going to be moving pretty quickly. But it will help to ground you inside of this new environment, and we'll be visiting what I believe to be the most important features in more detail in later exercises. So, it starts off with the menu bar, which offers access to menus that contain a bunch of commands, many of which are repeated elsewhere inside the interface. Anytime you see one of these down- pointing arrowheads, that means there is a pop-up menu with one or more commands that are probably repeated from the larger menu structure.
The icons begin with these guys right there, the Go back and Go forward buttons. They work just like they do inside of a Web browser. So you can go back to the previous folder you were looking at, which in my case was Libraries. I accidentally clicked on this folder before I began recording this movie. And then I could go forward, once again, by clicking on the Go forward button to return to the 03_open_org folder. You also have a keyboard shortcut, incidentally, and these involves the Left and Right Arrow keys. So you've got Ctrl+Left Arrow on the PC to go back. That's Cmd+Left-Arrow on a Mac, and Ctrl+Right Arrow on a PC, Cmd+Right Arrow on a Mac, in order to go forward.
Next, you've got these parent options right there. So, in other words, you can visit the parent of the current folder, which is exercise_files, and its parent desktop, as well as these Favorites. I'll be discussing Favorites later. But I don't really find that to be all that super useful, since you can just click here inside the Path Bar. Notice something awesome about the Path Bar: you can go forward as well as backward. So see this little right-pointing item there. If you click on it, you will see the subfolders that are found inside of 03_open_org.
So you can move forward down the path to destinations you haven't gotten to so far, which is totally awesome. Also, if I click over here, at least on the PC, I will see my path, and I could edit it, with each folder, of course, separated by a backslash. Anyway, I'm going to press the Escape key to get out there. We already saw the little Clock icon. It allows you to access recent folders and recent files. We've got the Boomerang to go back to Photoshop. If you are importing images from a digital camera, you take the media card out of the camera, you put it in the card reader that's attached to your system.
Then you click on this item right there to get the photos from the camera. That brings up what's called the Photo Downloader, which is a separate kind of micro-utility that ships along with Photoshop. It will automatically organize your images into folders. So it does much of the work for you, very tidy little application there. Click Cancel to return to the Bridge. We've got this guy, which is the Refine function, which actually is kind of a grab bag. It offers access to three commands, the Review mode, which is this really cool way of looking at your images. We'll see that later.
You've got Batch Rename, which allows you to rename multiple images at once and has been enhanced inside of CS5. Totally awesome! You've got File Info. Notice that File Info has a different keyboard shortcut. Rather than Mash or Fist+I we've got Ctrl+I here on the PC, Cmd+I on the Mac, so a little simpler to use. I'm going to click on this JPEG file, once again, that we were looking at earlier, so that I can make this icon available. What it allows you to do is open the image, force it to open inside of Camera Raw. So, whether it's a Raw image or not, that was captured by a digital camera.
It could be a JPEG image. It could be a TIFF. You can still open it inside of Camera Raw. Now, I'm not going to cover Camera Raw inside of this chapter. It's way too early. I will be discussing Camera Raw in great detail over the course of an entire chapter in the advanced portion of this series. All right. Next, what we've got is this Output option. I'll tell you how it works inside of Chapter 11. Isn't that great? There are the workspaces right there. These are the predefined workspaces that ship along with Bridge. You can create your own workspace as well, as we will see shortly. You can run searches for images both by file names and metadata criteria.
You've got this little Compact Mode. If you click on the Compact Mode icon, you'll switch to a smaller version of the Bridge. This is not the Mini Bridge that I alluded to before. This is a smaller representation of the big Bridge. Now you could grab a bunch of files and drag them all into say InDesign in order to place them, or, you can now, inside of Photoshop CS5, you can place multiple images into a Photoshop file, and they will all come in as independent layers. It is so cool! Anyway, once you want to return to the big Bridge, you click on this icon again to switch to the Full mode, you also have a keyboard shortcut for that option of Ctrl+Enter on the PC or Cmd+Return on the Mac.
Down here, we've got this weird option that allows you to toggle the display of the thumbnails. Now unless your thumbnails are displaying extremely slowly, then I suggest you do not change this setting. Just leave it set to Always High Quality, which is the default. Next, we can filter images according to the Star rating. So we could just see the images that have one or more stars or just those that have two or more stars, that kind of thing. I do have some star-rated files in there. So if I chose Show 1 or More Stars, we would just see the images that have one star or more, which happen to be these guys right there.
Then if we want to see everybody once again, we would clear the filter, like so. You can sort by different criteria. Right now, we're sorting by Filename, but you could sort by Date Modified, which is great for keeping track of the images that you've changed, and need to be backed up. Notice that you can also switch whether you're looking at the images in ascending order or descending order. So, in my case, I'm seeing the images in alphabetical order. If I want reverse alpha order, I would click on this icon. All right. I'm going to switch it back. You can rotate an image if you want to. We've got the option to view recent files, yet another way to get to recent files here inside the Bridge.
You can create a new folder. This has a keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+ Shift+N, Cmd+Shift+N on the Mac. If you select one or more images, then you can choose to delete them by clicking on this Trashcan icon. That's got a keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+Delete, Cmd+Delete on the Mac. We've got all these panels that are available to us right here. They're all scalable as well, so I could drag this barrier to make this panel taller, so that I can see all of the subfolders inside the exercise_files folder. Actually, I'm going to drag this down a little bit, so things start off with exercise_files.
Drag this up a little bit. How tidy is that? We have a variety of panels that we can move elsewhere if we want to, by dragging their tabs, of course. You can scale the preview, so that it's nice and big. So, notice that it grows to fill its space. If you want more room allotted to the contents, you can temporarily hide the panels on both sides. This is something that works inside of Photoshop too. We'll see that in the next chapter. But you press the Tab key in order to hide all those panels, the right side and the left side panels. Don't panic that they're gone, all you need to do to bring them back is press the Tab key again.
So remember, Tab goes ahead and hides and shows those panels. You have direct access to metadata, so you don't have to bring up the File Info command if you don't want to. You also have keywords that you can assign, in order to create more search criteria, by the way, you can search images according to keywords. So, there's all kinds of things that you can do to your images, and I have just touched the surface. We haven't even seen the best stuff about the Bridge. In the next exercise, I'm going to show you how to customize the Interface, so you feel more at home.
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- Assembling photorealistic compositions
- Understanding image size and resolution
- Correcting the brightness and color of images
- Creating accurate selection outlines
- Retouching and healing photos
- Mastering layers and effects
- Printing and exporting to the web