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Step-by-Step: Using Bridge in Photoshop CS3

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The Bridge application ships with Photoshop and is aptly named because it serves as a conduit among all the programs in the Adobe Creative Suite. This sample chapter offers step-by-step explanations on how to open and work with your image files in Bridge, covering everything from customizing the Bridge window to assigning keywords to files.

IN THIS CHAPTER

Launching Bridge

63

The Bridge window

64

Opening files from Bridge

66

Choosing a workspace for Bridge

67

Examining thumbnails

68

Customizing the Bridge window

69

Moving and copying files

71

Filtering the display of thumbnails

72

Grouping thumbnails into stacks

74

Managing files

75

Searching for files

77

Exporting the Bridge cache

78

Assigning keywords to files

79

Opening PDF and Illustrator files

80

The Bridge application ships with Photoshop and is aptly named because it serves as a conduit among all the programs in the Adobe Creative Suite. In Chapter 2, you learned how to use Bridge to synchronize the color settings for the whole Creative Suite. With its large thumbnail previews of files from Adobe Creative Suite applications, Bridge is also the best vehicle for opening files—plus it offers many other useful features.A In Bridge you can display, arrange, rate, and sort thumbnails; organize thumbnails into collapsible stacks;★ rate or reject images; assign keywords to files; use a loupe to examine details on any image thumbnail; and view data (metadata) about any image, such as the shooting conditions a camera recorded into a digital photo.★ You don’t need to learn everything in this chapter at once. Master the basics in the first half of the chapter, then explore other features at your leisure.

Launching Bridge

To launch Bridge

Do one of the following:

  • In Photoshop, near the middle of the Options bar, click the Go to Bridge button go_to_bridge_button_in_ps.jpg (Ctrl-Alt-O/ Cmd-Option-O).
  • Double-click the Bridge application icon bridge_dock_icon.jpg in Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Bridge CS3 in Windows; Applications/Adobe Bridge CS3 in the Mac OS.
  • In the Mac OS, click the Bridge icon bridge_dock_icon.jpg on the Dock. The Bridge window opens.
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