Sometimes working with multiple assets in a Creative Suite
environment means a lot of hunting and gathering of images. In earlier versions of Adobe® Photoshop®, it was easy
with the File Browser in Photoshop CS.
By the time CS2 came around, the File Browser had disappeared to be
replaced with Adobe
Bridge. While this was a great addition as it let you
browse and search for other content in a separate application, I always hated
having to leave Photoshop in order to search for things. Thankfully all of this has been changed back
with the inclusion of Mini
Bridge in Photoshop
CS5. There are a couple of features in
here that I think are really valuable.
One of the first things that I think it does well is the ability to navigate
to a specific image on the hard drive and drag the image from the Mini Bridge
onto the Photoshop space — and we’re done!
I’m a big fan of "saving clicks." If you can get something done with
fewer clicks, that amounts to a time increase for me and makes it totally worth
My other favorite
features of the Mini
Bridge sit with its
Slideshow and Review Modules. If you
single click on an image and press the Spacebar key you can go into a full
screen preview of your image. Single
click a series of images and press Spacebar? Instant slideshow. No more presentation software or export to
another program needed! Review mode is
great as well. Having a series of images
selected, you can click on the drop down in Mini Bridge
for Review mode, and all of the images appear in a carousel based layout. Use your left and right arrows to go through
the images. Once you find an image you
don’t like, simply click on the down arrow and remove it from the group. You can then continue the comparisons, using
the down arrow to strike images, and bring yourself to the one image you want
to use. Hit the Escape key and the image
that you have selected will appear in Mini Bridge
– ready for you to drag out.
My favorite feature has to be the “Open In Camera Raw” option you have in Mini Bridge. Here’s the short of it: There are a lot of people who like using
Adobe Camera Raw as a basis for tonal editing, even though it was designed for
Raw images. To open an image with Camera
Raw from within Photoshop meant you needed to click on File>Open, navigate
to the JPG image you wanted, select it, then change the file type drop down to
Camera Raw – in that order. This seemed
very counter intuitive to me. Now inside
of Mini Bridge, all we need to do is right click. In the context menu, they’ve placed “Open In Camera Raw,” making this type
of editing a breeze.
Bridge exists to save you
time and headache from jumping back and forth between applications. This time saver gets an A+ in my book!