Bridge has been my tool of choice for years, and I have years of photos tagged with Meta words. Use metadata templates faster way to assign metadata — including other tags listed under the Metadata tab — is to set up metadata templates. Review Mode The Full Screen Preview mode is great for viewing single images. Adobe Bridge is not so much a file manager as it is a digital asset manager. As an example of the kind of flexibility this offers, consider a special event photo shoot.
I make note of the file name, drop it in, and go on with my day. And, if anything, detrimental due to the additional hard drive space it's cache files can chew up. Then, choose an option from the menu. As a digital video expert and trained business professional, Rich Harrington understands both the creative and management sides of the visual communications industry. And that's a quick run through of some of the main benefits and features of Adobe Bridge. You can also press the left and right arrow keys on your keyboard.
We can use Bridge to manage not just images but also Adobe Illustrator files, InDesign files, videos, and more! Photoshop does not need to be open for us to open Bridge. It makes it easier to find your stuff, browse, navigate, and even save time with several batch operations. Batch Rename is more powerful, and it lets us rename our files after we've deleted the ones we don't want to keep. A new window will open. Sluggish performance, especially when displaying large numbers of thumbnails has been a perennial complaint among photographers who use Bridge.
Back And Forward Buttons Bridge also gives us familiar Back and Forward buttons in the upper left corner. Here's what the default Bridge interface looks like. Rating Images To make it easy to separate good images from bad, Bridge lets us apply ratings to our images. Increasing the size of one panel in Bridge decreases the size of other panels since there's only so much room on the screen. The cache can be in one central location or in individual folders. With a thumbnail selected in the Content panel, go up to the View menu in the Menu Bar along the top of the screen and choose Full Screen Preview. In Survey mode you can select 10 or more images but as soon as you try to view at 100% you drop back to just one image.
To zoom back out, click once again on the image. One thing Adobe does better than anyone else is support for Applescript. Contact sheets are a great way to gather groups of images for inspiration, reference or comparison and Adobe Bridge has a handy feature to help create contact sheets for you with just a few clicks. Note: This is a Mac only feature and launches Apple Image Capture to bring files from devices into Bridge. The wikiHow Tech Team also followed the article's instructions and validated that they work.
Bridge Is A File Browser At its most basic, Adobe Bridge is a file browser. By default, Bridge adds some common file locations to the Favorites panel, like your Desktop, Documents folder and Pictures folder. The Folders panel is our main way of navigating to our images. It's in the bottom-right corner of the window. Our team has been working on several new initiatives that enhance user experience around asset management used by Creative Cloud customers. The Browse in Bridge command will open Adobe Bridge if it wasn't open already.
The filters built into Bridge allow instant isolation of only the approved images or designs in a folder, only the rejects for deletion or only files with certain ratings, no matter how many files it contains. Select the thumbnails in Bridge first, then select the feature you want to use. The file renaming capability alone is worth it! In another effort to boost performance, Adobe has introduced improvements to its cache management to automatically purge stale items when Bridge is idle. When you have ten or more images in a stack, you can scroll through the thumbnails with a slider that appears when you move the cursor over the stack. It's been 10 years now and I'm pretty comfortable with it and know the ins and outs of Bridge, but as I've gotten more serious about my editing I started thinking I should start using Lightroom. Adobe has known about this for some time but chose not to fix it.
Full Screen Previews While the Preview panel is nice, the Full Screen Preview option in Bridge is even better! We've been grumbling on the Adobe forum and Adobe has been promising a fix, but this isn't it. But Adobe Bridge is much more powerful and easier to use. Bridge has barely moved since Adobe first introduced the glacial first version all those years ago. I've tried Lightroom a few times, but it always made my workflow slower overall, in spite of the slow performance Bridge has had. And there we have it! It's a browser of files. Adobe Bridge is also the best way to open images into Photoshop's image editing plugin,.
Images with fewer than 5 stars, or no rating at all, are temporarily hidden. Coupled with Adobe Photoshop, Bridge can execute Photoshop's compatible automation plug-ins, scripts and filters on a group of images. Metadata about your images, including copyright information, can be viewed and edited in the Metadata panel. It uses a popular one-to-five-star rating system. A smart collection tells Bridge to automatically add images to a collection if they match certain criteria. That's because the Filter panel in Bridge is dynamic. I've got my files pretty organized in my image libraries already, so that hasn't been any issue.
You might, for example, add exactly the same copyright information to each and every image you shoot. And here's a quick tip. Once filtered, the remaining visible files can be selected and copied, moved, or deleted without affecting the rest of the contents of a folder. It was fast, efficient and did what it did very well. Adobe Bridge is a complete file management system. Again, we'll come back to that in the next series,. Bridge comes with Adobe Camera Raw built in, which is many times faster than using Photoshop to adjust jpegs or tiffs for things like tonal range, white balance, cropping, spotting and sharpening, and is non-destructive.