Section 7. Introducing Adobe Bridge

#7. Introducing Adobe Bridge

Adobe Bridge is the successor to the File Browser that appeared in previous versions of Photoshop. The File Browser was a virtual light table that made it easy to view and manage your files from within Photoshop. But unlike the File Browser, Bridge is a standalone application available on its own as well as from Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and GoLive. Bridge offers much more than just file browsing. It can essentially become the control center for all your projects and a window into all your CS2 content.

Saving Open Files as File Groups

The Bridge Center lets you save a set of CS2 files as a file group, providing a quick way to reopen all the files in the group. This is great if you have several files you know you'll be working on for a while. To save your open files to a file group, click Save Open Files into a File Group. Whenever you want to open all the files in the group, just select the group and click Open this File Group.

Bridge is also meant to be your personal portal into the various support applications and services now offered in the suite. Located as the first option in the Favorites tab, the Bridge Center is a dashboard of sorts where you can view and open recent folders and files, save open files as a group, and read news and tips and tricks related to CS2 (Figure 7a).

Figure 7a. The Bridge Center in Adobe Bridge functions as a dashboard, showing your recent files and providing a place to read CS2-related news and learn new tips and tricks.

Of course Bridge excels at file browsing as well (Figure 7b). It can preview all native CS2 files in a myriad of ways (see #12) and lets you drag thumbnails from a Bridge window directly into a layout. Fundamental image management tasks that were once reserved for Photoshop or ImageReady can now be off-loaded to Bridge. You can run batch commands, edit metadata, rotate images, and process images. It can even take over for your operating system's file manager, making it easy to create folders, rename, move, and delete files (see #13). Once you begin working with Bridge, you'll wonder if there's anything it can't do.

Figure 7b. Bridge's file browsing and management features go far beyond the capabilities of the old File Browser. For example, you can now view thumbnails of all CS2-native document formats and work directly with Camera Raw formatted files.

Working with Camera Raw Files in Bridge

Bridge supports the Camera Raw plug-in, making it possible to open and edit Camera Raw files directly and then save them in a format Photoshop can work with. Consider this capability in addition to Bridge's built-in automation tools, and it clearly can be your image-processing workhorse while you use Photoshop for more creative endeavors.

Adobe Creative Suite 2 How-Tos(c) 100 Essential Techniques
Adobe Creative Suite 2 How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques
ISBN: 0321356748
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2005
Pages: 143

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