- Introducing the least known Adobe app
- A look at the Adobe Bridge CC 2017 interface
- Viewing images in Adobe Bridge CC 2017
- Using View Mode in Adobe Bridge CC 2017
- Rate content in Adobe Bridge CC 2017
- Editing content in Adobe Bridge CC 2017
Introducing the least known Adobe app
Adobe Bridge CC is one of the least understood applications in Adobe Creative Cloud. When you open it, there’s a beautiful array of panels, tools, and thumbnails, and the general reaction to that first look is, “What am I looking at?”
At its core, Adobe Bridge is a media browser that lets you download images from your camera and navigate folders on your hard drive or other drives connected to your computer to find the images or media you’re looking for. If you stop there, you won’t even be able to use all the features of Adobe Bridge as it is not only a media browser but also a file management system.
Just to name a few features, Adobe Bridge can:
Display fully customizable thumbnails and change their sort order.
Customize many preview options.
Use a star rating system for content.
Add custom metadata options, including copyright information and keywords.
Provide quick access to CC applications.
This “How” does not address this. Instead, think of this as a quick guide.
A look at the Adobe Bridge CC 2017 interface
The first time you open Adobe Bridge, the full interface opens. There are several buttons along the top. From left to right they are:
- Jump Back/Jump Forward . Clicking these buttons navigates through the folders and devices connected to Bridge.
- Show recent file . Click here to navigate through recently viewed files and folders.
- Boomerang . This button will take you back to Photoshop.
- Camera . Click this button and upload files from your camera or video capture device.
- Clarify: In this pop-up window, you can view a series of photos, rename a series of selected content, or edit the metadata of a selected file.
- Open in Camera Raw. . Select this option to launch the Camera Raw feature in Photoshop.
- To spin . Rotate the image clockwise or counterclockwise.
On the right side of the interface are the display options:
- Necessities . Select this option to change the default layout.
- film strip . Select this option to display content as a scrollable filmstrip.
- metadata . Select this option to view the metadata for each image.
- Keywords . Select this option to see the keywords associated with each piece of content in the current folder.
Above the panels is a path bar that allows you to navigate through the folder structure of the current collection.
Panels where the work is done. They are:
- Favorites . Quick access to the most viewed folders.
- folders . Use this bar to navigate to specific content in folders on your drives.
- Filters . This is the search function on steroids. You can find content based on rankings, keywords, image orientation, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and more.
- Content . This panel shows all images found in a specific folder. Use the slider at the bottom to make the thumbnails larger or smaller.
- Example . Select an image to display it in this panel.
- To publish . Use this option if you want to sell your images on Adobe Stock.
- metadata . Everything you need to know about the image is shown here.
- Keywords . Create or search by keywords.
Viewing images in Adobe Bridge CC 2017
There are several ways to preview a selected image in Bridge. Select first Vision > Full screen preview . This shows the image without distracting all menus and panels. To return to the bridge, press a button esc , or space . Selecting an image in the content panel and pressing the spacebar will launch a full-screen preview.
To see your image in full size, click it while in full screen mode. You can use the mouse scroll wheel to zoom out. Click the image to return to full screen mode.
Another method is to use the separator bars in the preview panel to make the panel larger. When you do this, the other panels shrink.
Using View Mode in Adobe Bridge CC 2017
The full screen view is ideal for single images, but the content view can be a bit overwhelming if there are several dozen images in a folder. if you choose Vision > display mode, the contents in the folder appear in a rotating image carousel. To navigate the carousel, press the right and left arrows at the bottom of the interface or use the arrow keys on your keyboard. To remove an image from the carousel, click the down arrow at the bottom of the interface or press the down arrow on your keyboard.
A great feature of the display and preview modes is: magnifying glass. Click on the image and a magnifying glass will appear. The Loupe view is a 100% view that allows you to see the sharpness or focus of an image. This tool is draggable so you can easily spot problem areas in an image. The pointed corner in the top left corner of the loupe indicates the area of interest. To close the magnifying glass, press the button close to in the lower right corner of the magnifying glass.
To return to the Adobe Bridge interface, press the esc .
Rate content in Adobe Bridge CC 2017
Not every image or piece of content you create falls into the “Unicorns and Rainbows” class. Adobe Bridge has a rating system that allows you to separate “Great” from “Just terrible”. The system uses a rating system of 1 to 5 stars, which is easy to apply.
Select some images in the content area to display them in the preview pane. You can view up to nine images at a time.
To apply a rating to content in the preview pane, open the menu Label and select the number of stars to apply to the selection(s).
If you want to view only images with five stars, click the button Filter above the preview window and select a rating category. However, only images with the selected rating appear in the Content panel.
Editing content in Adobe Bridge CC 2017
The obvious question is how do you bring your content from Adobe Bridge to applications such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, After Effects, and Audition. There are several ways to do this.
First, drag content from the content panel to your desktop and then open it in the appropriate application.
Another way is to right click content in the Content panel and select an application from the context menu that appears.
If you double-click a file in the Content panel, chances are it will open in the correct application. If it doesn’t work, you can fix it. Open Bridge for this Settings and select a category File Type Associations to open a comprehensive list of file types and their applications. To change the default application, click down arrow to open a list of options. Select the application you want to become the default.