It seems like everyone is going to the “cloud” nowadays, and this can be good thing, especially when it comes to Adobe Bridge. Adobe Bridge was originally packaged with Adobe Photoshop, but it is now a stand-alone application. Adobe allows you to download their “Creative Cloud” application, and once its installed, it will automatically download “Bridge CC” to your computer. They might want you to try some of their other cloud apps, but that’s totally up to you, “Bridge CC” is installed free of charge.
This product can be of great value to anyone who downloads photos from their camera to their computer, wants to organize them, determine which ones are “keepers”, open any photo by clicking on it, and view the metadata that your camera stores about each shot.
The Photo Bridge
You may be wondering why “Adobe Bridge” is called “Bridge”. Well, that’s actually what it is. It’s a bridge between your camera and your computer and from Bridge CC to whatever photo editing software you are currently using.
Once you have your camera plugged into your computer, or have inserted a memory card into a card reader, you can download your photos.
- Specify the folder where you want the photos to be imported.
- Create a subfolder for the new photos based on the date.
- Change the name of the imported photos (e.g. “Img6039.jpg”) to something more meaningful.
- Automatically delete the photos from your camera once they’ve been imported.
- Have all photos imported or select which photos you wish to import.
Here’s a screenshot of the “Essential” workspace. This workspace displays a thumbnail image of each photo, plus a larger image of the currently selected photo. You can select a thumbnail using your mouse or your keyboard and then view a “full screen” image by pressing the spacebar. At this point, you can step forward and backward through your photos using the arrow keys.
In addition to the Essentials workspace, there are the “filmstrip”, “metadata”, “output”, “keywords”, “preview”, “light table”, and “folders” workspaces.
Metadata and Keywords
Keywords, on the other hand, can be useful to everyone. Select all the photos that contain “Uncle Henry” and then add the keyword “Uncle Henry” to these photos. Once you’ve done this, you can filter the photos in your folder based on their keywords. Clicking on “Uncle Henry” will show just the photos that “Uncle Henry” is in. Photos can contain one or more keywords, so you have a lot of options as to how you might like to filter your photos in the future.
Finding the Keepers
Preview mode places all your photos in a carousel. You can then step through your photos by using the left and right arrow buttons. If you want to exclude a bad or poor photo from the rotation, just press the “down” arrow key.
While a photo is displayed you can press the number keys 0 to 5 to give it a “star rating” of 0 to 5 stars. Once you’ve rated all your good photos, you can filter them based on their star rating, and then copy the BEST ones to a new folder.
Installing Adobe Bridge
There is so much more that could be said about Adobe Bridge.
If you want more information on how to use Adobe Bridge, you can view or download the “Bridge Reference Guide” here!
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