Setting up Bridge
Why I like Bridge over many other file management systems is Bridge is a modular setup. It's modular, and you're gonna hear me talk about this when we talk about the Photoshop interface. Maybe I'm too analytical, maybe I think a little too much about how about I think, maybe I think too much about thinking, I dunno if that's even a thing. (laughs) But I like to be able to set up any interface that I'm working on in any one of my programs with the way that my brain works and how I can map out my brain, based on the programmer plug-in that I'm using. So Photoshop is great, because I can move the windows, I can go into the menus and I can change things. And I can get it set up just like I want it to, just like you're gonna see in our third lesson on the Photoshop interface. But Bridge is the same way. All of this stuff is modular. I can move anything I want anywhere, so that I get Bridge set up exactly the way that I think. So looking at this now, I just installed this specifically for th...
is course, and it's been a nightmare for me to look at Bridge, because it's not set up to how Blake thinks. This is set up to what Bridge thinks Blake should think. But Blake doesn't think Bridge and Blake think alike. (laughs) Say that 10 times fast. So like things up here, like publish and keywords, I am probably never going to publish anything as an Adobe stock contributor, because just, that's not my form of business. But if you are someone who does publish images, then you might wanna keep that there. I also don't typically use my Adobe portfolio probably the way that I should. And then keywords is up here. I don't really like keywords up there. So I look at this as a modular system and say, okay, how can I best set up the real estate within this area, so that things are where I want them to be, so that when I access them, they're there when I need them? And I don't like the way it is right now. So we're just gonna go ahead and talk about how we can set this up modularly to the way that we think. So I don't necessarily need to see a preview down here, because if I right-click, if I just press control and click inside this frame, I can zoom in and zoom out of my images, and I'm seeing a preview that's bigger than that preview anyway. Now if I were to grab this and pull this over and then pull this up, that preview will get a little bit bigger, but it still doesn't get quite as big as that. So to me, that seems like a redundancy. I'm just gonna go ahead and get rid of it. I can right-click and say, close preview, and it no longer exists there anymore. I'll move this back over, because it's driving me insane. Now up here where it says keywords, I don't necessarily need my keywords to be up here, so I'm gonna drag this over to an area that I think all my keywords and filtering should be. So I'm gonna click this, drag this over, down to here, and now I've got my filters next to my keywords. Publish, I said I don't use it, I'll right-click, and I will go ahead and close publish. And now I've got my metadata over here, like I said before, when we were in the preferences, and it shows all the metadata of this image, it's telling me everything that is in here, down to the time it was taken, the camera it was taken with, is it a RAW file, the exposure mode, everything that's going on within that camera is happening right here in the metadata. So I will leave that there. I actually do like my metadata over here, especially when I'm in essentials view, because that's essentially something that I want to see, so I'm gonna keep it there. If I go ahead and look over here now though, I've got keywords, collections, and filters. Well, to me, when we start talking about collections, you'll understand why I put it where I do. But to me, collections is better suited in an area that looks at my folders. So I'm gonna click and drag this collections up to here. And now I'm getting this more set up to how my brain thinks, okay? I've got my folders, I've got my favorites, and I've got my collections in one spot, because that is essentially the collection of the area that things are gonna be seen when I'm looking at my folder structure. So if we go over two, down here, we see filter and we see keywords now. Those are pretty good. If I right-click in any one of these, you can see all of the different panels that you can bring up within them. So if I ever wanted to bring one of those panels back up, if I accidentally got rid of one that I didn't want to get rid of, I could always just click on, you know, the content panel or whatever panel I wanted to pull into there. So I'll right-click and I'll just go ahead and pull that out and then, looks like I made a good mistake there, because all of that content was there in the middle. So we're good there. But I could right-click any one of those and close those keywords or close that content panel. That's good to go. So everything looks good there. It's getting set up better to the way I want my Bridge set up. But now, notice that if I were to go from the essentials view to the filmstrip view, everything's gonna go ahead and reset. Notice how collections is down there again? That's because that view is a different view than the view that I was looking at before. So you can set up any one of these, in any way, to match the way you think. So this would be my essentials view, this is where I'm looking at all my files in one big spot, but then, when I go to the filmstrip view and I'm just looking at those images, because that's when I start to cull them when I can see them a little bit bigger, maybe I don't need metadata over here. Maybe I don't need previews over here. Maybe I don't need filters and stuff over there. I definitely wanna put those collections where the collections belong. So even though I'm in this filmstrip view, I'm gonna click on collections and bring it right up here. So now collections and folders are in the same spot, and favorites are there as well. So if I go back to the essentials, it's a little bit more set up to how my essentials view looked. Down here, we aren't seeing the keywords area. If I wanted to do that, I could right-click and add the keywords panel. It's completely modular. Then if you go to things like output, these are gonna be different ways that you can output your images. I don't typically use this a whole lot. And you'll find that there's gonna be some things up here that you just don't use as much as you use other ones. I don't use this metadata one, I don't really use the keywords one. I don't typically use the preview one, unless I wanna see a really big preview. But if I did wanna keep this, I could also click this and drag it and move it next to here, because of all of these that I'm looking at, the only three that I really need are essentials, filmstrip, and preview. I do like the big preview that I'm seeing here, because it's set up a little bit differently than something like the filmstrip view. Filmstrip view gives me all of my RAW files that are in this folder along the bottom, a smaller preview screen. This gives me a bigger preview screen with all of those along the left-hand side. More similar to something like I would see right in Adobe Camera Roll, which is actually kinda nice. Well you notice how I clicked and dragged this out, if I drag this in, pull this over, now I'm only seeing the ones that I wanna see, and only the ones that I need to see. I don't need to see all the other ones, they just clutter up my workspace and I don't need to see them.