Applying color labels

In previous versions of Photoshop, you could flag an image (toggle a special indicator on or off) to determine which images were keepers. Bridge now offers more advanced ways to organize and search images by applying color labels — which helps you develop a system of organizing images to reflect your priorities and choices with more options.

Figure 6-7 shows where to apply color labels to images in Bridge. For the example shown, I applied color labels to the images in the Bridge Content area (not hard — you just choose the Label menu and then select the color label for the image). Here I use green to mean "go" (that is, use the image and print it), red is a "no-go" (don't use the image), and yellow as a "maybe" (consider using this image later).

Applying color labels makes photos much easier to view and organize later. When you want to view only the images in a folder labeled with a particular color, you just click the Unfiltered button on the Bridge Option bar and then choose that color, as shown in Figure 6-8.

Figure 6-7: Applying color labels to images.
Figure 6-8: Applying a filter to view images only with a certain color label.

If you want, you can change the labels to descriptive names, such as "flowers, landscapes, keepers, possible, or print." Just choose EditOPreferences in Bridge, and choose the Labels category to change the default names.

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