Customizing Bridge

One of my favorite things about Photoshop and Bridge is that they let me easily customize my view of the software. Sure, a lot of computer programs let you add toolbars, change fonts, or fluff the cosmetics, but when you're crafting an image, you may want to change the look of Bridge entirely to fit the work in hand.

Bridge gives you power over how it's displayed when you choose and tweak your workspaces. Many programs don't let you customize panels and work areas, but Adobe has gone out of its way to make Bridge customizable to fit your tastes or needs. Changing the background color of the work area is kind of cool (your only choices are black, white, and grayscale); you can put a lot of detailed information in metadata — and manage it with Bridge — or even specify which metadata fields are viewable. Bridge is a tweaker's paradise; you may not use even a fraction of the options, but you have 'em if you need 'em. If the designers and developers at Adobe wanted to ease the artist's mind, well — congratulations on a job well done!

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