Getting Around, Across, Under, and Over Adobe Bridge

In This Chapter

Explaining Bridge Finding your way around Using menus and panels Changing the look of Bridge Modifying Bridge preferences

^■^efore digital photography, I would view my 35mm slides on a light table. ^^I'd carefully take them out of their protective sleeves and view them a few at a time with a loupe (a little magnifying glass). Keepers went in one slide file, the rest were relegated to the other file. If it ^^

sounds archaic, it is, but that's how we viewed photos and organized them back then — with a light table and a file cabinet.

The timing couldn't have been more perfect when Adobe first offered the file browser in Photoshop 7, which has evolved into Bridge with the release of CS2. Now, working with thousands of digital files, I can use Bridge for almost all of my image management — including viewing my images on my virtual light table, the computer monitor. Many of my best practices from pre-digital days were easy to adapt. This book stresses the need for an image-management workflow, and Bridge is your tool for managing your increasing horde of digital images.

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