Loading Photos to Camera Raw and Photoshop

Some digital photographers like to load their photos into Photoshop the old-fashioned way: by using the FileOOpen command in Photoshop. Many others, however, prefer the visual displays and search methods offered in Bridge. Bridge is so versatile, it can accommodate many personal preferences.

To load photos into Photoshop using Bridge, follow these steps:

1. Use the Bridge Folders panel (or the Look In menu) to find the folder where the desired image files are stored.

2. View the images stored in the Content area of Bridge.

You can use the scrollbar to view the images that do not appear in the Content area.

3. Double-click the image you want to load in Photoshop or click the file, and then press Ctrl+O (^+O on a Mac).

The image loads into a Photoshop image window. If you haven't already started Photoshop, it starts automatically and displays the selected image, ready to edit.

There is no steadfast rule for how to browse and open images in Photoshop. It's totally up to personal preference. Play around with Bridge to find out the best way for you to browse and open images. Figure 6-11 shows another way of opening images in Bridge, which is to right-click the image thumbnail in Bridge and choose Open in Camera Raw.

Figure 6-11: Opening images in Bridge.
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