Using Bridge panels

Located below the menus and Option bar is the panel area. The default workspace of Bridge will show the Favorites, Folders, Preview, Metadata, and Keywords panels. Each panel has a specific function:

i The Favorites panel: The Favorites panel shares the same space in Bridge as the Folders panel. Shown in Figure 5-12, Favorites is an "area" browser. Instead of rummaging around in one folder at a time, you can browse specific areas — say, your computer, Adobe Stock Photos (Adobe's new stock-photo service), Version Cue, and Collections. (I show you how to customize Favorites in the next section, "Customizing Bridge.")

The Favorites panel saves you time by letting you just drag a folder in from the Content area when you want to create a Favorites shortcut. If you work mainly from a few image folders, you simply click My Computer, find the folder you want to drag to the Favorites panel, and drag it. Finding that folder becomes a lot easier as you work in Bridge (or when you first start it up) — not a drag at all.

i The Folders panel (see Figure 5-13): As a user of multiple image folders, I rely on the Folders panel to navigate — and it's where I manage the folders on my computer. Similar to Windows Explorer, the Folders panel lets you click through drives and folders or move them around by or dragging them to other folders or drives.


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Figure 5-12: Favorites panel.

Figure 5-13: Folders panel.

You can make just as many mistakes in the Folders panel as you can in Windows Explorer. Be careful when you move folders around, or send folders or files to the Recycle Bin or Trash. You can inadvertently delete folders and files you want to keep.

i The Preview panel: The Preview panel displays an image that is selected in the work area. Right-click (^+click a Mac) to show the preview image (and all the options shown in Figure 5-14) on-screen, much the same as when you preview an image in the work area.

Figure 5-14: Preview panel.

^ The Metadata panel: You can view information about a selected image in the Metadata panel. Figure 5-15 shows basic image metadata, but you can also add EXIF information (data your digital camera saves with the image — aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and such) and other important professional tidbits such as copyright.

The IPTC section is the place to add copyright and other information (for instance, more about the photographer and the images) following IPTC standards. If you're wondering who the heck the IPTC is, it's a

Metadata File Properties


Preserved Filename Document Kind Application Date Created Date File Created Date File Modified File Size Dimensions Resolution Bit Depth Color Mode Color Profile Notes


Camera Raw Ver,2.00

6/7/2005, 3:25:23 PM 8/7/2005, 6:54:31 PM Today, S:09:£7 PM 5,51 MB 3008 X 2000 240 dpi 16

Figure 5-15: Metadata panel.

London-based press-and-telecommunications organization that sets standards for news-media data. You can check out this organization at

^ The Keywords panel: A good image management process that I recommend in Chapter 6 is adding keywords to your images using the Keywords panel. (I guess I'm recommending it here, too.) Adding keywords to your images makes all the difference when you're organizing them (or searching for them later). Getting in the habit of associating keywords with images gives you a powerful image-management tool; you'll thank yourself in the future.

Figure 5-16 shows a keyword I've added to indicate where the selected image was taken.

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