I wrote this post in 2014 on my previous Scott Russell Publishing Services blog. As I still encounter people who don’t know about Bridge I thought it was worth revisiting.
Adobe Bridge is often overlooked yet it is one of Creative Cloud’s most surprising and powerful tools. If Bridge is still languishing, uninstalled, in your Creative Cloud apps list, here are ten killer features to get you using it…
- Batch import & store images: Bridge can import images direct from your camera (or card reader) and store them in a location of your choice. It can also rename and make copies simultaneously.
- Batch Apply metadata: Bridge makes it easy to develop your own metadata preset (containing your choice of key information such as keywords, description, copyright information and contact details) and can apply to batches of files when you need it.
- Run the Camera Raw plugin: Many Photographers swear by Camera Raw’s unparalleled range of adjustment tools. What many people don’t realise is that Camera Raw is actually a plug-in that can be run in either Photoshop OR Bridge. Opening images in the Raw plug-in via Bridge leaves Photoshop free to do other tasks.
- Browse files used inside InDesign documents: Designers are often frustrated by trying to locate files they imported into older InDesign documents. Bridge can browse the contents of any InDesign file and display the results just like any other search.
- Create PDF contact sheets: Creating contact sheets is a necessary but time-consuming part of the designer and photographer’s workflow. Bridge’s output workspace can build bespoke contact sheets (with watermarks, file names, grid layouts and coloured backgrounds) and export them to PDF in seconds.
- Smart searches: Bridge can search intelligently to find keywords, aspect ratios, colour modes, resolution and many other aspects of your files. Better still, it can save searches for rapid re-use later.
- Place files into other apps: Having located a file within Bridge, it’s easy to drop it (or them) into your desired document by using the Place command.
- Rating and prioritising: Rate and prioritise files using Bridge’s star ratings and colour coding system, allowing you to filter files according to your priorities. The wording of the labels is also customisable.
- Filtering: When browsing any directory (or search result) Bridge can filter by many different criteria including file type, aspect ratio, colour profile, keyword, rating etc making identifying the file you want fast and straightforward.
- Preview multi-page files: Save hours by browsing the actual pages of InDesign, Illustrator and PDF files, right in Bridge’s preview pane without waiting for the original file and application to open.
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