Chapter 2. Using Adobe Bridge to Trash, Edit & Sort RAW Files

Adobe Bridge is roughly analogous to a traditional light table, and is therefore the perfect environment for trashing, editing, and sorting your RAW files. Let’s take a look at how to use this stand-alone application to do this, and then, in subsequent chapters, we’ll delve more deeply into the actual processing of RAW data using the other two distinct editing/processing environments: Photoshop and Camera Raw.

Chapter Contents

Launching & Viewing Images in Bridge
Editing a Photo Session
Checking for Image Sharpness & Exposure
Editing Based on Metadata
Labeling, Rating & Adding Keywords
Renaming Files

Launching Bridge

Bridge is a standalone application that launches separately from Photoshop CS2. It shares many of the attributes of the File Browser found in earlier versions of Photoshop, but it has more features and is designed to act as a central hub not only for Photoshop, but also for all of Adobe’s Creative Suite products.

To open Bridge from within Photoshop:

  1. Open Photoshop.

  2. Select File > Browse.

You can also open Bridge from within Photoshop by clicking on the Bridge icon found in the Options bar. Figure 2-1

Figure 2-1. 

If you want Bridge to launch automatically whenever you launch Photoshop, you must change Photoshop ...

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