As digital images pile up on your hard drive, the ability to sift through them quickly and efficiently becomes more and more important. Enter Adobe Bridge, an image-browsing and organization program that’s been shipping with Photoshop for years. Browsing through images in Bridge used to be a painfully slow process, and the program wasn’t very intuitive. But in recent versions, Bridge got a speed boost, a makeover, and a Review mode (shown on Review Mode) that photographers really love. You can also use its Export panel (Showing Off Your Work) to convert a slew of Raw files to JPEGs and then save them. The “Output to PDF” option lets you add watermarks to images (Watermarking Images), and you can also use Bridge to create incredibly beautiful web galleries at warp speed. And it just keeps getter better: Bridge CS6 is a 64-bit program just like Photoshop, so you should feel a speed boost when you’re perusing and processing files (see What’s New in Photoshop CS6 for more on 64-bit).
You can also access Bridge inside Photoshop using the Mini Bridge panel. Choose Window→Extensions→Mini Bridge, and it appears at the bottom of your screen. Flip to Making a Web Gallery for a sneak peek.
In the following pages, you’ll learn the basics of browsing, importing, and rating images in Bridge. By the end of this chapter, you’ll be able to find your favorite photos and plop them into a web gallery in no time.
If you’re working in Photoshop CS6, ...