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Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac: The Missing Manual by Barbara Brundage

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Appendix C. Bridge CS3, Menu by Menu

Bridge CS3 is Adobe’s ultra-deluxe file browsing program that you get with the full version of Photoshop and with Elements 6 for Mac (Elements 6 for Windows includes the Organizer instead). Bridge is closely connected with Elements, but it’s also a standalone program that lets you browse for photos to edit in Elements, organize your photos, assign keywords to them, rate them, and do some batch processing, like renaming or applying metadata templates to a bunch of images at once. As explained in various chapters, you can start lots of Elements projects by selecting your photos in Bridge. Bridge is also your portal to most of the online components of Elements 6.

Note

The version of Bridge you get with Elements includes several features that are only useful for the collaborative features of the full Creative Suite, like Version Cue’s meetings feature. (You can join a Version Cue meeting from Elements, but you can’t start one.) Since these are totally useless to most people who just use Elements, they normally hide so they won’t confuse you.

However, it’s possible that they might appear in your Bridge menus, especially if you ever have to delete the Bridge preference files. In this appendix, you’ll find several references to these normally hidden menu items, just in case. For items like these, this appendix always has a note telling you that this is a feature you normally won’t see.

Bridge CS3 Menu

This menu is where you can get information about Bridge, ...

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