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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac: The Missing Manual by Barbara Brundage

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Appendix C. Bridge CS4, Menu by Menu

Bridge CS4 is Adobe’s ultra-deluxe file-browsing program that you get with the full version of Photoshop and with Elements 8 for Mac (Elements 8 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. This appendix gives you a tour of all of Bridge’s menus.

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 useless to most people who only use Elements, they’re normally hidden 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 Bridge’s 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 includes a note telling you that this is a feature you normally won’t see.

Adobe Bridge CS4 Menu

This menu is where you can get info about Bridge, adjust your settings, and ...

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