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you will be prompted to give your template a name. Choose something like
“Copyright Basic.
Once you have saved this main template, you can save others that you will
commonly want to use. Since the division between personal and work-
related photography is important to me, I have saved several templates
for my most common categories of images. I also often save templates for
ongoing jobs, since I will need to apply the same information to images
produced over the course of several weeks. The flyout menu in Figure 5-17
shows some of my metadata templates, which range from the very general
(Copyright Basic), to the more specific (Copyright Jobs), to the very specific
(Copyright GLC Brochure).
The Edit Menu
As you can see in Figure 5-18, most
of Bridge’s Edit menu is very familiar
from other applications, or is self-
explanatory. Let’s take a look at the
DAM-specific menu items.
The Find command is a useful way to
perform a limited search through a
known collection, although because
of how Bridge conducts search-
es (and its limited ability to save
search results), you will be better off
doing most of your searching in your
cataloging application rather than
Bridge. Figure 5-19 shows the Find
dialog box.
The Bridge Menus
Alternates are commands that
are used with Version Cue.
Because I don’t think Version
Cue is the right tool for digital
photographers, I don’t cover it in
this book.
Figure 5-18. The Edit menu in Bridge.
Figure 5-19. The Find dialog box.
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The options that I usually use to search are “Include All Subfolders,” “If all
criteria are met,and “Show find results in a new browser window.If you
want Bridge to look in more than one folder, you must have it search the
parent folderthat is, the folder that contains all the subfolders you want to
look in. If you are trying to find images that are in two different “buckets,
Bridge must search the entire volume that the buckets are in, which can
take a long time.
One of the frustrations I hear from Bridge users is that they want to be able
to see all the images in subfolders. That is, they want to point Bridge at a
folder, and see all the images that are in any subfolder within that larger
folder. Well, there is a way to do it, but it is not very obvious.
If you use the “Find command, and check “Include All Subfolders and
“Find All Files”, then Bridge will show you every image inside that folder, no
matter how many subfolders it might be buried inside. While this is merely
a convenience much of the time, it becomes a necessity in certain renaming
situations, outlined in the next chapter.
If you select “Show find results in a new browser window, Bridge will
display the results in a new window labeled “Find Results,as shown in
Figure 5-20. You will notice that this window has a different appearance
than other Bridge windows. The search criteria are shown at the top of the
window, along with a “Save As Collection” button.
If you click on Save As Collection, youll see the screen in Figure 5-21. It’s
important to understand what is being saved here: it is not the search results,
it is the search parameters. So, if you do something to change how the results
are returnedsuch as removing a keyword or moving a filewhen you
return to the same collection, you will not get exactly the same results (nor
will you be given any indication that the results differ from the first time
you conducted the search).
The Bridge Menus
Figure 5-20. In the Find Results window,
the search parameters are shown along with
the results, and you can opt to save those
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