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The Digital Photographer’s Notebook: A Pro’s Guide to Adobe Photoshop CS3, Lightroom, and Bridge by Kevin Ames

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Chapter 2. Bridgework

MANAGING DIGITAL FILES from camera to computer used to be an awkward process. To copy image files from Compact-Flash (CF) or other media cards to your computer, you used either Windows Explorer, the Mac Finder, Bridge 1.0, or Photo Mechanic with minimal previews. Renaming those files meant manually retyping names in the Finder or using Bridge’s Batch Rename command from the Tools menu. Bridge is a standalone application for browsing, sorting, renaming, and enhancing images, as well as adding metadata, that comes with Photoshop CS3. It’s amazingly versatile. I often use it without ever launching Photoshop.

Batch Rename offers three choices: “Rename in same folder,” “Move to other folder,” or “Copy to other folder.” The first ...

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