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How to Use Adobe Bridge for Photographers in a Hurry

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Are you interested in using Adobe Bridge to edit and organize your stock photos? This tool is relatively underappreciated among Adobe’s wide range of photo editing programs, but it can be very helpful when it comes to prepping bulk portfolio photography and organizing groups of photos. 

In this quick guide, we’ll outline what exactly Adobe Bridge is and how to use its three main features quickly and efficiently.

What is Adobe Bridge?

Adobe Bridge CC is a Creative Suite application used for digital asset management. Unlike many of Adobe’s powerful products, Adobe Bridge is free to use and is often used as a complementary app for Photoshop and other applications.

This app is usually used to organize bulk files of Adobe image files by assigning star ratings, keywords, and other functions. Adobe Bridge is not used for photo editing and lacks these functions. However, Bridge can be accessed by and is integrated into most of Adobe’s editing products with the exception of Adobe Acrobat.

So what use does a photographer in a hurry have for Adobe Bridge? The platform helps photographers organize assets they have created for print, web, and video. Bridge also keeps native Adobe files like PSD and non-Adobe files available in order to be easily accessed. If you’re a stock photographer who has to sort through massive volumes of images, Adobe Bridge makes browsing these images in one dashboard fast and easy.

It helps to think of Bridge as a digital asset manager and not so much a file manager. It makes batch processing various file characteristics very simple without any need for coding or scripting. You can also manage metadata inside of your files with the platform, which can be very useful for selling stock images or organizing a portfolio. While it may not replace your operating system’s file explorer or finder, it can be a useful little tool to use as the last step in your editing process.

Adobe Bridge has three main features:

  1. Image resizing
  2. Bulk Export panel
  3. Image portfolio keyword and label organization

Let’s break down how to use these three features in Adobe Bridge, step by step.

How to Use Adobe Bridge for Bulk Image Resizing

  1. Open Adobe Bridge, which will bring you to the Adobe Bridge default view.
  2. Select the image or images you would like to process. You can bulk grab items by selecting Select All > Edit / Select All.
  3. Go to Tools > Photoshop > Image Processor.
  4. In the pop-up dialogue window, select “Process files from Bridge only.”
  5. Select the location you would like to save the resized images to.
  6. Choose the file type and quality level you would like. 
  7. You now have the option to Resize to Fit, so that your images will be no bigger in height or width according to the parameters of your choice.
  8. Select Run.
  9. Depending on the size and volume of photos you are resizing, this could take a few minutes to process.
  10. Check your source folder to see your resized images.

How to Use Adobe Bridge’s Bulk Export Panel

  1. Open Adobe Bridge and go to the location of your photos.
  2. Select the images you would like to batch process.
  3. On the right-hand side of the screen, select Export. It should be next to the Filter and Collections tabs.
  4. Select the + size to create a brand new preset.
  5. Under “Add Preset,” select “Export to a specific folder.”
  6. Find the location where you would like to export your processed photos to. You can create a subfolder in this step if needed.
  7. Select Image Options next to Destination.
  8. Select your desired constraint to fit at 800, 600, or 400 pixels.
  9. Check the box next to “Always render from full size image.”
  10. Set your image quality. We recommend the highest setting.
  11. Uncheck “Include Original Metadata.”
  12. Name your preset.
  13. Select Save.
  14. In the new screen, drag and drop your photos into your new preset under Export.
  15. Select the arrow next to your preset title.
  16. Your images are now being processed, and you’ll be able to see the progress of the export process in a pop-up screen.
  17. Once this screen closes, you should be able to see a new preset folder in the main screen.
  18. Select the folder and browse your newly processed and exported files to ensure the quality, dimensions, and sizes are correct.

How to Use Adobe Bridge for Image Portfolio Organization

  1. To add star labels to your images, select the images you want to label in the main dashboard.
  2. Go to the Label menu at the top of your screen.
  3. In the dropdown menu, select a star rating, or select No Rating or Reject.
  4. Under each image’s thumbnail, you’ll now be able to see the star labels for the respective image. This is very helpful if you’re sorting through multiple photosets and need a little help organizing them by quality to narrow down the images that make it to your portfolio.
  5. To add keywords to your images, navigate to the sidebar and select the Keywords tab next to the Metadata panel.
  6. Choose a preset keyword or type your own by selecting Other Keywords.
  7. Assign a keyword to an image by selecting the image in your content panel.
  8. Click the checkbox of the keyword you need to assign. Select multiple keywords if necessary.
  9. Now, you can easily find specific images by searching for them by their keywords.
  10. To remove a keyword, select the image in the content panel and then uncheck the keyword in the Keywords panel.

How was our guide to using Adobe Bridge CC’s three main features? Tell us how you’ve used this handy tool for your photography portfolio or stock photography listings in the comments below.

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