Lets go over the points covered in our class on using Bridge.
1. The Bridge Setup
2. Using the Star function
3. Batch Renaming and organizing fields
4. Editing Meta Data
1. The Bridge Layout
Juan taught me this trick and I will share it with you. When starting up bridge hold down the three keys: “command option shift” as you click on the icon, this will bring up this dialogue box:
Choose reset preferences. If you are working on your home computer you don’t need to do this, but at school anyone who uses Bridge before you will have changed the settings and Bridge could open in any configuration imaginable.
Now when you open Bridge it will default to the simplest and most informative setting. Remember to click on “Folders” for you folder tree, and check the “Essentials” is clicked.
Don’t forget that you can move any of these spaces around with by grabbing the handles:
2. Starting Images
Open your selected folder and single click an images within the content section. You can now move through your images using either your arrow keys or by single clicking with your mouse (avoid double clicking as it will open your image).
Now star your best images be clicking on the desired stars in the preview section:
Or by using the shortcut: hold the command button and press 1-5 (for the desired number of stars) this is much faster for moving through a lot of images.
3. Batch ReNane and file management
First choose a name, simple and to the point, this name will be in your folder and tagged to each of your images. Now in the content area of Bridge click on a single image, use the “command A” shortcut to select all of your images. Double check that the “Sort by Filename” feature is clicked to insure that the images are in order.
Select Batch Rename under the Tools menu or use the shortcut “command shift R”
We need to change a few things here, delete the “Date Time” and second “Text” sections by clicking on the “-” signs.
Lots to do: Change the name, set the sequence number (I prefer 3 digits) and optimise for everything!
Good to go!
Don’t forget to rename the folder as well:
4. Editing Meta Data
Select either one of the images or preferably all (see above). Change these two fields: Creator and Copyright Notice under IPTC Core section:
Any questions be sure to email me!