The Adobe® Bridge workspace consists of three columns, or panes, that contain various panels. You can adjust the Adobe Bridge workspace by moving or resizing panels. You can create custom workspaces or select from several preconfigured Adobe Bridge workspaces.
A. Application bar B. Path bar C. Favorites panel & Folders panel (tabbed) D. Collections panel E. Filter panel F. Selected item G. Thumbnail slider H. View options I. Metadata panel J. Keywords panel K. Preview panel L. Search M. Standard workspaces N. Content panel
Provides buttons for essential tasks, such as navigating the folder hierarchy, switching workspaces, and searching for files.
Displays files specified by the navigational menu buttons, Path bar, Favorites panel, Folders panel, or Collections panel.
Displays a preview of the selected file or files. Previews are separate from, and typically larger than, the thumbnail image displayed in the Content panel. You can reduce or enlarge the preview by resizing the panel.
Contains metadata information for the selected file. If multiple files are selected, shared data (such as keywords, date created, and exposure setting) is listed.
You can adjust the Adobe Bridge window by moving and resizing its panels. However, you can’t move panels outside the Adobe Bridge window.
Work with Favorites
- To specify Favorites preferences, choose Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Adobe Bridge CC > Preferences (Mac OS). Click General, and select desired options in the Favorite Items area of the Preferences dialog box.
- To add items to Favorites, do one of the following:
- Drag a file or folder to the Favorites panel from Windows Explorer (Windows), the Finder (Mac OS), or the Content or Folders panel of Adobe Bridge.
Select a file, folder, or collection in Adobe Bridge and choose File > Add To Favorites.
To remove an item from the Favorites panel, select it and choose File > Remove From Favorite. Or right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the item and choose Remove From Favorites from the context menu.
Select and manage workspaces
An Adobe Bridge workspace is a certain configuration or layout of panels. You can select either a preconfigured workspace or a custom workspace that you have previously saved.
By saving various Adobe Bridge workspaces, you can work in (and quickly switch between) different layouts. For example, use one workspace to sort new photos and another to work with footage files from an After Effects composition.
Adobe Bridge provides the following preconfigured workspaces:
Displays the Content panel in List view, along with the Favorites, Metadata, Filter, and Export panels.
Displays the Favorites, Folders, Filter, Collections, Export, Content, Preview, Metadata, and Keywords panels.
Displays thumbnails in a scrolling horizontal row (in the Content panel) along with a preview of the currently selected item (in the Preview panel). Also displays the Favorites, Folders, Filter, Collections, and Export panels.
Displays the Content panel in Details view, along with the Favorites, Keywords, Filter, and Export panels.
In Mac OS, pressing Command+F5 to load the Keywords workspace starts Mac OS voice-over by default. To load the Preview workspace by using the keyboard shortcut, first disable the voice-over shortcut in Mac OS Keyboard Shortcuts preferences. For instructions, see Mac OS Help.
Displays a large Preview panel; a narrow, vertical Content panel in Thumbnails view; and the Favorites, Folders, Filter, Collections, and Export panels.
Displays the Content panel in Thumbnails view, along with the Favorites, Folders, and Export panels.
- To select a workspace, choose Window > Workspace, and then choose the desired workspace. Or, click one of the workspace buttons in the Adobe Bridge application bar.
Drag the vertical bar to the left of the workspace buttons to show more or fewer buttons. Drag the buttons to rearrange their order.
- To save the current layout as a workspace, choose Window > Workspace > New Workspace. In the New Workspace dialog box, enter a name for the workspace, specify options, and then click Save.
- To delete or restore a custom workspace, choose Window > Workspace, and then choose one of the following commands:
Deletes the saved workspace. Choose the workspace from the Workspace menu in the Delete Workspace dialog box, and click Delete.
Reset Standard Workspace
Restores the default settings for the Adobe pre-defined workspaces (Essentials, Output, and so on)
Adjust brightness and colors
Brighten or darken the Adobe Bridge background and specify accent colors in General preferences. To open preferences, choose Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Adobe Bridge > Preferences (Mac OS).
- To brighten or darken the background, go to the General panel of the Preferences dialog box and do the following:
- Drag the User Interface Brightness slider to make the Adobe Bridge background darker or lighter.
- Drag the Image Backdrop slider to make the background of slideshows and of the Content and Preview panels darker or lighter.
- To specify accent colors, go to the General panel of the Preferences dialog box and choose a color from the Accent Color menu.
In Adobe Bridge, the thumbnail quality determines whether color profile settings are used. High-quality thumbnails use color-profile settings, while quick thumbnails do not. In CS5 only, use the Advanced Preferences and the Options For Thumbnail Quality and Preview Generation button in the application bar to determine thumbnail quality.
If you are a Creative Cloud member or own Adobe Creative Suite, you can use Adobe Bridge to synchronize color settings across all color-managed apps and components. When you specify color settings using the Edit > Color Settings (Bridge CC) or Edit > Creative Suite Color Settings (Bridge CS) command, color settings are automatically synchronized. Synchronizing color settings ensures that colors look the same in all color-managed Adobe products.
Change language settings
Adobe Bridge can display menus, options, and tool tips in multiple languages. You can also specify that Adobe Bridge use a specific language for keyboard shortcuts.
Enable startup scripts
You can enable or disable startup scripts in Adobe Bridge preferences. Scripts listed vary depending on the Creative Suite® components you’ve installed. Disable startup scripts to improve performance or to resolve incompatibilities between scripts.
HiDPI and Retina display support
HiDPI monitors and Apple's Retina displays allow more pixels to be displayed on your screen. To take advantage of advancements in high-resolution display technologies, Adobe Bridge CC includes native support for high-resolution monitor displays running on Windows and Mac OS X (for example, the MacBook Pro with Retina display).
Bridge CC is aware of different monitor dots per inch (DPI) settings. When you are working on a HiDPI monitor set at a DPI of 150% or higher, Bridge's user interface automatically scales to 200% so that you continue to see sharp and clear UI elements, readable font size, and crisp icons across a wide variety of DPI display settings.
Bridge supports a minimum screen resolution of 2560 x 1600. Working on HiDPI monitors with screen resolution set below 2560 x 1600 truncates the Bridge user interface and some of the items may not fit on the screen.
With High DPI support enabled on Windows, the Bridge user interface scales to 200% on HiDPI monitors. However, Bridge also allows you to manually set the scaling preference:
Numerous program settings are stored in the Adobe Bridge preferences file, including display, Adobe Photo Downloader, performance, and file-handling options.
Restoring preferences returns settings to their defaults and can often correct unusual application behavior.
Returns preferences to their factory defaults. Some labels and ratings may be lost. Adobe Bridge creates a preferences file when it starts.
Purge Entire Thumbnail Cache
Purging the thumbnail cache can help if Adobe Bridge is not displaying thumbnails properly. Adobe Bridge re-creates the thumbnail cache when it starts.