Learn how to use the Export Panel in Bridge to export all supported file types as image files.

With the Export panel in Bridge, you can now convert your assets such as videos, PDFs, or images and export as an image file format. Bridge currently supports jpeg file format for the converted images.

To access the export panel:

  1. Simply navigate to Window in the menu bar
  2. Select Export Panel
  3. Adjust the position and width of the Export panel that opens as per your preference. In the Export panel, you can select — Custom Export or Create New Preset to begin your export process.
Select export panel from Window option in the menu bar
Select the Export Panel from Window in the menu bar.
The Export panel in Bridge lets you export your assets in the .jpeg format to your disk.
The Export panel in Bridge lets you export your assets in the .jpeg format to your disk.

How to export your assets

To export your assets into jpeg file format using the Export panel, you can either Custom Export or Create New Preset.

Custom Export

  1. Select assets from the Content panel that you wish to export and do any of the following:

    • Drag and drop the selected assets from the Content panel to the Custom Export option in the Export panel.
    Custom export in Bridge
    Custom export in Bridge
    • Ctrl-click (mac) or right-click (win) to bring up the context menu. Select Export To > Custom Export.
    • Go to File (menu bar) > Export to > Custom Export.
  2. In the Export dialog that opens, type a preset name and set your preferences for — Saving Options, Image Format, Image Size, and Metadata.

    Saving Options

    • Export To: Expand the drop-down option to choose a location — Original File Location and Specific Folder
    • If you select the Specific Folder option, you can further use the Browse field to set a location for your exported files. 
    • Enable the Save to subfolder named checkbox and type in a name to specify a subfolder location. 
    • You can also Manage Conflicts by selecting any of the options from the drop-down — Create unique file name, Overwrite existing file, or Skip file.
    Saving options

    Image Format

    • Format: Use the option to select a format for export. For now, Bridge supports only JPEG.
    • Image Quality: Use the slider to set your image quality for export. The values can vary between 1 (minimum image quality) to 12 (maximum image quality).
    image format options

    Image Size

    • Scale: Select Scale to set a scale percentage in the Image field.
    • Constrain to Fit Longest Edge to: Select this option to set the Dimension field measured in pixels.
    • Resample Method: Choose any of the available Resample Method — Bilinear, Bicubic (best for smooth gradients), or Bicubic Sharper (best for reduction).


    Include Original Metadata: Select this checkbox and use the drop-down menu to choose from the metadata associated with the files that you wish to keep. Select the Remove Location Info checkbox to remove location specific metadata from the exported files.

    Apply Metadata Template: Select this checkbox and choose from the following field:

    • Name: Choose any of the available metadata from the Name drop-down. 
    • Method: Select a method — Append Metadata, or Replace Metadata.
    • Additional Keywords (Separated by semicolon): Use this field to add additional keywords to the files you wish to export.

    To learn more about applying metadata templates, see Work with metadata templates.

    metadata options
  3. Click Start Export in the Export dialog or from the bottom of the Export panel to start the export process.

Create New Preset

You can create customized presets with your frequently used export settings and save them for easy accessibility in the future.

To create a new preset, do any of the following:

  • Click the Create New Preset option in the Export panel.
  • Click the add preset () icon from the bottom of the Export panel. 
  • Ctrl-click (Mac), or right-click (Win) in the Export panel to bring up the context menu. Select Create New Preset.

Once the Create New Preset dialog opens, you can type a preset name and set your preferences for — Saving Options, Image Format, Image Size, and Metadata, just as you would do in Custom Export (step 2-3). Click the Save button in the Create New Preset dialog to save your preset and find it listed in the Export panel.

Create new preset panel
Create a new preset for exporting your assets.

Edit your export presets

In the Export panel, ctrl-click (Mac) or right-click (Win) to bring up the context menu options:

  • Duplicate: Use this option to duplicate an export preset while making minimal changes and save for later use.
  • Rename: Use this option to rename an export preset.
  • Delete: Use this option to delete an export preset.
  • Edit: Use this option to edit all settings in your export preset and save for future use.

You can also click the edit preset () icon from the bottom of the Export panel to edit your export settings. Click the delete preset () icon to delete a preset if required.

Edit export presets

View export progress

You can view your entire export job list that includes pending jobs, active jobs, and completed jobs.

To check the progress of your export jobs, do the following:

1. Click View Progress from the bottom of the Export panel.

2. In the Export Progress dialog that opens, you can see the progress status of your export jobs.

3. You can click Clear to remove the job list and click Close to exit the progress window.

Export progress window
Export progress window to view the progress of your export jobs.

Cancel export

In the Export Progress dialog, click the cancel () icon visible next to a selected job status to stop the export process at any time. Click Close to exit the progress window.

Once an export job is completed, clicking the cancel () icon only removes the job information from the list and does not impact the export process.

Cancel export

Set export preferences

To set your export preferences, do the following:

1. Navigate to Adobe Bridge > Preferences > Export (Mac) or Edit > Preferences > Export (Win).

2. In the Options panel, you can set your preferences for the information that appears in the Export Progress dialog.

  • Maximum number of export jobs to keep in job list: Manually enter a desired value. The maximum number of job details in the job progress dialog defaults to a max value of 100. Bridge deletes the older history beyond 100 job details.
  • Maximum number of export jobs in progress: Manually enter a desired value. You can queue 20 export jobs at a time.
Export preferences