Photoshop is well known throughout the design and digital photography worlds. How often do you hear designers talking about Adobe Bridge & Camera Raw though? What is Bridge anyway? Bridge is a program that allows for batch editing of images and Camera Raw gives you basic tools to edit your images before importing them to Photoshop. Since it's an Adobe product it is well integrated into Photoshop and very easy to use. Best of all they are both free with your copy of Photoshop or Photoshop subscription to Creative Cloud!
Starting up Bridge from Photoshop is easy. Just head to File "Browse in Bridge". This will load Bridge and allow you to browse all of your images from one easy location. Select as many or as few images as you'd like to work with. Bridge is a great time saving tool if you have many similar images and would like to edit. Everything from meta data to white balance can be edited in Bridge & Camera Raw.
Organize all of your images, or edit their meta data from one easy location.
When you open an image in Camera Raw it will look something like this. You will have access to a variety of editing tools like white balance, exposure and sharpening. Here you can start your editing process and then bring your image to Photoshop for final editing. You can also apply your edits to more than one image at a time, making this an ideal time saver. You can also set up Bridge to open automatically when you open any new images so you can preform initial editing in Bridge then finer editing in Photoshop.
Edit your images in Camera Raw, apply the changes to multiple images or edit them individually.
In this sample the white balanced was changed, the exposure was changed and the image was sharpened. Then it was edited further in Photoshop with more sharpening and color adjustments.
Here's a before and after look at our image.
Adding Camera Raw and Bridge to your work flow can save time and effort. While it's especially useful for photographers designers can find it useful as well, especially when working with large quantities of images. Do you use Camera Raw or Bridge? Tell us in the comments!