This article discusses ways of improving your workflow and quickly processing those hundreds and thousands of images you are now capturing with your digital cameras. If you are using a digital camera that allows you to shoot in Raw color mode, you’ll find that this gives you more options later when color correcting your images. Shoot in Raw mode if you can. This article will help you more quickly sort your Raw files and also show you how to automatically do some initial color correction to them. I have previously written articles about how to do final color correction and other things with Bridge and Raw files.
Setting up Bridge
Let’s set up a few Bridge preferences that will help you sort your images. In the General Preferences area, I turn off all the “Additional Lines of Thumbnail Metadata.” When editing images, I don’t want to see the date, dimensions, or keywords of each image listed under that image because it takes up too much screen space. In the Labels Preferences area, the only change I make is to turn off the “Require the Command/Control Key to Apply Labels and Ratings” check box. This allows me to change an image’s rating by just typing a number from 1 to 5 instead of having to type Command/Control and the number, which is the default method. I’ll show you how to use this feature later in this article.
In the Advanced Preferences dialogue, I recommend that you check the box for “Double-click edits Camera Raw settings in Bridge.” By default, this option is not checked, which causes the Camera Raw filter and the file to open within Photoshop. But with this option checked, when a Raw file is double-clicked, the Camera Raw filter runs within Bridge instead of within Photoshop. This way you can more quickly go back and forth between Bridge and Camera Raw to do your initial Camera Raw edits. While you are doing this, Photoshop can be closed or occupied working on some other image. When you click the Done button in Camera Raw (the default for the Return (Enter) key with this option checked), you’ll automatically go back to Bridge. This sequence is faster when editing images. If you want to open the Raw file into Photoshop after editing in Camera Raw, then click the Open button.