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Optimize Your Design Workflow: Adobe Bridge for Artists

Elizabeth Silver, Surface Pattern Boss

Optimize Your Design Workflow: Adobe Bridge for Artists

Elizabeth Silver, Surface Pattern Boss

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8 Lessons (54m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Setting Up Your Workspace

    • 3. Previews with Bridge

    • 4. Favorites Tab

    • 5. All About Collections

    • 6. Keyword Tagging

    • 7. Ideas and Best Practices

    • 8. Project Time!

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If you’re a designer, artist or illustrator with a digital portfolio, this class will teach you the basics of Adobe Bridge as it pertains to visual file management so that you can streamline your design archives for easy access and future use. There’s no need to create every element of a new project from scratch when you already have a great texture, the perfect palette or an amazing motif to start with. Pattern designer Elizabeth Silver shows you how to use Adobe Bridge to best organize and tag your files so that your digital portfolio is truly at your fingertips. Once you finish this course you will have the skills to set up your Bridge workspace and create a system that not only works for you, but gives you a head start on your next design brief.

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Elizabeth Silver

Surface Pattern Boss


I've spent my career keeping the 'fun' in functional with color and surface pattern. With 10 years of in-house design experience with brands like Target, Walmart, Disney and GapKids I'm comfortable working in a variety of styles on tight deadlines. In 2012 I went rogue and have been building a robust freelance and licensing client roster ever since. Beyond textiles, I've had the opportunity to create illustrations and prints for such products as party paper, dinnerware, outdoor decor and greeting cards. With 15 years in the business and experience in both a corporate and freelance environment, I was inspired to start teaching comprehensive courses online, and now I'm excited to share shorter classes on Skillshare.

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1. Introduction: Hi, I'm Elizabeth Silver, and I'm teaching. Optimize your design workflow Adobe Bridge for artists. I'm a surface pattern designer, and I've been in the business for about 15 years. I worked in house for home textile companies and apparel companies for about 10 years in New York City. And then in 2012 I left those jobs and went freelance in order to live the Suburban dream in Raleigh, North Carolina. So now I'm here, and I've been freelancing for a little over five years, and I have so many design files in my archives. I have. I've been licensing my work for four years. I have my old corporate work. I have my freelance work, and my design files would be really out of control if it weren't for Adobe Bridge, do we? Bridge has a lot of functions, but we're gonna be focusing in this course on those that are going to make it easiest for artists and designers to organize and make full use of your archive. And I'll be working on the PC with Adobe CC. But if you have a Mac or a previous version of bridge is not a problem because these air universal functions. We'll start with how to set up your workspace in order to make most use of your new command center, which is bridge. And then we'll talk about the benefits and use of the content, preview favorites and collection tabs. And finally, we'll do a deep dive into keyword function. The keyword function. How to tag your artwork so that you can search for it later and don't have to spend hours digging through old folders, looking for that one print that you did so long ago that you need now. Along the way, I'll offer tips, examples, best practices and even some downloadable files. Toe help you kick Start your obsession with bridge. Once you work it into your workflow, you're going to wonder how you ever did anything without it, and I look forward to showing you that. 2. Setting Up Your Workspace: Okay, let's start with setting up your workspace. If this is the first time you ever opened bridge, it may look something like this. You can click on the essentials tab, and that's kind of gonna give you this version. I work on a PC, and this is Adobe CC. But if you have a Mac or you're working with an earlier version, you know, it might look a little bit different, but essentially, this is what you're going to see. If this looks totally different, you can go to this air on go reset standard workspaces, and that's gonna give you this look. So over here, we're gonna go over what all these things mean later in the class, but just to kind of look at what the tabs Air called. We have favorites, folders, filters, collection's content, preview publish metadata and keywords. Okay, that's what your standard look has. Um you can adjust these things just like kind of any other adobe program by just sort of dragging. If you want to get rid of certain windows, I'm gonna show you how I set it up. And then we can kind of get rid of certain windows or add certain windows and do that by going toe window. So let's start with the right hand side. I don't use publish. You might find a use for it later on, but for right now, I'm just gonna uncheck it. So then I have a preview here. I don't really use metadata, but I can just keep the keywords tab up, and that's fine. I don't need to really delete it. Favorites and folders do use collections. I use filter I don't really use. So I'm gonna take that off for now. And when my favorites gets kind of crowded, um, then you know, it gets to be a long list. So I drive the collections into here, and then we have favorites, and you can have a whole you know, side devoted to that. Okay, And I'll show you my desktop. This these are pretty small, which is fine for desktops. That once we get into what we're gonna be really using it for, we're gonna want it bigger. So down here is a slider, and, you know, it could be as big or as little as as you need. Once you get this set up the way you like it, which I mean, like I said, this is how I recommend it. So try this first, and then you can always make adjustments. You can save your work space. Kind of like any other adobe product. Um, by clicking the arrow ongoing new workspace. And I'm going to save this as Liz work and leave these two things checked and do save. And now it's appear so when you open it up, if for some reason it's looking crazy, it's on film strip. Whatever. You should be able to click to this and get right back to this same view that's all set up the way you like. 3. Previews with Bridge: previews with Bridge. As I mentioned, we're going to discuss all of these tabs and how to best use them. A Z artists with lots of visual files, lots of art files, lots of J pegs, tiffs, Photoshopped, illustrator files. We're going to start with content and preview tabs. The most basic function of bridge is its ability to read and cash all types of image and video files into thumbnails. For really easy browsing, I have a PC, and so when I hope next floor and goto my files, my archives, this is what I see usually a lot of illustrator icons. And if I happen to have tips or J pegs and I might see some thumbnails. But there's not a lot you can do with this, especially since I name all my files by number. So I have no idea what 14 50 SG 50 looks like, which is where bridge comes in. So that same folder, Enbridge, looks like this. So now you can see it's super clear what 14 50 sug 50 looks like, And if I want to see it better, I can click on the image, and that's gonna zoom it in. You know, depending on where things were set up, you can have this smaller big, but when you really need to look at it, you can always drag. When you click on something and you're over. In the preview tab, you have a little zoom function, so it only does one size. But if you click, it will do a magnifying glass so it can help you read words. I use it for pdf's. Sometimes if there's one quick number or thing I'm looking for on a pdf, I won't open the full. PdF. I'll just do a little zoom and see what I'm looking for. And then you click again and it disappears. So that's a brief overview of the content and preview functions. As you can see, it's a really helpful way. If you have large archives and you need Teoh, you know, sort through them. We're visual people, and it's easy to just kind of look through everything this way. This folder is pretty organized, right? It's just sort of my final files and sail sheets, and so it's pretty easy to look at and as a visual person when things are not that easy to look at, when they're really unorganized. It it's kind of, you know, maddening, right? So I'm going to show you. First of all, the rest of this course is gonna go into how to organize files better. But one function that I use when I'm looking through folders that aren't so well put together, I'm going to show you right now. So this is a folder that has a lot of works in progress, things that I've kind of abandoned because they haven't really gotten where I want them to be. Or they're just sort of work files, etcetera, etcetera. So when I come back to this type of folder and I'm looking for something, you know, it's kind of a mess. There's all sorts of different things in here. One way you can meeting up your visuals, especially if it's a folder that you're gonna come back to over and over again. And you just hate seeing all this extra stuff is the stacking function. So the stacking function is going to take all these previews and do just as they say, kind of stacks them in groups then. So the way we use that is, um, we select things that are kind of, you know, you wouldn't mind grouping together. This is a few different versions of this Christmas card that I did. It's kind of the J Peg version for printing the couple Different illustrator files works in progress, so it's like the 1st 1 and then because these are all in order, Aiken just pulled down the shift key. And so, like, the last one is going to select all of them. As you can see in the preview folder, it's a preview tab. It's got all four. But I also noticed there's one way up here, and so I'm gonna hold down control and select that 5th 1 OK, so these are all, you know, the same basic file, just with slight tweaks. So now that they're all selected, I'm going to right click Stack Group as Stack. And now here they are. All grouped is a stack. So when I'm coming back to this folder, I'm only going to see one version of it. And if I want to see other the other versions, I can slide along here. You can see different previews, or I can expand it by clicking the number button. And that's going to show me all the versions and then I can say, Ok, well, I'm going to take this one and drag it into illustrator and open it up. Um, but at least I don't want to look at it every time, so I could do the same for this Control, you can either hold control to individually select them control control. Or if you do, you know, you hold down shift, then you're gonna select the whole robe, and then right click stack group is stack. And that's starting to clean up this folder. If I did it for a bunch of other things that I'm gonna have a lot less previews toe look at right. And when I come back to this folder, they're going to stay stacked. And again, I can kind of, you know, preview very quickly if you ever wanna. Ungh group of stack. Besides clicking on the actual number to show it. If you don't want them grouped anymore at all, you can right click stack one group from stack, right, and then they're back to their original places. Okay, so that's the stack function. And that kind of helps if it's a folder that you are visiting a lot that has a lot going on , and you just want to kind of clean it up a little bit. Next will be discussing the favorite stab. 4. Favorites Tab: favorites Tab. So now we're gonna discuss what's going on over here in the upper left hand corner. The favorites in the folders collections will be the next lesson. So as you can see, folders is pretty much just like a Windows Explorer situation. This is everything that's going on your computer. You can just kind of navigate through as necessary. And the favorites is pretty much like a bookmarks tab for your folders, which I really love. You know you can do that on Windows Explorer, I think. But I kind of do everything in bridge, and it just really makes things a lot easier. So effects and textures is something I use in my artwork a law. And I have all these different folders with various textures and things that I use, And I can easily you know, this is kind of my command Central. Let's say so when I'm working on something in Illustrator and then I need a texture, I click to bridge and I just kind of go through and I say, OK, well, let me use some sort of Andre here, drag that into illustrator, And then I might remember that you know, I want to use some lettering that I used in a previous project. So maybe now I'm gonna go to my licensing complete, and I'm gonna go to, um Let's see. I'm gonna go to birthday blocks, and I think I remember there's some cool lettering in there, So Okay, here's happy birthday, and I really like that looks. I'm gonna open it up and use some of the letters from there and, you know, adjust. And I kind of just go back and forth. And when I'm working on freelance projects, um, you know, I have all my freelance clients in this folder, but, you know, if I'm working on a certain project, I'll just Adams my favorite, so I can easily go back and forth. So let me just quickly show you it's not very difficult, but you can add to favorites just by Minister licensing complete. And let's say, um, I'm gonna be working a lot on this summer Popsicles group or something like that. So go down here and just drag the summer Popsicles over, and that's all there is. So if I need to quickly be referencing back and forth, maybe I'm working on something Where I'm using these textures on dykan. Just kind of hot back and forth between whatever I'm working on and in these folders. Um, if you right click, you can remove from favorites. Another thing you can do is reveal and explorers. So look, I was just clicking on prints, new prints. And here we are. This is, you know, the photo shop, not Photoshopped the windows version of it where they have quick access things you can pin again. It's like favorites. But once I click on it, then you know I can't see what all these things are versus on bridge. When I do, I can see what those things are. And I know exactly what I want to do with them. So that's the difference. As you can see up here, it's kind of a similar to with the way Windows does it, you know, PC desktop, new prints. And this is the same thing up here. You can also use the back button, and this is where we just were. Now we're going forward. So if you were just on, you just navigated something, and then you clicked away. Um, so I'm going to go over to effects and textures. I'm clicking on ornaments and banners, and then I get caught up in something else and have to check on something that I'm going over the business matters and doing this, I can quickly get right back to that ornaments and banners rather than having to click through to effects indexers and then ornaments and banners. So that's another, you know, time saving trick. 5. All About Collections: all about collections. All right, now I'm gonna get into some of the really great functions that bridge has. That's perfect for diving into your archives and making things a lot easier. First, I want to show you a little something that haunts my nightmares. This image of a desktop is the worst thing ever. It's so cluttered and horrible. It is not my desktop. Of course, As I said, I have a PC anyways, but this is horrific. I understand why people's desktops get like this, Okay, Because when you're pulling things for projects, when you need references when you need to, um, you know, gather your thoughts and an image based way, you you end up with things like this, and now I'm gonna show you how you can avoid that with bridge, and that's the collections function. So essentially, what the collection function is is a way to preview. It acts like a folder, right? It's a way to preview images that aren't actually located in one folder. So, for example, this collection is marked taxi, right? This is a collection I started when I was thinking about on Etsy store, thinking about selling prints, and I started to gather things, images that I thought might work to be sold in a store. But I didn't want to have copy. I didn't need to have copies of all the images and put him on when folders like kind of look at him and sort through and decide if I which ones would work best and what I should do. All of these different images are still where they were originally living, which I can see that by going right clicking and reveal in bridge that's going to take me to this folder. And now this folder is all called a collection called Avian Paradise. And here's where all the images are. But I go back home and go to this collection. I can see it. I can preview it in this, um, collection, and I can sort of think what works best for the store. I'm gonna show you how to make a collection, and I'll show you a couple other examples. So the first thing to do to make a collection has come down here to the new collection button, and I'll just leave it called. That could obviously change the name. Uh, I'm gonna navigate to my favorites and I'll go to my licensing collection. Let's just pick something I'm gonna say, All right, Well, let's do these to go to my collections town and just drag it in. Really? Um, maybe I'm looking for sort of summary prints, so I just did. Those two are pretty summary. Here's my summer Popsicles. And then add that to this. Let's see, I think of what else might be very summery spring playtime that works close enough, right? So I scream, um, and kites all right. And I'm dragging. And so now I have this collection of summer summary icons and you know, I can do what I want to do with that, um, to remove something from the collection. I just highlight it and click remove, And that's not deleting the file. That just means I don't have to look at it. Basically, it all of these things air still in their original folders again. You can right click and reveal in bridge, and you're gonna come back to that original folder or you can even right click and reveal and explorer, which is the Windows version. But again, you can't really see what you're doing. here. So why bother? Um, some other possible uses for this, Um, my agent Jewell branding. They have a website for and, you know, each artist has a page. And when I was going toe update that page, I was pulling a lot of different images that I thought might work on the page. A zai kind of plotted my banners that I was designing, and so I pulled a lot of these images. Moo moo dot com is a you know, a company that prints postcards and business cards. And I was putting together some postcards which these were the ones that already designed the year before. But I wanted toe keep some of them and refresh some of them and reprint. So I pulled some newer stuff. Um, and then I could kind of look and say All right, well, this one, maybe I want to just take out these two butterflies, but I'm like how this has, like, a peach vibe going. So let's see, This also has a peach VOD. This has a peach bud. So maybe I'm gonna add those two and those there. That's kind of how you know I could work another function Enbridge. I'm gonna get more into collections, but I just want to mention this I believe is, like, alphabetical and automatically shows up alphabetically. But if you want to view things together, you can drag. So I'm dragging all these peach things together, and I do this when I'm working on collections. Um, so now I'm seeing how it might start to look together without actually doing any photo shop work. I do that when I'm working on collections, too, because I think how your designs look as a thumbnail are really important. So as I'm working on things, I go between illustrator and and um Bridge going to reveal this in the original folder. I go between illustrator Enbridge and I make tweaks, and then I kind of see like the close up version versus what the thumbnail looks like. That's a really good way to sort of check your own are because if it looks good small, you know it looks balanced when it's really small, and it looks good big. Then you probably got something good, right? But anyways, back to collections, so you can kind of drag things around and you get to see things together that you don't have to make copies off. One note I noticed when we were looking this etc thing it says six missing files detected. That really just means that I after I made this collection, I probably moved the original files, and you can kind of go through and fix it and find them. If if I needed to find them, the other thing you could do with collections is make a smart collection. Okay, So new smart collection down here, and it's sort of like a smart playlist in iTunes. If you've ever played around with that function, you can sort things by file, name, file size, document type, copyright notice, keywords. Which we're gonna talk about big time next in the next video titles, etcetera. Bridge is also used a lot by photographers. I guess so there's all this, You know, your photos that you take have this, like metadata That includes information about eso and exposure and all that. So you could sort by that, um and you can add a bunch of rules in basically to say what you want your new collection have. So I'm gonna say, look into stop file name contains. I'm gonna put sales because all my sales sheets have the word sales in them on gonna include sub folders. That means it's basically searching my whole computer. As you can see, if all criteria meant so, like I could add in sales. And maybe I could say date created is less than 11 2017. So let's say so that will. Probably that makes it means it's gonna be made before 20. So older sales sheets, Let's say, um and let's say if all criteria are met, won't see what happens here. Okay, so these air my older there's nothing from 20 17 but from before that right on the way you can use this is Well, not only does this show you all your sales each which, if you don't have a folder of sale sheets, which I do, But if you didn't have that, that's, like, really helpful. That's a good way to already get your organization started. Um, now I could do I'm gonna add a new collection, do cards, Okay. And I'm going to go back to this sales sales one. I'm gonna name it sales, So I know what's going on here. I have this and I'm going to go to this whenever I think of, you know, whatever I'm looking to submit to a new client, let's say I just was in touch with or I want to reach out to a greeting card client, right? So I want to show them my best work. And so now I'm going to click through all my greeting cards and or some of them. For the point of this, I'm gonna hold down control Teoh, get the ones that want. I don't see greeting cards. Let's see. Controllable is holding down these cards, and I'm as I'm scrolling. I'm selecting all these things, right? And so let's just say that's all of them now I'm holding them. I have everything and I'm dragging it into cards right now. I can look at these things, and I'm saying, All right, so the card client that I'm sending to they do note card collections. They do, you know, sets of four thistles, a set of four, but they don't really go together. I don't think this is appropriate for this client. This is a set of four, but again, they're not really totally a match set. Well, Now, this is a match set, and this would be a perfect thing to send to that client. And this would be a perfect thing to that send to that client. So those are the two that I'm gonna send, and then I can drag those into photo shop or, you know, even just reveal in bridge, and then you don't have to reveal in bridge. You know, you could just drag it into your email attachment function, you know? So that is a way that you can, you know, save room on your computer because you don't have to have copies of everything. You can avoid that horrific desktop scene and you can start to organize your by us. 6. Keyword Tagging: keyword tagging. This is the main reason I started using bridge. So when I began freelancing, I had a good amount of files on my computer, some from my corporate portfolio and some, you know, personal projects. But as I started working with different clients, I realized quickly that I was going to start forgetting a lot of my older work and not be able to access it as easily as I'd like to. And I'm really all about efficiency. And I don't really believe in starting from scratch when you can take some elements from older things are used them for reference. Um, and there's just a lot of ways you can kind of reuse your old work in different manners that it's just a better way to do things. So I found out that bridge was the best way to start tagging things and organizing my work . So just to give you a quick example off how it works when everything has been tagged, um, go to edit finds and I'll get into how to do everything here. But let's just put in cupcake and find and see what we come up with. So here's anything that's been tagged with the word cupcake, and some of them have cupcake in the actual name. A lot of these things are have numerical names, and I've tagged them with the words cupcake. Some of these really old as you can tell by some of this style, some are half finished. It's just, you know, mix and match of things. And if I was going to be starting a new green card that I wanted a cupcake on, I could search this and see these options and see if any of these forms any of these frosting styles or, you know, liner patterns would be something that I wanted to reuse in my newest greeting card. So in order to get started with tagging, um, the first step really is brainstorming offline, sort of thinking about what you have in your archives that you want to be able to access and how to sort of categorize it. I'm gonna get you into some examples that I've created for different artistic disciplines, and hopefully that'll kind of jump start your brainstorming session, those they're gonna be downloadable in the project section of this class. But we'll get to those examples in a minute. First, I want to show you how you can create keywords to use to tag your artwork. The first is in a text document, and this is a good place to start if you're starting from scratch. So I'm suggesting that you download what I am offering in the project section and add that open it up and look at the examples and see what kind of resonates with you and what makes the most sense. So if you go over into this section and say clear and import cause I already have mine up, I can click on Fine Art Tags is when I put together that you'll be able to download. I had something selected so it's adding in things and let me just try this again clear and import foreigner tags. So I created these tags that you concertante lee change, but clients Client A, B and C Um, you know, if you have certain clients that you work with regularly, you might want to tag your artwork based on on those clients. Media drawing media, charcoal pen, pencil collage, digital sculpture, acrylic wash This window Bigger subject. Abstract animals, everyday landscape portrait, etcetera. So these are just some ideas from jumping off points that you can then add to another. One that I created is graphic design tags, apparel, graphics, clients, marketing materials, product packaging, product A and B. Example. One and two Poor Caesar Things you can personalize style abstract, conceptual, corporate. Another example. Flat geometric textures. Distressed, etcetera. So that's something that might be useful for you If you're a graphic designer again, you can personalize these even if you're fine. Ours. You can maybe use this and change it around a little bit. Whatever works best for your system, the final file that I'm including is surface pattern tags and surface pattern tags is essentially my tags. I clean it up slightly, but it's pretty much the tags that I use and that includes Animals by type are tick bugs, farm etcetera events. General Baby Birthday. Congratulations, friends. Um, Holidays Autumn, which is includes seasonal hot autumn Christmas, Halloween summer summer bathing suits. You know this is all different kind of categories. That I use florals and plants is you know, I don't have a lot of different flowers listed, but that's because I usually draw flowers. Other kind of generic looking not really a specific thing, but there are a couple in here, and you could add more food, etcetera, etcetera. So this one is probably the most complete because it's based on my owns thing. But, um, even if you're a fine artist graphic artists. If these things resonate with you, you know you can use them cut and paste and whatever. So just to show you what you'll be getting, it's a text file like this. So now you can go into up. If you don't ever draw any optic animals, you can delete this and save before you load it into your own, Um, bridge. So just so that nothing gets wonky, I'm going to load my tags because they are just slightly different from from this once you've loaded the tags that once you, you know, reworked your text document on your list of keywords and kind of made it appropriate, and you then load it into your bridge, there's a second way that you can add keywords. That is a lot that you're used from Then on. I think the best way to start is to do a text document for your big first brainstorm and Then, as you go through tagging your work, you're going. Teoh, you know, realize that you're missing things and you can add it on the fly within bridge. So if you go over to the bottom here, this plus sign is a new key word. Let's say examples. And as you can see here, there's like sub categories and stuff like that. So if I close that up and just hold onto examples and then do new sub Q or the little arrow in plus, then I can do this and I'll hold onto examples and make new two. And then a new one can even be Is nothing new category type A for So that is how you can add new words as you're going along. Now that you have a starter list of keywords, let's look at how you actually tag things. So let's go to this folder. This is a bunch of Miss Salinas miscellaneous prints that I have that I haven't really categorized or done much with. So I'm going to click on this one. Let's see, here we go. So let's click on this one Blue skies ahead, and this is from a collection of mine, But this was just kind of a working file that I never really did anything with. So once you select it, you can just go to what? Where you want to categorize it. So I'm gonna do fruit for this, first of all, so I have a food category, and there is fruit. And on my checkoff food, just because if I'm ever searching for food, I might want to be able to see these fruits. Um, let's see, There's some wording on there, so I'm gonna go to style and scroll down to Word are which I really need to change to hand lettering. I think I did that for the surface pattern tags, but not for my own. Yet I can click on new and just for an example. And let's see what else have objects? Balloons? Which father balloons count. Right. And let's see if there's anything else. Clouds might be good. I don't see clouds. Here. Let me just search it down here to make sure, Okay? So I don't have cloud, So this little box down here can search your keywords when you have a lot. Um, and I don't have cloud. So maybe I'm gonna add that in now. Maybe I'll do that under objects, which is objects. Is this kind of my sort of random motif? Someone at a news category and clouds, and then I'm going to check it. So now, as you can see, when I select this, assign keywords, balloons, clouds, food, fruit, new and word art. Okay, so this has been tagged. Now, in order to search for your tags, you're gonna go to edit and find it kind of showed this before, and you need to make sure that I'm going to click on desktop and you need to make sure that all metadata is chosen. You don't want it to be file name because your names aren't necessarily going to have these words and it you want it to be all metadata and contains um, maybe I'll look for balloon, and I'm going to include all sub folders because I'm doing a demo. I'm not gonna include index files because it may be slow, but what that basically means is that bridge has kind of pre searched before. Andi, it's already cashed some of your files. When you're just starting out, you should check this off so that bridge has the opportunity to slowly look through everything and look for the key words because it needs to kind of put it in its own cash to remember it. But for now, I'm just going to see what comes up when I search for balloon lots of birthday balloons. And this blue skies ahead is here as long as well as the rest of the collection, which was already tagged previously. Okay. And as I showed you all meta data, that is where these tags are living. So if you click on this and right click file info, this is the metadata, and you can see that the keywords are listed here, so that information goes with the file wherever it goes. And so if you send this files from client, these key words are going to be included in their file as well. And so if they used bridge, they could search for easily, too, and that will be useful to them. There's a lot of other things in metadata that kind of go with, like, camera information, But there are a few other parts of this screen that I do want to discuss, but we're gonna get into that in the next section, which is all about ideas and best practices 7. Ideas and Best Practices: all right ideas and best practices. So my suggestion for getting started with bridge is first to follow along with the project and download the text documents on and start brainstorming your keyword list. And once you've loaded it, I would take 20 minutes once a week or twice a week and go through and start working your way through your archives and start tagging things. That's how I did it. I didn't have a huge archive. It wasn't like, so insurmountable. But it did take me a couple months to fully archive everything. But in the meantime, every time I spent time doing that, I was making my job easier on the other end. So the 20 minutes that I spent tagging, you know, a couple folders were 20 minutes that I got back later on. Not having to dig for a file and t have a head start with my projects. Okay, so that is the best way to get started. But the other thing that I did is I. When I started with Bridge, I probably had three or four licensing collections, and now I have about 70 72 licensing collections currently, and a lot of greeting cards, and I have made it a part of my procedure to tag things and edit the metadata. When I finish a project, I'm not quite as religious about my freelance work. I really should be. I try to do it every few months to go through and do some tagging for stuff that I think would be useful because there is so much in my freelance work that even though I can't use exact motifs because it's work for hire and it's, you know, I don't own that work per se, they're still like textures and ideas and references. There's a lot, a lot that can be used as inspiration for new projects. So I do try to tag my freelance work, but definitely in my licensing work, I always tag. So when I finish up with a collection, um, let me just let's see if there's anything in here. No. Okay, so when I finish up with a collection, what I do is I first rename everything. This is a recent collection that I did and I went from my work files, which were just named B B Q. Flag version 123 when I got to my final version. When I decided on the final version, I named them based on my numbering system. Okay. And I put all my work files in a work folder and then put the final files, you know, on the outside of the folder. So I have yet to tag these things. And so I'm going to do that right now and show you how I edit my dad. Percival, I click on this little arrow, which shows items in sub folder. That means that I have everything I need and I can tag it all at once. So the first thing I'm gonna do is select all of these files. Um, this one was a reference from the clients, so that is not mine. Everything else is mine. I don't really need to worry about the sketch, so I selected all the digital art. Now I right click file info. And the first thing I do is change the copyright status to copyrighted, and I fill in the copyright notice. So Colt 0169 makes the copyright symbol all 0169 So put that in. And this was done in 2017. Actually, I'm just a little behind and I always put in my website and again these things This metadata goes to clients when I send it to them. So you always have your information with you. So now that all of them have the copyright in vote updated uhm I'm going to go through and tag individually so I might select all of the ones that are actual grills. And I'm gonna go through. And I know I have a food category, so definitely food. Um, I'm gonna put picnic. I'm gonna put B b Q uh, put vegetable, cause I see some corn and some kebabs here. Coffee candy drinks, huh? That's probably enough. If I wanted Teoh, I could add burgers in, But it's not really that important to me. Food is kind and be becue kind of cover it for me. Uhm I'm going to go down and I know somewhere down here I have scrolling here I have pattern and I'm going to click Givingem because that's what this kind of check pattern is in the background. And let's see what I have in knowledge t themes. If I have anything, I want ad camping people do barbecue and they're camping. I might put that in just for fun. A magic kitchen, Quite sports technology. So if I wanted to, I could add in grilling or like, outdoors or something. Maybe maybe outdoors. Click that, And the other thing I know I have up here is T this summer. So let's see what I haven't or something. I'm gonna click just summer in general and that's going to cover it. And now for these. So if I click on this you see, I got a ticket. Camping food, gingham, outdoors, picnic, summer vegetable, thes. I'm gonna click basically the same things. Food, maybe que picnic vegetables see pattern going on and also going to add in. See, here style Word are which again, really is should be like hand lettering. But, um, so now these things are all tagged, and that's what I do at the end of every project. Like I say. So now everything's been tagged. If I click up here, then that's bringing it back. But everything in the work file has been tagged as well, and the copyright notice has been added. So if I right click and click file info, everything's copyright on the file and all the information is here. So I recommend that you add that into your processes well, so that going forward, everything's tagged and you know it really doesn't take very long, and then you don't have to go back and worry about doing everything. The other no, I wanted to add, is something that I don't particularly dio, but I think it would be a good idea. I don't I have other systems for this, But this could be a good use of bridge, and that is the notes on the meta data. So if you click this and click file and vote, you see there's description. There's the copyright notice. There's some other spots where you can kind of right things in. You can add keywords here. By the way, if you just wanted to type out a bunch of different keywords and you didn't care if they were actually in your, um, list, it will add it into your list. But it's just it can get kind of messy. I like to check things off and make sure everything's in the in the right category, cause if I just start typing here and start adding in like, spatula and fire. And you know, whether or something Weber Grill. Then it's all gonna be not really categorized. So that's why I don't really do it that way. But you're welcome. Teoh. Get crazy if you want. Teoh. The suggestion that I was going to make is that you can add newts in this description box to saying what your prints are being used for. So, you know, I've seen a lot of questions online about, like, how do you keep track of who you're licensing your art work to if you are in the art licensing world, and how do you keep track of what's been sold? You know, if you're fine artist and you know you have, you have to kind of keep track of, you know, the contract terms and stuff like that. I mean, you probably still going to need some sort of spreadsheet or whatever, but one way to do it is to go right to the main file and to tab, you know, to write, you know, licensed to, um, you know, whoever a spring 2018 and then you would have that information. So when someone else is asking about it. And then you say Okay, and then when someone else is asking about it, someone saying, I hope that barbecue thing, you know, is it available and you can just go to the thing and click it, see file info and say, Oh, no, you know, it's licensed and you know, you might have more information here about the terms of that. So that is one way to make use of your metadata. All right, let's wrap everything up and finish off with a project. 8. Project Time!: that concludes my overview of bridge for artists, and hopefully now you can totally see the potential that bridge has to make your design process a little bit easier. Finding Files, Smarting Favorites You know not having to create copies of files when you're working with collections, trying to gather references. Keyword Tagging obviously, is the biggest thing that you know As you chip away at your archives, your portfolio, you're gonna find that it is so much easier to find things you're looking for and hopefully that is going to make your life a lot easier. So take a look at the class project and set yourself up to optimize. Arrange your workspace, try a test smart collection, download the files that I provided as examples of keywords and sort of fill in your own. Customize it for your own purposes, and please be sure to upload a screenshot of what you're working on. Not only is that gonna help other students get ideas for categories and sub categories that might make sense for their work, but it also really helps with skill share algorithm. So this class can kind of get more exposure to other students who might need some design optimization