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Productivity Tools for Creatives - Adobe Bridge

teacher avatar Raquel Torres, Freelance Surface Pattern Designer

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Lessons in This Class

15 Lessons (55m)
    • 1. Introduction

      2:03
    • 2. File Organisation Brainstorm

      2:40
    • 3. Sorting Your Computer Files

      4:39
    • 4. Sorting Your Computer Files

      4:47
    • 5. Bridge Overview & Customisation

      9:35
    • 6. Bridge Ratings System

      2:39
    • 7. Bridge File Stacking

      3:13
    • 8. Bridge Keywords

      2:38
    • 9. Bridge Labels

      1:31
    • 10. Bridge Collections

      7:42
    • 11. Bridge Batch Rename

      2:57
    • 12. Bridge Search & Filter

      2:49
    • 13. Bridge File Info

      2:09
    • 14. Summary & Case Study

      4:30
    • 15. Outro

      1:08
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About This Class

Hi! Welcome to my Productivity Tools for Creatives class series. My name is Raquel Torres and I’m a designer from London working in Surface Pattern Design (see my work at www.latomadesign.com).  

If you are a beginner at file organization and looking to find a solid solution to create a portfolio or just organise your artwork so you concentrate on doing what you love the most, this is the class for you.  

In just under one hour, I will share tips on how to develop a logical filing system and then introduce you to Adobe Bridge as a tool to keep your work easy to find and review. Bridge is much more than just an image organiser tool. In this class you will learn some of Adobe Bridge’s unique features including Keywords, file Stacking, effective use of Labels, creating Collections for your files and more.

I personally took to Bridge because on PC, I couldn’t preview Photoshop files in Windows Explorer and having to save Jpegs of each PSD file just didn’t make sense!  With Bridge I can see all file types I use without exception and once I found out all the extra features packed with Bridge I couldn’t go back to using anything else.

You don’t need any prior experience of Adobe Bridge and this class is geared towards anyone using an Adobe program for creative and/or business purposes..

To get started you just need to download a recent version of Adobe Bridge (CS5/CS6/CC).

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Raquel Torres

Freelance Surface Pattern Designer

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I'm a Textiles & Surface Pattern Designer from London UK.  I love getting the most out of my day and spending as much time as I can being creative; whether sketching, painting or developing artwork in my computer.

For this reason, I've created a mini tutorial series called: "Productivity Tools for Creatives" suitable for anyone who wants to learn new tools that can have a positive impact on their creative workflow and time management. 

I've also created a class to show you step-by-step how to get a portfolio site up and running in minutes. 

If you use Photoshop for surface pattern design, you'll love my class on creating full repeats.

All my classes are suitable for complete beginners so join me in this creative endeavour and let me k... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hi. Welcome to my class. Productivity tools for creatives at the bridge. My name is Rachael, and I'm a freelance textile designer from London. This class is made up of two parts in the first part will be thinking about creating an optimal file organization system for you. Starting with the mind in the second part will be working in Adobe Bridge. Exploring. The features are used to keep me organized, including Breath Stinks stocking. He would labels search and filter and collections. The point of this class is to increase your productivity so you've got more time to be created. Whether it's for work or as a hobby makes bridge better than other common use problem. That there, such as Windows Explorer or Mac's Finder, is that bridge is much more than a file viewer. In fact, Bridge is an asset management software, and in part two of this class, you'll see why here. I'm using Adobe Bridge version CIA six, which came together with photo shop CS six on windows. But you can follow just fine if you're on a newer or older version of bridge or in a different operating system like Marco s these days, If you're on a WCC. I believe you confined bridge as a free end on program when the Adobe best back visit that will be the come to find that more, I suggest you watch this class at least a couple of times. First, to get another few and then with a B of implementing what you like into your own firing system for the class project, you'll be sharing a visual snapshot of your new file system. More on that later. Also, don't forget to check out the course material section, where you can download the short cuts. Amusing. Enbridge brings it out, sticking on your world in front of your computer and start using them as soon as you have the program open. 2. File Organisation Brainstorm: I love Adobe Bridge and never started project without it, but it wouldn't be much use if I didn't have a good filing system in place. If that's a problem you have, don't worry. We'll start brainstorming ideas on how you can get organized, because I know how it feels to be overwhelmed when your files a random least got it around the new computer and you spend ages searching for them and then give up. So take your time in figuring out something that works for you. It will save your time in the long run for this exercise, grab a blank piece of paper and a pen and ask yourself, What's the purpose of this filing system? Do you just want to locate files quickly, or do you need to categorise your files? Maybe you need to keep track of work that you've sold or files group by season design style trend. And what about sub categories? The aim is to find a logical order that makes sense to you. My mapping is a great visual way to bring storm your ideas. I always start drawing a circle in the middle of the page on draw lines from it with connecting ideas, which then brunch out two more ideas and so on. You might want to repeat this exercise a few times until everything forced into a logical order for you. If a this stage you're not too sure, watch the whole class first. It might just make more sense to start this process after you've had a complete overview unwatched all the lessons. Here's a few ideas to get you started. You could gather all your art design fans in one main folder and create some Pull this like this or yours could be a main Projects folder with branches out like this. Or it could look something like this. Aren't working progress with some folders. Art for cell with sub folders, Art, licensing and art Freelance At this stage, think of everything that needs to be categorised on sub categorise. If this was your only filing sorting method, you probably need to replicate certain files to sit in different locations of your computer . But this isn't ideal. I will show you how you can avoid filed application in Adobe Bridge by using labels, keywords and smart collections. After watching the next lessons, you might want to go back to your mind map and eliminate certain folders you don't need to create. Bridge will open up a new world of possibilities and streamline your workflow, so let's get started. 3. Sorting Your Computer Files: let me show you my current set up. I mean, Windows Explorer. For this. I have all my artwork files sink, then backed up onto Dropbox as I go, so I don't have to do a thing. Whether you have a cloud based service like Dropbox or an external hard drive, it's essential to have some sort of backup system in place. Within Dropbox, I use a numbering system for the folders I most frequently access. That way I don't have to spend ages looking for them in alphabetical order. At the moment it looks like this. I work with three main regular clients, so my 1st 3 folders are 123 Then I have independent work folder. If it's where put work greater in my bath time for fun or for my portfolio, then have artwork ups, which is work that I created with ups like Adobe Capture Glitch. Pressman Artwork Library is where I keep reference pictures, photos and original artwork that I've grated. So for photos, for example, I've got this'll whole range off sub folders, and whenever I start a new project, I can take out some of these images here and use them as part of the project on Without Works Guns. On the other hand, its original lot work that I've made myself can also be incorporated into project. On the left of the folders is where I will place anything that has been rejected by client or didn't choose to use for a project but its outward that has been developed and could potentially be used in the future For something else, then the W Gs and folder is where I have downloads off mock up future color pallets that I can useful projects Wds, Aeneas Trend Forecasting Website promo and I creating new one every month. This is where I place anything that I want to promote on my social media and I can be working progress. It can be screenshots of what I'm doing and so on. One of the disadvantages of using Windows Explorer is that I can't preview any adobe files whereas I come by bridge. Let me show you. So according to my independent work folder and I'm opening this project and as you can see , I have a lot of 40 shop files but no thumbnails. Onda Enbridge. I'm in the same folder c p one on. Everything is available for viewing. If you're a Mac user, this might not be a problem for me. This was good enough as a reason to switch the bridge. Andi, obviously, that saves me a lot of time. We never start a new design brief for clients that have this system. So let's say I have a new client than its gold client X and I'm doing a project called Swimwear. Simple graphics. So what I have here on my desktop is full. The template. So I opened it up and that has a template off sub folders which I placed in every blind. The project so control. See Oka Month, See for copping I paste it. I have fulfilled us, which I include in every project. So the sub folders are one inspo inspiration to source images three working progress or whip on full finals. So Inspo files are the mood boards or images I received from the client, plus any imagery I research online like on Pinterest, and that fits in with theme. I refer to this folder often as I worked through the project to make sure I stay focused, uninspired in source images, I put any original artwork or photo that I've created myself. So before I started Project, I scan my artwork library folder, which I showed you before, and I see if I have anything relevant there, it can be something like a photo of taken off the world, which I can use as a texture in the most e for your background. I don't always have source images, and that's fine. It depends on the project, but to be consistent, this folder is always there. Finals is where removed the whip files that have made the cat or have been approved by the client for the work I do. It's normally for the shop late files, and I also keep versions of a file in different formats if the client requires it like Jay Pek, if etcetera. Obviously you need my be totally different, but I hope you can take something from this 4. Sorting Your Computer Files: let me show you my current set up. I mean, Windows Explorer. For this. I have all my artwork files sink, then backed up onto Dropbox as I go, so I don't have to do a thing. Whether you have a cloud based service like Dropbox or an external hard drive, it's essential to have some sort of backup system in place. Within Dropbox, I use a numbering system for the folders I most frequently access. That way I don't have to spend ages looking for them in alphabetical order. At the moment it looks like this. I work with three main regular clients, so my 1st 3 folders are 123 Then I have independent work folder. If it's where put work greater in my bath time for fun or for my portfolio, then have artwork ups, which is work that I created with ups like Adobe Capture Glitch, Prisma Artwork Library is where I keep reference pictures, voters and original artwork that I've grated. So for photos, for example, I've got this'll whole range off sub folders, and whenever I start a new project, I can take out some of these images here and use them as part of the project on Without Works Guns. On the other hand, its original artwork that I've made myself can also be incorporated into project. On the left of the folders is where I will place anything that has been rejected by client or didn't choose to use for a project. But it's outwork that has been developed and could potentially be used in the future for something else. Then the W Gs and folder is where I have downloads off mock ups, future color pallets that I can useful projects WG s Aeneas Trend Forecasting website promo and I creating new one every month. This is where I place anything that I want to promote on my social media and I can be working progress. It can be screenshots of what I'm doing and so on. One of the disadvantages of using Windows Explorer is that I can't preview any adobe files whereas I come by bridge. Let me show you. So according to my independent work folder and I'm opening this project and as you can see , I have a lot of 40 shop files but no thumbnails. Onda Enbridge. I'm in the same folder c p one on. Everything is available for viewing. If you're a mark user, this might not be a problem for me. This was good enough as a reason to switch the bridge. Andi, obviously, that saves me a lot of time. We never start a new design brief for clients that have this system. So let's say I have a new client than its gold client X, and I'm doing a project called Swimwear. Simple graphics. So what I have here on my desktop is a full the template. So I opened it up and that has a template off sub folders which I place in every blind the project so control. See Oka months, See for copping I paste it. I have fulfilled us, which I include in every project. So the sub folders are one inspo inspiration to source images three Working progress or whip on full finals. So Inspo files are the mood boards or images I received from the client, plus any imagery I research online like on Pinterest, and that fits in with the theme. I refer to this folder often as I worked through the project to make sure I stay focused, uninspired in source images I put any original artwork or photo that I've created myself. So before I started Project, I scan my Output Library folder, which I showed you before, and I see if I have anything relevant there, it can be something like a photo of taken off the world, which I can use as a texture in the most E for background. I don't always have source images, and that's fine. It depends on the project, but to be consistent, this holder is always there. Finals is where removed the whip files that have made the cut or have been approved by the client for the work I do. It's normally for the shop layered files, and I also keep versions of a file in different formats if the client requires it like Jay Pek, if etcetera. Obviously you need my be totally different, but I hope you can take something from this in the next lesson will look at using a rating system to sort through your files, which you can then go on to use in Adobe Bridge 5. Bridge Overview & Customisation: Now let's start exploring bridge and customize it. When you open bridge for the first time, it will look something like this, but probably with a dark background, he should be in the essentials. Few mode, if not resets, done their workspaces so you can follow what I'm doing. I'm on Windows and using versions here. Six. So yours may look different, but that's OK, as the menus are pretty much the same wanted. I'm customizing everything. You can save it as new workspace. Name it on click safe, so Bridge will remember every time you open it. The only other view motor regularly used his filmstrip on this allows me to preview how my file slick together as a group or collection, and that's important to the type of work I do on that. We'll cover that in a moment, so let's look at what else is here. We have favorites, folders, filter collections, export this main panel called Content Preview. Make the data on Key West's Let's that with folders on. This is what you would expect to see in any file viewing program. Let's look at favorites. As you could see, I already have a list of my favorite. Full this. To add anything, just drag and drop into this space to remove something right. Click on a remove from favorites. So whenever started new projects they for my latest client, Client X, I will place the folders that I regularly need to access here in my favorites panel. As you can see as I beaten, doing that bridge is showing me the path bar here at the top. This is a very hunde way off, navigating through your folders. Next, we have filter military something that we will exploring. Another lesson. Coming up collections. Something that we're going to look at, including smart collections. Export. It's not something I currently use, so I'm going to take it out. I right click and I select clothes export to re bet back. You'll just have to go on and reset workspace. And here I've got it back. If you make any mistakes as you're going through, let's say I delete this and then realized that made a mistake. I can just do go to edit and undo, delete or control or command said Next, we're going to look at the content panel. I have it currently set to show in this view mode, but if you scroll down here at the bottom, you'll see a slider, and with that you can change thesis eyes off the preview. You can also change how the folders look within the panel. The first option here is luck. Thumbnail grid on. It's not much different to what I had before. It just separates each folder with the grid. I normally have it set to view content us thumbnails. Next to that, we have content of details. As you can see, there's more information available. If we open folder, you will see that you also have eyes, the type of document it is on the resolution, and that could be quite useful. The next few mode is the view content This list on Dhere again. You have more information and you can always scroll right and left. Seymour, I'm going to go back to my preferred viewing mode, which is thumbnail here. I can still see if the files of labels I can see the size and obviously the name. Next we're going to look a preview. I normally like to have the previous biggest possible on my screen, so I will move the slider further to the left. In fact, that will also move this up to here. I'm going to move this down also so I can make the most of my preview make the data is not something die I need to have so will also remove this close meta data on. Lastly, the only other panel I have here its key wet on because, like I said, I like to have my previous biggest possible. What I do is I keep my key Weds in the same panel as my preview by just drugging on dropping there so I can switch from preview. Two key wets on the preview will always be as bigger, possibly cat to customize bridge, even feather. Like any other B program. You you have to go to the preferences panel and in Windows that's edit preferences or control K in Mark. I think it's bridge preferences, Command K. So this is where you can change the look and feel off the program. Let's start with General. So here's where you can change the color theme. Next. We're looking at thumbnails. I don't think I have changed anything here. The only thing I have picked is show size. Playback is not something I look at. Bridge can also manage audio and video files. So here is where you can set preferences for that method eight that isnot anything I'm interested in for my work. So I don't go. That key Weds I haven't changed anything here. Labels is something where we're going to be looking at in another lesson in this class file pipe associations. Um, I haven't touched anything here. Cash. I have keep 100% previous in cash picked on automatically export cash to fold. This one possible for startup scripts. I have the 1st 3 options picked. Nothing is changed in my advanced that things here. And I haven't changed anything in my output preferences on the Reddit. The only other thing I like to access is find and this is something that we'll look later Next view. Here you can take and take options. I have some nails picked and show full. This stocks, that's I have a lesson dedicated to that. So we're going to talk about file stuck in later labels. A also part of another lesson to the only thing are years from here is the batch rename, and I have a lesson dedicated to that. Next is Windows here. It just shows you on the workspace where I'm in Samos hit and these are the panels that I currently have. Come pick it so I can see them when I opened bridge. They are the panels that I've just gone through with you. Folders, favorites, keywords, filter preview collections on the path bar. The only other thing that I quickly want to show you now is for viewing modes. Let me open a folder on D Show you. So I'm going to select all the files I have in this folder with your cut control or command A. And I'm going to look at them in the carousel humor. For that, it's control. Be or commanded. Beef or rubble have 18 items selected, and it's giving me a preview off the first picture that that's also it's a want so I can actually look at an image in the tell. If I click on that. If I click back, it disappears. If I want to scroll through all the images in this carousel, few murder, I just use my right on left arrow to go through it. If I want to remove files from this viewing mode, I breast the down arrow key. It just removes it from this view to go back. I press escape and let's say I only want to look at this swimwear model pictures Let's say that's a collection of just made. So I want to see how it looks together. For that. I go to film strip control F three. So here I can see what the collection looks like. I want to see fewer files. I just press control and remove the file that I don't want to see if I want to see more files impressing control, and I click on the files that I want to see to come after this, it's control F one, and that takes you to your say workspace or control left. Do, if you haven't yet safe your own workspace. Another way you can few your files is by pressing the space bar on your keyboard. On that will show you the file in its full size across the screen. 6. Bridge Ratings System: bridge has a handy feature that could be useful to you ratings. If you use iTunes as your music library, you might be familiar with this as iTunes let you rate music tracks. I think ratings is a very straightforward method to use for fine organization. As long as you have a one to fire rating system that makes sense to you and you stick to it . Think what? 1234 and five starts could mean to you take your time to get this right the first time so you don't have to repeat the process of rating everything again. If you change your mind, Here's a prompt off How you could use rating. Have one main folder and one star to indicate your roller. Initial drawings, concepts or scans to starts for stage. Do so developed that work three stars is perhaps work that the client has selected for is work that the client is approved and five styles could be the final result on what you've submitted to the client. However, I don't use ratings in this way myself. I simply write the files to indicate, for example, that that's the file version I'm going with and I usually just do that with just one stars . For example, in this folder I have five versions of one file. And let's say I decide to go with this version so I'll just add a rating of one star so I can live this and come back and know that this is my current favourite file version. If I want to filter items by rating and just see those, I could go here, and I could in this case show one almost cars. These are the files that I've selected to go back clear filter. If you're going to use ratings more than me, The shortcut to quickly write something is control of command, followed by number 1234 or five. Let me and great thes files to do that. I'll do control zero and go back to the folders where the files up. I suggest you become familiar with all the sorting options available before going ahead with anyone method. At this point, don't worry about renaming any files, and if you have loads and loads of files to sort through sitting in lots of different locations and supple this, I said, just having everything set in just one main folder. I think it's easier to see all the files you need to sort without having to open and close sub folders in the next class. We'll look at how you can group files together without creating new folders. This is a unique feature of bridge called file stocking see in the next class. 7. Bridge File Stacking: while stalking allows you to group files within bridge only. So your stockpiles done shows groups in your standard five year program like Explorer or Finder on Mike. Stocking is useful when you have lots of related files or file versions, and it makes it easier on the eye to just group them to hear. For example, I would group all of these files and today that you can go into Stocks Group A Stop all Shaukat control G or command G on a Mac. These two. I'm also going to group and you can right click also and go into stuck and group of stop toe unstuck group of files. You can right click that and a group from Stuck you can going to stop and grew from stuck. Or you can use the show cut shift control G or shift Command G on the files have been grouped. When you do file stacking as you can see, you get this frame, and as you can see here, it shows you how many files you have grouped together to open the group. Just click on that and to close the group, click back, Let me up in this group I have full files him. Let's say I wanted to remove one of them from the stuck individually. So what I do is I select the one I want to remove and just drug it to another place. Now I have three. If I want to change the order off, have the files aspect. Let's say I want this one to be at the front. Then I just move it like this. And now that's the one in front. If I had lows and lows of files stuck together instead of opening them, it might be easier for me to preview all the files that are grouped together with this play button. You can also use this slither right to left to preview the files that are grouped in the stock. When files are stacked, you can move them as a group. So here I have three and let's say I want to move them to this folder and they moved altogether. But as you could see if they're not stucked anymore, if you click on a stuck and you press enter, which will allow you to open all the files within that group directly into the program, that is associate it with the file former. You can specify file associations in bridge by going into edit preferences or control or command cake on and filed type associations. In the next lesson, we're going to be looking at keywords and how useful they are for organizing and sorting through your files. 8. Bridge Keywords: keywords is one of my favorite features. Enbridge. It's very easy to use, and you can get a specific as you want with keywords. Bridge comes with some default keywords like events, people, places, which is what you'll see the first time your Pembridge a replaces with my own. By have lunch more, I could create its definitely a work in progress at recommend brainstorming a list of keywords that are applicable to your work on. Also, think of sucky what you could use. For example, if you have a key with floral, a sub keyword could be Fitzy or spraying Oriental, etcetera. The most Pacific you get, the easier it will be to search for specific files. He was mainly served up function for me. So here I have my key words panel open. And here are the current key. What's I have created? As you can see, you can have keywords within keywords. Two. Great than Yuki Wet. You go down here to new keyword, the plus sign, and here you can name it and the two safe. And as you can see, bridge will place the keyword in alphabetical order. You can also right click anywhere and select new keyword or new sub key. Wet the division use of keyword. Example. One. And here you can rename the lead and create the new sucky wit from a sub key with Do the league, you can select Delete key word here in the trash gun or you can right click. Delete U Sub keywords can also be created here and here you have a search field. As you can see the moment that start typing. The keywords that is closest to that search is highlighted. If I have assigned the keyword toe a file whenever a click on the file, the keywords panel will show me which key wet belongs to it. So in this case, for this file, its flora, you can also add great new or delete gay words in the file in for description off a file. But we look at this in more detail in the filing for video coming up later in this class toe access the file info right click file info, and we look at all these fields later, as I said. But as you can see on the key wits I have that keyword showing in the next lesson will dive into labels, which provide a quick visual way to identify your files 9. Bridge Labels: labels are a great visual way to quickly than 25 files. Enbridge. I have my label set for the regular clients I work with, so I know straightaway which client the file belongs to. There are five color coded labels you can use. Let's take a look where they are and how you can customize them to fund your label settings . Go to edit preferences and labels. And if I want to label this file right click label, and here I have the names assigned to the label. If you were already using a label and subsequently added the name, the label will turn to Blanca Y like these ones as it no longer much is what it was originally intended for. So you'll have to go through your files and relabel them accordingly. I apply labels only to the files I have sent to a client. It works well for when you want to get a quick overview off. What's what. For example, in my submitted to studios were cell collection. I have over 300 thumbnails of artwork files with labeling. I can quickly scan, threw the whole folder and see who has what files as you have many options. Enbridge. You'll have to decide. What fault do you want the label? And for what reason? On when it's more appropriate to his ratings or keywords or just create a collection, we're going to look at collections next. 10. Bridge Collections: I love grating collections in bridge. The best thing about a collection is that bridge allows you to do this without moving or duplicating files. You move files into a collection by drug and drop. So let's great the collection. You go down here new collection. Name it. I'm going to do cook by collection. Andi, get some files from my artwork library at work photos. Nature got to die. So I'm going to move a few files into my collection drag and drop, and they have it. So the files stay in their original location, but are available to edit rate label or anything else also from my collection. So if I go back to my artwork library, go back with this left Iraqi. You see, I still have all the files there and here, and I can rate them, label them, and so on. Collections allow for easy retrieval and categorization. So if you wanted to, you could have all your artwork files sitting in one folder in your computer, and then you can sort them out in collections so I could have a collection for every category of files I have in my artwork library going back to that. You can see I have three folders and then loads of sub folders. So instead of having all of these sub folders, I could just have loads of collections here. But I prefer to use collections for client projects in client meetings or two groups say my favorite artwork from 2017 on my current 2018 portfolio files or my blood book collection, which I have here, or even I could grate the collection of all the artwork I've sold. The beauty of collections is that you never need to duplicate files ever again. If you needed to add more files to a collection, but you don't remember where the file comes from, you can just right click reveal in bridge, right click reveal in bridge, and this will take me back to where this finally sitting in its original folder. If the files are subsequently moved, you'll get this message. So let's going to my blurb book collection. Unless you can see I have no items to display. 37 missing files detected so far. Going to hear fix. I can then specify in brows where the files are on. Put them back in here or I can skip or I can click Remove. If you no longer need a collection, you can delete it on. The files won't be affected so I can go ahead on delete this collection right? Click delete. Or I can click on the link collection trash gun down here. So if I go back to my upward library older, as you can see, the fouls are still here. They haven't been dilated. Please know that if you just want to delete certain frogs from a collection, you should click on removed from collection. Arsal eating the file will send it to your trash gun, but bridge will prompt you of this. So let's have a look cocked I on. Let's say I want to delete this two from this collection if I just delete them pressed a late on your keyboard or right click, the late bridge will say, Are you sure you want to send this to items to the recycle bin? If I click, yes, they will be permanently removed. Let's see. So they've gone from there. And if I go back to my artwork library, they're also not there anymore. Let's undo delete on their back so I'm going back to my collection of cock die. So if I just want to remove them from the collection, I will click here removed from collection. If I do that and go back to the artwork library, they're still there, but they're no longer in my collection. Since I started working in this class, I've realized that I could streamline my file organization further with collections. Let me explain how Remember earlier I showed you how I have a folder for source images. I use this to place any existing outwork file or asset I can incorporating toe a new design project. Well, the problem with this is that I usually move more files than I end up using. So when I finalize the project, I usually have to manually move back these files to my artwork library folder where they came from. Let me show you what I mean. So for this new Klein project, I need pictures of roses. So I'm going to go on and pick a few that I think I could use on this project. And then I'm going to move them to source images. And they've bean actually moved away from the original location. So now they're in my source images. Let's say I get on with the project and then I end up on Lee using these three to indicate that I'll write them a lot of star. So I have thes remaining full files, which I havent used. So what I normally have to do when I wrap up a project, I need to put them back in their location. If I delete them, they'll be gone forever. So if I don't remember where exactly I got them from. You know, I could take me some time to go through folders and start in sub folders within my artwork library. So I'll do command, control or command X and then going to my artwork library unf ein the original occasion. So I need to click through different folders and then control or command V for Victor to paste them back. So I'm showing the process again. This time, instead of moving the files around, I select the images I can work with from my artwork library. Click on new collection, and once the project is over, I drag and drop the files of years in the project into my source images. folder sitting here in my favorites panel, and then I can safely delete the collection. Now let's look at smart collections. Smart collections are created with specific criteria. You said you create one by clicking on this wheel here. So next to new collection, you have new smart collection. Note that you can't create a collection from a collection. It has to be a smart collection from a location or folder within your computer to, let's say, I going to my left Overs folder, and I'm going to create a smart collection with the criteria. That's a key. Words equals floral much. If any criteria are met, I'll keep include also folder sticked, Let's do save, and this is what bridge has created for me. So these are all floral, so I'm gonna call it Floral. So this is a great time saver because you don't have to go on and look for files like a dead for this collection. So go ahead and start playing with grating new collections and smart collections. It's super easy, fun and very helpful in allowing you to retreat files that makes sense. Being grouped together next will be looking at a quick way of renaming multiple files. Enbridge 11. Bridge Batch Rename: before sending final artwork to my clients. I usually have to rename the files us but their requirements to save time during the process of developing the outwork, I just use a random naming system with two letters and a sequential number, for example, from doing a project for Mother's Day. I will call each while and the for Mother's Day and then followed by a number. This way I save screen space in photo shop as long names take a lot of screen space. Another benefit of this simple way of naming working files is that I might start something for a client, but it turns out very different to what I had in mind. But I still like it, and I want to place it for future use in my leftover folder. Only when I know for sure when I'm sending to a client, I'll go ahead and named the files with the naming convention that relates to the project that the client has given me. When renaming more than one file, I always use the but renamed function Enbridge. Let me show you an example. I have this nine files, so I'm going Teoh, select the mall right Click and go Teoh Batch rename. So let's say this is the first project I'm doing for Client X and I'm going to be working regularly with them. So I'm going to save a new preset for client X. To do that, I'm going to specify some criteria. So let's say Client X wants me to name my files with my initials. So the first thing is going to be text, and I'm going to replace this with my initials. Next. I have different options. I just want a sequence number and then 001 I don't need any other criteria. So I'm going to click on a remove this. He had the minus sign. I don't click this and here you can see the preview. So currently the final is named CPI and the school one on the school. Glee three on the schools to the PST, and the new file name will be asked for the naming convention I just created for client x rt 001 dot psd. And because I have nine file selected bridge will go ahead and process this nine files with this new name and convention. So I go rename on old and files have been renamed. So before you go ahead and rename it make sure you save your presets so you don't have to redo this next time To do that, just click on save name the preset and then click rename. If I been gone to select different folders to rename the last preset used will come up on bridge will remember what the last sequence waas next in this class, we're going to be looking at the file search and filter functions. 12. Bridge Search & Filter: bridge has a very powerful sir changing, which allows you to look things up. Violence of criteria such as keywords, file size date on other meta data included in the file. Let's take a look. So to start the such weaken going to in it find oh control F or command F in my. So the first thing is you need to specify the source where you're going to be searching. So let's say I'm going to go to leftovers and I'm going to set the criteria. Let's say I'm going to look for files with the key word that contains public much. Any criteria met include sub folders find. So these are the files that bridge has found with that criteria. And from here I can do a new such or I can cancel the search or even at thes files, to a smart collection. In combination with the such function, the filter menu is a very useful tool to quickly identify your files. The filter function comes into play once you have files which up labels or ratings or keywords associated with them. I'm sure you know how to use it, so I mean my left of the folders. And as you can see on the filter, I got showing labels, ratings, file type and keywords. If I switch to another folder, Bridge will show me what options for filtering I have, depending on the type of files I have on whether they have he was associating to them or ratings etcetera. And if I click on this button here, I can see old the filthy categories that I can use, the only ones I'm interested in, which are ticked labels, ratings, file type and keywords. If you are interested in different ones, just go ahead on and take them on as you take them. Bridge is going to add them to your filter options to go back to that menu. You can also right click on any of the filter options, and you can also expand all so you can see what's what categories you have within the filter options. So if I want to apply, this field does in another fold out, what I can do is go down here where this pin icon is showing. So then you can go into a different fold that on bridges, going to show you the files that much those filled this in the next class we're going to be looking at file in for 13. Bridge File Info: filing for is somewhere where you cannot useful information relevant to a file. It's like being able to write the sticky note when a keyword or label isn't enough. Practice filing for right click on a file file in for I'm just going to look at the Description Field, which is the 1st 1 coming up. I don't bother with the first Rayfield document title author or authors. Title. Here in description, is where you could add something relevant. You could write the whole paragraph if you wanted to issue. Have all this room to expand ratings here, you could write your file. And as you can see on the keywords, um, I've got floral and promo. You wanted to add more, Put a comma and not the nuclear would. So, for example, here I can type 50 on the key. What did see that didn't exist before? Has appear in other keywords. I'm going to move it to Floral, and now it's ah, sub keyword off Laura. I prefer to add new keywords and manage my keywords from this panel rather than from file info. Next, you have copyright status. You can select public domain o copyrighted here. You could have your copyright notice. Old there are 169 for the copyright symbol. You can also add your copyright in for U R L If you have a website on all this information is attached to this file. So if you send it to a client, they will be able to see this themselves. Here. You can also see the date that the father was created and modified the full month and where it was created. I don't go into preferences or import, and so I'll just click. OK, in the next lesson, we're going to wreak up on everything with land and go through a case study. 14. Summary & Case Study: in this last lesson. Let's Rick up what you've learned. Over the course of this class, we brainstorm different ways to organize your computer files, and I've shared my current system. I showed you the key features in bridge, which are useful to further organize and view your files ratings labels. Gay was on collections. I've also shown you how to quickly rename a group of files in one go, as well as the search and filtering functions to locate specific files in bridge on the way . You've also learned useful shortcuts that I use all the time you can download True Cat in the class Resource is section. Now I'd like to play out the scenario to show you my workflow in action. So one of my clients, Client X, sent me a design brief for women's apparel. First thing I do is create a project folder for this. This one will be called Geo Monochrome. Next, I copy and paste the Fullerton place from my desktop into the project folder. Then I download any reference images the client sent me for inspiration and place days in my inspo vulva. A lot more images here from my own online research, too, and I open bridge and placed these folders into my favorite panel. Then I looked through my artwork library and see if I have already created something in the past that I can incorporate into this project. I might also have something in my left of a folder that I can use if I find anything that I think could work really well for this project. I create a collection for them, and I call it Client X source images. Once the project is Don and I submitted the work to the client, I'll revisit this collection and move any images that got using to the source images folder on Delete the collection. Other start anything source images and create my own work in photo shop. I will save the working files into my Whip folder or working Progress folder. I may have different color ways of one file sitting there. All right, the images that make the cut. Next, let's assume the client wants to see my progress and get feedback on what I've done. So I create a collection of files I want to show them. I'll use the carousel view mode, control or command be on this. Got what they don't like. Press escape to return to normal view. Finally, I like to use a filmstrip to see how the collection fits together. Shortcut is control or command F two or F three. During the meeting, the client asked if I had any ditzy floral designs available. Hacking is a filter panel to look for keywords, ditzy or the such function, control or command F or even create a smart collection. Once the artwork has been finalized and I'm ready to send it to the client A label the files and moved them into my finals folder here, I'm cutting and pasting the files Control or command X and control or command V. Before submission, I will. But rename the files, select the files and right click but tree name for this client. I haven't saved the preset yet, so I quickly created now for future projects I do for Client X. Bridge remembers the sequence, so I don't have to. We're almost done now. I just need to tidy up my files. I looked through my source images collection and move any artwork that got used into the source images fold up. I do this, so I don't reuse the same image in the future by mistake. For the ones I didn't use, I can safely delete their collection. Sometimes you're in a project. I create that work that isn't quite suitable for the project. Instead of leaving it just sitting there, I prefer to move the files into my leftover folder. At this point, it would also be beneficial to attack my files with Key West's. The last thing I did is removed the project folders from my favorite panel as I finish with this project, and I no longer need to have quick access to it. I hope this case study was a useful summary off what you've learned along through the lessons and that you take away a few tips from oldest to improve your workflow in your creative projects. 15. Outro: So this is the end of the class well done for getting this far for the class project. I would love it if you could share one of the following mind map of your new follows organization system or a screenshot of your Adobe Bridge filing system for examples. My collection or a written page showing the organization system in lifts form hope you've enjoyed watching this class and have lent lots of useful things. I created this class with the intention of getting back control of your files and sharing how I do that without bridge. I definitely wouldn't be the organized. As you've seen in this lesson, there's many ways he can create the filing system on Bridge has so many options to help you do that. So go ahead and experiment with a few dysfunctions. And don't worry about getting it right the first time. As you start using bridge regularly for your projects, you'll see how it can best work for you. Don't forget to give this class a thumbs up if you find it useful and living back if you want, so that other students can benefit from taking this class as well. 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