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Lesson 4 of 118

Overview of Bridge


Adobe Photoshop CC Bootcamp

Lesson 4 of 118

Overview of Bridge


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Overview of Bridge

So now that we've gone ahead and taken a look at the modular setup, we've got ourselves set up pretty well, let's take a look at the difference between things like folders, favorites, collections and smart collections. Let me go back over to my essentials view. So we have favorites over here, and a favorite is a spot on your computer that is a place that holds your files that you always wanna go back to. I think that everyone should have one of these folders in their computer somewhere. It's called Best Photos Ever, with three exclamation points, okay? 'Cause those are the ones that you're most proud of. Those are the ones that you're most excited about. And if at any time, you want some inspiration real quick, 'cause you don't feel like you have any, you can go into that folder and you can look at all the great things you've ever done. And boom, you're back up. You're good to go. I do have one of those folders. It's called the Best Photos Ever, literally with three exclamation points.

It's the ones that I'm most proud of, and it constantly cycles. Okay, so I don't keep photos in there from that were my best from 2012. That's Blake's little happy portfolio place. And a lot of times only Blake sees it. I don't even think my wife knows I have that. That's my little spot. That would be a favorite that I would wanna add here, because at any time, if I wanna go back to those photos to draw up that inspiration, I can put it in the favorites, and I'm good to go there. But like I said, this is not a cataloging software, so you have to tell it when you want a favorite to be put there. For instance, we're doing this bootcamp course, let me just, if you see that there's a file structure right along the top here, too. This is just like in Windows, which is great. I love Windows. I know, I can probably get apples and tomatoes thrown at me now. Don't throw apples. Just throw tomatoes and be nice. It's just like Windows, in that it shows me, along the top, where I am in that folder structure. So at any point, I can click on that folder structure and go back to where I wanted to go. I'm gonna go back to this lessons here. Let's go back to this one, 'cause that's the folder that we're in. This is the folder that I'm gonna be doing all of the presentation work out just for this very specific one, so I wanna have quick access to that at any time. If I right click on that, you can see here it says, "Add to Favorites." Add that to my favorites, and now this folder at any time I can click on and this is gonna show me all the images that would be in that favorites folder. Or all the folders, even, that would be in that favorites folder. Another really cool thing here is, that if we right click on that you can see, "Reveal in Explorer." You add a favorite there, and you're like, "Where is this on my computer? "I have no idea where it is." Right click. Reveal in Explorer. And it's gonna open up Windows Explorer. And show you exactly where you are in Explorer with that folder. That happens to me a lot. I never lose my best photos ever folder, though. I know exactly where that one is. (laughter) I'm gonna go ahead and narrow that down. Let's say you're doing some client based work or for me, for instance, I can talk about what I do. I don't do a whole lot of client based work, but if I'm doing a big landscape shoot, and that's the current one that I've been working on for the past week to two weeks to develop those images, I can right click on any one of those folders, put it over there and be my favorite. And if I don't want it to ever be a favorite, I can right click and say, "Remove from Favorites," so it's no longer there. So I don't clutter up my favorites. Now, favorites are like best friends. We should only have a couple of them, right? Maybe if you're just that friendly, you have a ton of them. There you can cycle through, you can remove whatever favorites you have in there that you don't want in there that maybe you're just done with that and you don't need that to be your favorite anymore. Folders, on the other hand, this is exactly what the folder structure looks like for your computer. If I were to go ahead and click this down arrow here, that's this PC, that's the PC that I'm working on now. Here's my Windows C drive. Here's my D drive. Here's all the different libraries that are contained in my computer, just like I would see it in Windows Explorer. Exactly like I would see it in Windows Explorer. So this doesn't necessarily change. This just becomes an access point for you to find the things that you might need to find. Then we get to collections. Collections are different than favorites, and they're different than folders, because collections exist only within Bridge. And it's a temporary collection spot for things that you might find your favorites. There's two different types of those. There's a smart collection and there is a regular new collection or just a regular collection that's not smart. Basically, what the regular collection is is, let's just call this Test Collection for this purpose. This is a place that you can drag and drop images from any folders in your file structure, anywhere on your computer, you can drag them and drop them into here and it becomes a temporary resting place for that item. It will not move it from your folder structure. If I go over to my favorites, and I click on this Bridge over here, and let's just say we go into this Kansas City one here. If I were to go over to my collections, and I click and hold on this image and drag it over, notice how it did not move this image anywhere from my computer. It's still there. What this collection is doing, is it's just a cumulative collection spot for all of those things that would be your favorite images. Or an image that you need to have quick access to. Technically, instead of having a favorites folder that has all my favorite images in it, could I have a favorite collection? Absolutely. And that collection, instead of it being one folder that has all those images in it, would just be a collection of where those images are all over my computer in that one spot that only Bridge can see. Instead of a spot on my computer that I can go to and click on in my file structure. So that's a good place to put things as you're working on them. You can use it for many different things. You can use it as a favorites. You can use it as, even just for a single shoot. Let's say you're doing a landscape shoot, and you love 15 of the images from there. And you highlight those and dump them into that collection box, if that's easier for you. The other thing is the smart collection. So if we look at this folder structure that we have here. If we look at, where we are here you see Kansas City and then we see KC. We go to collections, we can make a smart collection. And a smart collection is gonna bring up a dialogue box and ask you some questions. Again, don't run and hide. Just answer them truthfully, and it will hopefully do exactly what you want it to do. If we look it says, "What's the source?" Are we looking in Bridge? Are we looking in a certain folder? And what are we looking for? It's gonna ask you, "Where are we looking for this thing "and when we look for it, what do you want me to look for?" So if we're looking in our Day 1 Intro to Bridge, what's the criteria? Is it file name? Is it date created? It's asking you all these different questions about what you might want to go into this smart collection. What I'm gonna do is I'm gonna go ahead and just say, "Look in Day 1." We're gonna go and say, "Anything that is keyworded "and it contains the word Kansas City." Results. If any criteria are met include all subfolders, include all non-indexed folders. And then just press save. So at this point, it's indexing all those folders, and it's not gonna find anything in there. Why? 'Cause I haven't keyworded anything yet. Now we're gonna move into how we start culling these things and keywording these things and labeling these things so that we can see those things. So we're gonna call this smart collection Kansas City. Now, if I go over to my favorites folder, and I click on Bridge and I were to go into this Kansas City folder and zoom out a little bit here. These are all images from Kansas City. And on the left hand side, we see that we have things called keywords down there. Now by default, these are gonna be keywords that Bridge has set for you when Bridge first opens. For things like events, like birthdays, graduations, weddings. I'm not gonna worry too much about that. I'm gonna delete those. People, it says, "Matthew and Ryan." I do have a son named Matthew, but that's just by coincidence. I can just right click and delete Ryan. I don't know who Ryan is. Places. They already have some default places set up there. I'm really curious as to why they would put San Jose on there. That's Adobe's headquarters if you're wondering. I'm gonna click on places and I'm gonna go ahead and add a keyword here. And I'm gonna call this keyword Kansas City. Drag this down into the places. It's now a sub-place. You can get really specific. Let me just pull this up to places. There we go. You can make a sub-keyword. What I did there by dragging and dropping that and clicking on Tokyo, I then put Kansas City into Tokyo. As far as I'm concerned, we don't have a Little Kansas City there, so I'm just gonna pull this up to places. But if I were to click on Kansas City, I could put a plus sign here for a new sub-keyword for Kansas City and call it Liberty Memorial. So when I look at my images here, and I zoom in a little bit so you can see them, this is a church in Kansas City that as you're driving into Kansas City you can see that church. It's beautiful. So I'll click on all these. Just press and hold shift as I drag across. And I can click Kansas City. So now, all of these will be keyworded with the word Kansas City. This is the Liberty Memorial. It's a huge tall structure. If you're ever in Kansas City, the Liberty Memorial is where you wanna go to take the epic panoramic shot of our, actually you don't need a panorama. You probably only need maybe a 50 millimeter lens to get our whole cityscape in there, but that's our beautiful view of Kansas City. You can just shift click on the top one. Shift and click down here. And now I can keyword this Kansas City and Liberty Memorial. So now, if I set it up correctly, when I go over to my collections and I go to my smart collection, look at that. Anything that's labeled Kansas City is now gonna be in the smart collection. It's constantly looking at what's happening in that folder, and it's going to that folder and it's putting them into that smart collection. So it's smart, because it's always looking for these things. So if I were to go back over to that folder, into where we are here, we have another time I was out in Kansas City doing some street photography. If I were to click on all these, just shift click on all these, label it Kansas City. I've now keyworded all of them with Kansas City. And if I were to go to my collections, my Kansas City collection, if I did it correctly, yes, everything is working out great. I told you I'm making Bridge cool again. We have our Kansas City labeled images in there as well. All within that smart collection. Now, because it's a smart collection, this is just a temporary look at where these are on my computer essentially, right? Because they aren't actually moving into that test collection. That's just a collection, into that smart collection I should say. That's just a cumulative place where anything that's labeled Kansas City would fall into.

Class Description

Adobe® Photoshop CC® is a valuable tool for photographers, but it can also be intimidating. In this all-inclusive 20 lesson course, you’ll go from opening the program for the first time to creating images that really stand out. Join Blake Rudis, Photoshop expert and founder of f64 Academy, as he shows you how to maximize your use of Photoshop. 

Topics covered will include:

  • Class Introduction & Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw, Setup Interface, Cropping and Layers
  • Layer Tools, Masks, Selections, Clean-Up Tools and Shapes & Text
  • Smart Objects, Transforming, Actions, Filters, and Editing Video
  • Custom Creative Effects, Natural Retouching, Portrait Workflow, Landscape Workflow, and Composite Workflow

Don’t let the many aspects of Photoshop prevent you from maximizing your use of this amazing app. Blake will help you develop the confidence to use your imagination and create the images that you will be proud to share with your clients.


Adobe Photoshop CC 2018


  1. Bootcamp Introduction
  2. The Bridge Interface
  3. Setting up Bridge
  4. Overview of Bridge
  5. Practical Application of Bridge
  6. Introduction to Raw Editing
  7. Setting up ACR Preferences & Interface
  8. Global Tools Part 1
  9. Global Tools Part 2
  10. Local Tools
  11. Introduction to the Photoshop Interface
  12. Toolbars, Menus and Windows
  13. Setup and Interface
  14. Adobe Libraries
  15. Saving Files
  16. Introduction to Cropping
  17. Cropping for Composition in ACR
  18. Cropping for Composition in Photoshop
  19. Cropping for the Subject in Post
  20. Cropping for Print
  21. Perspective Cropping in Photoshop
  22. Introduction to Layers
  23. Vector & Raster Layers Basics
  24. Adjustment Layers in Photoshop
  25. Organizing and Managing Layers
  26. Introduction to Layer Tools and Blend Modes
  27. Screen and Multiply and Overlay
  28. Soft Light Blend Mode
  29. Color and Luminosity Blend Modes
  30. Color Burn and Color Dodge Blend Modes
  31. Introduction to Layer Styles
  32. Practical Application: Layer Tools
  33. Introduction to Masks and Brushes
  34. Brush Basics
  35. Custom Brushes
  36. Brush Mask: Vignettes
  37. Brush Mask: Curves Dodge & Burn
  38. Brush Mask: Hue & Saturation
  39. Mask Groups
  40. Clipping Masks
  41. Masking in Adobe Camera Raw
  42. Practical Applications: Masks
  43. Introduction to Selections
  44. Basic Selection Tools
  45. The Pen Tool
  46. Masks from Selections
  47. Selecting Subjects and Masking
  48. Color Range Mask
  49. Luminosity Masks Basics
  50. Introduction to Cleanup Tools
  51. Adobe Camera Raw
  52. Healing and Spot Healing Brush
  53. The Clone Stamp Tool
  54. The Patch Tool
  55. Content Aware Move Tool
  56. Content Aware Fill
  57. Custom Cleanup Selections
  58. Introduction to Shapes and Text
  59. Text Basics
  60. Shape Basics
  61. Adding Text to Pictures
  62. Custom Water Marks
  63. Introduction to Smart Objects
  64. Smart Object Basics
  65. Smart Objects and Filters
  66. Smart Objects and Image Transformation
  67. Smart Objects and Album Layouts
  68. Smart Objects and Composites
  69. Introduction to Image Transforming
  70. ACR and Lens Correction
  71. Photoshop and Lens Correction
  72. The Warp Tool
  73. Perspective Transformations
  74. Introduction to Actions in Photoshop
  75. Introduction to the Actions Panel Interface
  76. Making Your First Action
  77. Modifying Actions After You Record Them
  78. Adding Stops to Actions
  79. Conditional Actions
  80. Actions that Communicate
  81. Introduction to Filters
  82. ACR as a Filter
  83. Helpful Artistic Filters
  84. Helpful Practical Filters
  85. Sharpening with Filters
  86. Rendering Trees
  87. The Oil Paint and Add Noise Filters
  88. Introduction to Editing Video
  89. Timeline for Video
  90. Cropping Video
  91. Adjustment Layers and Video
  92. Building Lookup Tables
  93. Layers, Masking Video & Working with Type
  94. ACR to Edit Video
  95. Animated Gifs
  96. Introduction to Creative Effects
  97. Black, White, and Monochrome
  98. Matte and Cinematic Effects
  99. Gradient Maps and Solid Color Grades
  100. Gradients
  101. Glow and Haze
  102. Introduction to Natural Retouching
  103. Brightening Teeth
  104. Clean Up with the Clone Stamp Tool
  105. Cleaning and Brightening Eyes
  106. Advanced Clean Up Techniques
  107. Introduction to Portrait Workflow & Bridge Organization
  108. ACR for Portraits Pre-Edits
  109. Portrait Workflow Techniques
  110. Introduction to Landscape Workflow & Bridge Organization
  111. Landscape Workflow Techniques
  112. Introduction to Compositing & Bridge
  113. Composite Workflow Techniques
  114. Landscape Composite Projects
  115. Bonus: Rothko and Workspace
  116. Bonus: Adding Textures to Photos
  117. Bonus: The Mask (Extras)
  118. Bonus: The Color Range Mask in ACR


a Creativelive Student

Amazing course, but don't be fooled into thinking this is a beginner's course for photographers. The problem isn't Blake's explanations; they're top. The problem is the vast scope of this course and the order in which the topics are presented. Take layers for example. When I was first learning Photoshop (back when we learned from books), I found I learned little or nothing from, for example, books that covered layers before they covered how to improve/process photographs. These books taught me how to organize, move, and link layers before they showed me what a layer was actually for. Those books tended to teach me everything there is to know about layers (types of layers, how to organize them, how to move them, how to move them two at a time, how to move them two at a time even if there are other layers between the two you're interested in, useful troubleshooting tips, etc. ) all before I even know (from a photographer's point of view) what it is the things actually do. The examples of organizing, linking, and moving mean everything for graphic designers from Day One, but for photographers not so much. Blake does the same thing as those books. Topics he covers extremely early demand a lot of theoretical imagination for a photographer who doesn't already know quite a bit about what he is talking about. Learning about abstract things first and concrete things later only makes PS that much harder to understand. If you AREN'T a beginner, however, this course is amazing. I thought it would be like an Army Bootcamp, taking you from zero and building you into a fit, competent Photoshop grunt. Now I think it's more like Army Bootcamp for high school varsity jocks. It isn't going to take you from the beginning, but the amount you'll get out of it is nonetheless more than your brain can imagine. I've been using PS for years to improve my photographs, and even to create the odd artistic composite or two. The amount I've learned in the first week is amazing, and every day I learn something -- more like many things -- which I immediately implement to improve my productivity and/or widen the horizons of what I can achieve. If you ARE a photographer who's a Photoshop beginner, I'd take very seriously the advice Blake gives in the introduction: Watch one lesson, and practice the skills and principles you learn in that one lesson for two weeks. THEN watch the next lesson. You can't do that of course without buying the course, so it's up to you to decide whether you'd like to learn Photoshop and master Photoshop all from the same course. Learning it first and mastering it later will cost more money, but I think you'll understand everything better and have a much more enjoyable ride in the process. As for me? I'm going to have to find the money to buy this course. There is simply way too much content in each lesson for me to try to take on all at once, but on the other hand I don't want to miss anything at all that he has to share.

Robert Andrews

Blake Rudis is the absolute best in teaching photoshop. His knowledge and how he presents the instruction is clear and concise - there is NO ONE BETTER. Yes, his classes require some basic skills, and maybe I'd organize the order of (or group) the classes in a different order, but, let me be clear - if anyone is to be successful or famous in the Photoshop world, it should be Blake Rudis. I strongly recommend his teaching. I started photography and post processing in 2018, and because of this class, I'm know what Im doing. The energy you get when you create something beautiful is profound, it makes you bounce out of bed (at 4AM) like a 5 year old, to go create. It's a great ride! Thanks Blake, & Thanks Creative live.

Esther Gambrell

WOW!!! I've been purchasing CL classes for several years now and have watched HOURS of "How-To Photoshop" classes, but this is the first one I've actually purchased because of the AWESOME BONUS content!!! SERIOUSLY??!!?!? A PLUG-IN??? But not only that, Blake is SO easy to understand, and he breaks down concepts in different ways to connect with different people's learning styles. I REALLY appreciated this approach because I am a LEFT-BRAINED creative that has an engineering background, so I really connected to what Blake was saying. THANK YOU FOR THAT! There are TONS of Photoshop courses out there, but I found this one to be the most helpful in they way Blake teaches concepts so that you know WHY you're doing what your doing. I feel like he taught me how to fish with Photoshop to feed me for a lifetime instead of just giving me a fish to feed me for one day. This is the BEST overall PS course out there!!! Thank you!!!!