You can view these notes online at https://2014photoshopsig.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/open-in-bridge-or-photoshop/ and also download them as a pdf.
These are notes from the Lynda.com course – Photoshop CS6 for Photographers: Camera Raw 7 with Chris Orwig (http://www.lynda.com/Photoshop-tutorials/Opening-raw-files-Bridge/98831/105800-4.html)
Start off by watching the short (5 minutes) video. you can find it here at
Should I open my file in bridge or in PS/PE?
This depends on the type of work that you are doing and how you prefer to work. If you had a 300 MB file that you were saving in Photoshop, it will take a bit of time to actually save. In this case you could continue working on another file in ACR in Bridge rather than wander off to have another cup of tea like I would.
This brings us to the topic of work flow. You can find more about workflow in a previous article called (funnily enough) Workflow. (https://2014photoshopsig.wordpress.com/2014/07/19/what-do-i-do-with-6000-photos-arghhh/)
Ben Long describes a typical work flow in his book Getting Started with Camera Raw. Here is the shortened version. For more details go to the article above called Workflow.
- Transfer your imges.
- View and select them.
- Open the keepers in Adobe Camera Raw for global edits.
- Open in PS /PE and make local edits.
- Output to digital printing, email, website, slide show, etc.
The aim of this article is to cover Step 3 in the workflow – how to get your image to open in ACRin either PS or PE.
To open a Camera Raw File
(1) Open Bridge
(2) Navigate to the slide that you wish to open in camera raw (psd, tiff, jpg, DNG, etc.) (3) Click on the slide that you wish to open.
(4) Press the space bar to go to full screen mode.
(5) To open the file in PS, Press Command/Control (PC) plus the letter “O”.
(6) To open the file in Bridge, Press Command/Control (PC) plus the letter “R”.
(7) If you double click on a file in the preview section of Bridge, it will open up directly in ACR.
(8) But if you want to go directly to Photoshop, you can do this by holding down the Shift key and then double clicking at the same time. Sounds a bit like Monopoly!