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Now currently, right now we're looking at a photographic image inside the Lesson 02 folder, and that's because I am providing you with both images and illustrations inside of this folder to make the point that what the Bridge is all about is acting as a bridge between the various CS applications, between your Illustrator and your Photoshop and your InDesign and your GoLive and so on, so that you can double-click on any one of these files to open it up in the proper application.
So, for example, I'll go ahead and reduce the size of my thumbnails a little so I can take in more of these images at a time. If I was to double-click on an image here, I am not going to do it right now, but if I was to do it, I would go ahead and launch Photoshop and open this image inside Photoshop because in so far as my system is concerned, Photoshop is the default editor for JPEG images, and that's something you set up when you install Photoshop in the first place. Meanwhile, if I scroll down here I'll see all these AI files. If I double-click on one of them like this little house file, I'll go ahead and do that. Then I will open up that file inside of Adobe Illustrator. So the Bridge is smart enough to open up a file inside the program that was used to create the file in the first place or the program that is best suited to edit that file.
For those of you who are familiar with previous versions of Photoshop, for example, and Photoshop's File Browser you know that if you double-clicked on an AI file, it would just try to open that file inside Photoshop. Well, no more, now double-clicking on an AI file will open the file inside Illustrator. I am back at the Bridge now by the way.
If for some reason you decide you want to open an illustration inside Photoshop because you want to rasterize it, that is take the vector art and convert it to pixels. Then you would right-click on that thumbnail. If you don't have a right mouse button on the Mac then just go ahead and press the Control key in the lower left corner of the keyboard and click. Then choose Open With and then choose the desired application. Now I have multiple versions of some of these applications. You should not see that, you should just see one Photoshop CS2, for example, if you have CS2 installed on your machine and then you would click on that application in order to rasterize the artwork inside of Photoshop.
Again, I am not going to do that now, just giving you an idea of the kinds of things that you can do inside the Bridge.