Now that we are back inside of the Adobe Bridge, this is the default workspace that you are presented with here. What we are going to take a look at now is how to customize this workspace to better suit your needs. By default, you see here you have the Content window in the middle, you have your Preview window over here to the right. What I would like to do is I would like to have that Preview window nice and big here on the center. So in order to do that, one of the great new things about the Adobe Bridge CS3 is the ability just to drag-and-drop tabs around at your leisure.
So what I can do is take this Preview tab, simply drag it over, I will wait for that little box to appear around the area that I want to drop it into. I will go ahead and just release it and let it go. When I let it go, I get this automatically dropped into the center and you can see now it shares space with the Content window.
Now when I am going back and forth between the Content and Preview windows, I don't necessarily want to be switching between these two views like this. So what I am going to do, I am going to take the Content window and create a nice vertical Filmstrip view over here on the side bar. I am going to do that by clicking on the Content window, dragging it over. Now I don't want it to share the same tab as the Metadata and Keywords tab, so I am actually going to put it at the top here. You will wait that for single little light bar to appear. Once you see that light bar appear at the top here, you can let go the Content window and it should drop right into place, right above the Metadata and Keywords pane.
Now if you want to, now you can adjust your thumbnail size accordingly. I like to only see one role of images at a time. So I will go ahead now and increase my thumbnail size to only see one image across, like so. Now we are going to continue on building a better workspace inside of Bridge.
Here I am going to start moving my Metadata and Keywords pane. I would like to have my Metadata pane right underneath the Filter pane over here to the left. So I am going to go ahead now and move it down. When we want to stack outside of an area, we wait for that single bar to appear and we just drop it in. There we have the Metadata pane appears right underneath that Filter pane. It's just a better way of viewing your Metadata and your filtering all in one fell swoop right there.
So now what I am going to do is take the Keywords and I would actually like to group those with my Filter pane over there, just to make some more sense to have the filtering options because you can filter by keyword and so forth. I can drag the Keywords over here and I can just drop them in. Remember, waiting for that little box to appear around the area that you want to drop it into and then just let go.
Now we have created a nice little nested, powered arrangement over here on the left hand side with our Filter and Keywords right inside of there. So we have got our Metadata at the bottom, our Filter and Keywords right above that and we have got our Favorites and Folders tab, just like they are, by default, right over here. So basically, I have got all of my navigational tools and filtering tools over here on the left and I have kept all of my image panes over to the right hand side. So now if I click on one of these images here, you will see that I get a nice big preview here in the middle and I can actually get an even bigger preview, if I wanted to, by shrinking up the size of the vertical Filmstrip pane over here or I could actually drag in the Preview pane that way as well and shrink up some of these tabs on the left hand side.
Now if you want a maximum amount of screen real estate here to view your images, go ahead and double-click on those little bars that you see, those vertical bars. Let me show you how to do that one more time here. I will double-click back to get it back. It's this little vertical bar right here in the middle, that little dockable bar and all you have to do is double-click on that and it automatically hides those for just a moment and allows you to have a more full preview of your images here in the Preview pane.
So I will go ahead and turn those back on now. Now you can see we have a nice fully functional Bridge workspace. Now you can customize this to be whatever you want here inside of Bridge, it's totally up to you. That's the great thing about Bridge is the ability to customize your own workspace. This happens to be the one that works for me, but you might find that something else might work for you better as well.
So now that you have got your custom workspace created here, how do we save this workspace so that we can access it at any given time? Well, if you remember in the old Bridge, Bridge CS2, there were small icons down here that denoted certain screen modes, like you had the Vertical Filmstrip mode, the Horizontal Filmstrip mode and so forth. Now we have these little icons that are numbered 1, 2, and 3 and if you hover over them, you will see the first one is the Default Workspace, which we have already seen when we first got into Bridge. We also have the number 2 which corresponds to the Horizontal Filmstrip mode and then we have got number 3 which, by default, goes to the Metadata Focus Workspace.
Now if you click and hold on one of these little icons, you will see that you get instant access to any number of the default workspaces here inside of Bridge. They also have keyboard shortcuts assigned to them. So for instance, if you wanted to switch to Light Table View, you could go ahead and say, Ctrl+F2 or Command+F2 on the Mac and you would automatically select the Light Table Workspace.
I am not going to do that for this particular demonstration because I want to continue with saving this workspace. So you will notice here at the top, I have the option to save my new workspace. So I am going to go ahead and choose that option now and I will just set this to be Justin Workspace 1. I will go ahead and click Save. When I do that, Bridge automatically saves that workspace in that little flyout menu down there. So at anytime I want to access that, I could go ahead now and select it from that flyout menu.
By the way, just in case you are wondering, every time you save a new workspace, whatever icon you use to access the Save Workspace command, now that new workspace you just saved is automatically assigned to that icon. So, for instance, if I wanted to switch to any of the other different workspaces that are assigned down here, like let's say, I click the number 2 to switch to the Horizontal Filmstrip mode, if I happened to click on number 1, you will see when I hover over it, it says Justin Workspace 1. I would switch automatically back to that custom workspace I created.
Now if you don't like working with the little icons down here in the right hand side, you can always come back up to the Window Menu, go into the Workspace tab and you can also save your workspace. You can delete workspaces as well. Then all of your current workspaces that you have saved in Bridge will be listed here as well. So here is Justin Workspace 1, so if I wanted to get back to that, I could automatically click that and it would take me back to that workspace that we just created here inside of the Adobe Bridge CS3.