How do I start Adobe Bridge in Photoshop?

New Here ,
Feb 28, 2022 Feb 28, 2022

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I'm doing my tutorials in the photoshop textbook (2021), in the lession it says to start photoshop, choose File>Browse in Bridge. That option doesn't appear in my File tab. Do you know how to fix this?

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Adobe Community Professional , Mar 01, 2022 Mar 01, 2022
If your mac has an M1 Processor, then that's the reason you don't see File>Browse in Bridge in photoshop. https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/photoshop-for-apple-silicon.html

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Adobe Community Professional , Apr 18, 2022 Apr 18, 2022
As of the photoshop 2022 (23.3 update) File>Browse in Bridge is present on M1 Processor Macs

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New Here ,
Feb 28, 2022 Feb 28, 2022

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 28, 2022 Feb 28, 2022

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Do you have these scripts enabled?

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New Here ,
Mar 16, 2022 Mar 16, 2022

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I don't even see startup scripts as an option😖

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Mar 16, 2022 Mar 16, 2022

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I found it!! But there all enabled...

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 28, 2022 Feb 28, 2022

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I teach out of that book and I have never accessed Bridge that way. Just open it - it's a seperate application. I highly recommend always using Bridge. I usually start there and open my documents from Bridge. 



Melissa Piccone | Adobe Certified Instructor | Pluralsight Author | Fine Artist

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 28, 2022 Feb 28, 2022

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Yes, absolutely, me too. I can't really see the purpose of that menu item.

 

But if the scripts aren't running, that might cause other problems.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 28, 2022 Feb 28, 2022

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@Fallen_Nyx 

 

  • Have you installed Adobe Bridge from the Creative Cloud app? It's a separate application and has to be installed.

  • You are on Page 36, Step 3. When you did Step 1, did you get a dialog to Reset Preferences? If not, open PS and go to Photoshop menu > Preferences > General > Reset Preferences on Quit. The timing with holding down the keys as you launch can be tricky.

 

Please report back to let us know you have Adobe Bridge open with one of these methods.

 

Jane

 

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New Here ,
Mar 16, 2022 Mar 16, 2022

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I installed the adobe bridge separatly onto my laptop and have reset my preferences several times already to work on my other tutorials

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Feb 28, 2022 Feb 28, 2022

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Als o check that visibility of menu item is set to visible.

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New Here ,
Mar 16, 2022 Mar 16, 2022

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I don't have browse in bridge

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 01, 2022 Mar 01, 2022

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As a last resort, a custom Photoshop script can be used to launch Bridge.

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New Here ,
Mar 16, 2022 Mar 16, 2022

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how?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 16, 2022 Mar 16, 2022

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@Fallen_Nyx wrote:

how?


 

 

Photoshop JS code:

 

/*
https://community.adobe.com/t5/photoshop-ecosystem-discussions/how-do-i-start-adobe-bridge-in-photoshop/m-p/12818569
Stephen Marsh, 1st March 2022
*/

// Add a new item in the File > Automate menu to separate the script from the normal scripts folder
/*
<javascriptresource>
<name>$$$/JavaScripts/LaunchAdobeBridge/Menu=Launch Adobe Bridge...</name>
<menu>automate</menu>
</javascriptresource>
*/

#target photoshop

var bt = new BridgeTalk();
// BridgeTalk code to launch Bridge if it is not running
if (!BridgeTalk.isRunning('bridge')) {
    BridgeTalk.launch('bridge'); // Version agnostic
    //BridgeTalk.launch('bridge-12'); // Bridge 2022
}

 

  1. Copy the code text to the clipboard
  2. Open a new blank file in a plain-text editor (not word-processor)
  3. Paste the code in
  4. Save the text file as .txt
  5. Rename the file extension from .txt to .jsx
  6. Install the .jsx file to run

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 19, 2022 Mar 19, 2022

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@Fallen_Nyx – So how did the script work for you? I don't use an M1 Mac so I'm curious...

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 01, 2022 Mar 01, 2022

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If your mac has an M1 Processor, then that's the reason you don't see File>Browse in Bridge in photoshop.

 

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/photoshop-for-apple-silicon.html

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New Here ,
Mar 16, 2022 Mar 16, 2022

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I do have the M1 Processor, how can I get around this?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 16, 2022 Mar 16, 2022

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I just made my previous reply bold+red...

 

launcher.png

 

It would take more work to push the current document path to Bridge to fully emulate the missing command.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 19, 2022 Mar 19, 2022

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I must have tried "hundreds" of different bits of code to pass the path to Bridge for display, without any luck:

 

#target photoshop
var theFolder = decodeURI(app.activeDocument.path + "/");
var bt = new BridgeTalk();
if (!BridgeTalk.isRunning('bridge')) {
    BridgeTalk.launch('bridge'); // Version agnostic
    //BridgeTalk.launch('bridge-12'); // Bridge 2022
    app.document.thumbnail = Folder(theFolder); // debugger object undefined error!
}

 

I'll add a conditional check for the existence of a doc path if somebody can help to get Bridge to display the parent folder.

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LEGEND ,
Mar 20, 2022 Mar 20, 2022

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with(new BridgeTalk()) target = 'bridge',
body = 'app.document.thumbnail = ' +
activeDocument.path.toSource(), send()

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Mar 20, 2022 Mar 20, 2022

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Thank you, I'll look into it tomorrow.

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Engaged ,
Mar 20, 2022 Mar 20, 2022

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Let’s say the photoshop script saves the file to a new location and then calls Bridge to display the thumbnail in the presentation pane.

Does it make sense to include the outputFolder variable in the code snippet to display the thumbnail in Bridge?

 

 

outputFolder = Folder.selectDialog("Please select output folder");

 

 
 If so, how should the outputFolder variable be implemented in the snippet to call Bridge?
 

 

with(new BridgeTalk()) target = 'bridge',
body = 'app.document.thumbnail = ' +
activeDocument.path.toSource(), send()

 

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LEGEND ,
Mar 20, 2022 Mar 20, 2022

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Probably instead of activeDocument.

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OK, that makes sense. I will test it. Many thanks for your help.

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I changed the activeDocument for the outputFolder but did not work. 

The following snippet takes me to a specific Bridge folder, but the folder name needs to be hardcoded.

callBridge()

function callBridge() {
  BridgeTalk.bringToFront('bridge');
  (bt = new BridgeTalk()).target = 'bridge'

  //select folder 
  var theFolder = "My Folder"
  bt.body = 'with(app.document) thumbnail = decodeURI(File(presentationPath).path) + "/" + '+ theFolder.toSource(),bt.send()

}

I try to add the outputFolder variable to the snippet without success. 

Since the outputFolder produces the full path name to the save directory. What needs to change on the callBridge function to get Bridge to display the outputFolder directory?

 

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