CT&D #47. Using Adobe Illustrator & Bridge

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What are Illustrator panels? What are the advantages of using Adobe Bridge?

Panels in Illustrator provide the designer with a wide range of options and tools to select from in order to create, develop and further enhance a drawing or image. There are many such panels: the control panel (which contains the stroke weight and brush palettes), the tools panel (to the left side; self-explanatory) and the four grouped panels to the right (for additional customization in color via the swatches, among other miscellaneous features). Adobe Bridge has a couple of advantages; most notably, in being a file management application, it is very useful for the viewer to see all of their photos from Photoshop neatly sorted and organized (by image file type such as jpeg, tiff, .psd, etc. and in folders and folders within folders). But it doesn’t stop there.

One could actually perform an easy “before and after” inspection between two photos, one being untouched and the other manipulated in Photoshop via the filmstrip view command. Another additional feature is review mode which showcases one’s images in sort of a slideshow format where one could highlight pictures they want to present/work on, add stars (I guess for importance) and delete photos with ease.

Overall, I think of Bridge as a designer’s personal catalog of saved work that more than appropriately supplements most of the programs in Adobe’s Creative Suite, where such connection helps for easy and quick importing/transferring.

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