How to organize photos like a pro: the best way to make sense of your collection

How to organize photos like a pro: the best way to make sense of your collection

How to organize photos using filters

Adobe Bridge’s Filter panel can help you narrow-down your image selection with just a few clicks. Here’s how…

How to organize photos using filters

Bridge uses image metadata to generate a selection of filters (displayed in the Filter panel). By default this is shown in the bottom-left of the screen, but if it’s not visible put a tick next to its option in the Window drop-down, available via the menu bar.

Clicking on the arrow next to the filter name in the Filter panel reveals the options available in the selected folder, so clicking on ISO Speed Ratings, for example, shows all the sensitivity values that were used when shooting that folder of images.

The number of images taken at each setting is also shown. Clicking on, say, ISO200 reveals images taken at that sensitivity. You can also use the filters in combination to find the image you want.

For example, adding another tick next to Landscape under Orientation will reveal only images taken at ISO200 in landscape format.

Using ratings and labels
Once you’ve looked through your images, it’s helpful to add a star rating so you can find your best images quickly via the Filter panel. To do this, simply select the images in question in Bridge and then click on the dots under one thumbnail, or hit Cmd+1-5 to assign the rating.

Alternatively, you can select the images and use the options under Label in the menu to add a descriptive label such as Review.

PAGE 1: How to organize photos the professional way
PAGE 2: How to organize photos using filters
PAGE 3: How to create a metadata template
PAGE 4: How to automate your metadata edits
PAGE 5: How to organize photos with keywords


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