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Photoshop Friday - load layers

A little late, but a good tip! This gem is actually about Bridge, which is one of those programs you don't really notice...until you need it to do something that shaves huge amounts of time off your workflow. I fell in love with Bridge when I was digitizing books and needed to batch rotate every other page, and then batch rename hundreds of files at a time.

So here's the scenario. I'm planning a book cover and I'm not quite sure which background I want to use. You never know how the shapes are going to interact with your foreground subject until you put them together. Lots of stuff that looks great in my mind's eye is not-so-great on the page. I downloaded sample files of each background I'll be auditioning. Then it occurred to me that rather than open each file and drag it onto a document, there's a way to automate the process and open a group of files as a layered document, one image per layer.

Not with Photoshop, but with Bridge.

Select all your images, then navigate to the command Tools>Photoshop>Load Files Into Photoshop Layers and voila! They appear as a new untitled multi-layer document in Photoshop and you've just saved yourself A BUNCH of time.
loadlayers
I'm pretty sure I got this tip from Dave Cross on Photoshop TV. Glad to have a reason to use it!

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jdruskin
Dec. 1st, 2012 11:46 am (UTC)
Great tip! I love Bridge for sorting and renaming pictures. I'm a little obsessive about my need to create sub-folders for categories of pictures. If only my house was as neat my computer files.
jordan_c_price
Dec. 1st, 2012 01:53 pm (UTC)
I find I use collections more than folders. So the image can really be anywhere on my machine but as long as it appears in the right collection I'll be able to find it.
lou_harper
Dec. 1st, 2012 04:20 pm (UTC)
Now, that's nifty! I don't know what I'd do without Bridge.
jordan_c_price
Dec. 1st, 2012 06:31 pm (UTC)
I feel like Bridge has a lot of untapped potential for me.
orehime
Dec. 1st, 2012 10:52 pm (UTC)
Wow - I never thought I'd have reason to use Bridge, but now.... :D
jordan_c_price
Dec. 2nd, 2012 12:52 am (UTC)
It has hidden depths!
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