How to Use Keywords for Photoshop CS6 Files in Bridge

Keywords are descriptive labels that you attach to files in Bridge. They help to categorize your Photoshop CS6 images, enabling you to more efficiently and quickly locate your desired files. Here’s the lowdown on creating and using keywords:

  • To create a new keyword (a categorical folder which contains keywords): Click the plus sign (+) icon at the bottom of the Keywords panel or select New Keyword from the Keywords panel pop-up menu. Specify your keyword and press Enter (Return on the Mac).

  • To create a new sub keyword: Select your desired keyword, click the arrow-and-plus-sign (+) icon at the bottom of the Keywords panel, or select New Sub Keyword from the Keywords panel pop-up menu. Type the keyword you want to add and press Enter (Return on the Mac).

    [Credit: ©iStockphoto.com/Flutter_97321 Image #964205]
    Credit: ©iStockphoto.com/Flutter_97321 Image #964205
  • To rename an existing keyword or sub keyword: Select the keyword and then select Rename from the Keywords panel pop-up menu. Provide a new name and press Enter (Return on the Mac).

    Renaming a keyword in the panel doesn’t also rename it if you’ve applied it to a file.

  • To delete a keyword or sub keyword from the panel: Select the keyword; then click the Trash icon or select Delete from the Keywords panel pop-up menu. Again, deleting the keyword doesn’t delete it from any files that you’ve previously applied it to.

  • To apply a keyword or sub keyword: Select the file or files, and then check the box to the left of the keyword in the panel.

  • To remove a keyword or sub keyword from a file: Select the file(s) and deselect the check box to the left of the keyword in the panel.

  • To search for images labeled with certain keywords: Select Find from the Keywords panel pop-up menu. Choose your desired folder or disk from the Look In menu or choose Browse to navigate to your desired location. Select your criteria from the pop-up menus and select your matching specifications — any or all.

    To add additional criteria fields, click the plus sign (+). Specify whether to include all subfolders and nonindexed files. When you finish, click the Find button. All images containing your entered keyword appear in the Content window of the Bridge.

    Select your desired images and then click the New Collection button at the bottom of the Collections panel to store and arrange your images in a digital photo album, referred to as a collection.

  • To search for keywords: Use the Quick Find field (the magnifying glass icon) by entering a keyword and selecting Contains, Equals, or Starts With from the pop-up menu.

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