How to Use Keywords to Find Images in Adobe Bridge

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith

Using keywords in Adobe Bridge — logical words to help you locate images more quickly — can reduce the amount of time it takes to find an image on a computer. Here’s how:

  1. Click the Keywords tab, which appears behind the Metadata panel.
    A list of commonly used keywords appears.
  2. Click the New Keyword button at the bottom of the Keywords panel. Type Goalie into the active text field, and then press Enter (Windows) or Return (Mac).
  3. Select the empty checkbox to the left of the Goalie keyword. This adds the Goalie keyword to the selected image.

    Goalie keyword Creative Cloud

  4. With the Goalie keyword still selected, click the New Sub Keyword button. Type Boy into the active text field, then press Enter (Windows) or Return (Mac).
  5. Select the empty checkbox to the left of the Boy keyword.

    You have now assigned a keyword and a sub keyword to the IMG_4088.JPG image. Now you will add a second keyword.

  6. Select the Goalie keyword, and then click the New Keyword button at the bottom of the Keywords panel; a blank text field appears. Type Peewee and press Enter (Windows) or Return (Mac). Then, select the checkbox next to Peewee to assign the keyword to this image.
  7. Right-click (Windows) or Ctrl+click (Mac) on the Peewee keyword, and choose the option Rename. When the text field becomes highlighted, type Youth, press Enter (Windows) or Return (Mac).

    Make sure the Youth checkbox remains selected.

    New Keyword button Creative Cloud
    Click on the New Keyword button (circled) to add your own unique keyword to the file.

    You can also enter information directly into the image by opening the image in Adobe Photoshop, and then choosing File  →File Info. The categories that appear on the top include Description, Camera Data, IPTC, and IPTC Extension, among others. After it is entered in the File Info dialog box, the information is visible in Adobe Bridge.