I think I am in the right place to ask this question. I got Bridge, I guess as I stumbled upon it a few months ago, with Photoshop Elements 8. It is EXACTLY what I have been looking for as I have over 1000 photos to organize and scan in. They are old photos, not photos that will be transfered from a camera (as many of the titorials concentrate on).
Because I have so many photos that I have been working on over the years, I have photos scattered, many duplicate photos that are the same format, and many that are duplicates with both TIFF and JPG formats, over a few hard drives and folders. I realize that I may not be able to do what I am about to ask over differant hard drives but I but it can be done over images on the same drive.
As I take a folder and tag each photo, I find the same photo coming up in another fold that is the same or had been edited or is in another format. I don't really want to delete until I have everything tagged and make sure I don't need it before deleting. Is there any way to bring up all images on a hard drive, regardless of what folder it is, sort them by name, and then I can "group" tag them (except for such things as format and editted or not editted)? This way I wont have to tag them over and over each time I tackle another folder.
Hope this is clear and I would certainly appreciat any pointers anyone may have.
You are probably in the right place...
I understand your point, since I had about the same problem last years with about 2 000 old scanned family pictures gathered from various family members. Unfortunately I cannot help you with Bridge, as I am a Windows and Organizer user.
In your case, the original drive and folders organization seem to be more of a problem than a helpful tool.
If you could move all your files to a single drive/folder, do you really think alphabetical sorting would help ?
I rather think that to 'group' similar photos you'll have to use content and visual similarity to use keywords.
I could help you (or other people with the same problem) with the organizer, but I don't know if this would provide the pointers you are looking for.
Things you can do in the Organizer:
- move all files to a single master folder in a chosen drive (via backup/restore)
- stack (group) files even from different folders/drives
- index by visual similarity
- face recognition
- export with renaming scheme (Windows)
- smart tagging based on multicriteria searches
If I choose my hard drive, the the upper left hand window that shows the structure of my hard drive, it shows all the folders of the hard drive and then when I go in them I see the image files. I would like to see all the image files on the whole hard drive at once if that's possible.
I thought of putting all of the files in one folder, but they are in seperate folders now for a reason and it will really mess things up for me if that's what I ultimately have to do. I suppose I can put a tag option for what folder they come out of before I "marry" everything into one folder, and then put them back after I finish tagging them. Only thing is, it will mean I have to finish taggin over 1000 pictures before I can do anything else, perhaps, cause finding the pictures may be a chore...but maybe not. Got to think it through.
Thanks for you both for your help!
This is my tree. I have Kappy, the name of my hard drive highlighted and this is what shows up onthe right (have shown part of that frame but you can see the correlation).
In the New Scans folder there are at least one hundred TIFS,as does the Photo Alias, and there are many folders further down that contain a tons of images but only the name of the top folders are showing up.
HUmm. What am I missing?
After writing the last msg I went back and it crashed Bridge. I am restarting it and did the same thing and now it is going through the entire harddrive and creating thumbnails for every file on the hard drive. I am looking for where you can limit its search for image files only but am unsuccessful. It has search 99,9942 files and still going!