How to install Adobe Bridge CC

How to install Adobe Bridge

This tutorial shows you how to install Adobe Bridge, a powerful file browser included with your Creative Cloud subscription that makes it easy to find your images and open them into Photoshop!

Written by Steve Patterson.

In this second tutorial in Getting Started with Photoshop, you'll learn how to install Adobe Bridge. Bridge is a file browser that lets you find, organize and open images into Photoshop. Your computer's operating system also has a built-in file browser, whether it's File Explorer in Windows or Finder on a Mac. So you may wonder, "Why not just use that?".

The reason is that Bridge is much more powerful and easier to use, with lots of great features that your operating system's file browser doesn't have. And Bridge is one of the best ways to open images directly into Camera Raw, Photoshop's powerful image editing plugin.

But before we can use Bridge, we first need to install it. That's because Bridge is its own separate application. So let's learn how to quickly install Bridge using the Adobe Creative Cloud desktop app.

Let's get started!

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Step 1: Open the Creative Cloud app

First, we need to open the Creative Cloud app, the same app we used in the previous tutorial when we learned how to keep Photoshop up to date. And the easiest way to open it is from within Photoshop.

In Photoshop, go up to the Help menu in the Menu Bar and choose Updates:

Choosing Updates from the Help menu in Photoshop
Going to Help > Updates in Photoshop.

Step 2: Scroll down to Bridge

The Creative Cloud app opens with a list of all the Adobe software currently installed on your computer. And below that is a list of other apps that are available. The number of available apps depends on your Creative Cloud subscription, but Bridge is included with all of them.

Scroll down the list until you see Bridge:

Locating Bridge in the Creative Cloud desktop app
Scrolling through the list to find the Bridge app.

Step 3: Click "Install"

Then to install Bridge, simply click the Install button:

Installing Adobe Bridge from the Creative Cloud app
Installing Bridge.

The installation can take a few minutes:

The progress indicator for the Adobe Bridge installation
The progress indicator.

When it's done, Bridge will move up the list in the Creative Cloud app so it appears with your other installed software. You can now open Bridge at any time from within the Creative Cloud app by clicking the Open button.

Bridge can also be opened from within Photoshop, as we'll see in the next chapter when we learn how to open images into Photoshop from Bridge:

How to open Adobe Bridge from within the Creative Cloud app
Installed apps show an "Open" button instead of "Install".

Where to go next...

And there we have it! In the next lesson in Getting Started with Photoshop, I show you how to use Bridge to download photos from your camera to your computer!

Or visit our Photoshop Basics section for more Photoshop tutorials!