Using the Backup Command in Photoshop Elements


How one should go about backing up their photos when using Photoshop Elements continues to be one of the most frequent questions asked by new and more experienced users of Photoshop Elements.

I have written on this subject a few times in the past on this blog. If you enter applicable keywords in the area provided at the bottom of the string of posts near the bottom of this page, you will get links to those earlier posts.

In this post, I will provide a link to a video tutorial I made some time ago, which covers both the Backup command and the Restore command in the Organizer of Photoshop Elements 6.

However, the same process and screens that are displayed when using these commands remain the same in Photoshop Elements 14. The video quality is certainly not the best, but I believe it is adequate to clearly describe the process. I plan to update the video with a better quality version soon, but in the meantime, I hope this one will help answer the many questions that keep coming up about the subject.

Click on the figure below to watch the video.


Download Adobe’s Bridge for Free


If you have ever used Photoshop, you know that Bridge is part of the installation. It comes with Photoshop but is a separate program. Bridge is a very good file manager program and is an excellent tool for quickly viewing and finding your photos.

Even though I have Lightroom  and Photoshop Elements, I find myself on occasion using Bridge to quickly view photos.

What I was not aware of until today is that you can download Bridge from Adobe for free. You do not have to have Photoshop to use it. The free version is not the latest one. From the name on the website, it appears to be the version that was supplied with Photoshop CS6. I suspect that it may not support RAW files from the latest cameras, but I am not sure of that.

Here is the link to the download page.

I did download the file, but to be frank, I did not install it. I already have Bridge on all of my computers.

So if you are not a Photoshop or Lightroom user, or if you use Photoshop Elements, but not its Organizer, you may find that Bridge will help you keep better track of your images.

If you download and try it, let us know how it works for you by leaving a comment.