Photoshop: I have PS 2018 and 2019 on my desktop. How do I get Bridge to open my images in PS 2018?

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Hi, 

I'm hoping someone can help me with the correct procedure to open my images from Bridge into PS 2018.

I do have PS 2019 on my PC but have reverted back to using PS 2018 until fixes can be applied in PS 2019. I do graphic work and prefer to use PS 2018 for now.

Obviously the default behaviour for Bridge is to open in the new version of PS.

It's been a while since I've done any photography work so haven't used Bridge since the upgrade. I'm just not sure what settings to change to make Bridge open my photos in PS 2018.

Thanks in advance.
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Try changing it in Bridge menu Edit> Preferences>  File Type Associations. Is the selection there for PS 2018?
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Hi Todd,

Thanks so much for your response and your help.

These are the file types below associated with Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 in the Bridge menu under Edit> Preferences>  File Type Associations. There is no selection for PS 2018

I have Adobe Bridge Version 9.0.2.219 x 64 

I must admit I did search but can't find any reference to what I should change. It just seems a bit weird to change all the file types below singulary rather than one single setting.

Alias (.pix)
Bitmap
Canon Camera Raw
Cineon
CompuServe Gif
Desktop Color Separation
Digital Negative
Electric Image
Epson Camera Raw
FDF
Foveon Camera Raw
Fujifilm Camera Raw
Hasselblad Camera Raw
JPeg
Jpeg 2000
Kodak Camera Raw
Leaf Camera Raw
Leica Camera Raw
MacPaint
Mamiya Camera Raw
Minolta Camera Raw
Nikon Camera Raw
Olympus Camera Raw
OpenEXR
Panasonic Camera Raw
PCX
PhotoCD
Pixar
Pixel Paint
Portable Bitmap
Portable Float Map
PNG
Radiance HDR
Samsung Camera Raw
Scitex
SGI RGB
Soft Image
Sony Camery Raw
Targa
TIFF
Wavefront
Wireless Bitmap

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"These are the file types below associated with Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 in the Bridge menu under Edit> Preferences>  File Type Associations. There is no selection for PS 2018."

OK. For Windows systems click on Browse for each file type you want to open in PS 2018 and go to the below path in Windows Explorer and select the Photoshop.exe file. This will allow keeping both PS 2018 and 2019 installed, which sounds like what you want.

C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2018

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Thanks so much Todd!

I changed the JPEG file to open with PS 2018. Restarted Bridge. PS was closed. When I opened Bridge and made adjustments to the image, held shift and clicked open object the image still opened in PS 2019. so I closed both Bridge and PS 2019 then opened PS 2018, opened Bridge and image opened in PS 2018 which is great.

So the trick is to have PS 2018 opened first.

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On another note, when the image first opened in PS 2019, I couldn't do anything with the image in PS as all the menu items were greyed out. Should I submit this as a problem? The image opened as a smart object.

Thanks once again for your help.

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> These are the file types below associated with Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 in the Bridge menu under Edit> Preferences>  File Type Associations. There is no selection for PS 2018>

<<It just seems a bit weird to change all the file types below singulary rather than one single setting.>>

You're right that it's a pita, but there it is. You choose Browse for any extension you need to change, go to the application itself, choose the executable file itself (.app/.exe) and then click open. For each. . . and. . . every. . . one.<sigh>

Also, note that Bridge will try to hang on to these custom associations. If that doesn't work for you, let us know.

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Hi Cristen,

Thanks for your advice. I changed the file type JPEG for starters, to open with PS 2018. It didn't work as the image opened in PS 2019, even though PS 2019 was closed.

So I closed Bridge, opened PS 2018 then opened Bridge again. Did some adjustments to image and Shift clicked open object and viola it opened in PS 2018. Seems I must have PS 2018 opened first, then Bridge.

Oh well, at least I know the work around now. Hopefully PS 2019 will be fixed soon.

Cheers and thanks for your help.





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<< Seems I must have PS 2018 opened first, then Bridge.>>

That may be the Finder/Explorer muddying the waters. We have experienced that the OS likes to favor the last-installed app when Bridge is used to launch PS (or any other Adobe app). Bridge has a strange symbiotic relationship with the Flounder/Exploder that I wish they'd ditch, but. . .

You can try a workaround if you're up to it. Uninstall 2018, then reinstall it. That might make it the last-installed to the OS, which might make it work in Bridge that you can launch directly into it. I know that sometimes works for some. And that's as much as I can promise.<G>

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Thanks Cristen

I thought about that workaround . .  if anything, I would uninstall 2019. haha. . . I can't begin to explain how much grief the new version caused me. But we won't go there lol - plus it took me forever to set up all my filters and plugins that didn't carry over from PS 2018 to 2019  - so I'm being lazy and let 2019 sit idle on my Windows machine until it gets fixed.

I do more designing then photography. So it's all good. Maybe I'll go back to using Lightroom for photography. Oh decisions!  :)
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I suggest uninstalling PS 2019 if you're not using it and uninstall and reinstall PS 2018 if the file associations are still missing. The only issue I have with PS 2019 is that it locks up when coming out of sleep. Also LR Edit in PS doesn't work properly (menus grayed out) when PS is closed. The solution is to open it first....and then don't forget to close it before going into sleep mode. Kinda like a model T car with a crank starter......
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> I do more designing then photography. So it's all good. Maybe I'll go back to using Lightroom for photography. Oh decisions!  :)>

LOL.  I guess we could call all this choice First World Problems.  '-} Of course, to us, it's very real, eating up time we need for other things.
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Thanks so much Todd and Cristen