Photoshop: Replace the Bridge link from Photoshop with Lightroom

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Most legitimate photographers use Lightroom and not Bridge, so having that link for Bridge under the file menu is annoying and useless. Sometimes accidentally mouse slips and opens Bridge and it is slowing me down. I rather open Lightroom from there and put Bridge under that "Window" tab. Or just remove it all together. I haven't been able to find any use for it. Or just leave it in Photoshop Elements. Just please take that link off the file menu in Photoshop as is very annoying and unhelpful. We would have much more use of it was Lightroom since we jump from PS to LR all the time.
Thank you.
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Alexandra Giamanco

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Peter Astle

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"Most legitimate photographers use Lightroom and not Bridge" - absolutely not true!!
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Alexandra Giamanco

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I personally don't know anyone who's using it, and after Lightroom came out, Bridge became pretty obsolete IMO.
For example, let's say you use it to input your metadata, well, that's useless because once you upload to Facebook it's all gone. http://acorner.net/facebookmetadatastripping 
So, it doesn't have features I can actually use.  It would be way better if Lightroom was under the file menu. 
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LET ME SECOND THE MOTION TO ALLOW LINKING TO LIGHTROOM FROM PHOTOSHOP.  This does not preclude leaving the link to Bridge
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Couple thoughts...

I agree with Peter.  As a long time Lr user who rarely uses Bridge, I still know plenty of "legitimate photographers" that are firmly entrenched in their Bridge/Ps workflows.  Just because something is annoying and useless to you doesn't mean it's not valuable to others.

If the Bridge link were to be replaced with something else, how would that help your accidental mouse slips?  You'll simply end up performing some other unintended action instead.

Lastly, I'm not really sure why you'd want to open Lr from Ps.  I think a normal workflow for most Lr users is to start everything in Lr and launch other apps, including Ps, from there.  Perhaps you could explain your thought process and workflow a bit more?
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I don't always start with Lr. I don't mostly because of the selection issue which I posted about on the Lightroom forum. I can never get used to use the "spacebar". It's awkward. I don't get why it can't just check the boxes as we hold down command!? Makes no sense. https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/can-you-please-fix-this-selection-issue-in-li...
I some times only have 3 images to work on, so I don't need LR for that. I am mostly a Photoshop user. 
True, I can open Lr by accident too, but at least I can do things with it as opposed to Bridge. Bridge also takes forever to open and crashes almost instantly too. Plus, there is nothing in Bridge that Lightroom can't do. It's overkill to have it, and annoying right under the file menu too. I can "browse" in Lightroom better. I can input metadata, edit, export, make slideshows, etc. 
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I can see legitimate uses for both... but it would be useful for me to be able to send a document I am editing in photoshop to LR if I haven't imported it yet or it is a copy of a file that isn't in the library. What would that do though? Open the import/foldersync dialog?
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I would use it for printing books; like I'd be editing my image in a template I created in PS, then export to Lr and get a dialogue box asking which module I want to send it to. Or, have an arrow next to the word Lightroom (if LR was under the file menu) that would send straight to the print module where I'm editing my book. Having LR with another menu opening that can go to the library, develop, print, etc. modules. This would save time for not having to go through the import window when trying to make a book for example.

Or, send it to the develop module to adjust noise. For some reason the noise correction is way better in LR.
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I am firmly entrenched in a BRIDGE workflow.
I constantly challenge my LightRoom colleagues to convince me to with if they can prove a LightRoom workflow is faster or more high quality. It has never been shown. I edit a full wedding of image (450+) same day as the shoot and post proofs for the Bride. Show me how with LightRoom.
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That's a topic for a different thread, but I would say it depends on what your workflow needs are. Can bridge make virtual copies with different settings? Or batch export raw files directly based on presets?
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OMG...There is no way I could do that with Bridge! So much work on wedding images that needs me to jump from LR to PS, no way would I be able to use Bridge. I don't even like it when it comes to sorting. Not to mention there aren't any editing options in it that matter. 
I use Lightroom when I have volume. Like anything over 20 images goes to Lightroom for sorting, deleting, editing, etc.  For anything under 20 images I use Photoshop directly. 

This is what I envision, because there are many times where I want to go from PS to LR: I also open "smart objects" way more often than browse anything with PS. I literally have not used Bridge since it came out. I gave it a shot, and dropped it almost immediately for lack of options in it.

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Bridge can do a lot of metadata and file management that lightroom does and can batch copy-paste RAW settings if you changed one image using the RAW importer. Don't knock it as a DAM and, dare I say it, bridge, between different adobe products. It's just that Lightroom is tailored for a photography specific workflow with large numbers of images, where Bridge is meant to manage lots of different digital assets.
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I use Bridge at work because its better for an image processing workflow and Lightroom at home because its better for a retouching workflow.

Having said that, OP, rather than raging about your problem, maybe you should use the menu customization commands built into Photoshop. Edit->Menus and hide everything that you don't want to see.
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Interesting discussion but I've found that Bridge has become so slow that it is almost useless now. the last time I had a problem with it I had someone from Abobe go on my computer remotely and after trying to get it to work they ended up installing an older version that works. Of course that means I can no longer update it. Seems like overkill to have to get Lightroom instead but if that will work then I will consider it. All I need is a way to browse images though so seems like overkill. I do most of my work in InDesign and Illustrator and any image editing is done in Photoshop.

Let me know if anyone has any thoughts on a simple replacement for Bridge just for browsing a ton of images. Thanks in advance!
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