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Adding captions and notes

From: Photoshop Elements 9: Scanning and Restoring Photos

Video: Adding captions and notes

An important part of photo restoration that often gets overlooked by the family historian is the inclusion of historical data. The little details of who's in the picture and what's happening that will get lost down the road and nobody knows who that is. How do you attach historical data to a photograph? We use to type out the information and make a copy of it with the photo to put in our records or heaven forbid we'd write on the back of the photograph itself. But with the millions of electronic copies of photos being passed around the Internet today that no longer works very well.

Adding captions and notes

An important part of photo restoration that often gets overlooked by the family historian is the inclusion of historical data. The little details of who's in the picture and what's happening that will get lost down the road and nobody knows who that is. How do you attach historical data to a photograph? We use to type out the information and make a copy of it with the photo to put in our records or heaven forbid we'd write on the back of the photograph itself. But with the millions of electronic copies of photos being passed around the Internet today that no longer works very well.

You can however attach information to a photo electronically in the form of metadata, or as it's known in the Elements organizer, captions and notes. Still in the Organizer workspace, we will select this photo and go up to Window and Properties and here you have a space to make all your notes and a caption. Then you Caption you want a good description of what's going on in the photo? Who it is? So we will put Nana and this is her graduation photo, so Nana's graduation.

Down here in Notes, you will want everything you know such as the year of the photo and I believe this is around 1915 and if you know where the photo was taken and this was in New York, and I think that's all I know of this. If you know anything else about your photo it's vital that you put it in there. And you also might want to put things down like what's wrong with this photo? What needs to be fixed? In this, I think there are some Minor dust problems, may be a scratch or two and that's good.

Everything you know about your photo, anything you can put in there that will help somebody who's never seen this before. Just say, you're sending it to a distant cousin who hasn't got this picture and in order for them to pass this down to their children who won't know who this person is at all, you need to put these things in there. You can also add audio recordings if you choose by clicking the speaker. Once you're through putting in all the information you know then close this screen and do this with every photo you can.

It's vital for all the information we know about a photo to be attached to that photo so future generations have the information we do. The old ways don't work anymore but Photoshop Elements 9 gives us a great way to input the data electronically so that it's attached to the photo permanently.

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Photoshop Elements 9: Scanning and Restoring Photos

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  1. 1m 40s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      39s
  2. 13m 20s
    1. Identifying your media
      2m 45s
    2. Determining your equipment needs
      2m 24s
    3. Setting your scanner
      3m 26s
    4. Scanning negatives, slides, and film
      1m 11s
    5. Digitizing damaged and delicate photos
      3m 34s
  3. 10m 51s
    1. Importing photos into the Organizer
      3m 34s
    2. Adding captions and notes
      2m 47s
    3. Adding keyword and smart tags
      4m 30s
  4. 25m 11s
    1. Using Levels
      4m 7s
    2. Fixing fades with Threshold
      3m 22s
    3. Adjusting contrast using Color Curves
      4m 18s
    4. Darkening images with blend modes
      2m 12s
    5. Adjusting brightness and contrast
      2m 2s
    6. Using Quick Fix for lighting
      4m 12s
    7. Fixing automatically with Guided Edit
      4m 58s
  5. 18m 59s
    1. Using Levels to fix color
      3m 29s
    2. Correcting color automatically with Enhance
      3m 39s
    3. Correcting color with complementary colors
      5m 19s
    4. Using Color Variations
      3m 28s
    5. Using Quick Fix for color
      3m 4s
  6. 22m 37s
    1. Using the Clone Stamp tool
      5m 24s
    2. Using the Healing Brush
      5m 5s
    3. Working with newspaper and magazine images
      3m 12s
    4. Softening paper texture
      4m 40s
    5. Taming fingerprints
      4m 16s
  7. 42m 52s
    1. Repairing small rips and creases
      4m 22s
    2. Repairing large tears
      8m 22s
    3. Filling in missing pieces
      5m 36s
    4. Reassembling a photo from pieces
      10m 12s
    5. Fixing and replacing backgrounds
      5m 0s
    6. Using Photomerge with panoramas
      3m 59s
    7. Repairing documents
      5m 21s
  8. 22m 48s
    1. Creating a photo book
      6m 1s
    2. Making a calendar
      3m 52s
    3. Creating a personalized greeting card
      4m 26s
    4. Making a slideshow (Windows only)
      4m 22s
    5. Creating a flyer
      4m 7s
  9. 25s
    1. Final thoughts
      25s

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