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Applying keyword tags

From: Photoshop Elements 11 Essentials: 01 Importing and Organizing Photos

Video: Applying keyword tags

To put Keyword Tags to their best use, you really need to apply them to all your photos. So I make a habit of applying Keyword Tags to my photos as soon as I import a new batch into my Organizer catalog. Keyword Tags are applied from the, the Tags panel in Media view. In the last movie, I showed you how to open the Tags panel and how to create Keyword Tags. And here you can see what I have after the last movie, these Keyword Tags in these categories; and I've also deleted some of the Keyword Tags that come with the program that I didn't think I would use.

Applying keyword tags

To put Keyword Tags to their best use, you really need to apply them to all your photos. So I make a habit of applying Keyword Tags to my photos as soon as I import a new batch into my Organizer catalog. Keyword Tags are applied from the, the Tags panel in Media view. In the last movie, I showed you how to open the Tags panel and how to create Keyword Tags. And here you can see what I have after the last movie, these Keyword Tags in these categories; and I've also deleted some of the Keyword Tags that come with the program that I didn't think I would use.

So now, let's apply a Keyword Tag to a photo. Over on the far left, I have a photo of strawberries. I'd like to apply the Fruit keyword tag to that one, so I'll click and hold the Fruit keyword tag in the Tags panel and drag on top of the photo of the strawberries, and release my mouse. That applies that tag and if you look closely, you can see the little purple icon at the bottom of that tag that represents a tag that's in my Food category. If I hover over that icon, I see that this photo now does have the keyword tag Fruit.

When you're Keyword Tagging, you want it to go as quickly as possible, so you can apply the same Keyword Tag to multiple photos. So for example, I'll select this photo by clicking on it, I'll hold the Shift key and I'll click on this photo to select all three; and then I can either drag that Fruit keyword on top of any one of those photos, or another way to apply Keyword Tags is to click on any selected photo and drag on top of the Keyword Tag. So I'll drag on top of Fruit and that applies the Fruit keyword tag to all three photos, and you can see that small Purple tag icon under each one of these photos.

And if I hover over it, I see each photo now has the keyword tag Fruit. The real beauty of Keyword Tagging is that you can apply more than one Keyword Tag to a photo. And that increases your chances of finding that photo later because all you have to do is think of one word that describes that photo and you'll be able to search on that word and find the photo you're looking for. I'm going to click off of these photos and, for example, I'm might add the keyword tag Wine to this photo, because it also contains bottles of wine. So, I'll select the Wine keyword tag and drop that on top of the same photo.

Now, when I hover over that purple icon, I see that I have both the keyword tags Fruit and Wine on this photo. I'm going to select both of these photos, holding the Shift key to select them both. And then, I'll quickly apply more then one tag to both photos. I'll click on the Vineyards tag in the Tags panel, and I'll hold the Shift key as I click on the Mountains tag as well; and I'll hold the Ctrl key, that's the Cmd key on the Mac, as I click on the Wine tag. And then, I'll click and drag from any one of those three selected tags onto any one of the selected photos and that applies all three tags to both photos.

Now, under either of these photos, you can see the purple icon for the Food category, indicating that photo has the keyword tag Wine. And if I click on the Green tag, which represents the Nature category, you can see that this photo has the keyword tags Mountains and Vineyards, as does this photo over here. And just to finish up, I'll click on this photo. I want to add just the keyword tag Wine to this photo. So, in the Keyword Tags panel, I'll click on the keyword Wine and that deselects these other keywords.

And then, I'll drag the keyword Wine onto that photo. And I'll select this photo of the wine glasses, I'll drag the keyword tag Wine on that one, too; and I'm also going to drag the keyword tag Fruit under that photo because I want to show you how you can delete a keyword tag from a photo. So if I move my mouse over the purple icon under the photo of the wine glasses, I see it does have both tags. I would like to remove the keyword tag Fruit that's incorrect, so I'll right-click on that Purple tag and here, I get a list of both of the tags that are already on this photo and I can choose to Remove the Fruit Keyword Tag.

And finally, let 's see what happens if I delete a keyword tag from the Keyword Tags panel altogether, after I've already applied that keyword tag to some photos. So remember that I applied the keyword tag Mountains to these two photos. If I right click the Mountains keyword tag and I choose Delete, I get a warning that deleting this keyword tag from the Keyword Tags panel will also remove it from all items--in other words, from these photos. That's okay in this case. I'll say, okay. And now, when I hover over the Green tag underneath either of these photos, you can see that it only represents the keyword tag Vineyards, and not the keyword tag Mountains.

So, those are some ways that you can add Keyword Tags to photos, remove Keyword Tags, and even remove Keywords Tags from the Keyword Tags panel altogether. Now that we've got these photos Keyword Tag, let's see how we can put the Keyword Tags to use to find particular photos in the next movie.

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  1. 18m 57s
    1. Welcome
      46s
    2. What is the Organizer?
      3m 1s
    3. Touring the Organizer
      4m 29s
    4. Moving between Organizer and Editor
      4m 55s
    5. Working with catalogs
      5m 46s
  2. 21m 4s
    1. Importing the exercise files
      2m 50s
    2. Importing photos from your computer
      4m 37s
    3. Importing photos from your camera
      7m 56s
    4. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      5m 41s
  3. 33m 25s
    1. Viewing photos
      3m 37s
    2. Displaying photo names and dates
      1m 0s
    3. Adjusting photo dates and times
      3m 33s
    4. Sorting photos
      2m 41s
    5. Rating photos
      5m 6s
    6. Viewing metadata in the Information panel
      3m 13s
    7. Adding photo captions
      1m 45s
    8. Hiding and showing photos
      2m 54s
    9. Stacking related photos
      5m 8s
    10. Applying instant photo fixes
      4m 28s
  4. 19m 43s
    1. Viewing a simple slideshow
      4m 51s
    2. Comparing photos side by side
      4m 30s
    3. Applying Quick Edit options
      5m 36s
    4. Applying Quick Organize options
      4m 46s
  5. 27m 30s
    1. Using the Folders panel
      7m 19s
    2. Moving and renaming files
      3m 38s
    3. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 14s
    4. Moving and renaming folders
      3m 48s
    5. Deleting files and folders
      4m 2s
    6. Using a watch folder to import new files (Windows only)
      4m 29s
  6. 10m 14s
    1. Creating albums
      5m 53s
    2. Organizing albums
      2m 38s
    3. Making instant albums from folders
      1m 43s
  7. 14m 56s
    1. Creating and organizing keyword tags
      6m 38s
    2. Applying keyword tags
      4m 59s
    3. Finding photos by keyword and Advanced Search
      3m 19s
  8. 23m 3s
    1. Identifying people automatically
      5m 55s
    2. Identifying people manually
      3m 1s
    3. Viewing people
      3m 47s
    4. Grouping people
      3m 10s
    5. Working with people tags
      7m 10s
  9. 9m 13s
    1. Creating events manually
      6m 48s
    2. Creating Smart Events
      2m 25s
  10. 9m 52s
    1. Viewing mapped photos by location
      5m 47s
    2. Adding location data to photos
      4m 5s
  11. 22m 2s
    1. Using the Find menu
      3m 36s
    2. Finding photos by metadata
      5m 31s
    3. Saving smart searches
      5m 3s
    4. Finding photos by visual similarity
      5m 56s
    5. Finding photos in the Timeline
      1m 56s
  12. 3m 22s
    1. Don't forget to back up
      2m 16s
    2. Next steps
      1m 6s

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