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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements to organize and edit photos, build photos into projects like slideshows and photo books, and share photos with family and friends. Jan explains how to train Photoshop Elements 8 to recognize and tag faces, use the Smart Brush for targeted adjustments, and share photos using Adobe's online service, photoshop.com. She also dives deep into the application's editing tools, which rival those of the full product, Photoshop, in their ability to take snapshots and turn them into great photos. Exercise files accompany the course.
Keyword Tags are one of the most powerful ways to organize and find photos in an Organizer catalog. A keyword tag is a subject matter label that you apply to thumbnails in the Photo Browser. The beauty of tagging is that you can apply multiple tags to a single photo, so that you have more than one way to find the same photograph later. In this movie, I'll cover how to create, organize, and apply keyword tags manually. Tagging is done from the Keyword Tags panel. If you've clicked on the Organize tab at the top of the Task pane in your Organizer, you'll see the Keyword Tags panel down here.
In the Keyword Tags panel, you'll see some suggested categories in which you can organize the keyword tags that you're going to make. There is a People category, and if I click the arrow to the left of that, you'll see some pre-built subcategories for Family and Friends. There's also a Places category, Events category, and Other category. But you can create your own categories in which to organize keyword tags, as I'll show you in a moment. Now how do you create a keyword tag? Well, there is a new way to do that in Elements 8. I think it's pretty efficient, because it allows you to create and apply a keyword tag, all at the same time.
So let's say that I want to add a keyword tag to the photos of the old car that reminds me where I took these photos. I'm going to select all photos of the old car here by clicking on the first one holding the Shift key and clicking on the last one, the photo of the headlight. That selects all the car photos in between. Now, I'm going to create a keyword for the state in which I took these photos, which is Colorado. I'll move to the text field at the top of the Keyword Tags panel, and I'll click there. You can ignore the menu that appears for now, as I type the new keyword Colorado in this textbox.
As I type that keyword, Elements realizes that it's a new tag and it tells me so right here. Now at the very same time, I can apply that new tag to these selected photos in the Photo Browser by clicking the Apply button, here on the right side of the Keyword Tags panel, like this. Now each one of the car photos has an orange tag on it. If you can't see that orange tag in your Photo Browser, then go up to the Zoom slider at the top of the Organizer and drag slightly to the right to make the photo thumbnails a little bit bigger.
So, that's how you can create a brand-new keyword tag and apply it to photos, all in one step. Next, I'd like to show you how to apply an existing keyword tag to photos. So let's say that I want to apply that Colorado tag to these four photos too. First, I'm going to click in a blank area of the Photo Browser to deselect, and then I'm going to select these four photos of old objects, by clicking on the first, holding the Shift key, and then clicking on the last. To apply that existing Colorado tag to these photos, I'll move over to that text field in the Keyword Tags panel again, and click there.
When I do, I get this menu of all the existing keyword tags. I could come up to the menu and click on the Colorado tag, or if I didn't see it there because it was down in the list, then I could just start typing the word Colorado. As soon as I type just a few letters, Elements tries to complete that word for me and it shows me the Colorado choice here in the menu. So now I'll click on Colorado and then I'll click the Apply button. That applies the existing keyword to these four photos as well.
Then I'll click in a blank area of the Photo Browser to deselect. Now let's talk about how to organize keyword tags in the Keyword Tags panel. Imagine that you have lots of keyword tags here. It might help to organize them into categories and subcategories. Notice that the Colorado tag that I created by default landed inside of the Other category. But it's really a place name, so here's how I can get this tag into the Places category. All I have to do is click on the Colorado tag in the Keyword Tags panel and drag up to the Places category and release my mouse.
That not only moves the tag here in the Keyword Tags panel, but it also changes the color of the tag on each of the photos to which that tag was applied, so that the color matches the Places category. Now let's say that I want to get more specific about my tagging, and I want to tag some of these photos with the city in which I took the photo. I took the car photos in Boulder, Colorado. So the first thing I'm going to do here is to change the Colorado tag to a subcategory of the Places category, and then I'll make a Boulder tag and put it in the Colorado subcategory.
So here's how that works. I'm going to right-click on the Colorado keyword tag in the Keyword Tags panel, and from the menu that appears, I'll choose, Change Colorado keyword tag to a sub-category. It's still a keyword tag. If I move my mouse over any of these photos, it still tells me that the Colorado keyword tag is attached, but it's a subcategory for purposes of organization here in the Keyword Tags panel. Now, I'm going to select those car photos again by clicking on the first, holding the Shift key, and clicking on the last of the car photos.
And then I'll make a new keyword tag in the Keyword Tags panel, by clicking in that text field, and typing Boulder. Then I'll click Apply. Then I'm going to take that new Boulder tag out of the Other category and drag it up on top of the Colorado subcategory and release my mouse. So now I've got a category Places with a subcategory Colorado and a keyword tag Boulder. If I move my mouse over the Tag icon on any of these photos, it tells me that I have both a Colorado and a Boulder tag attached to each photo.
So I could search for either one of those keyword tags and it would bring up all of these car photos. Earlier I mentioned that you aren't limited to using the keyword tag categories that you see here in the Keyword Tags panel. So how do you create a new Keyword Tags category? To do that, I'll go over to the Keyword Tags panel, and I'm going to click this white arrow that's to the right of this green symbol. That opens a menu where I can choose a new category. In the Create Category dialog box, I'm going to name this category.
I'm going to make a category for keeping track of various parts of cars in all of my photos of antique cars. So I'll call this category, Car Parts, and I'm going to choose a color for the Car Parts tag by clicking the Choose Color button. I'll choose a purple and I'll click OK. Then I'll select a category icon. I can click-and-drag here to see the various icons that come with the program. I'm going to take this purple icon and I'll click OK. That creates a brand-new category at the bottom of the Keyword Tags panel for Car Parts.
Now I'm going to make a couple of keyword tags to put in his category. I'll click in the text field at the top of the Keyword Tags panel, and I'm going to type, headlights. Then I'm going to move into the Photo Browser, and I'm going to select all of the images that have headlights in them. So I'll click on this first image of the old car, and then I'll hold the Ctrl key, and click on this one, and this one, and this one, and this one. And if you remember holding the Ctrl key allows me to select thumbnails that are not right next to each other in the Photo Browser.
And finally, I'll go back to the Keyword Tags panel and I'll click Apply. You can see that headlights keyword tag in the Other category here in the Keyword Tags panel. To get that keyword tag into the Car Parts category, I'll just click on it, and drag it down to Car Parts, and release. Then I'm going to click in a blank area of the Photo Browser to deselect those images. I'm going to do that one more time, clicking in the text field at the top of the Keyword Tags panel, and this time I'm going to create a keyword tag for tires.
In the Photo Browser, I'll click on this image that contains a tire. I'll hold down the Ctrl key and click on this image, and then I'll click the Apply button in the Keyword Tags panel. Finally, I'll drag the new tires keyword tag from the Other category into the Car Parts category. So that's how you can create and apply keyword tags and organize your keyword tags into categories and subcategories. Now remember, the whole purpose of creating keyword tags and applying them to photos is to make it easier to find particular photos later.
And that's what I'll show you how to do in an upcoming movie in this chapter.
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