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Applying keyword tags

From: Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training

Video: Applying keyword tags

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.

Applying keyword tags

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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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training

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  1. 10m 20s
    1. Welcome
      1m 13s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 35s
    3. Launching the Welcome screen
      3m 12s
    4. Touring Elements
      4m 20s
  2. 29m 45s
    1. Working with catalogs
      3m 16s
    2. Getting photos from your hard drive
      2m 49s
    3. Changing thumbnail display options
      4m 35s
    4. Getting photos from a camera or card
      9m 43s
    5. Getting photos from a CD/DVD or an external drive
      4m 46s
    6. Getting photos from a scanner
      4m 36s
  3. 43m 15s
    1. Touring the Organizer interface
      5m 44s
    2. Viewing photos
      5m 11s
    3. Selecting photos
      2m 58s
    4. Rotating photos
      2m 39s
    5. Renaming photos
      2m 7s
    6. Fixing photo dates
      2m 0s
    7. Hiding and deleting photos
      5m 24s
    8. Stacking photos
      8m 9s
    9. Moving files
      4m 43s
    10. Backing up catalogs
      4m 20s
  4. 52m 4s
    1. Applying keyword tags
      8m 33s
    2. Finding photos by keyword tags
      3m 41s
    3. Finding photos with the Keyword Tag Cloud
      1m 56s
    4. Applying Smart Tags
      4m 29s
    5. Automatically tagging people in photos
      7m 54s
    6. Applying star ratings
      2m 48s
    7. Organizing photos in albums
      4m 10s
    8. Organizing photos in Smart Albums
      6m 44s
    9. Finding photos with Text Search
      4m 31s
    10. Finding photos from the Find menu
      5m 10s
    11. Finding photos in the Timeline
      2m 8s
  5. 29m 18s
    1. Working with photos in Full Screen view
      11m 12s
    2. Viewing slideshows in Full Screen view
      4m 10s
    3. Comparing photos
      5m 22s
    4. Using Date View
      3m 41s
    5. Mapping photos
      4m 53s
  6. 56m 46s
    1. Applying Photo Fix options in the Organizer
      8m 22s
    2. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      6m 12s
    3. Applying Quick Fix controls
      11m 10s
    4. Using Quick Fix tools
      11m 2s
    5. Working in Guided Edit in the Editor
      4m 45s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      5m 57s
    7. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      9m 18s
  7. 1h 12m
    1. Opening files in Full Edit
      2m 13s
    2. Touring the Full Edit interface
      5m 5s
    3. Working with tabbed documents
      6m 57s
    4. Using tools
      6m 11s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      4m 22s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 18s
    7. Using Undo History
      5m 56s
    8. Zooming and navigating
      6m 30s
    9. Creating a blank file
      5m 58s
    10. Photo resizing and resolution
      9m 59s
    11. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 8s
    12. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 49s
    13. Saving files
      7m 47s
  8. 17m 36s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 28s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      4m 51s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      9m 17s
  9. 19m 54s
    1. Understanding selections
      2m 27s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 6s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      6m 27s
    4. Modifying and saving selections
      3m 54s
  10. 1h 0m
    1. Cropping and straightening
      3m 49s
    2. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      2m 54s
    3. Applying adjustment layers
      7m 53s
    4. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 12s
    5. Merging multiple exposures
      6m 33s
    6. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      3m 54s
    7. Adjusting with Color Curves
      3m 39s
    8. Removing a color cast
      3m 21s
    9. Correcting skin tone
      2m 34s
    10. Reducing digital noise
      4m 4s
    11. Sharpening photos
      7m 42s
    12. Working with raw photos
      9m 52s
  11. 24m 50s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      7m 52s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      4m 26s
    3. Dodging and burning
      2m 18s
    4. Healing wrinkles and blemishes
      5m 17s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 41s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 16s
  12. 31m 3s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 8s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 16s
    3. Running automated actions
      1m 51s
    4. Using layer styles
      6m 6s
    5. Using shapes
      8m 12s
    6. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      3m 13s
    7. Converting color to black and white
      3m 17s
  13. 9m 29s
    1. Creating text
      5m 8s
    2. Editing text
      2m 59s
    3. Warping text
      1m 22s
  14. 38m 50s
    1. Making a photo book
      8m 26s
    2. Making a photo collage
      9m 0s
    3. Creating a slideshow
      11m 25s
    4. Stitching a photo panorama
      4m 3s
    5. Preparing images for the web
      5m 56s
  15. 33m 54s
    1. Printing photos
      2m 58s
    2. Printing contact sheets and picture packages
      4m 58s
    3. Sending photos by email and Photo Mail
      5m 57s
    4. Burning photos to CD/DVD
      1m 17s
    5. Ordering prints and books
      1m 59s
    6. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      3m 15s
    7. Sharing photos online at Photoshop.com
      7m 40s
    8. Backing up and synchronizing online
      3m 40s
    9. Getting inspiration from Adobe.com
      2m 10s
  16. 26s
    1. Goodbye
      26s

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