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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.
The star rating system in Elements Organizer offers another way to organize and then to search for particular photos. I would like to use the star ratings to isolate my very best photos and my very worst photos, my picks and my rejects. Here's how I do it. Here in the Organizer I'll take a look at some of the thumbnails and right away I can see that some of those are better than others. I would like to add five stars to my best photos. So for example, I really like this photo of the wheel down here. To give this photo a five-star rating, I'll just move my cursor over the fifth star and when I'm ready, I'll click there to set five stars as the rating for that photo.
I also like this next photo, so I'll click on the fifth star for that one and the same is true of this photo. I'll give that one 5 stars the same way. Now here is a photo that I don't care for very much and that I might want to take off my hard drive eventually. But for now, I'm just going to indicate it as a reject by giving it only one star. To do that, I'll move my mouse over the first star on the left and I'll click to set that as the rating. I'm going to do the same for this photo and for this one here. So, now I have all my rejects labeled with one star and my picks labeled with five stars and I tend not to use the stars in between, because if there are too many stars in the rating system, they kind of become meaningless.
Now, I can change the number of stars that I apply to any photo. So, let's say that I'm really not sure if I want to completely reject this photo. So, I'm going to take away the one star that I gave it and to do that, I'll just click on that one star and now there are no stars applied to that particular photo. When I'm satisfied with the way that I've applied the stars my photos, I can search on those stars. So anywhere down the road, if I want to see only my very best photos, I'll go up to this menu at the top of the Organizer.
I'm going to click there to show you the three choices. I'm going to leave this set 'and higher' and then I'm going to move to the stars, to the left of that menu and I'm going to click on the fifth star. That causes Elements to show me only those photos that I've rated with five stars and higher. And now let's say I want to see the rejects, all of those that I'm considering removing from my hard drive permanently. To do that, I'm going to go back up to this menu and I'm going to change it from 'and higher' to 'only.' And then, I'm going to change the number of stars to just one, by clicking on that first star and that causes Elements to show me those two photos to which I applied just one star and at this point I might decide to hide them or to delete them from my catalog as I have shown you how to do in an earlier movie.
So, that's how easy it is to use the star rating system in Elements. Applying stars to your photo thumbnails and then searching for particular numbers of stars.
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