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Albums are great ways to be able to quickly see similar photos, even if they're located in different folders, or even on different drives, as long as they are all in the same catalog. You can make subject matter albums. You might make albums for particular projects, like those photos that you want to e-mail to your family eventually. You can even make albums to gather together your best photos. To make a new album, I'll go to the Organize column on the right, and up to the Albums panel. I'll click the arrow to the right of the green plus sign, and I'll choose New Album.
I'll give this album a name; these are My favorite photos. And then I'll just drag photo thumbnails from the Media Browser over into the Content tab of the Albums panel. This is one of my favorite photos here, so I'll drag that one in. These two are favorites also. I'll select one, and I'll hold the Command key and the Mac, the Control key on the PC, as I select this one too, and then I can drag them in together. And here's another old favorite too. Making an album like this doesn't move photos on my drive; it just creates links between the photos where I keep them and this album.
I can add to the album at any time by just getting another photo and dragging it in, and if I change my mind about a photo, I can delete it from the album by selecting it, and clicking this red minus icon. When I'm done making an album, I'll click Done, and that lists the new album here in the Albums panel. It also adds a small green icon to the bottom of each of the thumbnails that are in that album. If I make my thumbnails bigger, you can see that. If I want to see the contents of an album at any time, I'll just click on it here in the Albums panel.
One of the great things about albums is that you can rearrange photos inside an album, and that makes albums really useful if you're gathering photos together to use for particular purpose, like in a calendar, or on the pages of the book. So if I want this photo to be last, I'll just select it here, and drag it over to the end. The same photo can be in more than one album. I am going to go back to see all my photos by clicking Show All, and I'm going to make another album of photos that are candidates to be used in my holiday cards this year.
I'll click the arrow, again, to the right of the green plus, I'll choose New Album, I'll give the album a name, and I'm going to drag in some photos. I am going to use this same photo that's in My Favorites album, and as you can see, that photo can be in more than one album. And I'll put another photo in that album, and then I'll click Done. So those are the basics of creating and using albums here in Elements organizer.
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