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Automatically tagging people in photos

From: Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training

Video: Automatically tagging people in photos

An exciting new feature in Elements 8 is Elements' ability to automatically detect faces in your photographs and then to add tags to those photographs identifying the faces in them. You give Elements some information about the people that you often photograph and it does the bulk of the work tagging those photos. Rather than have Elements tag the entire catalog, I'm going to select some photos in which to run the People Recognition feature. I'll click on the first of those photos, I'll hold the Shift key and I'll click on the last of those to select all in between.

Automatically tagging people in photos

An exciting new feature in Elements 8 is Elements' ability to automatically detect faces in your photographs and then to add tags to those photographs identifying the faces in them. You give Elements some information about the people that you often photograph and it does the bulk of the work tagging those photos. Rather than have Elements tag the entire catalog, I'm going to select some photos in which to run the People Recognition feature. I'll click on the first of those photos, I'll hold the Shift key and I'll click on the last of those to select all in between.

Then I'm going over to the Keyword Tags panel and I'm going to click the start people recognition icon here. Elements goes ahead and analyzes the selected photos. This can take several minutes. Longer if you've got RAW files rather than JPEG's. When the analysis is done, Elements opens these People Recognition window, showing one of the selected photographs with a white rectangular bounding box around the face in the photograph and the question 'Who is this?' I will tell Elements the answer by clicking on the 'Who is this' prompt to open his text editing field, where I'll type Andrew.

I'll press enter on my keyboard and that tags this photo with Andrew's name and in the Keyword Tags panel, it creates a brand new Keyword Tag for Andrew. That Keyword Tag by default is in the People category, but I could move it to another category by clicking-and- dragging if I wished or I could create a whole new category for my People Recognition Keyword Tags. But I'm going to leave the tag where it is and I'm going to move on to the next photo by clicking the arrow on the right side of the People Recognition window. Now this is also Andrew and Elements recognizes him based on the information that I have it about what Andrew looks like in the last photo.

So it asks "Is this Andrew?" and because it is I'll click the green checkmark. If it was not Andrew, I would click the red x but I'll click the green checkmark and that tags this photo of Andrew with his name. Now I'll go on to the next image by clicking the arrow on the right of the People Recognition window. This is a photo of my son Coby. Notice that there is no white bounding box around this photo at all and that's because Elements doesn't even think that this is a face. It doesn't recognize it as a face at all, because it's such an extreme close-up.

When that happens you can tell Elements that yes, this is a face, by going down to Add Missing Person button and clicking there and that adds this white bounding box. I can click in the middle of the bounding box and move it into place over the face and then I can use any of the anchor points to drag out the white bounding box, so it covers the face. And now I'll click on that 'Who is this' prompt and I'll tell Elements that this is my son Coby, and I'll press Enter on the keyboard. Now, I'm going to go to the next photo by clicking the arrow on the right and before I tag this photo, notice that there is now a new Coby Keyword Tag in the People category in the Keyword Tags panel.

Now this is somebody else. This is my daughter Kate. So, I'll click on 'Who is this' and I'll type her name, Kate, and press Enter. And there is now a new tag for Kate as well. I happened to know that I have more photos of Kate among the selected photos. So, rather than go through the photos one by one, I'm going to double-click inside of this bounding box around Kate's face after I've tagged this particular photo. And that opens this window with two tabs Unconfirmed and Confirmed. In the Unconfirmed tab, Elements is saying, which of these are Kate? If it thinks that a photo is Kate, that thumbnail is clear, as you see these two here.

And these do happen to be Kate, so I'm going to leave them alone. The next photo also happens to be Kate, although Elements thinks it might not be. So, I'm going to move my mouse over that thumbnail and that changes the red x to a green checkmark and I'm going to click that, confirming that this is also Kate. None of the other photos here are Kate. These are Coby and these three are my friend Roddy. So, I'm going to leave the red x on top of those photos, meaning those are not Kate. Then I'm going to check the Confirmed tab here and in this tab Elements is asking me a variation on that question, Are any of these not Kate? Well, if this was not Kate, I would move my mouse over it and then click the red x, but it is Kate. So, I'll leave it alone.

Now that I'm done in this Confirming Kate window, I'll click Save to save all of that information into Elements People Recognition system and that takes me back to the People Recognition window where I'll go on to the next photo by clicking the arrow here. Now Elements recognizes this as Kate, so I'll click the green checkmark. Then I'll go to the next photo. It also recognizes this as Kate, even though these photos were all taken several years apart from one another and on to the next photo this is my son Coby, so I'll click here.

Elements suggest that it might be Andrew but it's not. I'll click Coby and press Enter and I'll go to the next photo. Now this is interesting. Here is a photo with two faces and the beauty of the tagging system is that I can identify both faces in this photo, so that later if I search for all photos of Kate, it would bring this photo up, even though Coby is in the photo also and if I search for all the photos of Coby, it would bring the same photo up as a result of that search. So first, I have my mouse over the bounding box on the right, which is around Coby's face.

It asks, "Who is this?" I'm going to click on 'Who is this' and I get a suggestion, Kate or Coby. It's Coby, so I'll click Coby. Now on the left-hand bounding box Elements knows who this is. I have given it enough information about Kate that it recognizes her. It asks is this Kate? I'll click the green checkmark to say yes, and now I've got both of the faces in this photo tagged. I am going to click the right-hand arrow. Now here I have some photos of my friend Roddy. So, I'll identify this is Roddy. No, it's not Andrew.

It's Roddy and I'll press Enter and that creates a Keyword Tag for Roddy. I'll go on to the next photo of Roddy. Elements recognizes Roddy, so I'll click green checkmark and I'll go to the next photo. This is also Roddy. For some reason it didn't recognize this one but it suggests his name, so I'll select it and I'll go to the next one. And here is a photo that Elements does not recognize as a face. That's often the case when you have a photo in which both eyes are not showing, a side view or a view looking down like this or a view in which the subject is relatively far away.

This is a face and it's Roddy, so I'll click Add Missing Person. I'll click-and-drag in the bounding box, so it's around Roddy's face and I'll use the anchor points just around his face. Then I'll click 'Who is this' and I'll tell Elements that this is Roddy. Now notice as soon as I started typing Roddy's name, because Elements knows his name, it completed the name for me. I don't even have to finish typing it. I'll just press Enter on the keyboard. I'll click the arrow one more time. Elements sees this as a face, but it doesn't know it's Roddy, so I'll type Roddy and I'll press Enter.

And I'll click one more time and now it recognizes this is Roddy, so I'll click the checkmark. Now, I'll click one more time but I'm at the end of the photos that I had selected. So, I'm done. I'll click the Done button. Now sometimes at this point if Elements still has a question about a photo or two, it'll show me some further prompts. But this time around Elements was able to tag all of these images for me and so it takes me back to the Organizer, where I can see that each of the thumbnails I selected now has the appropriate People tag. There is Roddy, there is Kate, there is Coby and so on.

So if you're someone who shoots lots of photographs of people, this People Recognition feature can save you time and effort when you're tagging your photos. If you have just a few people photos, it may be easier for you to create and apply tags manually, as I showed you how to do earlier. But in the long run, if you persevere using the People Recognition photos in a catalog, you will find that the system finds more faces of the people that you commonly shoot as its recognition mechanism gets more information and becomes more accurate.

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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. Touring the Full Edit interface
      5m 5s
    2. Opening files in Full Edit
      2m 13s
    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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