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Automatically tagging people

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Keyword tagging is particularly useful for your photos of people, because it's great to be able to quickly find all the photos of a particular family member or a friend. Elements' Automatic People Recognition system can speed up the process of adding keyword tags to your photos of people. Here's how it works. First, Elements will analyze your photos to see if they contain faces. By default, it does that analysis automatically when you first import photos into the Organizer. That's something that you can change in the Organizer Preferences by going into the Media Analysis section of your Preferences and unchecking Analyze photos for people automatically.

Automatically tagging people

Keyword tagging is particularly useful for your photos of people, because it's great to be able to quickly find all the photos of a particular family member or a friend. Elements' Automatic People Recognition system can speed up the process of adding keyword tags to your photos of people. Here's how it works. First, Elements will analyze your photos to see if they contain faces. By default, it does that analysis automatically when you first import photos into the Organizer. That's something that you can change in the Organizer Preferences by going into the Media Analysis section of your Preferences and unchecking Analyze photos for people automatically.

I've left my preference at its default and so all of these photos have already been analyzed. Now let's see how People Recognition tries to help you to add keyword tags to your photos of people. You can run People Recognition on all the photos in an Organizer catalog or you can select photos to run it on. I'm going to select some of the photos here in my Media Browser. I'll click on one photo, and then I'll hold down the Shift key and I'll come down and click on this photo, and that selects all in between.

Then I'll go over to the Keyword Tags panel and I'll click this icon to start People Recognition. That opens this Label people window. Elements has picked out a few of the selected photos. It's found the faces in those photos and it's asking me to identify those faces. What it's doing is trying to gather information about the people who appear in my photos so that it can apply that information automatically to my other photos, both now and in the future. Over time, the Organizer will learn about the faces that frequently show up in my photos and then it will need less input from me to identify and tag those people.

So I'll help it along by clicking Who is this? under the first photo. This is Jill, so I'll type her name, and press Enter or Return on my keyboard. I'll do the same under each of these other photos. Jill. This one is Grandma, Grandma, and Jill. Another way that I can give Elements' Organizer information that it can use to identify people in my photos is to download a list of my Facebook friends, that is, if I'm a Facebook user and I'm online, and I can do that by clicking this blue link. Elements will then use that list to auto-suggest names of people in my photos during People Recognition.

I'm not going to do that right now. Instead, since I'm done in this window, I'm just going to click Save. Notice that over in the Keyword Tags panel, there are now two new keywords in the People category. These were made for me automatically when I identified Grandma and Jill in my photos in the last window. And there is a new window open here asking me to confirm that all of these photos belong in the Jill group and all of these photos in the Grandma group. Elements has done a great job of identifying those other photos, so there's really nothing for me to do in this window.

But if it had posted a thumbnail of somebody who wasn't Grandma or wasn't Jill, then I would my mouse over that photo and click the X to exclude it from that group. I'll just go down and click Save. What happens next will vary depending on which you're running People Recognition. I'm happy to see that the People Recognition system has now labeled all the people in my selection, so I'll click OK here, and that takes me back to the Media Browser. As long as View > Details is enabled and my thumbnails are large enough, I should be able to see a blue tag at the bottom of each of the selected photos.

When I move my mouse over that tag, I can see which keyword tags have been automatically attached to that photo. And that works for photos of individuals like this one, as well as photos of multiple people, like this photo of both Jill and Grandma, which has both keyword tags attached. The workflow I just showed you--I'll call it the group workflow--comes in handy when you have lots of photos of people to keyword. There's an alternative way to use People Recognition and that is individual photo by photo. You might give this alternative method a try if you have just a couple of photos of people to tag or if the group method missed some faces, which sometimes occurs.

I'll start the photo-by-photo method by opening a photo in Single Photo view in the Media Browser. I'll select a photo here, and then I'll go up to the top of the Media Browser and I'll click the Single Photo view button. When I move my mouse over this photo, I can see that Elements has put a white frame around everything that it considers a face. It recognized both faces correctly in this photo. The frame at the top is asking, Who is this? I'll click right on that label to answer the question, and I see that Elements is suggesting a couple of names, the names that it already knows.

If one of those were correct, I could select it here. But neither is correct because this is a photo of dad, so I'll type Dad in this field, and I'll press Enter or Return on the keyboard. That created a new keyword tag in the People category of my Keyword Tags panel for Dad. I'll do the same thing for this other white frame. I'll click Who is this and I'll type Mom. Return or Enter on the keyboard and there's a new keyword tag for Mom in the People category. I'll use the arrow keys on my keyboard to move on to my next photo.

Notice that this time Elements is asking me, Is this Dad? Even though this photo was taken a number of years after the last photo in which I identified Dad and Dad now has a mustache, which he didn't have before, Elements recognizes him as Dad and it's asking me to confirm that it's correct. I'll do that by clicking the green check mark here. That applies the Dad keyword tag to this photo too. I'll move to the next photo by clicking the right arrow key on my keyboard. Now here's an even later photo of dad and this time he has not only a mustache, but a beard as well.

When I move my mouse over that white frame, I see that Elements thinks this is Dad, and I'll click the green check mark to confirm that too. And that applies the Dad keyword tag to this photo as well. I'll move to the next photo. Now here there is a later picture of Mom and Dad. I'll move over this frame. Elements thinks this is Mom, and it's correct, so I'll click the green check mark. But here's something new. Notice that there is no white frame around Dad's face. There's something about this particular photo--maybe it's the lighting or the amount of blur on Dad's face--that has kept Elements from recognizing this as a face at all.

In this case, I can go down and click the Add a missing person icon right here, at the bottom of Single Photo view. That creates this white frame. I can click inside the frame to drag it on top of Dad's face, and if I need to adjust its size, I can click and drag on any of the borders. I want to surround his face with this frame. And then I'll click Who is this? and I'll tell Elements that this is Dad. It actually starts suggesting that name as soon as I start typing it.

When I'm done, I'll click the green check mark, and that applies the Dad and the Mom keywords to this photo. I'm going to go back to view all of my thumbnails in the Media Browser by moving up to the Size menu at the top of the screen and clicking the Small Thumbnail Size. I can move the cursor over the keyword tag icon on any one of these photos to see the keyword tags that the People Recognition system automatically applied to these photos. And in the Keyword Tags panel, I have my four new keyword tags, which were automatically created by People Recognition in the People category.

Like any keyword tags, I can move these into other categories and subcategories. One of the default subcategories is Family. And since these are all family, I think I'll move those into that subcategory by clicking on a tag and then dragging it on top of the Family subcategory. As you've seen, Elements does a pretty good job of identifying which of your photos in the Organizer include faces, and then helping you tag those photos automatically with the names of the people in the photos.

It's not a perfect system, but it really can save you time when you're keyword tagging photos of your family and friends.

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Photoshop Elements 10 Essential Training

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  1. 23m 48s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Getting around Elements
      6m 9s
    3. Exploring the differences in Mac versions of Elements
      5m 41s
    4. Working with Organizer catalogs
      6m 16s
    5. Using the exercise files
      4m 44s
  2. 21m 39s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      5m 35s
    2. Importing photos from a camera
      4m 44s
    3. Importing photos from a computer
      3m 1s
    4. Importing photos from an iPhoto library
      5m 27s
    5. Importing photos from external drives
      2m 52s
  3. 31m 24s
    1. Working in Thumbnail view
      4m 10s
    2. Working in Folder Location view
      4m 33s
    3. Reviewing photos in Full Screen view
      4m 55s
    4. Editing and organizing in Full Screen view
      7m 20s
    5. Comparing photos in Side by Side view
      4m 10s
    6. Displaying photos in Date view
      2m 40s
    7. Viewing photo information
      3m 36s
  4. 47m 47s
    1. Using keyword tags to categorize photos
      6m 42s
    2. Organizing keyword tags
      4m 25s
    3. Finding photos by keyword tag
      3m 39s
    4. Automatically tagging people
      8m 21s
    5. Using automatic smart tagging
      5m 36s
    6. Assigning ratings to photos
      4m 9s
    7. Creating albums to organize photos
      5m 7s
    8. Creating smart albums
      5m 52s
    9. Stacking photos to reduce thumbnail clutter
      3m 56s
  5. 24m 35s
    1. Finding photos that are visually similar to each other
      4m 3s
    2. Searching for an object in a photo
      3m 45s
    3. Finding duplicate photos
      4m 50s
    4. Searching by text
      5m 59s
    5. Exploring the Find menu
      4m 27s
    6. Finding photos in the Timeline
      1m 31s
  6. 22m 41s
    1. Deleting photos
      4m 30s
    2. Renaming photos
      2m 24s
    3. Moving photos
      3m 58s
    4. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 37s
    5. Changing photo dates
      4m 29s
    6. Backing up
      2m 43s
  7. 16m 14s
    1. Choosing an editing workspace
      4m 37s
    2. Autocorrecting with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      3m 47s
    3. Photo finishing with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      4m 2s
    4. Changing a Photo Fix adjustment
      3m 48s
  8. 22m 10s
    1. Editing with assistance: the Guided Edit workspace
      6m 27s
    2. Retouching a photo the step-by-step way
      7m 55s
    3. Creating a dreamlike Orton effect
      1m 8s
    4. Simulating shallow depth of field
      4m 11s
    5. Creating a collage using Picture Stack
      2m 29s
  9. 29m 26s
    1. Quick improvements: introducing the Quick Edit workspace
      3m 28s
    2. Applying Quick Edit corrections
      4m 8s
    3. Adjusting lighting
      4m 0s
    4. Correcting color
      4m 20s
    5. Fixing red-eye, improving skies, and touching up photos
      6m 28s
    6. Sharpening images
      3m 10s
    7. Saving in Quick Edit
      3m 52s
  10. 41m 16s
    1. Full control: introducing the Full Edit workspace
      5m 19s
    2. Tips for using the editing tools
      3m 50s
    3. Customizing panels
      5m 10s
    4. Undoing your work
      6m 22s
    5. Zooming and navigating
      4m 41s
    6. Saving images and examining file formats
      4m 50s
    7. Working with multiple documents
      4m 0s
    8. Creating a file from scratch
      2m 57s
    9. Customizing Editor preferences
      4m 7s
  11. 25m 42s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 3s
    2. Managing layers in the Layers panel
      7m 19s
    3. Tips for working with layers
      4m 25s
    4. Understanding layer masks
      6m 55s
  12. 29m 59s
    1. Understanding selections
      6m 49s
    2. Using manual selection tools
      4m 42s
    3. Modifying selections
      4m 20s
    4. Using the automatic selection tools
      7m 11s
    5. Refining selections
      4m 50s
    6. Saving selections
      2m 7s
  13. 23m 52s
    1. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Healing Brush tool
      2m 50s
    2. Retouching skin with the Healing Brush tool
      6m 7s
    3. Retouching with the Clone Stamp tool
      1m 58s
    4. Using the Content-Aware option in the Spot Healing Brush to remove content
      3m 13s
    5. Touching up photos with the Smart Brush tools
      7m 22s
    6. Using the Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools
      2m 22s
  14. 1h 0m
    1. Understanding color management
      7m 23s
    2. Understanding adjustment layers
      6m 49s
    3. Adjusting part of a photo
      6m 16s
    4. Correcting contrast and brightness using Levels controls
      5m 6s
    5. Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation
      4m 32s
    6. Improving shadow and highlights using Shadow/Highlight
      2m 36s
    7. Adjusting lighting and color using Color Curves
      3m 53s
    8. Removing a color cast
      2m 11s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      3m 15s
    10. Reducing noise
      3m 53s
    11. Sharpening images
      6m 43s
    12. Processing multiple photos
      8m 19s
  15. 23m 6s
    1. Resizing and changing photo resolution
      7m 1s
    2. Cropping photos
      5m 35s
    3. Straightening photos
      2m 35s
    4. Adding canvas around photos
      2m 43s
    5. Changing a photos orientation using the Recompose tool
      5m 12s
  16. 23m 50s
    1. Combining photos using the Place command
      5m 21s
    2. Using a layer mask to hide a background
      6m 26s
    3. Blending images using a gradient
      8m 18s
    4. Blending images using Blend modes
      3m 45s
  17. 24m 2s
    1. Creating text
      6m 22s
    2. Editing text
      3m 49s
    3. Creating text on a selection
      6m 1s
    4. Creating text around a shape
      3m 51s
    5. Creating text on a custom path
      3m 59s
  18. 22m 43s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 24s
    2. Adding effects
      2m 6s
    3. Adding layer styles
      7m 38s
    4. Making shapes
      5m 17s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 18s
  19. 42m 14s
    1. Understanding Camera Raw
      3m 35s
    2. The Camera Raw interface
      5m 16s
    3. Adjusting color using the white balance controls
      4m 41s
    4. Controlling lighting and contrast
      6m 26s
    5. Enhancing photos with the Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation controls
      2m 39s
    6. Cropping and straightening
      2m 12s
    7. Reducing Noise
      2m 24s
    8. Sharpening
      6m 46s
    9. Outputting from Camera Raw
      4m 43s
    10. Processing multiple photos in Camera Raw
      3m 32s
  20. 56m 43s
    1. Creating a photo book
      6m 50s
    2. Completing the photo book
      10m 5s
    3. Creating a photo calendar
      8m 19s
    4. Creating a photo greeting card
      5m 17s
    5. Making other photo creations in the Create workspace
      2m 8s
    6. Outputting photo creations from the Create workspace
      2m 50s
    7. Creating a photo slideshow in Windows
      8m 45s
    8. Completing the photo slideshow
      3m 31s
    9. Making a scrapbook page from scratch in Full Edit
      8m 58s
  21. 41m 34s
    1. Printing photos
      8m 30s
    2. Printing contact sheets and picture packages in Windows
      5m 23s
    3. Printing contact sheets and picture packages on a Mac
      8m 33s
    4. Ordering prints from the Organizer
      4m 22s
    5. Sharing photos by email from the Organizer
      3m 46s
    6. Sharing photos with Photo Mail in Windows
      5m 3s
    7. Sharing photos on Facebook from the Organizer
      3m 42s
    8. Sharing photos on Flickr from the Organizer
      2m 15s
  22. 7m 34s
    1. Signing up for an Adobe ID
      2m 20s
    2. Sharing online albums from the Organizer to Photoshop.com
      5m 14s
  23. 40s
    1. Goodbye
      40s

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