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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.
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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