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There's nothing worse than the feeling you get when your computer crashes or even worse is lost and you have no backup of your favorite photos. That will be less of a worry for you if you used the Photoshop.com Backup and Synchronization features in Elements. Not only will Photoshop.com automatically backup designated albums, it will also synchronize any changes that you make in Elements to an album and those changes will appear not only in the corresponding album online but if you're using Photoshop Elements 8 on another computer, you can synchronize the way the album looks on the other computer, as well as on Photoshop.com and it happens automatically.
For this lesson, I'm going to make a new album but you can backup and synchronize an existing album by right- clicking in Album Name, choosing to edit the album and if the album is not being backed up, as this one already is, checking Backup Synchronize. I am going to cancel and I'll create a new album by selecting some photos in the Organizer. I'll click on one. I'll hold the Shift key and click on another to select all four of these and then I'll go to the Albums panel. I'll click the Plus symbol and I'll choose New Album, as I have showed you how to do before and I'll call this one Guitars.
Now, I'm going to leave Backup Synchronize checked here and I'll click Done. That not only creates the album; it also sets it up for Backup and Synchronization. Now, in the Albums panel, there are two new icons to the left of the Guitars album indicating that it is set for Synchronization and Backup. Now, I'm going to come down to this small Save icon at the bottom of the Organizer. I'll click that icon and I'm going to choose View BackupSynchronization Status. This lets me see the status of where Elements is in backing up and synchronizing this particular album, and being able to view the backup and synchronization status like this is a new feature in Photoshop Elements 8.
When the synchronization is done, I get a message that my desktop photos are in sync with my online account. So, I'm going to close this window and if I went to my Photoshop.com account now, I would see the same photos there in this album that I see here in Elements. If I go back down to that Synchronize menu at the bottom of the Organizer and click, I can also choose to view all of the files that are backed up and synchronized in this catalog, or those that are not backed up. I'm going to click View Back Up/ Synchronized files and then I'll go to be slider at the top of the Organizer and drag to the left, so that I can see the thumbnails of all files that are backed up and synchronized in this catalog.
There are some special preferences that govern the backup synchronization process and those are found under the Edit menu in Preferences > Backup/Synchronization. Here you can see that Backup and Synchronization is on and here you can see each of the albums that I've made and whether they are synchronized or not. I can choose to backup or sync my entire catalog from here and also from here, I can upgrade my membership at Photoshop.com. Since I have the free membership, I currently have only 2 GB of storage space for my backup and synchronization, but as my catalog grows, I may want to upgrade to the paid membership so that I have more room to backup and synchronize.
I am going to click the Cancel button to close this dialog box and I want to say that I think that this Backup and Synchronization feature alone is a good reason to sign up for Photoshop.com, but I do want to emphasize that this online backup shouldn't be your only one. It's also a good idea to backup your photos manually to an external drive or CDs or DVDs so that you have extra insurance.
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