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Getting Started with Photoshop Elements 10

Basic organization


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Getting Started with Photoshop Elements 10

with Chad Chelius

Video: Basic organization

It sounds really basic, but organizing your images is one of the key aspects of efficiently using the Elements 10 Organizer. In this video I'll show you the basics of organizing and managing your images inside of the Organizer. I'm beginning this video with the Elements 10 Organizer already open on my computer. And we're going to start with some of the basic things that you'll need to do to your images, when working within the Elements 10 Organizer. So, what I'm going to do is, I'm going to start by clicking on a photo. And one of the things that we can do inside of the Elements 10 Organizer is rename photos, if we choose to do so. Now, I've already made sure that I'm viewing the file name, so that I can see the name of my file.

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Getting Started with Photoshop Elements 10
4h 33m Beginner Sep 29, 2011

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Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 provides some powerful tools to help you do everything from managing and organizing your photos, to optimizing your images and making basic adjustments, to sharing your final results and making great prints. In this introduction to Photoshop Elements, Chad Chelius walks you through the new features introduced in Photoshop Elements 10, including tools to improve searching for photos and dealing with duplicates and new effects like Depth of Field and the Orton effect. Along the way, discover how to add special effects to your photos, tag images both by keyword and with the people recognition feature, and correct common problems like underexposure, overexposure, and color casts.

Topics include:
  • Importing photos
  • Understanding catalogs
  • Organizing photos
  • Search options
  • Using Guided Edit mode, Quick Edit mode, and Full Edit mode
  • Creating a collage
  • Printing and sharing photos
  • Backup and synchronization with Photoshop.com
Subjects:
Photography video2brain
Software:
Photoshop Elements Elements
Author:
Chad Chelius

Basic organization

It sounds really basic, but organizing your images is one of the key aspects of efficiently using the Elements 10 Organizer. In this video I'll show you the basics of organizing and managing your images inside of the Organizer. I'm beginning this video with the Elements 10 Organizer already open on my computer. And we're going to start with some of the basic things that you'll need to do to your images, when working within the Elements 10 Organizer. So, what I'm going to do is, I'm going to start by clicking on a photo. And one of the things that we can do inside of the Elements 10 Organizer is rename photos, if we choose to do so. Now, I've already made sure that I'm viewing the file name, so that I can see the name of my file.

Now if you're not seeing that, you can go to your View menu and make sure that Show File name is selected. And with the image selected, I can rename an image by clicking on the File menu and choosing Rename. Now currently, you can see that the name of the image is img_1251. And that's simply the name that was assigned with the camera, that was used to shoot this image. So I'm going to highlight the name of this file and I'm going to give it a new name. I'm going to call this one Claire at beach.

And when I click OK, you'll notice that now the name of this file has a more appropriate name. I'm going to go ahead and click on this image. Go to the File menu and choose Rename, I'm going to call this one Gabe at beach. Click OK, and you can see that the file has been renamed to what I selected. Now in addition, we can go ahead and add captions to our images. So I'm going to scroll down a little bit, and I'm going to find the image of this guy on the beach smoking a cigar. So I can add a caption to this image very easily.

By going to the Edit menu. And choosing Add Caption. So I'm going to give this image a caption of Captain Jack. We're going to click OK. And we can't really see the caption in the Thumbnail view, but if you Double click on this image to view the full size of the image, you can see that the caption is listed down here below the image. I'm going to go ahead and return to the Thumbnail view. And I also want to show you, that if you come up here and click on the View Edit Organize in Fullscreen button, that the caption also shows up when you view this image in Fullscreen mode. So I'm going to go ahead and press the Escape key on my keyboard to return to Thumbnail view.

And you can add as many captions to these thumbnail images as you wish. Now, in addition to adding captions, we can also delete files. Yes, of course, when we take photos with our digital camera, there are always going to be some often, a lot, that we don't really want, and we want to get rid of, so let's take a look at that. I'm going to scroll down towards the bottom here, and I have an image here, that I took of the blinds, and I though it was going to turn out pretty neat. But if I Double-click on this, to look at it in full screen, or as a large view here, you can see that, I really don't know what I'm going to do with this image. So let's return to our Thumbnail view.

And if we want to delete this image if we're sure that we don't want it, we can select this image, The thumbnail inside of the media browser. And I'm going to come up here to the Edit menu and I'm going to choose Delete from catalog. Now, when I choose this option. If I leave this setting as its default, as the dialog explains, it's going to delete this image from the Catalog. But the image will actually remain on my hard drive. And there may be some cases where you might want to do this.

But overall, you generally want to also delete it from your hard drive, because you'll end up with what I call orphaned files. they're essentially files that exist on your hard drive, but they're not really being managed and you can't really get to them via Photoshop Elements. So, in addition, I'm going to click on the checkbox to also Delete the selected item from the hard disc. When I click OK, you'll see that that images is now removed, not only from the catalog, but also from my hard drive. But what about moving files. There's going to be times when you want to move your file to a different location. Maybe you imported some photos from a folder of images that you got in an email, and instead of those photos residing on your desktop, or in a certain email folder.

You may want to keep them with the rest of the images that your managing with Photoshop Elements. So what I'm going to do is, I'm going to select an image, so I'll just choose, you can really choose any random image here but as you can see I'm using the img_3779 image. And I want to first of all see where it's currently located. So what I'm going to to do is I'm going to right-click, or if you don't have a two-button mouse you can Ctrl+Click, and I'm going to to choose Show Properties.

And we can see that if we look down here towards the bottom, that this image is located on my desktop in the Project Files folder. Now, for whatever reason, maybe I want to make sure that this gets put into my Pictures folder. So I'm going to close this properties dialog, and I'm going to make sure this image is selected. And I'm going to come up here to the File menu and I'm going to choose Move. And this brings up a dialog box, and I should point out that we can move one image or we can select a range of images to move as well.

And you can see that right now it wants to put this in the Pictures folder on my hard drive. Now I'm going to click the Browse button, and that's going to take me into the Pictures folder, and you can really navigate to whatever folder you want. But I'm going to go into the Adobe folder. In the Organizer folder, and you can see that there's the iPhoto Library Media folder. I could also choose Other photos. So it really doesn't matter where you move this to, as long as you know where they're going to be located.

So I'm going to choose Other Photos. I'm going to go ahead and click the OK button. And then I'll click OK one more time to actually move the file. Now, nothing really happens and there's no indicator reflecting the move. But once again if we right-click, or if you don't have a two-button mouse, Ctrl+Click and choose Show Properties. You will notice that down here at the bottom, it is now located in my picture folder, in the Adobe folder, in the other folders folder. And I really do encourage you to move your images in this manner, because if you move them manually on your hard drive, Photoshop Elements could lose track of them.

And then you have the manually point to those photos to update the organizer. So I'm going to to go ahead and close this dialog. And the other thing we can do, is we can change the date and time of an image. Now, generally, you probably don't want to do this, but I've run into a couple situations, where I've gotten photos from a CD that somebody gave to me. Or it was burned to a DVD and I decided to take those photos and import them into my hard drive. And the date got incorrectly identified when I did that. So what I'm going to do, you can see that here, this one was taken on July 24th. So what I'm going to do is, I'm going to select this range of photos. And I'm essentially, I'm going to select all the Doc Images. Because I know that they were taken earlier in the year. And I want to make sure that the date and time has been updated to reflect that. So I selected all these by clicking on the first image, and then holding the Shift key, and clicking on the last image.

What I'm going to do, is come up here to the Edit menu, and I'm going to choose, Adjust Date and Time of Selected Items. And you can see that we have four different options here. We can change it to a specified date and time. We can change it to match the file's date and time. We can shift to a new starting date and time, or we can shift by a set number of hours. So maybe we took the photo in California, and we want to shift the number of hours by four hours, to reflect the current location in Florida.

But what I'm going to do is I'm going to click the Change to Specified Date and Time. I'm going to click OK. And now I can choose a different date and time. So the time, hmm, I'm really not sure when I took this image. But I know it wasn't 6:52 in the morning. So I'm going to go ahead and change this. I think it was somewhere around 5:30 pm. I am going to make sure I select the a.m and change it to p.m. And I think this was in May, so where going to change this to May, and where going to go with the 10th.

Go ahead and change that to May 10th, and then if you look at the Thumbnail in the organizer here, you can see this is the current date and time. But when I click OK, you're going to notice that that date and time has now been changed. And because I'm currently displaying these images by date, newest first, that's going to force those images to be moved down a little bit. So I'm going to scroll down a little bit. And if I get down here, you're going to see that my ducks are now showing up, in the chronological order that my Organizer is being viewed in. So as you can see, being able to do basic organization and management of your photos in the Elements 10 organizer, can really hep you to keep your photos accurate and to manage their properties for future use.

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