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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements to organize and edit photos, build photos into projects like slideshows and photo books, and share photos with family and friends. Jan explains how to train Photoshop Elements 8 to recognize and tag faces, use the Smart Brush for targeted adjustments, and share photos using Adobe's online service, photoshop.com. She also dives deep into the application's editing tools, which rival those of the full product, Photoshop, in their ability to take snapshots and turn them into great photos. Exercise files accompany the course.
When you bring photos or other media files into an Organizer catalog, Elements makes thumbnail-sized low- resolution previews of each file, and it displays those previews here in this area of the Organizer, which is called the Photo Browser. By default, those previews are displayed as you see them here, with the thumbnail size preview and beneath it the date on which it was created. The thumbnails are organized from left to right, from the most recent to files that were created earlier, as you move to the right and as you scroll down.
To see more files in this catalog, I can go to the scrollbar on the right side of the Photo Browser and I can drag down. As I do, I'm accessing the thumbnails for images that were created earlier. This Thumbnail View is great when you're looking through your personal files, but if you're trying to access particular images for use in the exercises in this course, you can imagine that scrolling up and down to find each individual exercise file could get to be a real pain. So I suggest that you change the way that the thumbnails are displayed in the Photo Browser at least for purposes of this course.
The place I'm going to go to make that change is up at the top of the screen, here where it says Display. I'm going to click the Display menu and the first three choices there are different ways that I can display the thumbnails in the Photo Browser. By default, there is a checkmark next to the first one, the Thumbnail View, and that's the view that we're looking at now. The Import Batch View would rearrange the thumbnails, so that the most recently imported were at the top of the Photo Browser. But that's not really going to help for purposes of finding exercise files for this course. The view that will be most useful here is the Folder Location View and so I'm going to move to Folder Location and click on that choice.
That changes the way that the thumbnails are displayed over here in the Photo Browser. First of all the Photo Browser is now divided into sections. Each section represents the files that are intended to be used in a particular movie in this course. Above each section is a label that identifies the path to the particular files. So let's say that I'm interested in finding the files for the third movie in Chapter 2. Those are located here in this section and you can see the path to that section here.
The files are located in a subfolder called 02_03, which means Chapter 2, Movie 3. That subfolder is inside of another folder called chapter02 and the chapter02 folder is inside the Exercise Files folder. I've placed my Exercise Files folder, as I suggest you do, on my Desktop, which you see here. So how do you move from section to section in the Photo Browser, when you're looking for the files for a particular exercise? You could go to the scrollbar on the right of the Photo Browser and drag down.
But there is a more direct way and that is to use this hierarchical list of files in the column on the left side of the Folder Location View. This works just like Windows Explorer. So my username on this computer is tdm. I'm going to look inside the tdm user directory or user folder by clicking the Plus symbol to the left of the tdm folder icon. Now I can see the hierarchy of folders in the tdm user folder. Of course, your user folder will have a different name. I'm looking for files on my desktop, so I'll move down to the Desktop folder or directory and click the Plus symbol to the left of that icon.
Then I'll see my Exercise Files folder on the desktop, I'll click the Plus icon to the left of Exercise Files, and I can see a separate folder for each chapter inside the Exercise Files folder. Let's say that I'm looking for the exercise files for the first movie in Chapter 7. I'll go down to the chapter07 folder and click the Plus symbol there. And then I see three subfolders, one for each movie in Chapter 7. If one of those subfolders has an icon like this that has a little frame of the flower inside it, that means there are exercise files inside of that subfolder.
To see them, all I have to do is click on the icon for that subfolder. That takes the Photo Browser in this area directly to the section for that particular movie. So that's how I suggest that you access the exercise files as you work through this course. For most of the course, keep the Photo Browser in the Folder Location View, which you access from the Display menu up here at the top of the Organizer. Now I'm not suggesting that you use Folder Location View all the time. When you're working with your own personal photos, there's no reason not to set it back to Thumbnail View, but for purposes of this course, I think it will be easier for you to find and open the files that you need if you're working in the Folder Location View.
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