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In this course, photographer and author Jan Kabili walks you through importing, organizing, and finding your photos using the Organizer in Adobe Photoshop Elements 11. The course covers importing photos from your camera and computer; reviewing and evaluating photos; tagging images with ratings, keywords, people, and places; working with files and folders; and creating and organizing albums. Jan also shows how to find images with metadata and in the timeline, and how to apply instant photo fixes and Quick Edit image adjustments.
After I've reviewed all of my photos from a shoot and I've chosen those that I like the best, sometimes I have to choose the very best for a particular project or to show a client. It can be difficult to do that when you have a number of photos that you like. And that's when I like to use the Compare feature in Full Screen view, which shows me just two photos at a time, making my choice easier. So here I have six photos that I like in this folder. To go into Full Screen view, I'll go to the View menu, and I'll choose Full Screen. Here in Full Screen view, you can see those two panels on the left, which are going to collapse on their own in just a moment.
We'll look at those shortly. For now, I want to get to the Compare feature. So I'm going to move my cursor, and that brings up this Control bar. If you happen to leave your cursor where it is for just a moment, the Control bar will disappear. If that happens to you, just move your cursor a little bit and the Control bar will come back into view. So down here I can see a filmstrip of thumbnails of the six photos in the folder that I started with. I'd like to compare them two at a time, one to the other. So I'll move my cursor to bring that Control bar back and I'll click on the View icon.
From here, I can choose to view two photos at a time, either one on top of each other or next to one another. I'll go with the next to one another view by clicking this icon. So now I see just two of the photos in the filmstrip next to one another. And there's a blue box around the photo on the left. I think of that blue box as the Replacement box. You'll see why in just a moment. Take a look at the filmstrip and you'll see there are two thumbnails highlighted there. Those are the two photos that I'm comparing at the moment in this nice, large, clean view.
Of these two photos, I prefer the one on the right. So, here's what I'm going to do. I'm going to leave the blue box, the Replacement box, around the photo on the left; and I'm going to switch that photo on the left out for the next photo in the folder. The way that I'll do that is to click the right-facing arrow in the Control bar. Now, you can see which two photos are being compared if you look at the thumbnails that are highlighted in the filmstrip. Of these two photos, I still like that photo on the right the best, so I'll leave the blue box where it is; and I'll replace the photo on the left with another photo by again clicking the right arrow in the Control bar.
Of these two photos, I actually like the photo on the left the best, so I don't want to replace that one. I want to leave that one up on screen. I want to replace the photo on the right. So I need to take that Replacement box and move it over the photo on the right. To do that, I'll click once on the photo on the right. So now, it is this photo on the right that's going to be replaced when I come down and click the right- facing arrow in the Control bar. So that replaces the photo on the right with the next photo down here in the filmstrip.
Of these two, I still like that photo on the left the best. So I'll leave the Replacement box over on the right, and I'll click the right-facing arrow again to add yet a new photo to the box on the right. Now of these two photos, I really like the photo on the right the best. So I need to move the replacement box back over to the left. I'll do that by clicking on the photo on the left; and I'm going to click the right-facing arrow to replace the photo on the left with the last photo in my filmstrip.
And now I have my last comparison, comparing the photo that's the winner so far, the one on the right, with the new photo on the left. I think the photo on the right is a better choice because it shows more features of this house. So, the photo on the right is the winner. I'll click once on the photo on the right. And now, to indicate that that is the winner, I'm going to move my cursor over that panel at the top-left of the screen. At the top of that panel, you can see a line of stars. I'm going to give the winner--the photo on the right--five stars, by clicking on the fifth star here.
And then I'll move off that panel and it will collapse. Now you don't see the stars here, but when I go back to Media view, those stars will indicate which of the six photos in the folder is my favorite. To exit out of Full Screen view and go back to Media view, I'll click the Exit button here in the Control bar. And back in Media view, I'm going to scroll down; and you can see the five stars under the photo that I selected by comparing all these photos to one another, two at a time, which made my job a lot easier.
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