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Creating Smart Events

From: Photoshop Elements 11 Essentials: 01 Importing and Organizing Photos

Video: Creating Smart Events

Another way to create Events is to ask the Organizer to do that for you automatically. This really comes in handy if you have lots of photos that you're working with all in one folder, like the folder that I've selected here in Media view, or in your entire Catalog. To create automatic Smart Svents, I'll jump over to Events view by clicking the Events button at the top of the Organizer. Here in the Events view, I'll move the Event switch from Events over to Smart Events. By default, that divides the photos in the source container by date.

Creating Smart Events

Another way to create Events is to ask the Organizer to do that for you automatically. This really comes in handy if you have lots of photos that you're working with all in one folder, like the folder that I've selected here in Media view, or in your entire Catalog. To create automatic Smart Svents, I'll jump over to Events view by clicking the Events button at the top of the Organizer. Here in the Events view, I'll move the Event switch from Events over to Smart Events. By default, that divides the photos in the source container by date.

So now, I have two automatically-made stacks of photos. The first are photos that were taken on the fifteenth of May. I can move my cursor across that stack to see what's in that stack. And here, I have five photos taken on the fourteen of May; I can move my cursor across that stack. Particularly when I am traveling, I'll often shoot all day. So I really will be capturing different events even though they are on the same date. In that case, you can refine your stacks by time, by clicking this button, and then dragging the Time slider over to the right.

And doing that has divided this first group of photos into two stacks according to time periods, which you can see here at the bottom of each stack. If I drag that slider over further, that's divided my second stack into two stacks as well. This one with three items and this one with just two items. There are a few other options for working with Smart Event stacks. If I right-click a stack, I see that I have the option to view the stack as a slideshow in Full Screen view, which is similar to the Full Screen slideshow that I showed you earlier and it's a really nice way to view your photos.

I can also name an event here. So if I choose Name Event, I can type Train to Paris. I could add a description if I want; I'll just leave that blank, and click okay. And now, if I go back to Media View by clicking on the Media button at the top of the Organizer, you can see that those two photos have an icon under them representing the train to Paris event. I'm going to go back to Events view. To remind you that in Events view, whether you're dealing with Events or Smart Events, you have a calendar over here. And you can use that calendar to narrow down the number of stacks that you see to just a particular year, or a particular month, or a particular day within a month.

So those are some ways to use Smart Events to quickly organize your photos by their content so that you can find just the photos you're looking for later.

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  1. 18m 57s
    1. Welcome
      46s
    2. What is the Organizer?
      3m 1s
    3. Touring the Organizer
      4m 29s
    4. Moving between Organizer and Editor
      4m 55s
    5. Working with catalogs
      5m 46s
  2. 21m 4s
    1. Importing the exercise files
      2m 50s
    2. Importing photos from your computer
      4m 37s
    3. Importing photos from your camera
      7m 56s
    4. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      5m 41s
  3. 33m 25s
    1. Viewing photos
      3m 37s
    2. Displaying photo names and dates
      1m 0s
    3. Adjusting photo dates and times
      3m 33s
    4. Sorting photos
      2m 41s
    5. Rating photos
      5m 6s
    6. Viewing metadata in the Information panel
      3m 13s
    7. Adding photo captions
      1m 45s
    8. Hiding and showing photos
      2m 54s
    9. Stacking related photos
      5m 8s
    10. Applying instant photo fixes
      4m 28s
  4. 19m 43s
    1. Viewing a simple slideshow
      4m 51s
    2. Comparing photos side by side
      4m 30s
    3. Applying Quick Edit options
      5m 36s
    4. Applying Quick Organize options
      4m 46s
  5. 27m 30s
    1. Using the Folders panel
      7m 19s
    2. Moving and renaming files
      3m 38s
    3. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 14s
    4. Moving and renaming folders
      3m 48s
    5. Deleting files and folders
      4m 2s
    6. Using a watch folder to import new files (Windows only)
      4m 29s
  6. 10m 14s
    1. Creating albums
      5m 53s
    2. Organizing albums
      2m 38s
    3. Making instant albums from folders
      1m 43s
  7. 14m 56s
    1. Creating and organizing keyword tags
      6m 38s
    2. Applying keyword tags
      4m 59s
    3. Finding photos by keyword and Advanced Search
      3m 19s
  8. 23m 3s
    1. Identifying people automatically
      5m 55s
    2. Identifying people manually
      3m 1s
    3. Viewing people
      3m 47s
    4. Grouping people
      3m 10s
    5. Working with people tags
      7m 10s
  9. 9m 13s
    1. Creating events manually
      6m 48s
    2. Creating Smart Events
      2m 25s
  10. 9m 52s
    1. Viewing mapped photos by location
      5m 47s
    2. Adding location data to photos
      4m 5s
  11. 22m 2s
    1. Using the Find menu
      3m 36s
    2. Finding photos by metadata
      5m 31s
    3. Saving smart searches
      5m 3s
    4. Finding photos by visual similarity
      5m 56s
    5. Finding photos in the Timeline
      1m 56s
  12. 3m 22s
    1. Don't forget to back up
      2m 16s
    2. Next steps
      1m 6s

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