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An album is a virtual collection of photos that can be physically located in different folders on your computer. Adding photos to an album doesn't move the photos; it just creates a link to them in the album. That means that you can put together a collection of photos for viewing in Elements, or for sharing with others, that aren't necessarily all located in the same folder, and you don't even have to move the photos out of their folders to do that. In this movie, I'll show you how to create an album in the Elements Organizer, and in the movies to come, I'll show you how to make an exciting interactive Flash gallery from an album, and then share that gallery either online, or by burning it to a DVD, or CD, or by saving it to your hard drive.
So, let's make an album. To start, I'll choose the source from which I'm going to choose photos for my album. When I'm doing this outside of this course, I usually click All Media here, so that I can see all of the photos in my catalog, and then I pick and choose from among all those photos for my album, because as I said, the photos don't all have to be in the same folder, but just for purposes of this course, to keep things tidy, I've selected a folder, and I'll choose images for my album from the lesser number of photos in this folder. Now, to make an album, I have to see the album's panel, and to do that I have to switch from this hierarchical view of the folders panel that you see here, to a straight list view.
To do that, I'll click this icon to the right of the folder's title. If you're already in the straight list view, then you don't have to do that step. At the top of the column on the left, you can now see the Albums panel. If I already had some albums created, they would appear here in this panel, as long as the arrow is facing down. To create a brand new album, I'll click the arrow to the right of the plus symbol, and I'll choose New Album. I could choose a new category for albums, just to keep things neat over in the Albums panel if I have a lot of albums, but I'll just go with New Album this time.
That opens the Add New Album column over on the right. Here I'll give this album a name. I'll call it Carriages, because I'm going to include in this album photos of horses and carriages that I shot in Belgium in a town called Brugge. If I did have a Category for albums, I could choose it from here. I don't happen to have any album categories, so all that's left to do here is to add some content to this album. To do that, I can select one or more photos from the grid in the Organizer.
I'll take all five of these photos, and drag them over into the Content tab, and then I'll deselect. If I change my mind about one of these photos, I can remove it by selecting it, and then clicking the trashcan icon at the bottom of this column. If I want to add a photo to the album I'm creating, I can select it over here in the grid, in the Organizer, and drag it into the Content tab. When I'm all done, I'll click OK. Now here in my Organizer, you can see that each of the photos in this album has a little green icon under it, and when I hover over that green icon, you can see the name of the album into which I've put this photo.
By the way, you can create more than one album, and have the same photo in multiple albums. Let's take a look at the contents of this album. You can do that at anytime by going to the Albums panel, and clicking on the album name. So, here you can see all five of the photos that I brought into this album. One of the advantages of making an album is that you can reorder photos inside an album. You can't do that when you're looking at the photos inside of a folder. So, let's say that I want this vertical photo to come first in the sequence of photos; I'll click and drag it up here, and then I'll take photo number 2, and drag it to the end of the sequence.
The other advantage of putting photos into an album is that you can share an album as an exciting, interactive gallery, either online, or on a disk, or drive, and that's just what I'm going to show you how to do in the rest of the movies in this chapter.
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