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Creating albums

From: Getting Started with Photoshop Elements 10

Video: Creating albums

Albums provide a way of virtually organizing your photos, as you would a traditional photo album. In the Elements 10 Organizer, you create an album, and then apply photos to that album. This way, with the click of a button, you can view images within a given album. Let me show you how albums work. I'm beginning this video with the Elements 10 Organizer already open on my computer. And what I want to do, is I want to move some of these photos into an album, so that I can access them quickly in the future.

Creating albums

Albums provide a way of virtually organizing your photos, as you would a traditional photo album. In the Elements 10 Organizer, you create an album, and then apply photos to that album. This way, with the click of a button, you can view images within a given album. Let me show you how albums work. I'm beginning this video with the Elements 10 Organizer already open on my computer. And what I want to do, is I want to move some of these photos into an album, so that I can access them quickly in the future.

Now, I'm going to begin by scrolling down towards the bottom of my Media Browser. And what I'd like to do is select all of these flower photos that I've taken. So I'm just going to Shift+click to select this range of photos, and there's actually more down a little bit further, so I'm just going to use Cmd+click on Mac or Ctrl+click on Windows to add to that range of images. That looks good. Now, what I'd like to do is move these photos into an album, and I'm using the term move very loosely, because I'm really not moving the images at all. Really what I'm doing, is simply associating these images to an album. So, to create an album, I'm going to come up here to the Organize tab. And this first section here is the Albums panel.

I'm going to click on this plus sign, and I'm simply going to choose New album. And what's really nice about using this method to create an album, is that all of my selected photos are automatically going to be added to this album. So, the first thing I need to do is give this album a name. So, I'm going to give this a name of flowers, appropriately enough. And in this example I'm going to uncheck the backup sync checkbox. And I'm going to go ahead and click the Done button. And what you're going to see is now, I have a New Album called Flowers.

And if I click on that album, you'll notice that only the flowers are being viewed in my Media Browser. Now, I want to point out one more thing and that is that now that these images are associated with that album, you can see this in the lower right corner of each thumbnail. And you can see when I hover over it, it tells me that it's in the album Flowers. So, this is pretty cool. Now, if I want to see all of my images again, I can simply click the Show All button at the top of the Media Browser.

And now I'm back to where I was. So, we're going to create a couple more albums here. So, this time what I'd like to do, is create an album without first selecting the photos. And this way you'll know how to add photos to an album a different way. So, what I'm going to do is click the plus sign, and choose New Album, one more time. And you can see that, now, because I didn't have any photos selected, there's nothing added to the content area. So, I'm going to enter a new album name.

So, I'm going to call this Beach Vacation. And I'm going to turn off backup sync for now. And I can go ahead and click done at this point, but you can also drag images into the content area as well. So, I'll go ahead and drag a couple of these beach pictures in here. And then when I click done, you'll see that now these three photos have been added to the Beach Vacation album. Now later on, if I want to add photos to that album, I can do a couple of things here.

I can drag a photo and drop it on that album. And now that photo will get added to that album. I can do the opposite though as well. I can drag the album onto the photo, to associate that image to the album. So, I'm going to go ahead and select this last set of photos here. And I'll just go ahead and drag these over to the Beach Vacation album, and now they're all associated with that album. Once again, to view the album, just click on the Beach Vacation album.

And now I'm seeing all of the photos within that album. I'm going to go ahead and click the Show All button. Now, what we can also do is we can create album categories. So, one of the things that we can do here is create a category that we can put multiple albums inside of. So in this example, I actually have multiple albums that are going to be associated with the beach. So, what I'm going to do here is I'm going to click the plus sign. And this time, I'm going to choose New Album > Category.

And I'm going to choose the category name. So, what I'm going to do here is I'm going to give this a general category of beach. And if I wanted to, I could choose another top level Parent Album Category. But in this case, I'm not going to do that, I'll just leave this set to None. And I'm going to go ahead and click Okay. And now you can see that we have a category called Beach. Now what I want to do, is I want to associate my Beach Vacation album with that category. So, I'm simply going to drag that down and drop it on top of beach. And you'll see that the Beach Vacation album is now indented, within the Beach category.

Now what I'm going to do, is I'm going to select this range of photos here, the ones that I took of the sunrise in the morning. So, I'm going to go ahead and select this range of images here, that looks pretty good. And I'm going to show you how we can kind of kill two birds with one stone. So, I'm going to click the plus sign and choose New album. This one's going to be called Creative Sunrise. And I'm going to turn off back up sync. And you'll see now, I can choose a album category.

So, I'm going to choose the Beach category so that this creative sunrise album is automatically associated with that category. I'm going to click Done. And you'll see now that I have two albums, within the Beach category. And I can click on the category if I want to but I can also click on each individual album, and that will display the contents of each independent album. So, I'm going to go ahead and click on Show All one more time, and I want to show you how we can actually create another type of album, called a Smart Album. Now a Smart Album is, well it's pretty smart.

And what I'm going to do here is I'm going to click the plus sign, and I'm going to choose New Smart Album. Now what I want to do here is, I want to show the power of these Smart Albums because this is a really neat feature here. And what I'm actually going to do, is hit cancel for a second, and lets click on this first image here. Of the rays of sun shining through the trees, and if you right-click and you choose Show Properties, you're going to see that if you click on the Eye button, up here, this is going to show you what is refered to as Metadata. And Metadata is information that's imbedded into the image by the camera that I used to take this photo.

You can see I have my F stop, my focal length, the shutter speeds, so on and so forth. Now you might be asking, well how is that of any value to me? I mean, it's a great tool for learning about photography for one, but, what I might want to do here, is I might want to create an album of all the photos that I took with the iPhone 4. Well let's see how we can do that. I'm going to use the Smart Album to do that. We'll click the plus sign, and choose New Smart Album, and for the name, I'm going to call this iPhone Photos.

Now that I've give it a name, I want to define some properties. So, in the search criteria, I can choose any one of the following search criteria. Or I could choose all of the following search criteria. Well I'm really only going to put one property in here for now. However, I could put multiple properties if I choose to so I'll leave this set to any of the following criteria. And then in the first drop down menu, I'm going to choose Camera model and I'm going to say contains and I'm going to type in here iPhone. I'm going to go ahead and click OK, and now you'll see that I have a new album and all of the photos that I took with my iPhone.

Are now being displayed in that album automatically. The brilliant thing about smart albums, is that if I import a bunch of new images tomorrow that I shot with my iPhone, they're automatically going to be added to this album. That's what makes this a very, very powerful feature. Let's look at another example. I'm going to click this Show All button. And I'm going to click on this image here, one of the sunrise images, right-click and choose Show Properties. This was taken with a Cannon, and it was with my 20D, and I'm going to close that, and let's scroll down a little bit further.

And I'm going to choose one of these mountain scenes here. Right-click and choose show properties. This was also taken with a Canon but this was taken with the PowerShot. Okay so, what I can do here, this is where it gets really interesting. I'm going to choose New Smart Album. And I can give this a name of Cannon 20D and now in the search criteria, I'm going to choose any one of the following search criteria.

So, I'm going to choose, Camera make contains Cannon. And what I'll also do is instead of the first Radio button, the or property, I'm going to click the second one. And I'll click the plus sign, to add another property. And I'm going to choose Camera model Contains, and I'm going to type 20D. I'll click OK, and now you can see my album is showing you all the photos that I use to shoot any images that were taken with the Canon 20D. You'll notice that none of the photos that were taken with the PowerShot are listed here.

So, this is just a few ways that you can utilize albums to organize your photos after you've imported them into the organizer. I'm sure you can see how useful these albums can be when trying to organize your photos. Albums provide general categorization for your photos, that allow you to view groups of photos, quickly and easily, with the click of a button.

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