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In Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training, Jan Kabili highlights the key features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. She shows how to correct and enhance photographs, and how to organize a growing collection of digital photos. The course also explains how to use photos in creative projects like photo books, calendars, and greeting cards, and how to share work online and in print. Exercise files accompany the course.
Your photographs are likely to be located in several different places on your computer or on external drives or disks. But you can gather their thumbnails together here in the organizer into virtual groups, called albums, to make it easy to access similar photos all at once. You can use albums to organize photos by subject matter, like the photos from a vacation or holiday photos, or you might want to use albums to organize photos by project, like photos that you're collecting, because you plan to include them in a photo book. And you can use albums in addition to keyword tags, or star ratings, or smart tags or any of the other organizing features I've shown you.
To create an album I'm going to go over to the organized tab in the task pane. And I've expanded the Albums panel there. I will create an album by clicking the arrow to the right of the green plus symbol. And from the drop-down menu I will choose New Album. That switches this panel over to show Album Details. In the Album Name Category, I'll type a name for this album. I will call this Mexico trip, because this album is going to contain just photos that I took on a trip to Mexico. If you start having a long list of albums, you may like to develop some categories to help organize your albums.
If you have done that already, you will see those categories in this drop-down list. I don't have any categories yet, so I won't choose anything there other than none. Here is an option to backup and synchronize this album. That's a big subject in itself. So instead of tackling it here, I'm going to cover it in another movie later in the course. So for now, I'll uncheck backup and sync. But I do think backing up and synchronizing your albums is a good thing to do, as I'll explain in a later movie. And that's all there is to creating an album. At this point I could click Done or I could start filling the album with content.
I am going to do that. I will go over into my media browser, and I will select some photos that I took on the trip to Mexico. I will click on one. And then I will hold down the Control key on a PC or the Command key on a Mac, as I click on the other photos that I want to bring in to this album. So now with these four photos selected, I will click and hold on any one of them and drag over into this content tab in the Album Details panel. And when I release my mouse, I've now added those four photos to this album. It's importance to remember that I haven't moved those photos.
I have just made links to them here in this album. Now what if I want to add another photo to this album? I can do it the very same way. I am going to click off of these thumbnails and then I'm going to go back to the media browser. And I see another photo that I took in Mexico. So I will click and drag that photo over here into the content tab of the Album Details panel. And then I'll click off of the thumbnails. If there's an item in the album that I would like to remove from the album, I can do that by clicking on its thumbnail in the content tab and then coming down to the bottom of the album details panel and clicking this red minus sign.
So now I'm done creating and populating my album. I will go down to the bottom of organized tab, and I will click Done. That switched my album details panel back to the regular Albums panel, and there you can see a representation of my new album for the Mexico trip. And over in the Media browser, notice that each of the four photos that I included in that album has this green icon on it. And if I move by mouse over that icon, it tells me that this photo is in the Album Mexico trip. So what can I do with an album once I have created it and populated it with photos? Well, for one thing, I can use it to easily access particular photos.
So I am going to click off these photos here in the Media browser, and imagine that I have lots and lots of photos in this particular folder in Folder Location view or back in Thumbnail, view where I can see in the Media browser all of the many photos in a catalog. If I just want to see the photos for my Mexico trip, I will go over to the Organize panel and I will click on that album. That closed the column on the left, and now I can work with just those photos. Maybe I'll make a slideshow or I'll open them into the Editor for editing. Another thing that I can do inside an album that I can't do out in the Full Media Browser, is to rearrange the photo thumbnails, so I can view them in a different order than by date or my name.
So let's say that I would like to take this thumbnail of my daughter and have it come after the three thumbnails of my son. I will just click on this thumbnail and I'll drag it over to the right and I will release. And that rearranges the photos inside the album. Now to exit this album, I'll click again on its icon here in the Albums panel and that takes me back into my regular Folder location view. Keep in mind too that a single photo can be included in multiple albums. And that's another thing that makes albums such a powerful way to organize and access photos based on subject matter, on project.
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