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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.
Another way that we tend to think of our photos is by the events that they depict, and so Adobe has given us one more way to organize our photos, and that is by Events. You can create Events either manually, as I'll show in the movie, or automatically, as I'll show you in the next movie about Smart Events. To create a new event manually, you can be either in the Events View--Which you can access by clicking here--or in Media View. I usually do this for Media View because that way I could make events from all the photos in my catalog or the photos in a selected folder or album.
I've selected this folder of photos, which contains photos from more than one event, this summer during a trip to France. I'd like to organize these into events without moving them out of this folder. To create a new event for some of these photos, I'll go down to the Taskbar at the bottom of Media View and I'll click Add Event. That opens the Add New Event panel in the column on the right. I'll type a name for this event, I'll call it Train Ride. And because events are related to the dates on which the photos are taken, I'll enter a start and end date for this event.
Of course, some events may take place over more than one day; these photos were all taken on the same day so the start and end dates will be the same. I'll click the calendar to the right of start date, and I can use the Month and Year drop-down menus to set the start date. And then to set the day, I'll click on the day in calendar. And I'll do the same for the end date. By the way, if you don't remember the dates on which you took photos, just look at the date under the thumbnails in Media View.
And if that isn't showing, as I said before, you can go up to View menu and enable Details. In the Add New Event panel, in the description area, I can type some notes about this event. I took a lot of train rides in France and I'd like to remember which one this was. So, I'll type Lyons to Paris. And then down here, I'll populate this event with photos. I can drag in one photo at a time by clicking on it in Media View and then dragging into this area of the Add New Event panel; that is called the Media Bin.
Or I can select multiple photos, which makes more sense if you are including lots of photos from a folder or from your catalog in an event. I'll select one of these and I'll hold the Shift key and select the other, and then I'll click on either and drag them both into the Media Bin. Now I am done creating the event so I click the Done button. Then I'll click off of those photos to deselect them. Here in Media View, I can see whether a particular photo is already in an event because it will have this little icon at the bottom right of its thumbnail.
And if I hover over that icon, I can see the name of the event. Before I jump over to Events View, I'm going to make one more event. This time, instead of dragging photos into the event, I'm going to select the photos that I want in the event first. I'll click on this photo and I'll hold the Shift key and click on this photo. Those are all photos of a bike ride that we took in France. To put all of those photos into the same event, I'll click the Add Event button in the Taskbar in Media View with all of the five photos selected, and that automatically adds them to the Media Bin in the Add New Event panel in the column on the right. And it automatically set the start date and the end date.
The Organizer is smart enough to find that information in the photos. So all I have to do is add a name for the event and a description if I want. I'll name this event Bike Ride, and for the description, I'll put Burgundy Vineyards. And then I'll click Done. And now when I hover over the icons under any of these photos, I get a little label that tells me the name of the event that that photo is in. And by the way, a photo can be in more than one event.
When I'm done creating events, I'll jump over to Events View to see the results. And here in Events View, I have a separate stack of photos for each of the event that I've made. To see the contents of a stack in Events View, just like for the stacks in People View, I'll move my mouse back and forth over that stack. And if I want to see the photos next to one another, I'll double-click on the stack. And then to see the stacks again, I'll click the Back button. Notice that each stack includes the event name and dates.
And, there's a little i icon, which stands for information. If I click that icon, I can see the description that I added to the event when I created it. Now imagine that you'd already created lots of events. To quickly get to events from particular dates, you can use the calendar on the right side of Events View. I'll change the calender from all years to 2012 and I'll be able to see all of the years in this list for events that I've created. In the 2012 calender, I'll see all of the months highlighted that contain photos that are in events.
All the photos in my events were taken in May, so May is the only month highlighted. If I click May, then that opens the calendar for that month, with all of the days on which photos in my events were taken, highlighted with a blue border. If I want to see the events from May fourteen, I would select May fourteen. To see the events from May fifteenth, I'll select that date. So you can see that this is a useful way to zero in on events taken in a particular year, a particular month, or on a particular day.
To go back to see all of my events, I'll click the Clear button at the top of the calendar. I have a few more options if I right-click a stack here in Events View. Here, I have the option to edit an event, which allows me to change its name, or its dates, or its description. I'll just leave these as is and I'll click Cancel. Or, if I no longer want an event, I can remove it completely from my Events View; and I have the option here to view all the photos in an event as a slide show.
I'll select Slide Show. When I move my cursor, that brings up the Control bar in Full Screen View, which I showed you in earlier movies. And I can click the x to exit Full Screen View and go back to the Events. So that's a really delightful way to see all the photos from one event. And finally, if I'd like a different photo to be on the top of an Event Stack, just like in People View, I can do that by moving my cursor over the event until I see the photo that I want and then right-clicking and choosing set as cover.
So that's how to create events manually and work with events here in Events View. There's another way to create events, and that's automatically, using Smart Events, as I'll show you how to do in the next movie.
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