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Creating events manually

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

Video: Creating events manually

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.

Creating events manually

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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  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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